Minutes – Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

October 27, 2014 Regular Public Meeting

Approved at November 24, 2014 Public Meeting













The meeting was called to order at 7:08 PM, Commissioner Ronald Austin, Chair (and ANC 4B06) presiding. It was held at the MPD’s 4th District Community Room, 6001 Georgia Avenue, NW. Also present were Commissioners 4B01 Sara Green, 4B02 Faith Wheeler, 4B03 Fred Grant, 4B04 Brenda Parks, 4B05 Brenda Speaks, 4B07 Judi Jones, 4B08 Yvonne Jefferson, and 4B09 Douglass Sloan. A quorum was present for all votes.


1) Approval of the Agenda


The agenda as presented was amended. Commissioner Grant moved to add the Safeway Store liquor license renewal. Commissioner Parks seconded the motion. The motion was adopted, 8 yes, 0 no.


Commissioner Austin moved to adopt the agenda as amended. Commissioner Parks seconded the motion. The motion was adopted, 8 yes, 0 no.


2) Vote: Presentation and Recommendation Vote: Recreational Facilities at Walter Reed Site


Following a presentation from Commissioner Steve Whatley, ANC 4A03, regarding the need for a public swimming pool at the Walter Reed site, Commissioner Parks moved that the Commission send a letter of support for the proposal. Commissioner Jones seconded the motion.


Commissioner Green moved that consideration of the letter of support be postponed to the November 24, 2014 public meeting. Commissioner Wheeler seconded the motion. The motion failed by a roll call vote, 2 yes, 6 no.


The roll call vote:


YES NO ABSTAIN

Green Grant

Wheeler Parks

Speaks

Austin

Jones

Jefferson

Sloan

Commissioner Green moved to amend the letter of support to provide that the Commission’s support is contingent upon review of the results of a survey Commission Whatley is conducting and a survey being conducted by the Master Developer. Commissioner Jefferson seconded the motion. The motion failed by a show-of-hands vote, 4 yes, 5 no.


The main motion by Commissioner Parks was adopted by a roll call vote, 8 yes, 1 no.


The roll call vote:


YES NO ABSTAIN

Wheeler Green

Grant

Parks

Speaks

Austin

Jones

Jefferson

Sloan


3) Recommendation Vote: Renewal of liquor license, Safeway Store, 6500 Piney Branch Road, N.W.


Following a presentation by Mr. Craig Muckle, Manager of Public Affairs, representing Safeway, Inc. Commissioner Grant moved that the Commission adopt a resolution supporting the application of Safeway, Inc. to renew its liquor license at its store located at 6500 Piney Branch Road, N.W. Commissioner Parks seconded the motion. The motion was adopted unanimously by roll call vote, 9 yes, 0 no.


The roll call vote:


YES NO ABSTAIN

Green

Wheeler

Grant

Parks

Speaks

Austin

Jones

Jefferson

Sloan


The adopted resolution:


RESOLVED:

That Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B recommends that the application of the Safeway Store, 6500 Piney Branch Road N.W., ABRA-077988, for renewal of its Class B Retail Grocery liquor license with tasting endorsement be approved.

4) Recommendation Vote: BZA 18862, 48 Madison St NW – application for variance and special exception to construct a two-car garage

Following a presentation from Mr. Vannie Taylor III, Commissioner Jefferson moved that the Commission adopt a resolution supporting his application for variances and a special exception to construct a two-car garage at his property at 48 Madison Street N.W. Commissioner Grant seconded the motion. The motion was adopted unanimously by roll call vote, 9 yes, 0 no.


The adopted resolution:


RESOLVED:

That Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B supports and recommends approval of the application of Mr. Vannie Taylor III for a variance and special exception to construct a two-car garage with roof deck at 48 Madison Street N.W.

FURTHER RESOLVED:

That the Commission designates Commissioner Yvonne Jefferson, ANC 4B08, to represent the Commission in all matters relating to this application.


5) Approval Vote:  FY 2015 Budget


Commissioner Grant moved that the Commission adopt a resolution approving a budget for FY 2015, including a $2,000 bonus payment to Staff Assistant James Irwin. Commissioner Parks seconded the motion. The motion was adopted unanimously by show-of-hands vote, 9 yes, 0 no.


The adopted resolution:


RESOLVED:


That Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B adopts the following budget for fiscal year 2015:


FY 2015 BUDGET

1. Net Salary and Wages $17,600

2. Insurance

a. Health -0-

b. Casualty/Property -0-

3. Total Federal Wage Taxes $ 2,500

4. State Wage Taxes $ 1,500

5. Unemployment Taxes $ 350

6. Tax penalties $ -0-

7. Local transportation $ 500

8. Office rent $ 7,200

9. Telecommunication services

10a. Landline telephone $ 1,300

10b. Cellular telephone $ -0-

10c. Cable/internet services $ 500

10. Utilities $ -0-

11. Postage and delivery $ 200

12. Printing and copying $ 2,000

13. Flyer distribution $ 1,000

14. Purchase of services $ 800

15. Office supplies $ 1,500

16. Office equipment

17a. Rental -0-

17b. Purchase $ 1,500

17. Grants $ 3,000

18. Training $ -0-

19. Petty Cash Reimbursement $ -0-

20. Transfer to savings $ -0-

21. Bank charges $ 50

22. Website/webhosting $ -0-

23. Other $ 250


TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS: $41,750


FURTHER RESOLVED:


That meeting room expenses are specifically authorized as part of the “Other” budget category in the fiscal year 2015 budget.


FURTHER RESOLVED:


That the Commission hereby authorizes a one-time bonus payment in addition to the regular $600.00 bi-weekly salary payment to James H. Irwin in the amount of two thousand dollars ($2,000.00); this payment shall be generated by a one-time-only increase in the hourly rate of pay to $65.00 for one pay period; otherwise the hourly rate of pay shall be $15.00 for all other pay periods during the term of Mr. Irwin’s contract with the Commission.


6) Vote: Resolution Addressing Illegal Trash Truck Operations on Chillum Place NW


Commissioner Jones noted that commercial trash trucks are collecting trash earlier than 7 AM in the morning and are disturbing the residents of Chillum Place N.W. She moved that the Commission adopt a resolution urging enforcement of the applicable laws and regulations. Commissioner Speaks seconded the motion. The motion was adopted unanimously, 9 yes, 0 no.


The adopted resolution:


WHEREAS:

RESOLVED:

That Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B strongly and urgently requests that the District Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs take immediate action to enforce the law and stop illegal private trash collections before 7:00 AM in violation of the law.

FURTHER RESOLVED:

That the Commission designates Commissioner Judi Jones, ANC 4B07, to represent the Commission in all matters relating to this issue.

7) Vote: DDOT Public Space Occupancy Permit Application – 6501 3rd Street N.W

Commissioner Austin moved that the Commission adopt a resolution supporting the application of VBS Community Ventures LLC for a public space occupancy permit. Commissioner Grant seconded the motion. The motion was adopted by roll call vote, 8 yes, 1 no.


The roll call vote:


YES NO ABSTAIN

Wheeler Green

Grant

Parks

Speaks

Austin

Jones

Jefferson

Sloan


The adopted resolution:


RESOLVED:


That Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B supports and recommends approval of the application of VBS Community Ventures LLC for a public space occupancy permit to construct a curb cut at 6501 3rd Street N.W.


FURTHER RESOLVED:


That the Commission designates Commissioner Ron Austin, ANC 4B06, to represent the Commission in all matters relating to this application.


8) Vote: New State Department Proposal for Walter Reed


Commissioner Wheeler moved that the Commission adopt a resolution opposing a U.S. Department of State proposal to transfer 13.2 acres of the Walter Reed site from the District of Columbia to the Department of State and conditionally supports the National Children’s Medical Center proposal to acquire 13.2 acres from the land currently designated for Department of State use. Commissioner Speaks seconded the motion. The motion was adopted unanimously, 9 yes, 0 no.


The adopted resolution:


WHEREAS:







RESOLVED:


That Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B conditionally supports the National Children’s Medical Center proposal to acquire 13.2 acres from the land currently designated for Department of State use.


FURTHER RESOLVED:


That Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B strongly urges and recommends that this U.S. Department of State proposal be rejected and that the U.S. Army transfer the entire 66.57 acres to the District of Columbia as proposed by DC’s Local Redevelopment Authority.



FURTHER RESOLVED:


That the Commission strongly supports Mayor Gray’s request that, if the Army’s lengthy negotiations with the State Department cannot be concluded within a reasonable period of time, the Army analyze whether the remaining 30 acres of the entire 110 acre campus would be put to more productive use by awarding them to the District of Columbia.


FURTHER RESOLVED:


That the Commission designates Commissioner Faith Wheeler, ANC 4B02, to represent the Commission in all matters relating to this resolution.


Community Concerns








Four people addressed the Commission with concerns or questions:


1) Ms. Beverly Fisher, 529 Somerset Place N.W. (ANC 4B03), complained about dogs barking behind her house late at night and early in the morning. She was also concerned about trash cans being left in the alley and marijuana being smoked openly on her street. She said she has called 311 regarding the trash cans.


2) Ms. Linda Gray, ANC 4B07, reiterated her concerns about graffiti and trash along Chillum Avenue, especially the building housing S&S Liquors. She complained that she has raised these issues numerous times and nothing has been done.


3) Mr. Michael Sindram, ANC 4B02, complained that there was no legislation protecting condominium owners from unfair or predatory practices. He urged that the grant application from Digital Dynamo be revived and considered, and reiterated other issues that he has spoken about in previous meetings.


Presentations and Reports


1) Mr. Sterling Tucker gave a presentation on the 40th anniversary of home rule for the District of Columbia.


2) Ms. Jamie Dunham, Head of Paul Public Charter School, discussed construction plans.


3) Mr. Thomas Marable presented plans to upgrade the community garden at 9th and Peabody Streets N.W.


4) Commissioner Jefferson, Secretary, presented the draft minutes of the September 22, 2014 public meeting. Commissioner Austin moved that the minutes be approved. Commissioner Parks seconded the motion. The minutes were adopted unanimously, 9 yes, 0 no.


5) Commissioner Grant, Treasurer, presented the Treasurer’s Report


ANC 4B Treasurer’s Report – October 27, 2014


As of September 30, 2014 the Industrial Bank checking account balance was $6.020.07.


Balance – 8/29/14 $ 8,028.41

Income – 9/1/14-9/30/14

Interest $ 0.31


Expenditures – 6/1/14-8/29/14 $ 2,008.65


Ending balance – 8/29/14 $ 6,020.07


As of June 30, 2014, the Industrial Bank savings account balance was $50,608.49.


Interest income – 7/1/4-9/30/14 $ 12.76


Ending balance – 6/30/14 $50,621.25


The following checks were cashed between 9/1/4 and 9/30/14:

Check #

Amount

Date Cashed

Name

Purpose

Meeting Approval Date

4935

79.50

9/10/14

Konica Minolta

Printing & Copying

2014 budget

2/24/14

4936

600.00

9/10/14

Jamal’s Takoma Park LLC

Office rent

2014 budget

2/24/14

4938

39.99

9/12/14

Verizon

Internet

2014 budget

2/24/14

4937

105.76

9/12/14

Verizon

Landline telephone

2014 budget

2/24/14

4934

260.00

9/18/14

Cardinal Sound Communications

Equipment (microphones & cables)

2014 budget

2/24/14

4940

461.70

9/19/14

James H. Irwin

Net salary

2014 budget

2/24/14

4941

461.70

9/19/14

James H

Net salary

2014 budget

2/24/14

4918

461.70

7/8/14

James H. Irwin

Net salary & wages

2014 budget

2/24/14



The meeting was adjourned at 10:06 PM.