Minutes – Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B
November 23, 2015 Regular Public Meeting
The meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM, Commissioner Ron 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 Andre Carley, 4B04 Brenda Parks, 4B05 Brenda Speaks, and 4B09 Douglass Sloan. A quorum was present for all votes.
Commissioner Austin noted the absence of a quorum at 7:10 pm. A quorum was present at 7:40 pm.
1) Approval of the Agenda
Commissioner Parks moved to amend the agenda to postpone consideration of the proposed dog park to a special public meeting on December 10, 2015. Commissioner Speaks seconded the motion. The motion was approved 5 yes, 0 no.
Commissioner Sloan moved to approve the agenda as amended. The motion was approved, 5 yes, 0 no.
2) Vote: Resolution 4B-1101 Appointing Standing Committee Members
Commissioner Carley moved that the Commission approve a resolution appointing members of the Standing Committees. Commissioner Sloan seconded the motion. The motion was adopted 5 yes, 0 no.
The adopted resolution:
That Advisory Neighborhood Commission hereby appoints the following residents of ANC 4B as members of standing committees:
DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE
EDUCATION AND LIBRARIES COMMITTEE
3) Vote: Resolution 15-1106 -- Resolution Announcing Special Election to Fill A Vacancy in ANC 4B03
Commissioner Carley moved that the Commission adopt a resolution announcing the date and time for a special election to fill a vacancy in ANC 4B03. Commissioner Parks seconded the motion. The motion was adopted unanimously 5 yes, 0 no.
The adopted resolution:
That Advisory Neighborhood Commission hereby announces a special election to fill a vacancy in ANC 4B03:
The election will be held at a special public meeting on Thursday, December 10, 2015, beginning at 7:05 PM and ending at 8:30 PM.
The Commission authorizes the Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (OANC) to conduct the special election and authorizes Mr. Gottlieb Simon, Executive Director of OANC, to serve as Election Manager.
The Commission approves the attached Special Election Procedures
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B
Special Election Procedures to Fill the Vacancy in SMD 4B03
Date and Place of the Election: The election will be held during a special public meeting of ANC 4B on December 10, 2015. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM. The meeting and the election will be held in the community meeting room, Metropolitan Police Department 4th District Headquarters, 6001 Georgia Avenue N.W.
Eligibility to Vote: The election will be open to registered voters of SMD 4B03 only. Potential voters must present themselves at the polling place and must have either a BOEE voter identification card showing that they are registered to vote in SMD 4B03 or be listed as a voter in SMD 4B03 on the voter registration list provided by the Board of Elections and Ethics (BOEE).
The Candidates: The order of the names on the ballot will be decided by a drawing on a date mutually agreeable to the candidates. On the day of the election, each candidate will be given a place outside the meeting room at which they or their representatives will be able to greet voters and answer questions. No electioneering will be permitted inside the community meeting room at MPD 4D headquarters, 6001 Georgia Avenue N.W. Ballots may only be cast for candidates certified by the BOEE; in accordance with the ANC law there will be no write-ins.
Eligibility of Voters: As voters enter the meeting room, they will be checked to determine whether their name is on the BOEE voter registration list or whether they have a voter identification card indicating they are registered in SMD 4B03. If their name is on the list, they will enter their signature on the list opposite their name. Those whose names are not on the list but who have a voter identification card will enter their names, addresses, and signatures on a separate sheet. Those whose names are not on the list and who also do not have a voter identification card will not be given a ballot.
Voting: Casting of ballots, supplied by the ANC, will commence at 7:05 PM. A ballot box will be placed in the meeting room where it can be observed by all present at the meeting. The candidates or their representatives may check the ballot box before voting begins to assure that it is empty. Each candidate will be permitted one observer (the candidate or a designee of the candidate) to observe the voting process, but the observer will not be permitted to interrupt or interfere with the voting, and will not be permitted to communicate directly or indirectly with any voter. All ballots must be placed in the ballot box or returned to the election manager, who will make note of the returned ballot and the reasons for it. The election manager will have authority to replace spoiled ballots. The Chairperson shall appoint the election manager. Voting will continue until the polls close at 8:30 pm. Anyone still in line waiting to register at 8:30 pm will be allowed to vote if otherwise qualified.
Counting the Votes: The ballot box will remain closed until the polls have closed. After the voting ends, the ballot box will be opened, and the votes will be counted by at least two impartial vote counters. The candidates or their representatives may observe the counting of the votes. The results will then be submitted to and read aloud by the Chairperson of the ANC. The election manager will report to the Commission any unresolved issues not addressed by these rules. The Commission will take action to resolve these issues before the end of the meeting. In the event of a tie vote, in accordance with the DC Official Code, the candidates or their proxies will cast lots (e.g. draw slips of paper from a box or flip a coin) to determine the winner. In the event of any incident or occurrence that threatens the conduct or fairness of the election or the vote count, the election manager will be authorized to suspend the balloting or counting of ballots.
Filling the Vacancy: Following the results of the election, the ANC will vote on a resolution stating the name of the winner and asking the Board of Elections to declare the vacancy filled.
4) Vote: Grant Application from East Rock Creek Park Senior Village - $3,000
A presentation from representatives of the East Rock Creek Park Senior Village was made at the Commission’s October 26, 2015 public meeting.
Commissioner Austin moved that the Commission approve a grant of $1,500 to the East Rock Creek Park Senior Village. Commissioner Parks seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously adopted, 5 yes, 0 no.
5) Vote: Resolution 15-1103 – Recommendations Regarding PEPCO/Excelon Merger
Following presentations from the Office of People’s Counsel and Mr. Robert Robinson, representing DC Sun, Commissioner Sloan moved that the Commission adopt a resolution opposing the proposed settlement agreement and merger of PEPCO and Exelon. Commissioner Carley seconded the motion. The motion was adopted unanimously, 5 yes, 0 no.
The adopted resolution:
The Executive Office of the Mayor has entered into a new settlement with Exelon after the Public Service Commission (PSC) denied the initial offering.
The new settlement gives ratepayers two months of payments of $50 each instead of one month in return for improved reliability.
Exelon will give their “best efforts” to hire 100 local employees.
Exelon promises to allow up to 10 megawatts of sustainability energy with Blue Plains sewage treatment plant included.
Exelon promises not to raise rates until 2019.
Non-profits and small, local businesses are to be minimized due to the increased cost of acquiring Pepco.
The new settlement agreement denies the voice of the residents of the District of Columbia and ratepayers in the District and the local suburbs through the ANCs and the PSC in particular.
The payment of $100 to the ratepayers will not offset a month’s bill especially in the summertime.
The “best efforts” of Exelon to hire 100 local workers will be offset by the nearly 1000 workers let go by the merger.
Exelon’s pledge to honor DC’s sustainability program should not include steps already taken by local businesses and utilities to honor our sustainability program. What would be left for residents and ratepayers to gain by getting solar panels and/or wind power? Ten megawatts is a pitifully low expectation
The settlement agreement does not honor the voice of residents nor the power of the PSC.
The deal promises more money to sweeten the pot but doesn’t fully detail where the money is being spent. If more money is involved why aren’t the local businesses, other utilities and especially ratepayers benefitting more transparently.
ANC 4B opposes Exelon’s takeover of Pepco and urges the Public Service Committee to again reject this proposed merger..
6) Vote: FY 2015 Fourth Quarter Report
Commissioner Sloan moved that the FY 2015 fourth quarter report be approved. Commissioner Carley seconded the motion. The motion was adopted unanimously, 5 yes, 0 no.
Commissioner Austin noted the absence of a quorum at 9:25 PM.
: The following people addressed the Commission with concerns:
1) Ms. Jocelyn Johnson, ANC 4B03, noted that the street lights on her block have now been made brighter and the situation is improved.
2) .Mr. Daniel Ginsberg expressed his support for the proposed dog park.
3) Mr. Chibaly Wells, representing the Brightwood Park Citizens Association, said his group was working on issues affecting the dog park in their area, including asking for lights to stay on all night for safety.
4) Mr. Michael Cohen stated his support for the proposed dog park.
5) Ms. Brenda Dunson described the results of her survey of residents regarding the proposed dog park.
6) Phillippa Smith Tyler expressed concern about the fast and dangerous traffic on Quackenbos Street and asked for traffic calming measures.
7) Mr. Michael Sindram asked that the Commission support the Veterans Court.
Presentations and Reports
1) Mr. Keith Holman, representing Mayor Muriel Bowser, presented information on current issues, including the District’s snow removal plan,
2) Ms. Michelle Blackwell, representing Councilmember Brandon Todd, gave an update on current issues affecting Ward 4.
1) Mr. Michael Sherman, DC Department of Housing, gave a presentation on the Mayor’s Homelessness Initiativee.
2) Mrs. Deboarah Royster, Seabury Resources, gave a presentation on services they provide to senior citizens.
3) Representatives of DC Water gave a presentation on the DC Clean Rivers Project..
4) Mr. Andre Smith and Mr. Larry Holman gave a presentation on the services provided by American Communication Services.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:35 PM.