Regular Public Meeting
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
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. The meeting was previously scheduled to take place on Wednesday (and not Monday) to accommodate those who celebrate Rosh Hashanah. Also present were Commissioners Evan Yeats (4B01), Erin Palmer (4B02), Jocelynn Johnson (4B03), Brenda Parks (4B04), 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 September Regular Public Meeting Agenda
Commissioner Brooks presented the September Regular Public Meeting agenda. Commissioner Brooks noted a change in the order of presentations to flip the District Department of Transportation and Area Main Street programs presentations to accommodate a scheduling need. Commissioner Brooks moved to approve the agenda, as amended. The motion was adopted, 6 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.
Approval of June Regular Public Meeting Minutes
Commissioner Brooks moved to approve the June Regular Public Meeting minutes. The motion was adopted, 6 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.
Treasurer’s Report, Approval of Quarterly Financial Report for the Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2022 & Approval of Budget for Fiscal Year 2023
Commissioner Bromaghim presented the Treasurer’s Report. The Commission has a balance of $50,195.74. Commissioner Bromaghim presented and moved to approve the Quarterly Financial Report for the Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2022. The motion was adopted, 6 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions. Commissioner Bromaghim also presented and moved to approve Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B’s Budget for FY2023. The motion was adopted, 6 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.
3) Commissioner Updates
Commissioner updates were provided after the instructions regarding participation in the virtual meeting. The Commission returned to consideration and approval of the September Regular Public Meeting agenda after Commissioner updates.
Commissioner Yeats provided details regarding a recently installed ground mural at 5th Street and Dahlia Street, NW; his testimony before the DC Council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety at a public oversight roundtable regarding 911 operations at the Office of Unified Communications; and the change in Single Member District 4B01 boundaries resulting from redistricting. Commissioner Palmer provided updates regarding the work of the Commission’s Housing Justice Committee. Commissioner Parks provided information regarding a recently installed speed hump on 7th Street, NW, within Single Member District 4B04. And Commissioner Brooks noted that the District Department of Transportation had been invited to the Commission’s meeting to provide information regarding the upcoming Open Streets on Georgia Avenue, NW, but they had declined to attend, as well as provided updates regarding the work of the Commission’s Vision Zero Committee.
4) Community Concerns
Members of the community were allowed the opportunity to present questions or statements.
Yamileth Escobar, Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services
Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George
James Lewis, representing the office of Councilmember Janeese Lewis George, reported on legislative updates (including updates on the DCPS Digital Equity Act and legislation related to the removal of public trash cans), agency oversight, the Office’s CARE days, and the Office’s upcoming Senior Jubilee, 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 the recent State Board of Education meeting, the status of contract negotiations between DC Public Schools and the Washington Teachers’ Union, and a book drive, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.
6) Presentation: Area Main Street Programs, Programming and Operations
Laura Barclay, Executive Director, Old Takoma Business Association / Main Street Takoma; Jessica Mailander, Interim Executive Director, Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street; Gabriella Mossi, Executive Director, Uptown Main Street; and Edwin Washington, Executive Director, The Parks Main Street, presented information on the programming and operations of their respective Main Street programs, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.
7) Presentation: Vicki Caudullo, Transportation Planner, District Department of Transportation, Riggs Road Connector Cycletrack
Vicki Caudullo, Transportation Planner, District Department of Transportation, presented information on the Riggs Road Connector Cycletrack, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.
8) Presentation: Pastor Robert Childs & HEP Developers, Berean Baptist Church Development Project (senior affordable housing), 924 Madison Street, NW
Pastor Robert Childs and representatives from HEP Development, LLC, PGN Architects, and Boundary Street Partners, presented information on Berean Baptist Church’s proposed senior affordable housing redevelopment project, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.
9) Presentation: Michael Simon & John Welsh, NHP Foundation, Map Amendment for Elm Gardens, 7050 Eastern Avenue, NW
Michael Simon and John Welsh, NHP Foundation, presented information regarding an affordable housing development at Elm Gardens, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members. Representatives from the Elm Gardens tenants association exercising their Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act rights were also present.
10) Consent Calendar
- Letter of Inquiry: Requesting Additional Information and Action regarding DDOT’s June 27, 2022, Presentation to ANC 4B (Commissioner Palmer, Commissioner Yeats & Commissioner Brooks)
- Resolution 4B-22-0901: Providing Feedback on DPW Zero Waste Plan (Commissioner Palmer)
- Letter: Requesting Improved Operations at Advance Auto Parts, 6300 New Hampshire Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912 (Commissioner Brooks)
- Resolution 4B-22-0902: Requesting Funding to Implement Rock Creek East I Livability Study (Commissioner Brooks)
- Resolution 4B-22-0903: Supporting Request for Special Exceptions to Lot Occupancy and Rear Yard Requirements to Replace Rear Deck, 609 Quintana Place, NW (BZA 20788)
Commissioner Yeats moved to approve the consent calendar. The motion was adopted, 6 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:18 p.m.