Minutes – Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

December 10, 2015 Special Public Meeting



The meeting was called to order at 7:02 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, 4B07 Judi Jones, 4B08 Barbara Rogers, and 4B09 Douglass Sloan. A quorum was present for all votes.


At 7:05 PM the polls for a special election to fill a vacancy in ANC 4B03 were declared open.


1) Approval of the Agenda


Commissioner Carley moved to approve the agenda as presented. Commissioner Sloan seconded the motion. The motion was adopted unanimously, 7 yes, 0 no.


2) Vote: Resolution 15-1201 – Regarding an Application for a Dog Park in ANC 4B

Following discussion and comments from residents in favor of and opposed to the construction of a proposed dog park at the Takoma Recreation Center, Commissioner Carley moved that the Commission approve a resolution supporting the establishment of a dog park in ANC 4B in principle, but declining to support a specific location and asking for an opinion from the Attorney General regarding the procedures for acting on an application for a dog park. Commissioner Speaks seconded the motion.


Commissioner Jones moved to amend the resolution to change the first Resolved paragraph to read that the Commission defers any decision on the proposed dog park until it has received an opinion from the Attorney General. Commissioner Speaks seconded the motion. The motion to amend was not adopted on a roll call vote, 3 yes, 3 no.


YES NO ABSTAIN

4B04 Parks 4B01 Carley

4B05 Speaks 4B06 Austin

4B07 J. Jones 4B08 Rogers


On the main motion, the resolution was adopted by roll call vote, 4 yes, 2 no.


YES NO ABSTAIN

4B01 Carley 4B04 Parks

4B05 Speaks 4B07 J. Jones

4B06 Austin

4B08 Rogers


The adopted resolution:


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










Commission the authority to effectively block or veto a location for a dog park.




RESOLVED, that Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B supports the concept of a dog park in ANC 4B in principle, but declines to support a specific location for a dog park at this time, pending receipt of an opinion and guidance from the Attorney General.


FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Commission calls upon the Department of Parks and Recreation to avoid undue delay in considering this application for a dog park by:





FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Commission designates Commissioner Ronald Austin, ANC 4B06, to represent the Commission in all matters relating to this resolution.


FURTHER RESOLVED, that, in the event the designated representative Commissioner cannot carry out his/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, that 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) Resolution 15-1202 -- Approving FY 2016 Budget

Commissioner Carley moved that the Commission adopt a resolution approving a budget for FY 2016. Commissioner Rogers seconded the motion. The motion was approved, 4 yes, 0 no, 2 abstain.

The adopted resolution:




RESOLVED:


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

PROPOSED FY 2016 BUDGET


1. Net Salary and Wages $18,200

2. Workers Compensation -0-

3. Insurance

a. Health -0-

b. Casualty/Property -0-

4. Total Federal Wage Taxes $ 2,500

5. State Wage Taxes $ 1,500

6. Unemployment Taxes $ 350

7. Tax penalties $ -0-

8. Local transportation $ 500

9. Office rent $ 7,200

10. Telecommunication services

10a. Landline telephone $ 1,300

10b. Cellular telephone $ 500

10c. Cable/internet services $ 500

11. Postage and delivery $ 200

13. Printing and copying $ 2,300

14. Flyer distribution $ 1,000

15. Purchase of services $ 800

16. Office supplies $ 1,500

17. Office equipment

17a. Rental -0-

17b. Purchase $ 1,500

18. Grants $ 3,000

19. Training -0-

21. Transfer to savings $ -0-

22. Bank charges $ 50

23 Other $ 1,000


TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS: $43,900


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 amends Mr. James Irwin’s contract with the Commission as follows:



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.


4) Resolution 15-1204 – Appointing ANC 4B Representative and Approving Testimony on the Definition of ANC “Great Weight” for a Public Roundtable by the DC Council Committee on Housing and Community Development

Commissioner Carley moved that the Commission adopt a resolution appointing a representative and authorizing testimony before a public roundtable on Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. Commissioner Austin seconded the motion. The motion was adopted unanimously, 6 yes, 0 no.


The adopted resolution:


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







RESOLVED, that Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B authorizes Commissioner Ron Austin, ANC 4B06, Chairperson, and Commissioner Douglass Sloan, ANC 4B09, Vice-Chairperson to represent the Commission and to testify at this public roundtable.


FURTHER RESOLVED, that testimony at the public roundtable shall include the following points:





FURTHER RESOLVED, that 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.


5) Resolution 15-1203 Certifying Results of a Special Election

At 8:30 PM, the polls for the special election were closed. The winner of the election was Mr. Scot Knickerbocker.


Commissioner Carley moved that the Commission adopt a resolution certifying the results of the special election. Ciommissioner Judi Jones seconded the motion. The motion was adopted unanimously, 6 yes, 0 no.


The adopted resolution:


The Board of Elections and Ethics informed ANC 4B that the candidates who qualified to fill the vacancy in SMD 4B03 were Robert Byars, Scott Knickerbocker, Alfreda E. Mauuso and Mark A. Wasson.


  1. The Commission therefore conducted an election on December 10, 2015 at the Community Meeting Room, Metropolitan Police Department 4th District Headquarters, 6001 Georgia Avenue N.W.

The winner of the election was Scot Knickerbocker.

RESOLVED:

That ANC 4B requests the Board of Elections and Ethics declare the vacancy filled byScot Knickerbocker by publication in the District of Columbia Register; and,


FURTHER RESOLVED:


That copies of this resolution also be sent to the DC City Council, the Mayor, and Scot Knickerbocker.



The meeting was adjourned at 9:35 PM.