Minutes – January 2022

Regular Public Meeting

Monday, January 24, 2022, 7:00 p.m.

Minutes

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. Also present were Commissioners Evan Yeats (4B01), Erin Palmer (4B02), Jocelynn Johnson (4B03), Brenda Parks (4B04), Geoff Bromaghim (4B07), and LaRoya Huff (4B09). Commissioner Tiffani Nichole Johnson (4B06) joined later in the meeting.

2)        Administrative Items

Instructions regarding Participation in Virtual Meeting

Commissioner Brooks provided instructions for public participation in the meeting.

Election of Officers

Commissioner Brooks conducted the election of officers.

Commissioner Brooks called for nominations for Chair. Commissioner Palmer nominated Commissioner Brooks for Chair. There were no other nominations. Commissioner Brooks was appointed by acclamation.

Commissioner Brooks called for nominations for Vice Chair. Commissioner Brooks nominated Commissioner Parks. There were no other nominations. Commissioner Parks was appointed by acclamation.

Commissioner Brooks called for nominations for Secretary. Commissioner Brooks nominated Commissioner Palmer. There were no other nominations. Commissioner Palmer was appointed by acclamation.

Commissioner Brooks called for nominations for Treasurer. Commissioner Palmer nominated Commissioner Bromaghim. There were no other nominations. Commissioner Bromaghim was appointed by acclamation.

Appointment of Representative to Walter Reed CAC

Commissioner Brooks called for nominations for Representative to the Walter Reed

Community Advisory Committee. Commissioner Yeats nominated Commissioner Bromaghim. There were no other nominations. Commissioner Bromaghim was appointed by acclamation.

Consideration and Approval of January Regular Public Meeting Agenda

Commissioner Brooks presented the January Regular Public Meeting agenda. Commissioner Huff indicated she wanted to remove her Letter of Support to Rename Lamond-Riggs Library in Honor of Lillian J. Huff from this month’s agenda and that she would introduce the Letter at the Commission’s February meeting and that she would read Resolution 4B-22-0107: Supporting Rapid Tests to be Delivered to Seniors and Homebound Residents into the record because it was not submitted for publication on the Commission’s website in advance of the meeting.

Commissioner Parks moved to approve the agenda, as amended, to remove Letter of Support to Rename Lamond-Riggs Library in Honor of Lillian J. Huff from the Consent Calendar and to remove Resolution 4B-22-0107: Supporting Rapid Tests to be Delivered to Seniors and Homebound Residents, from the Consent Calendar and place it as Item No. 11 on the regular agenda. The motion was adopted, 7 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

Approval of November Regular Public Meeting Minutes

Commissioner Yeats moved to approve the November Regular Public Meeting minutes. The motion was adopted, 7 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

Approval of 2021 Meeting Schedule

Commissioner Brooks requested that the Commission set the following meeting schedule for regular public meetings in 2022. 

The fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m., except for the months of July, August, and December, when no regular public meeting will be held, and with a different date for the Commission’s September meeting to accommodate Rosh Hashanah:

February 28, 2022

March 28, 2022

April 25, 2022

May 23, 2022

June 27, 2022

July 2022 – no regular public meeting

August 2022 – no regular public meeting

September 28, 2022

October 24, 2022

November 28, 2022

December 2022 – no regular public meeting

January 22, 2023

Commissioner Jocelynn Johnson moved to approve the meeting schedule. The motion was adopted, 7 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

Approval of ANC Security Fund

Commissioner Bromaghim requested the Commission approve the Commission’s participation in the 2021 ANC Security Fund and authorize payment of the $25.00 annual fee. The motion was adopted, 7 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

Treasurer’s Report and Quarterly Financial Report for First Quarter FY2022

Commissioner Bromaghim presented the Treasurer’s Report. The Commission has a balance of approximately $40,377.05. Commissioner Bromaghim presented and moved to approve the Quarterly Financial Report for the First Quarter of FY2022. The motion was adopted, 7 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

3)        Commissioner Updates  

Commissioner Palmer shared information regarding an upcoming in-person meeting with Commissioner Yeats, Commissioner Bromaghim, and the District Department of Transportation to discuss the Metropolitan Branch Trail in Takoma. Commissioner Bromaghim shared information regarding a Single Member District meeting regarding a planned development on the 6800 block of Laurel Street, NW. Commissioner Brooks shared information regarding a walkthrough of 3rd Street, NE.

4)        Community Concerns

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

Commissioner Tiffani Nichole Johnson joined the meeting at this time.

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 the COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccination mandate, new Covid-19 centers for testing and vaccinations, and Christmas tree collection, 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 new constituent services coordinator, the work of the Ward 4 redistricting task force, upcoming hearings and legislation, and the Councilmember’s upcoming listening sessions, 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 on the work of the State Board of Education, including as related to substitute teachers, school facilities, and his book drive.

Metropolitan Police Department, 4th District

Captain Porter, 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 January 12, 2022, meeting.

Vision Zero Committee

Commissioner Yeats reported on the Committee’s January 19, 2021, meeting.

6)        Presentation: Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Horton presented information about the work of her office, including related to the National Park Service, US Postal Service mail delays, funding for Metro and other infrastructure projects, COVID-19 (coronavirus) fiscal relief, and other issues, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

7)        Presentation: Michael Alvino & Charlie Alexander, District Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Branch Trail, Blair Road to Piney Branch Road

Michael Alvino, District Department of Transportation, presented information about the Metropolitan Branch Trail from Blair Road to Piney Branch Road, NW.

8)        Presentation: Stephen Akyereko, Outreach Coordinator, DC Water, Lead Free DC

Stephen Akyereko, Outreach Coordinator and Maureen Schmelling, Director, Department of Water Quality, DC Water, presented information about Lead Free DC to replace all lead service lines by 2030.

Commissioner Tiffani Nichole Johnson left the meeting at this time.

9)        Consent Calendar

  • Letter: Oversight of the District Department of Transportation (Commissioner Yeats, Commissioner Palmer & Commissioner Brooks) 
  • Resolution 4B-22-0101: Supporting and Providing Feedback on the Walk Without Worry Amendment Act of 2021 and the Safe Routes to School Expansion Regulation Amendment Act of 2021 (Commissioner Palmer & Commissioner Yeats)
  • Resolution 4B-22-0102: Supporting Construction of the Metropolitan Branch Trail from Fort Totten to Takoma (Commissioner Yeats)
  • Resolution 4B-22-0103: Requesting the District of Columbia Provide High-Quality Masks to Schools and Other Communities in Need (Commissioner Yeats)
  • Resolution 4B-22-0104: Reauthorizing Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B’s Housing Justice Committee (Commissioner Palmer)
  • Resolution 4B-22-0105: Reauthorizing Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B’s Vision Zero Committee (Commissioner Brooks & Commissioner Yeats)
  • Resolution 4B-22-0106: Reauthorizing Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B’s Community Safety and Support Committee (Commissioner Tiffani Nichole Johnson)
  • Letter of Support to Rename Lamond-Riggs Library in Honor of Lillian J. Huff (Commissioner Huff)

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

10)      Resolution 4B-22-0108: Supporting Renovation of 145 Kennedy Street, NW

Commissioner Brooks presented a draft Resolution supporting the renovation of 145 Kennedy Street, NW. Commissioner Brooks moved to approve the Resolution. The motion was adopted, 7 yes, 0 no, 0 abstention.

11)      Resolution 4B-22-0107: Supporting Rapid Tests to be Delivered to Seniors and Homebound Residents

Commissioner Huff presented and read a draft Resolution supporting rapid tests to be delivered to senior and homebound residents. Commissioner Palmer noted revisions suggested by Commissioner Tiffani Nichole Johnson and Commissioner Palmer that were not responded to or incorporated. Commissioner Yeats moved to approve the Resolution, as amended to include suggestions from Commissioner Tiffani Nichole Johnson and Commissioner Palmer. The motion was adopted, 7 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

12)      Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 9:37 p.m.

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