Minutes – April 2019

Regular Public Meeting

Monday, April 22, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

MPD, 4th District Station, 6001 Georgia Ave., NW

Minutes

1) Call to Order & Roll Call

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Commissioner Brenda Parks, Chair (ANC 4B04 Commissioner), presiding. It was held in the community room at the Metropolitan Police Department’s 4th District Station, 6001 Georgia Avenue, NW. Present were Commissioners Evan Yeats (4B01), Erin Palmer (4B02), Scot Knickerbocker (4B03), Brenda Parks (4B04), Perry Redd (4B05), Tiffani Nichole Johnson (4B06), Geoff Bromaghim (4B07), Alison Brooks (4B08), and LaRoya Huff (4B09).

 

2) Old Business

The Commissioners had no old business to report.

 

3) Consideration and Approval of Agenda

Commissioner Johnson moved to approve the agenda, as amended (moving presentation by Rashad Young, City Administrator on Mayor Bowser’s FY2020 Budget before community concerns; adding Resolution 4B-19-0409 and Resolution 4B-19-0410 supporting liquor license renewals for La Villa Café and Seven Seas Restaurant; and removing presentation by Anthony Lawrence, Senior Investigator, Office of Police Complaints). The motion was adopted, 7 yes, 2 no. Commissioner Yeats and Commissioner Redd opposed.

 

4) Approval of Amended Quarterly Financial Report for the Third Quarter of 2018

Geoff Bromaghim, Treasurer (ANC 4B07 Commissioner) presented the Amended Quarterly Financial Report for the Third Quarter of 2018, which corrected previous errors. Commissioner Yeats moved to approve the Amended Quarterly Financial Report for the Third Quarter of 2018. The motion was adopted, 8 yes, 1 no. Commissioner Redd opposed.

 

5) Approval of January and February Regular Public Meeting Minutes

Commissioner Johnson moved to approve the April Regular Public Meeting minutes. The motion was adopted, 9 yes, 0 no.

 

6) Reports

Treasurer, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

Commissioner Geoff Bromaghim, Treasurer (ANC 4B07 Commissioner) provided the Treasurer’s Report. He noted that additional quarterly reports would be forthcoming. 

Metropolitan Police Department, 4th District

Not present

Office of Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon T. Todd

Dolly Turner, representing the office of Councilmember Brandon T. Todd, reported on upcoming oversight and budget hearings and community events of interest to residents of Ward Four.

Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services

Keshawn Harris, representing the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services, reported on Mayoral actions and events of interest to residents of Ward 4.

Report: Ward 4 Representative to the State Board of Education

Representative Frazier O’Leary reported on issues related to the State Board of Education of interest to residents of Ward 4.

 

7) Presentation: Rashad Young, City Administrator

Rashad Young, City Administrator presented on Mayor Bowser’s FY2020 budget, including funding for education, housing, health and human services, and public safety. Specifically, Mr. Young noted $2.35 billion to support DC public schools, the University of the District of Columbia, DC public libraries, and the Office of State Superintendent of Education; $2.1 billion to support health and human services; $1.19 billion to support public safety and justice, including increasing the standing police force to 4,000 officers by 2021; $130 million for the Housing Production Trust Fund; and $20 million for a workforce housing fund. Mr. Young also noted local Ward 4 expenditures, including school modernizations and funding for the Takoma Aquatic Center.

 

8) Community Concerns

Members of the community were allowed the opportunity to present questions or statements.

 

9) Consent Calendar:

  • Resolution 4B-19-0401: Supporting the Capital City Public Charter School Edible Forest Garden (Commissioner Johnson)
  • Resolution 4B-19-0402: Amending Recommendations to the Board of Zoning Adjustment Regarding BZA Tmp301, Application for a Special Exception from the Zoning Regulations at 6430 8th Street, NW (Commissioner Knickerbocker)

Commissioner Knickerbocker moved to approve the consent calendar. The motion was adopted, 8 yes, 1 no. Commissioner Redd opposed.

 

10) Resolution 4B-19-0403: Supporting Implicit and Unconscious Bias Training & Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives for Advisory Neighborhood Commissions

Commissioner Palmer presented a draft Resolution in support of implicit and unconscious bias training, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, for Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.

Commissioner Johnson moved the draft Resolution. The motion was adopted, 8 yes, 1 no. Commissioner Redd opposed. 

 

11) Resolution 4B-19-0404: Supporting Full Funding of Birth-to-Three for All DC Act of 2018

Commissioner Johnson presented a draft Resolution in support of full funding of the Birth-to-Three for All DC Act of 2018.

Commissioner Yeats moved the draft Resolution. The motion was adopted, 8 yes, 0 no. Commissioner Huff was absent for the vote. 

 

12) Presentation: The Parks at Walter Reed, Concept Design for Building “O”, and BZA Special Exception for Town Center Building “IJ.” Resolution 4B-19-0405: Supporting BZA Exception for Walter Reed Building “IJ”

The Parks at Walter Reed presented for a second time on the Concept Design for Building “O” and a BZA Special Exception for the Town Center Building “IJ.” Commissioner Bromaghim presented a draft Resolution supporting the BZA special exception for Building “IJ.”

Commissioner Bromaghim moved the draft Resolution. The motion was adopted, 6 yes, 1 no, 1 abstention. Commissioner Redd opposed; Commissioner Knickerbocker abstained; Commissioner Brooks was absent for the vote. 

 

13) Resolution 4B-19-0406: Supporting Razing of Buildings 31 & 84 at the Parks at Walter Reed and Widening of Aspen Street, NW 

Randall Clarke, Director, Walter Reed LRA presented regarding the proposed demolition of Buildings 31 and 84 to promote safety and further the goals of the Walter Reed reuse plan. Commissioner Palmer presented a draft Resolution in support of razing the buildings and plans to include a pedestrian and bike trail, planting strip, and ADA compliant sidewalk.

Commissioner Bromaghim moved the draft Resolution. The motion was adopted, 9 yes, 0 no. 

 

14) Resolution 4B-19-0407 – Supporting Installation of Roof Solar Panels at 6824 5th Street, NW, H.P.A. No. XX-XXX 

Resident Steve Preister presented on his interest in installing additional solar panels on his home. Commissioner Palmer presented a draft Resolution supporting installation of the additional solar panels, highlighting the Commission’s previous support for front-facing solar panels and the temporary nature of the panels.

Commissioner Johnson moved the draft Resolution. The motion was adopted, 9 yes, 0 no. 

 

 

Resolution 4B-19-0408: Supporting Transportation Benefits Equity Amendment Act of 2019 

 

Commissioner Palmer presented a draft Resolution in support of the proposed legislation to require employers to offer equivalent incentives to employees who chose to drive and who choose alternative methods (Metro, biking, and walking).

Commissioner Johnson moved the draft Resolution. The motion was adopted, 9 yes, 0 no. 

 

 

Letter of Inquiry: Requesting Chief Financial Officer to Track Sexual Harassment and Assault Settlements Involving DC Agency Employees 

 

Commissioner Yeats presented a draft Letter of Inquiry requesting the District’s Chief Financial Officer to track sexual harassment and assault settlements involving DC agency employees. 

Commissioner Palmer moved the draft Resolution. The motion was adopted, 9 yes, 0 no. 

 

 

Resolution 4B-19-0409: Supporting Renewal of Liquor License for La Villa Café, 6115 Georgia Avenue NW (ABRA-094826)

 

Commissioner Parks presented a draft Resolution supporting La Villa Café’s liquor license renewal.

Commissioner Parks moved the draft Resolution. The motion was adopted, 7 yes, 1 no, 1 abstain. Commissioner Yeats opposed; Commissioner Knickerbocker abstained.

 

 

Resolution 4B-19-0410: Supporting Renewal of Liquor License for Seven Seas Restaurant, 5915 Georgia Avenue NW (ABRA-000654) 

 

Commissioner Parks presented a draft Resolution supporting Seven Seas Restaurant’s liquor license renewal.

Commissioner Parks moved the draft Resolution. The motion was adopted, 6 yes, 2 no, 1 abstain. Commissioner Yeats and Commissioner Redd opposed; Commissioner Knickerbocker abstained.

 

 

Adjournment 

 

Commissioner Knickerbocker moved that the meeting be adjourned. The motion was adopted, 9 yes, 0 no.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 9:56 p.m.

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