Minutes – Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

February 24, 2014 Regular Public Meeting

Adopted at March 24, 2014 Public Meeting



PLEASE NOTE:   In compliance with Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised, 11th Edition, §48, page 468, the minutes of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B are a record of the actions taken by the Commission, not a record of what people said during the meeting.  Accordingly, comments made by commissioners or members of the public will not be recorded in detail in the minutes.  For a full record of everything that was said at the meeting, please go to www.anc4b.org and click on the “Meetings” link to hear an audio recording of the meeting.













The meeting was called to order at 7:05 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)       The agenda as presented was revised to remove presentations by the DC Auditor’s Office and WalMart, and the consideration of Progressive Health Care Services Inc.’s application for a certificate of need to provide in-home health care services.  Commissioner Sloan requested that the public space permit application for 5813 8th Street N.E. be removed from the agenda.  The revised agenda was approved.


2)       Approval Vote:  Proposed FY 2014 Budget


Commissioner Grant noted that the proposed FY 2014 budget had been presented at the January 27 meeting, and copies were made available to the public for review at that time.  Commissioner Grant moved that the Commission approve the proposed budget as presented and amended at the January 27 meeting.  Commissioner Sloan seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted, 8 yes, 0 no, 1 abstain.


The approved budget:




That Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B adopts the following budget for fiscal year 2014:



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                                                           $  1,000

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:                                                  $41,250




That meeting room expenses are specifically authorized as part of the “Other” budget category in the fiscal year 2014 budget.


3)       Presentation and Recommendation Vote:  BZA Application #18732, 859 Venable Place N.W. – Special Exception to Construct Second Floor Addition


Commissioner Wheeler presented the application for a special exception to construct a second floor on a non-conforming residential structure.  She moved that the Commission adopt a resolution supporting the application.   Commissioner Grant seconded the motion.  Following discussion, the motion was adopted, 7 yes, 2 no.


Commissioner Jones suggested that the wording of the resolution be changed to accurately reflect the wording of the application.  Commissioner Wheeler accepted the suggestion.  The two Commissioners voting no stated their desire to change their votes to yes.  Commissioner Austin, without objection, declared the vote on the motion to be 9 yes, 0 no.





The adopted resolution:



That Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B supports and recommends approval of BZA Application #18732, granting a special exception pursuant to §223.1 to permit a second-story addition that does not comply with §403.2, maximum lot occupancy, §405.9, minimum side yard setbacks, and §2001.3, expansion  to a nonconforming structure at 859 Venable Place N.W.

4)         Recommendation Vote:  Designating a Section of Blair Road N.E. as Burtell Jefferson Way N.E.


Commissioner Austin noted that retired Metropolitan Police Department Chief Burtell Jefferson was the first African American Chief of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.  He moved that the Commission adopt a resolution recommending the designation of a portion of Blair Road N.E., where Chief Jefferson resides, as Burtell Jefferson Way.  Commissioner Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted unanimously, 9 yes, 0 no.


The adopted resolution:







That Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B recommends that Blair Road N.E. between Riggs Road N.E. and North Capitol Street be designated Burtell Jefferson Way N.E. to honor Chief Jefferson’s outstanding service and contributions to the welfare of Washington D.C.


Community Concerns


For a full record of community concerns expressed at the meeting, please go to www.anc4b.org and click on the “Meetings” link to hear an audio recording of persons expressing community concerns, beginning at 5 minutes, 6 seconds.








 Eight people addressed the Commission with concerns or questions:


1)       Ms. Anna Heard reported on a meeting of a customer advisory committee with the management of the Safeway store on Piney Branch Road regarding the Health Department’s recent closure of the store for various violations.


2)       Mr. Paul Montague, ANC 4B07, requested a copy of the Commission’s By-laws and objected to Mr. Gottlieb Simon’s supervision of the election of Commission officers at the January meeting as illegal.


3)       Ms. Martine Combal, Walter Reed Local Redevelopment Authority Director, gave an update on the status of the Walter Reed site development.


4)       Dr. Baruch announced his new vegan restaurant, Everlasting Life, located at 341 Cedar Street N.W.


5)       Ms. Jocelyn Johnson, ANC 4B03, complimented Commissioner Austin on the way he chairs the meeting and the improved interaction with the community.


6)       Mr. Michael Sindram, ANC 4B02, complained that there was no law to protect condominium owners from foreclosure.


7)       Commissioner Judi Jones announced open houses regarding the Zoning Regulations Rewrite scheduled for March.


8)       Commissioner Speaks asked that Councilmember Bowser’s staff bring answers to the questions of Commissioners and the public to the next Commission meeting.


Presentations and Reports


1)       Commissioner Grant, Treasurer, presented the Treasurer’s Report:


ANC 4B Treasurer’s Report – February 24, 2014


As of January 31, 2014 the Industrial Bank checking account balance was $8,891.86


Balance – 12/31/13                                                                       $ 11,445.26


Income – 1/1/14-1/31/14

Interest                                                           $         0.45


Expenditures – 1/1/14-1/31/14                         $  2,553.85


Ending balance – 1/31/14                                                              $ 8,891.86


The following checks were cashed between 1/1/14 and 1/31/14:

Date Cashed


Check #



Meeting Approval Date


James H. Irwin



Net salary & wages

2014 interim budget



Capital Services & Supplies



Office supplies

2014 interim budget







2014 interim budget 10/28/13





Landline Telephone

2014 interim budget 10/28/13


U.S. Postal Service




2014 interim budget 10/28/13


Jamal’s Takoma Park LLC



Office Rent

2014 interim budget 10/28/13


James H. Irwin



Net salary & wages

2014 interim budget 10/28/13


Deluxe for Business



Office supplies


2014 interim budget 10/28/13




Capital Services & Supplies



Office equipment (desktop printer)

2014 interim budget 10/28/13


Capital Services & Supplies



Office supplies

2014 interim budget 10/28/13


2)       Commissioner Jefferson, Secretary, presented the draft minutes of the January 27, 2014 regular public meeting.  Commissioner Jefferson moved that the minutes as presented be approved.  Commissioner Green seconded the motion.  The minutes were adopted by show-of-hands vote, 8 yes, 0 no.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 PM.