Minutes – March 2022

Regular Public Meeting

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

Minutes

1)        Call to Order & Roll Call

The meeting was called to order at 7:06 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), Tiffani Nichole Johnson (4B06), Geoff Bromaghim (4B07), and LaRoya Huff (4B09). Commissioner Brenda Parks (4B04) joined after the meeting started.

2)        Administrative Items

Instructions regarding Participation in Virtual Meeting

Commissioner Brooks provided instructions for public participation in the meeting.

Consideration and Approval of March Regular Public Meeting Agenda

Commissioner Brooks presented the March Regular Public Meeting agenda. Commissioner Brooks explained that the Interim Director of the District Department of Public Works would be providing the presentation on Mayor Bowser’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget, and not the Director of the District Department of Transportation. Commissioner Brooks moved to approve the agenda, as amended regarding the aforementioned presentation. The motion was adopted, 6 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

Approval of February Regular Public Meeting Minutes

Commissioner Brooks moved to approve the February Regular Public Meeting minutes. 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 $52,680.35.

3)        Commissioner Updates  

Commissioner Brooks provided information regarding the resignation of the Commissioner for Single Member District 4B05. Commissioner Yeats provided information regarding an upcoming meeting among the Commissioners for Single Member Districts 4B01, 4B02, and 4B07 regarding the proposed Takoma Metro development. Commissioner Palmer provided information regarding the recent ribbon cutting at 410 Cedar Street, NW, an affordable housing preservation project. Commissioner Tiffani Nichole Johnson provided information on an upcoming Single Member District 4B06 meeting. Commissioner Huff provided updates on an upcoming community cleanup.

Commissioner Parks joined the meeting at this time.

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 COVID-19 (coronavirus) centers and testing and budget season, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

Tamira Benitez, Office of Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George

Tamira Benitez, representing the office of Councilmember Janeese Lewis George, reported on upcoming budget oversight hearings, legislative updates, redistricting, and the Office’s CARE days, 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 hearings and testimony regarding school facilities 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 March 2, 2022, meeting.

Vision Zero Committee

No update.

6)        Presentation: Michael A. Carter, Interim Director, District Department of Public Works, Mayor Bowser’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget

Michael A. Carter, Interim Director of the District Department of Public Works, presented information on Mayor Bowser’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

7)        Consent Calendar:

  • Resolution 4B-22-0301: Calling on National Park Service & District Department of Transportation to Make Usable Paper Alley Behind 5400 Block of 1st Street, NE (Commissioner Brooks & Commissioner Palmer)
  • Resolution 4B-22-0302: Resolution in Opposition to Confirmation of Karima Holmes as Director of the District Office of Unified Communications (Commissioner Yeats)
  • Resolution 4B-22-0303: Providing Feedback on Construction of the Metropolitan Branch Trail from Blair Road, NW, to Piney Branch Road, NW (Commissioner Yeats & Commissioner Palmer)

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

8)        Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 8:44 p.m.

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