Minutes – Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

October 26, 2015 regular Public Meeting



The meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM, Commissioner Douglass Sloan, Vice- Chair (and ANC 4B09) presiding. It was held at the MPD’s 4th District Community Room, 6001 Georgia Avenue, NW. Also present were Commissioners 4B01 Andre Carley, 4B02 Frank Jones III, 4B05 Brenda Speaks, 4B07 Judi Jones, 4B08 Barbara Rogers At 8:45 PM, Commissioner Ron Austin, Chair and ANC 4B06, assumed the Chair. A quorum was present for all votes.


1) Approval of the Agenda


Commissioner Rogers moved to amend the agenda to add a resolution supporting Mayor Muriel Bowser’s homelessness initiative. There was no objection.


The agenda as amended was approved, 6 yes, 0 no.


2) Presentation and Vote: Mr. Jerry Lyle, District Department of Transportation re parking meter changes in the Takoma Business District – Resolution 15-1002 – Recommendations re Takoma Parking Meter Changes)


Following a presentation from Mr. Jerry Lyle, District Department of Transportation and comments and questions from the audience, Commissioner Judi Jones moved that the Commission adopt a resolution supporting proposed changes in parking meters and other parking restrictions. Commissioner Frank Jones III seconded the motion. The motion was adopted unanimously, 7 yes, 0 no.


The adopted resolution:


WHEREAS businesses have been impacted by development in the Takoma Business District;


WHEREAS residents of the area have also been impacted by development;


RESOLVED:


Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B (the Commission) supports the Notice of Intent issued by the District Department of Transportation which proposes changes to parking meters, rush hour parking and to change the taxi stand located across the street from the 7-11 store to metered parking,


FURTHER RESOLVED:


The Commission supports the removal of rush hour restrictions in the 200 block of Cedar Street NW because they are no longer warranted for traffic abatement/congestion, they cause significant damage to the businesses on the block, and removal will accommodate and increase business traffic.


FURTHER RESOLVED:


The Commission recommends that residential parking be allowed on streets where residents are impacted by business development parking.


FURTHER RESOLVED:


That Commissioner Judi Jones, ANC 4B07, is hereby authorized to serve as the Commission’s representative in all matters relating to this resolution.


FURTHER RESOLVED:


That, in the event the designated representative Commissioner cannot carry out her representative duties for any reason, the Commission authorizes the Chairperson to designate another Commissioner to represent the Commission in all matter relating to this resolution.


FURTHER RESOLVED:


Consistent with DC Code §1-309, only actions of the full Commission voting in a properly noticed public meeting have standing and carry great weight. The actions, positions and opinions of individual commissioners, insofar as they may be contradictory to or otherwise inconsistent with the expressed position of the full Commission in a properly adopted resolution or letter, have no standing and cannot be considered as in any way associated with the Commission.


3) Vote: Resolution 15-1001 Approving Interim FY 2016 Budget


Commissioner Rogers moved that the Commission adopt a resolution approving an interim budget for FY 2016. Commissioner Carley seconded the motion. The motion was adopted unanimously, 7 yes, 0 no.

The adopted resolution:


RESOLVED:


That Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B adopts the existing FY 2015 budget as the interim budget for FY 2016 until a final budget can be adopted.


FURTHER RESOLVED:




4) Resolution 15-1005 – Supporting Mayor Bowser’s Homelessness Initiative


Commissioner Rogers moved that the Commission adopt a resolution supporting Mayor Bowser’s homelessness initiative. Commissioner Carley seconded the motion. The motion was adopted, 4 yes, 0 no, 2 abstain.


The adopted resolution:


Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B (the Commission) takes note of the following:



RESOLVED:


That Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B strongly supports this initiative and urges its full implementation.


FURTHER RESOLVED:


That Commissioner Barbara Rogers, ANC 4B08, is hereby authorized to serve as the Commission’s representative in all matters relating to this resolution.


FURTHER RESOLVED:


That, in the event the designated representative Commissioner cannot carry out her representative duties for any reason, the Commission authorizes the Chairperson to designate another Commissioner to represent the Commission in all matter relating to this resolution.


FURTHER RESOLVED:


Consistent with DC Code §1-309, only actions of the full Commission voting in a properly noticed public meeting have standing and carry great weight. The actions, positions and opinions of individual commissioners, insofar as they may be contradictory to or otherwise inconsistent with the expressed position of the full Commission in a properly adopted resolution or letter, have no standing and cannot be considered as in any way associated with the Commission.


Community Concerns



: The following people addressed the Commission with concerns:


1) Several business owners located in the Takoma business district spoke in favor of changes in parking meters and rush hour parking restrictions, and urged the Commission to adopt a resolution supporting the changes at this public meeting.


2) Ms. Jocelyn Johnson, ANC 4B03, complained that trash collectors often turned trash cans upside down and scattered trash all over the alley. She also asked that street lights on her block be made brighter and asked about the status of the repaving of North Capital Street between Kansas and Whittier Streets. There has been patching, but the street needs to be completely repaved.


3) Ms. Sherry Morgan, 6422 8th Street NW, complained about drug trafficking in a house on her block and the lack of police presence. She also is concerned about the damaged pavement and sidewalks on her block, which are a hazard for elderly residents. She also said that a man is sleeping in his car, with Maryland license plates, parked on her block, but the police are not doing anything about it although she has called many times to complain.


4) Ms. Wanda Matthis, 5400 block of 1st Street NW, complained about problems with by outside people who park on the corner of Kennedy Street, blocking the view of drivers trying to enter the intersection. She is also concerned about homeless people frequenting the street during the night.


5) Mr. James Sydnor, Chair of the ANC 4B Alcoholic Beverage Committee, urged the Commission to amend the Rules of Procedure to recombine the Alcoholic Beverage and Public Safety Committees because there is an intimate relationship between the two areas of concern.


Presentations and Reports


1) Councilmember Brandon Todd, Ward 4, discussed current issues affecting the Ward and answered questions from Commissioners and the audience.


2) Mr. Charles Floca, DDOT, presented revised plans for the construction of a new fire station for Engine 22 on the site of Building 18, Walter Reed site.


3) Ms. Shannon Cockett, East Rock Creek Park Senior Village, presented their application for a $3,000 grant to purchase office equipment for their office to be established in ANC 4B.


4) Treasurer’s Report


Commissioner Rogers presented the Treasurer’s Report:


ANC 4B Treasurer’s Report – October 26, 2015


As of September 30, 2015 the Industrial Bank checking account balance was $2,878.25.


Balance – 8/31/15 $ - 358.48

Income – 6/1/15-8/31/15 $ 6,000.13

Transfer from Savings $ 6,000.00

Interest $ 0.13

Expenditures – 9/1/15-9/30/15 $ 2,763.40


Ending balance – 9/30/15 $ 2,878.25


As of September 30, 2015, the Industrial Bank savings account balance was $37,668.89.


Balance – 6/30/15 $ 43,658.34


Interest income – 7/1/15-9/30/15 +$ 10.55


Transfers to Checking Account -$ 6,000.00


Ending balance – 9/30/15 $37,668.89


5) Minutes –October 6, 2015 regular public meeting


Commissioner Judi Jones moved that the minutes of the October 6, 2015 regular public meeting be approved as presented. Commissioner Carley seconded the motion. The motion was adopted unanimously, 6 yes, 0 no.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:55 PM.