Minutes – July 2021

Regular Public Meeting

Monday, July 26, 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 provided technical assistance for the virtual meeting. Commissioner Brooks provided instructions for public participation in the meeting. There were technical disruptions during the meeting due to a storm that caused Commissioners to drop off the meeting sporadically at the beginning of the meeting.

Consideration and Approval of July Regular Public Meeting Agenda

Commissioner Brooks presented the July Regular Public Meeting agenda and proposed amending the agenda to add a presentation from the District Department of Transportation regarding the ParkDC permitting system as Agenda Item Number 10, moving the Consent Calendar to Agenda Item No. 11. Commissioner Palmer proposed amending the agenda to add Resolution 4B-21-0703: Requesting Centralized Funding and Support for Advisory Neighborhood Commission Technology and Printing Needs as Agenda Item No. 12, moving Adjournment to Agenda Item No. 13. Commissioner Brooks moved to approve the agenda, as amended. 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 $31,955.98.

Approval of June Regular Public Meeting Minutes

Commissioner Brooks moved to approve the June Regular Public Meeting minutes. The motion was adopted, 7 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions. Commissioner Parks was not present for the vote due to technical disruptions.

3)    Commissioner Updates   

Commissioner Yeats provided information regarding WMATA’s installation temporary lighting towers at the Takoma Metro Station in response to Commission Action in Resolution 4B-21-0602. Requesting Functioning Lights at Takoma Metro Station (June 28, 2021). Commissioner Tiffani Nichole Johnson provided information about a Single Member District meeting regarding public safety. Commissioner Brooks announced that the District Department of Transportation installed flexible delinator posts at the intersection of North Capitol and Longfellow Streets, NW. Commissioner Huff shared information regarding a movie night later that week at the Riggs-LaSalle Recreation Center. Commissioner Palmer provided a reminder that the Commission recesses in August and will hold its next meeting on Monday, September 27th.

4)    Community Concerns

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

5)    Presentation: Mayor Muriel Bowser

Mayor Muriel Bowser and members of her administration presented on her proposed FY2022 budget and the status of COVID-19 (coronavirus) relief and recovery efforts, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

6)    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 the the upcoming Open Streets DC on Georgia Avenue, NW, information regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccinations, and resources for rental and utility assistance, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

Lenace Edwards, Office of Councilmember Janeese Lewis George

Lenace Edwards, representing Ward 4 Councilmember Lewis George, provided information on resources for rental and utility assistance, an upcoming DC Council hearing regarding public safety, and community events, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members. Justis Davis, a summer intern with Councilmember Lewis George, provided an update regarding the DC Council’s budget actions. 

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 summer school and school re-opening, vaccinations and mask policies at schools, and tuition assistance for students enrolling at the University of the District of Columbia, 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.

Vision Zero Committee 

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

7)     Laisha Dougherty, Project Manager, TB&A, District of Columbia Powerline Undergrounding (DC PLUG) Initiative 

Laisha Dougherty, a representative of PEPCO, presented on the District of Columbia Powerline Undergrounding (DC PLUG) Initiative, a citywide initiative to relocate elevated power lines to underground locations, including details regarding the project and public outreach, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members. 

8)     Presentation: Michael Henderson, District Department of Employment Services, Office of Paid Family Leave, Program Overview 

Michael Henderson, a representative from the District Department of Employment Services, presented about the District’s paid family leave program, including qualifications for and benefits offered under the program, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

9)     Presentation: Nimita Shah and Gio Esposito, Toll Brothers, The Parks at Walter Reed, Development of Townhomes on Parcels A-G 

Nimita Shah and Gio Esposito, representatives from Toll Brothers, presented regarding proposed plans for townhomes on Parcels A-G at The Parks at Walter Reed, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

Commissioner Parks left the meeting at this time.

10)    Presentation: Haley Peckett, District Department of Transportation

Haley Peckett, a representative from the District Department of Transportation, presented regarding the Department’s updated ParkDC permitting system, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

11)    Consent Calendar

  • Resolution 4B-21-0701: Petitioning for Priority Sidewalk Installations within Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B (Commissioner Palmer)
  • Resolution 4B-21-0702: Supporting Additional Traffic Calming Measures in ANC 4B06 (Commissioner Tiffani Nichole Johnson)
  • Letter of Inquiry: Follow-Up on Outstanding ANC 4B Speed Hump Requests (Commissioner Yeats)

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

12)     Resolution 4B-21-0703: Requesting Centralized Funding and Support for Advisory     Neighborhood Commission Technology and Printing Needs

Commissioner Palmer presented a draft Resolution requesting centralized funding and support for Advisory Neighborhood Commission Technology and Printing Needs, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

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

14)     Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 10:18 p.m.

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