Minutes – March 2019

Regular Public Meeting

Monday, March 25, 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 that the agenda be approved. The motion was adopted, 9 yes, 0 no.

4) Report: Treasurer, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

Commissioner Geoff Bromaghim, Treasurer (ANC 4B07 Commissioner) provided the Treasurer’s Report. The Commission’s bank account has a balance of $95.07. The Treasurer is working to update the current backlog of quarterly reports.

5) Report: Metropolitan Police Department, 4th District

Sergeant Justin Roth, representing MPD’s 4th District, reported on issues and concerns of interest to residents of the 4th District.

6) Report: 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, proposed legislation, and community events of interest to residents of Ward Four.

7) Report: 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.

8) 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.

9) Community Concerns

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

10) Presentation: DC Water

John Deignan, Water Communications Coordinator, DC Water, presented on the Lead Water Service Line Replacement and Disclosure Amendment Act of 2018 – legislation that, if fully funded, would greatly reduce and redress partial lead service line replacements, and provide customers with income-based grants to facilitate replacement on private property.

11) Presentation:  Capital City PCS Edible Forest Garden

Ryoko Yamamoto, Capital City Public Charter School, and Lincoln Smith, Forested, LLC, presented on Capital City’s proposed Edible Forest Garden along their property line. Capital City PCS is seeking to establish the Garden with funding from the US Forest Service Chesapeake Bay Program in collaboration with the DC Department on Transportation, Urban Forestry Administration, and Forested, LLC.
12) Consent Calendar:

  • Resolution 4B-19-0301: Supporting University of the District of Columbia, Equity Imperative Plan and First Choice Initiative (Commissioner Brooks)
  • Letter: Requesting Presentation from Safeway regarding Store Upgrades (Commissioner Knickerbocker) 

Commissioner Knickerbocker moved to approve the consent calendar. The motion was adopted, 9 yes, 0 no.

13) Resolution 4B-19-0302: Recommendations to the Historic Preservation Review Board Regarding 220 Aspen St NW

Commissioner Parks presented a draft Resolution in support of an application to the Historic Preservation Review Board to construct an addition at 220 Aspen Street, NW.

Commissioner Johnson moved the draft Resolution. The motion was adopted, 8 yes, 0 no, 1 recusal. [Commissioner Bromaghim is one of the homeowners and is recused from this matter.]

14) Presentation: Supporting Modification of First Stage PUD and Second Stage PUD Application for Art Place at Fort Totten

Representatives of the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation presented on The Art Place at Fort Totten Project, Zoning Case No. 06-10D. The presentation included updates regarding the Second Stage (“Block B”) of the Art Place at Fort Totten Planned Unit Development and modification of the First Stage Planned Unit Development. The project goes before the Board of Zoning Adjustment for a hearing on April 4th.

15) Resolution 4B-19-0304: Supporting Increased Metrorail Service to Takoma and Fort Totten Stations

Commissioner Yeats presented a draft Resolution urging the WMATA Board of Directors to approve proposals to extend Red Line service to Glenmont and to extend yellow Line service to Greenbelt in FY2020 and future years.

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

16) Resolution 4B-19-0305: Supporting Retention of Stop in Metrobus Route R1 and R2

Commissioner Huff presented a draft Resolution that WMATA retain the existing R1 and R2 Fort Totten bus stop at the 600 block of Riggs Road.

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

17) Resolution 4B-19-0305: Supporting Alteration/Restoration in Metrobus Route E4

Commissioner Huff presented a draft Resolution that WMATA restore the E4 stop at the “All Boarding Area” across from the Fort Totten Metro Station.

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

18) Resolution 4B-19-0306: Supporting 8th Street, NW Neighborhood Bikeway

Commissioner Yeats presented a draft Resolution supporting the installation of the Eighth Street Neighborhood Bikeway and urging the DC Department of Transportation to act expediently to have it installed as soon as practicable.

Commissioner Bromaghim moved the draft Resolution. The motion was adopted, 8 yes, 1 no.

19) Resolution 4B-19-0307: Supporting Funding in FY2020 Budget to Address Chronic Homelessness

Commissioner Palmer presented a draft Resolution supporting Mayor Bowser’s investment in permanent supportive housing for 325 individuals and 180 families and targeted affordable housing for 20 individuals, as well as calling on the DC Council to further fund permanent supportive housing for an additional 661 individuals and targeted affordable housing for an additional 135 individuals to address chronic homelessness in the District.

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

20) Resolution 4B-19-0308: Supporting Reprimand and Calling for Removal of Committee Status, and Investigation and Possible Sanction of Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans

Commissioner Palmer presented a draft Resolution calling on the DC Council to immediately remove Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans as Chair and member of the Committee on Finance and Revenue, and as member of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety for known violations of the Code of Official Conduct of the Council of the District of Columbia and based on significant reliable evidence of substantial additional misconduct. The draft Resolution also called on the DC Council to investigate Councilmember Evans, immediately disclose to the public the results of the investigation, and adopt a resolution of censure or expulsion, if appropriate. 

Commissioner Johnson moved the draft Resolution. The motion was adopted, 8 yes, 0 no, 1 abstention.

21) Approval of January and February Regular Public Meeting Minutes

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

22) Adjournment

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

The meeting was adjourned at 9:28 p.m.

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