Minutes – November 2021

Regular Public Meeting

Monday, November 22, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

Minutes

1)        Call to Order & Roll Call

The meeting was called to order at 7:03 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), Graham Button (4B05), and Geoff Bromaghim (4B07).

2)        Administrative Items

Instructions regarding Participation in Virtual Meeting

Commissioner Brooks provided instructions for public participation in the meeting.

Consideration and Approval of November Regular Public Meeting Agenda

Commissioner Brooks presented the November Regular Public Meeting agenda. Commissioner Brooks explained that Resolution 4B-21-1102, Comprehensive List of All DDOT Concerns Within Single Member District 4B09, was not submitted in advance of the meeting and Commissioner Huff was not in attendance at the meeting to present and read the Resolution. Commissioner Yeats moved to approve the agenda, as amended, to strike Resolution 4B-21-1102 from the consent calendar. The motion was adopted, 6 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

Approval of October Regular Public Meeting Minutes

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

Approval of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B Annual Report – 2021

Commissioner Brooks presented Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B’s Annual Report for 2021. Commissioner Jocelynn Johnson moved to approve the report. 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 $43,491.39.

3)        Commissioner Updates  

Commissioner Palmer shared information regarding a District Department of Energy and Environment Community Stormwater Solutions grant awarded to neighbors along an entire block in Single Member District 4B02. Commissioner Jocelynn Johnson thanked her colleagues for their assistance during her first year in office.

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 lifting the COVID-19 (coronavirus) indoor mask mandate, COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, housing efforts, and ticket amnesty, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

Tamira Benitez, Office of Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George

Tamira Benitez, Office of Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George, provided information about the office’s successes, including opening the Roosevelt High School pool to the public and connecting residents with housing, and shared information on how to submit Traffic Safety Investigations and coordinate with the Councilmember’s office, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

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

Not present.

Metropolitan Police Department, 4th District

Lieutenant Shavaun Ross, 4th District, reported on crime statistics and police action in Ward 4 and answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

Housing Justice Committee

Commissioner Palmer reported on the Committee’s November 8, 2021, meeting.

Vision Zero Committee

Commissioner Yeats reported on the Committee’s November 17, 2021, meeting.

6)        Presentation: Peter Rankin, Associate State Director, Advocacy and Outreach, AARP, AARP FitLot at Lamond Recreation Center

Peter Rankin, Associate State Director, Advocacy and Outreach, AARP, AARP, presented information about the FitLot at Lamond Recreation Center, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

7)        Consent Calendar

  • Letter of Inquiry: Requesting Information Regarding the District Department of Transportation’s School Crossing Guard Program (Commissioner Palmer)
  • Letter of Inquiry: Requesting Underlying Data and Results of Traffic Safety Assessments Throughout Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B (Commissioner Palmer, Commissioner Brooks, & Commission Yeats)
  • Letter of Inquiry: Documenting District Department of Transportation’s Lack of Response to Commission Resolutions (Commissioner Palmer, Commissioner Brooks, & Commissioner Yeats)
  • Resolution 4B-21-1101: Requesting Installation of Four-Way Stop Signs at Kansas Avenue, NW, and Madison Street, NW; Kansas Avenue, NW, and Longfellow Street, NW; and along 3rd Street Corridor from Missouri Avenue, NW, to Sheridan Street, NW; and Speed Humps Along 6200-6300 Blocks of 2nd Street, NW, and 100-800 Blocks of Sheridan Street, NW (Commissioner Tiffani Nichole Johnson & Jocelynn Johnson)
  • Resolution 4B-21-1102: Comprehensive List of All DDOT Concerns Within Single Member District 4B09 (Commissioner Huff)
  • Resolution 4B-21-1103: Supporting Construction of a Deck at 238 Madison Street, NW (Application No. 20617) (Commissioner Tiffani Nichole Johnson)
  • Letter of Inquiry: Questions for Petra Development regarding Affordable Housing Commitments for Proposed Development at 6928 Maple Street, NW (Commissioner Palmer)

Commissioner Yeats moved to approve the consent calendar. The motion was adopted, 6 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

8)          Presentation & Resolution 4B-21-1104: Supporting Special Exception for Retaining Wall at 840 Oglethorpe Street, NE (BZA Case No. 20590)

The property owner at 840 Oglethorpe Street, NE presented regarding a proposed retaining wall, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members. Commissioner Brooks presented a draft Resolution in support of the proposal and read the Resolution in full since it was not shared with the public in advance of the meeting and since Commissioner Huff was not present at the meeting.

Commissioner Bromaghim moved to approve the Resolution. The motion was adopted, 5 yes, 0 no, 1 abstention. Commissioner Palmer abstained.

9)          Presentation & Resolution 4B-21-1105: Providing Feedback on the Request for a Modification of Significance by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation for Block B of the Art Place at Fort Totten (ZC Case 06-10G)

Paul Tummonds, Goulston & Storrs PC (zoning counsel for the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation), presented regarding a request for a Modification of Significance for Block B of the Art Place at Fort Totten, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

Commissioner Yeats presented a draft Resolution providing feedback and moved to approve the Resolution. The motion was adopted, 6 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

10)      Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 8:52 p.m.

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