Minutes – June 2021

Regular Public Meeting

Monday, June 28, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

Minutes

1)    Call to Order & Roll Call

The meeting was called to order at 7:01 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), Tiffani Nichole Johnson (4B06), 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 June Regular Public Meeting Agenda

Commissioner Brooks presented and moved to approve the June Regular Public Meeting agenda. The motion was adopted, 8 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

Approval of May Regular Public Meeting Minutes

Commissioner Brooks moved to approve the May Regular Public Meeting minutes. The motion was adopted, 8 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions. 

Treasurer’s Report and Grants

Commissioner Bromaghim presented the Treasurer’s Report. The Commission has a balance of approximately $33,279.62. 

Commissioner Bromaghim also provided an update on community grants, noting the Commission is now accepting applications and the instructions and application are available on the Commission’s website. 

3)    Commissioner Updates   

Commissioner Tiffani Nichole Johnson provided information regarding applying for membership on the Commission’s Community Safety and Support Committee. Commissioner Brooks provided information regarding the current status of virtual Advisory Neighborhood Commission meetings. Commissioner Huff provided information upcoming Single Member District 4B09 events.

4)    Community Concerns

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

5)    Reports

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 the status of walk-in services at the District Department of Motor vehicles, information regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccinations and efforts to get neighbors vaccinated, and the STAY DC rental and utility assistance program, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

Lenace Edwards, Office of Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George

Lenace Edwards, representing the Office of Councilmember Janeese Lewis George, provided information on Fiscal Year 2022 DC budget oversight hearings, community office hours, and a job fair on Kennedy Street, NW, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

Metropolitan Police Department, 4th District

Captain Franklin Porter, 4th District, reported on crime statistics and police action in Ward 4 and 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 school funding and the current budget cycle, meals for students, and a book drive, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

Housing Justice Committee

Commissioner Palmer reported on the Committee’s June 14, 2021, meeting.

Vision Zero Committee 

Commissioner Brooks reported on the Committee’s June 16, 2021, meeting.

6)    Presentation: Mayor Bowser’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget 

Dr. Lewis Ferebee, Chancellor of DC Public Schools, presented on Mayor Bowser’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget as related to schools, including discussing per-student funding, technology, school-based mental health, and safe passage and other transportation to school issues, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members. 

7)    Presentation: Ernest Chrappah, Director, District Department of Consumer and     Regulatory Affairs, Agency Update 

Ernest Chrappah, Director of the District Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, presented on the work of the agency, including citation and enforcement of code violations, resident inspectors, and customer service surveys, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

8)    Presentation: Sayra Molina, Program Analyst – Community Engagement, District     Department of Transportation, ParkDC Permits 

Not  present.

9)     Presentation: Jane Nelson, Nelson Architects, Proposed Development at 6101     Sligo Mill Road, NE 

Jane Nelson, Nelson Architects; Martin Sullivan, Sullivan & Barros, LLP; David Zarnoch, Baltimore/Washington Economic Development Fund; and Jay Eichberg, Eichberg Construction, presented on a proposed development at Sligo Mill Road, NE, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members, including as related to a relevant, previously existing planned unit development.

Commissioner Tiffani Nichole Johnson left the meeting at this time.

10)    Consent Calendar:

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

11)    Supplemental Letter re Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B Fiscal Year 2022     Budget Priorities 

Commissioner Brooks, Commissioner Yeats, and Commissioner Palmer presented a supplemental letter regarding the Commission’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget priorities, including feedback from the Commission’s Housing Justice and Vision Zero Committees, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

Commissioner Palmer moved to approve the Supplemental Letter. The motion was adopted, 7 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions. 

12)    Presentation and Resolution 4B-21-0603: Supporting Construction of a Detached Single Family Home at 515 Cedar Street, NW (HPA 21-373) 

Jeffrey Kozero, CEO, Main Street 407 Partners, LLC presented on proposed construction of a detached single family home at 515 Cedar Street, NW, within the Takoma Historic District. Commissioner Yeats presented a draft Resolution supporting the construction, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

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

13)    Resolution 4B-21-0604: Supporting Implementation of the Office of the District of     Columbia Auditor’s Recommendations for an Educational Data System to Support     Student Progress 

Commissioner Yeats presented a draft Resolution supporting implementation of the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor’s recommendations for an educational data system to support student progress, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

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

14)     Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 9:58 p.m.

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