Minutes – April 2021

1)        Call to Order & Roll Call

The meeting was called to order at 7:04 p.m. by Commissioner Alison Brooks, Chair (ANC 4B08 Commissioner), presiding. The meeting was held virtually via Zoom and broadcast on YouTube. Also present were Commissioners Evan Yeats (4B01), Erin Palmer (4B02), Jocelynn Johnson (4B03), Brenda Parks (4B04) (who joined after the start of the meeting), Geoff Bromaghim (4B07), and LaRoya Huff (4B09).

2)        Administrative Items

Instructions regarding Participation in Virtual Meeting

Gordon Chaffin, Street Justice, provided technical assistance for the virtual meeting. Commissioner Brooks provided instructions for public participation in the meeting.

Consideration and Approval of April Regular Public Meeting Agenda

Commissioner Brooks presented the proposed April Regular Public Meeting agenda, noting a clerical correction to Item 10 to rename Resolution 4B-21-0403: Requesting Removal of One Storage Container and Relocation of Another Storage Container by Playground at Lamond-Riggs Recreation Center as Resolution 4B-21-0403: Requesting Removal of One Storage Container and Relocation of Another Storage Container at Riggs LaSalle Recreation Center. Commissioner Palmer moved to approve the agenda, as corrected. The motion was adopted, 6 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

Approval of March Regular Public Meeting Minutes

Commissioner Jocelynn Johnson moved to approve the March Regular Public Meeting minutes. The motion was adopted, 6 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

Treasurer’s Report

Commissioner Bromaghim presented the Treasurer’s Report. The Commission has a balance of approximately $29,900. Commissioner Bromaghim noted approval of the Quarterly Financial Reports for the Fourth Quarter 2020, First Quarter 2021, and Second Quarter 2021 would occur in May because he had just received the spreadsheet required to complete these reports from the Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.

3)        Commissioner Updates  

Commissioner Yeats provided information regarding District Department of Transportation Notice of Intent 21-96-PSD for traffic calming on Piney Branch Road, NW, and an upcoming project meeting on May 6th at 6:00 p.m. Commissioner Jocelynn Johnson provided updates regarding Single Member District 4B03. Commissioner Huff provided information on a May 8th movie night.

4)        Community Concerns

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

Commissioner Parks joined the meeting at this time.

5)        Reports

Metropolitan Police Department, 4th District

Not present.

Anthony Mitchell, Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services

Anthony Mitchell, representing the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services, reported on Mayoral actions and events of interest to residents of Ward 4, including information regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccinations and volunteer efforts to get neighbors vaccinated, parking and street sweeping updates, and information regarding specific Commissioner and resident requests, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

Tamira Benitez, Office of Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George

Tamira Benitez, representing the Office of Councilmember Janeese Lewis George, reported on the District’s reopening status and plans, the status of the Fiscal Year 2022 DC budget, proposed legislation, and information regarding specific Commissioner and resident requests, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

Frazier O’Leary, Ward 4 State Board of Education Representative

Representative Frazier O’Leary reported on issues related to the State Board of Education of interest to residents of Ward 4, including information regarding local schools, school funding and the current budget cycle, meals for students, standardized testing, and a book drive, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

Housing Justice Committee

Christopher Sousa, Secretary of the Commission’s Housing Justice Committee, reported on the Committee’s April 12, 2021, meeting.

Vision Zero Committee

Commissioner Yeats reported on the Committee’s April 21, 2021, meeting.

6)        Presentation: Linda K. Harllee Harper, Director of Gun Violence Prevention, Office of the City Administrator, Building Blocks DC

Linda K. Harllee Harper, Director of Gun Violence Prevention, Office of the City Administrator, Building Blocks DC, presented information on the District’s new Building Blocks DC program, a place-based, data-driven approach that uses comprehensive block-by-block analysis to pinpoint specific areas where gun violence is regularly happening, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

7)        Presentation: Emily Tatro & Casey Anderson, Council for Court Excellence, District Task Force for Jails and Justice,

Emily Tatro & Casey Anderson, Council for Court Excellence, District Task Force for Jails and Justice, presented on the Task Force’s report, Jails & Justice: Our Transformation Starts Today, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

8)        Presentation: Sayra Molina, Program Analyst – Community Engagement, District Department of Transportation, Piney Branch Road Traffic Calming Project

Sayra Molina, Program Analyst – Community Engagement, District Department of Transportation, presented on the Piney Branch Road Traffic Calming Project (Notice of Intent 21-96-PSD), as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

9)        Presentation: Amanda Zander, Seth Charde & Eric Lienhard, DC Water, DC Clean Rivers Project, Green Infrastructure: Rock Creek Project B

Amanda Zander, Seth Charde & Eric Lienhard, DC Water, DC Clean Rivers Project, presented on Green Infrastructure: Rock Creek Project B, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

10)      Consent Calendar:

  • Letter of Inquiry: Incident Involving the Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s Division of Student Transportation (Commissioner Yeats & Commissioner Palmer)
  • Letter of Inquiry: Follow-Up Letter Regarding Commercial Vehicles on Residential Roads (Commissioner Palmer)
  • Letter of Inquiry: Requesting Information regarding DPW’s Public Litter Can Collection and Zero Waste Efforts (Commissioner Palmer)
  • Resolution 4B-21-0401: Supporting AARP Proposal to Install a FitLot at Lamond Recreation Center (Commissioner Bromaghim)
  • Resolution 4B-21-0402: Supporting Renewal of Alcoholic Beverage License for Takoma Park Liquors, 6200 Eastern Avenue, NE, and Settleme/,./KL:YIklnt Agreement (ABRA-019598) (Commissioner Brooks)
  • Resolution 4B-21-0403: Requesting Removal of One Storage Container and Relocation of Another Storage Container by Playground at Lamond-Riggs Recreation Center (Commissioner Huff)

Commissioner Bromaghim moved to approve the consent calendar. The motion was adopted, 7 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

11)      Resolution 4B-21-0404: Requesting DDOT Provide Reserved On-Street Parking for Disabled Resident and Calling for Changes to Accommodate Disabled Residents in Non-Single Family Dwellings

Commissioner Palmer presented a draft Resolution requesting the District Department of Transportation provide on-street parking for a disabled resident and calling for changes to its parking protocols to accommodate disabled residents in non-single family dwellings. Commissioner Palmer also answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

Commissioner Yeats moved to approve the Resolution. The motion was adopted, 7 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

12)      Letter of Inquiry: Expressing Concerns About National Park Service Maintenance and Community Coordination

Commissioner Brooks and Commissioner Yeats presented a Letter of Inquiry expressing concerns about the National Park Service’s maintenance of Park land and coordination with the community, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

Commissioner Brooks moved to approve the Resolution. The motion was adopted, 7 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

13)      Presentation & Resolution 4B-21-0405: Support for the Establishment of the            message establishment, Integrative Bodywork, Wellness Center Located at 6230         3rd Street, NW, (BZA 20468)      

A business owner applicant and Commissioner Jocelynn Johnson presented regarding a Resolution supporting an application for zoning relief.

Commissioner Jocelynn Johnson moved to approve the Resolution. The motion did not receive a second.

14)      Presentation & Resolution 4B-21-0406: Supporting Construction of a Rear Addition at 732 Tewkesbury Place, NW (BZA 20462)

Resident applicants and Commissioner Jocelynn Johnson presented regarding a Resolution supporting an application for zoning relief.

Commissioner Yeats moved to table this Resolution, as well as Item 13, Resolution 4B-21-0405: Support for the Establishment of the message establishment, Integrative Bodywork, Wellness Center Located at 6230 – 3rd Street, NW, (BZA 20468) to allow time for community outreach and drafting by the Single Member District Commissioner. The motion was adopted, 7 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

15)      Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned by Commissioner Brooks at 9:27 p.m.

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