Minutes – October 2022

Regular Public Meeting

Wednesday, October 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 and broadcast on YouTube. Also present were Commissioners Evan Yeats (4B01), Erin Palmer (4B02), Jocelynn Johnson (4B03), Tiffani Nichole Johnson (4B06), and Geoff Bromaghim (4B07). Commissioner LaRoya Huff (4B09) joined the meeting after it started.

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 October Regular Public Meeting agenda. Commissioner Brooks noted the removal of Item No. 2(E), Resolution 4B-22-1003, Grant Award for LaSalle-Backus Elementary School Community, from the agenda; a modification to Item No. 5(A) to replace Yamileth Escobar with Christian Starghill, Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services, on the agenda; and the removal of Item No. 6, Presentation, District Department of Transportation, Electric Vehicle Curbside Charging Station Program, from the agenda. Commissioner Brooks moved to approve the agenda, as amended. The motion was adopted, 6 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

Approval of September Regular Public Meeting Minutes

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

Treasurer’s Report & Approval of Quarterly Financial Report for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2022

Commissioner Bromaghim presented the Treasurer’s Report. The Commission has a balance of $59,587.78. Commissioner Bromaghim presented and moved to approve the Quarterly Financial Report for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2022. The motion was adopted, 6 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

Approval of Community Grants

Commissioner Brooks presented and moved to approve Resolution 4B-22-1001, Grant Award for Whittier Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization; Resolution 4B-22-1002, Grant Award for Takoma Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization; Resolution 4B-22-1004, Grant Award for Lamond-Riggs Citizens Association; and Resolution 4B-22-1005, Grant Award for South Manor Neighborhood Association. The motion was adopted, 6 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

3)        Commissioner Updates  

Commissioner Palmer provided updates regarding the meetings and work of the Commission’s Housing Justice Committee. Commissioner Yeats provided updates regarding the meetings and work of the Commission’s Vision Zero Committee.

4)        Community Concerns

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

5)        Reports

Christian Starghill, Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services

Christian Starghill, 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 recent school building safety issues at Whittier Elementary School, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

Commissioner Huff joined the meeting at this time.

James Lewis, Office of Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George

James Lewis, representing the office of Councilmember Janeese Lewis George, reported on legislative updates (including legislation related to the removal of public trash cans, District Department of General Services work orders, and social housing), general election voting information, 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 the recent State Board of Education meeting, the status of contract negotiations between DC Public Schools and the Washington Teachers’ Union, the status of school buildings, and a hearing regarding teacher retention, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

6)        Presentation: District Department of Transportation, Electric Vehicle Curbside       Charging Station Program 

7)        Presentation: Deloris Ford, Uncle June’s Lighthouse

Not present.

8)        Consent Calendar

  • Resolution 4B-22-1006: Supporting Application for Map Amendment for Elm Gardens, 7050 Eastern Avenue, NW (Commissioner Yeats, Commissioner Palmer, Commissioner Bromaghim & Commissioner Brooks)
  • Resolution 4B-22-1007: Supporting Construction of Apartment Building at 7050 Eastern Avenue, NW (HPA 22-487) (Commissioner Yeats, Commissioner Palmer, Commissioner Bromaghim & Commissioner Brooks)
  • Resolution 4B-22-1008: Supporting Application for Map Amendment for Berean Baptist Church Development Project, 924 Madison Street, NW (Commissioner Palmer, Commissioner Brooks & Commissioner Yeats)
  • Resolution 4B-22-1009: Calling for Maintenance & Hardening of Traffic Safety Improvements to Intersection at Piney Branch Road, Whittier Street & 8th Street, NW (formerly NOI #21-6-TOA) (Commissioner Palmer)
  • Resolution 4B-22-1010: Calling for Coordinated Approach & Action by DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment to Address Downed Wires in Public Space (Commissioner Palmer)

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

9)        Resolution 4B-22-1011: Supporting & Providing Recommendations on B24-0802,   Green New Deal for Housing Amendment Act of 2022

Commissioner Palmer presented a draft Resolution, co-introduced by Commissioner Yeats, supporting and providing recommendations on B24-0802, Green New Deal for Housing Amendment Act of 2022, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

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

10)      Resolution 4B-22-1012: Recommending Improvements to the District’s Kids Ride Free Program

Commissioner Yeats presented a draft Resolution, co-introduced by Commissioner Palmer and Commissioner Brooks, recommending improvements to the District’s Kids Ride Free Program, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

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

11)      Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.

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