Minutes – February 2022

Regular Public Meeting

Monday, February 28, 2022, 7:00 p.m.

Minutes

1) Call to Order & Roll Call

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 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), Graham Button (4B05), Tiffani Nichole Johnson (4B06), Geoff Bromaghim (4B07), and LaRoya Huff (4B09).

2) Administrative Items

Instructions regarding Participation in Virtual Meeting

Commissioner Brooks provided instructions for public participation in the meeting.

Consideration and Approval of February Regular Public Meeting Agenda

Commissioner Brooks presented the February Regular Public Meeting agenda. Commissioner Brooks explained that the Letter of Support to Rename Lamond-Riggs Library in Honor of Lillian Huff (Commissioner Huff) was not submitted in time for publication on the website and would be removed from the consent calendar and become Item Number 13 on the agenda, as well as that Resolution 4B-22-0204, Requesting Vaccine Card Holders (Commissioner Huff) would be removed from the agenda. Commissioner Brooks moved to approve the agenda, as amended, to remove the Letter of Support to Rename Lamond-Riggs Library in Honor of Lillian Huff from the consent calendar and strike Resolution 4B-22-0204 from the agenda. The motion was adopted, 9 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

Approval of January Regular Public Meeting Minutes

Commissioner Button moved to approve the January Regular Public Meeting minutes. The motion was adopted, 9 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

Treasurer’s Report

Commissioner Bromaghim presented the Treasurer’s Report. The Commission has a balance of $52,681.58.

3) Commissioner Updates  

Commissioner Graham Button provided details regarding vandalism of car windows in the neighborhood and work with the Metropolitan Police Department. Commissioner Tiffani Nichole Johnson provided information on an upcoming Single Member District 4B06 meeting, as well as provided updates on District Department of Transportation traffic safety improvements. Commissioner Huff provided updates on efforts to replace a mailbox in Single Member District 4B09.

4) Community Concerns

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

5) Reports

Tamira Benitez, Office of Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George

Tamira Benitez, representing the office of Councilmember Janeese Lewis George, reported on the Office’s legislative updates related to education and upcoming performance oversight and other DC Council hearings, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

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 elimination of COVID-19 (coronavirus) mask and vaccination mandates, street sweeping, and preparations for the State of the Union, 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 recent DC Council legislation related to education, facilities challenges in DC Public Schools, and a book drive, 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.

Housing Justice Committee

Commissioner Palmer, Chair of the Commission’s Housing Justice Committee, reported on the Committee’s February 2, 2022, meeting.

Vision Zero Committee

No update.

6) Presentation: Eduardo Perdomo, Director, Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs, Office Services

Eduardo Perdomo, Director of the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs, presented information on the Office’s programs and services, including the Immigrant Justice Legal Services Grant Program and language access, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

7) Presentation: Christopher Dyer, Community Engagement Manager, DC Department of Parks and Recreation, Department Programming

Christopher Dyer, Community Engagement Manager for the District Department of Parks and Recreation, presented information on the Department’s programs and services, including summer camps, other programming, and events, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

8) Presentation: Amanda Zander, Public Outreach Coordinator & Private Space Implementation Manager, DC Clean Rivers Project, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, Rock Creek Green Infrastructure Project B

Amanda Zander, Public Outreach Coordinator & Private Space Implementation Manager, DC Clean Rivers Project, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, presented information on upcoming construction of the Rock Creek Green Infrastructure Project B, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

9) Presentation: Arianna Gard, Ph.D., Director, Growth and Resilience Across Development (GARD) Lab, University of Maryland, the Community And Resilient Environments (CARE) Project

Arianna Gard, Ph.D., Director of the Growth and Resilience Across Development (GARD) Lab at the University of Maryland, presented information on the Community And Resilient Environments (CARE) Project and how the community can get involved in their survey and environmental assessment, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

10) Presentation: Ward 4 Redistricting Task Force, Status Update

Carol Joyner, Co-Chair of the Ward 4 Redistricting Task Force, provided information on the work of the Task Force, current map proposals, and how community members can provide feedback, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

Commissioner Parks left the meeting at this time due to technical difficulties.

11) Consent Calendar:

  • Letter: Feedback Regarding the District Office of Unified Communication’s 311 for City Services (Commissioner Palmer, Commissioner Yeats & Commissioner Brooks)
  • Resolution 4B-22-0201: Calling on the DC Library to Engage in a Community Process for Naming MLK Library Auditorium (Commissioner Yeats)
  • Resolution 4B-22-0202: Calling on DCPS to Allocate FY 2023 Funding to Build Swing Space in Ward 4 (Commissioner Brooks)
  • Resolution 4B-22-0203: Requesting Completion of Bike Lanes on Kansas Avenue NW between Chillum Place NW and Blair Road NW (Commissioner Bromaghim & Commissioner Tiffani Nichole Johnson)
  • Letter of Support to Rename Lamond-Riggs Library in Honor of Lillian Huff (Commissioner Huff)
  • Resolution 4B-22-0204: Requesting Vaccine Card Holders (Commissioner Huff)

Commissioner Yeats moved to approve the consent calendar. The motion was adopted, 8 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

Commissioner Parks rejoined the meeting at this time.

12) Resolution 4B-22-0205: Supporting the District Office of the Attorney General’s Proposed Text Amendment Governing Zoning Commission Orders to Comply with Inclusionary Zoning and Green Area Ratio Requirements in Effect on Date of Commission Vote

Commissioner Palmer presented a draft Resolution supporting the District Office of the Attorney General’s proposed text amendment governing Zoning Commission orders to comply with inclusionary zoning and green area ration requirements in effect on the date of the Zoning Commission’s vote, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

Commissioner Bromaghim moved to approve the Resolution. The motion was adopted, 9 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

13) Letter of Support to Rename Lamond-Riggs Library in Honor of Lillian Huff

Commissioner Huff presented and read into the record a draft Letter of Support to rename the Lamond-Riggs Library in honor of Lillian Huff, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

Commissioner Huff moved to approve the Letter. The motion was adopted, 9 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

13)Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 9:34 p.m.

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