Minutes – November 2022

Regular Public Meeting

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

Minutes

1)        Call to Order & Roll Call

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 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), Geoff Bromaghim (4B07), and LaRoya Huff (4B09).

Commissioner Brenda Parks (4B04) joined the meeting after it was called to order, and Commissioner LaRoya Huff (4B09) left the meeting before it was adjourned.

2)        Administrative Items

Instructions regarding Participation in Virtual Meeting

Commissioner Brooks provided instructions for public participation in the meeting.

Consideration and Approval of November Regular Public Meeting Agenda

Commissioner Brooks presented the November Regular Public Meeting agenda. Commissioner Brooks noted the removal of Letter: Requesting Coordinated Approach to Community Concerns Along 6200 Block of Eastern Avenue, NE from the Consent Calendar (Item No. 11) and moved to approve the agenda, as amended. The motion was adopted, 6 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

Commissioner Parks joined the meeting at this time.

Approval of October Regular Public Meeting Minutes

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

Treasurer’s Report

Commissioner Bromaghim presented the Treasurer’s Report. The Commission has a balance of $58,919.59. Commissioner Bromaghim moved to amend the Commission’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget to increase the amount for grants from $8,000 to $12,000. The motion was adopted, 7 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

Approval of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B Annual Report – 2022

Commissioner Brooks presented the Commission’s 2022 Annual Report. Commissioner Jocelynn Johnson moved to adopt the Report, as presented. The motion was adopted, 7 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

3)        Commissioner Updates  

Commissioner Brooks provided words of gratitude toward departing Commissioners – Commissioner Brenda Parks (4B04); Commissioner Geoff Bromaghim (4B07); and Commissioner Jocelynn Johnson (4B03). Commissioner Palmer provided updates regarding the meetings and work of the Commission’s Housing Justice Committee. Commissioner Jocelynn Johnson provided information regarding recent protests at Whittier Elementary School and efforts to accelerate the school’s modernization. Commissioner Yeats provided updates regarding the meetings and work of the Commission’s Vision Zero Committee, as well as the status of the Historic Preservation Review Board’s review of Elm Gardens, 7050 Eastern Avenue, NW.

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

Not present.

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 social housing and the removal of lead lines), budget investments in Ward 4 facilities, and turkey distribution, 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 book drive, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

6)        Presentation: Office of Waste Diversion, District Department of Public Works, Zero Waste DC Plan Draft Framework

Sarah Hofman-Graham and Rachel Manning, Program Analysts with the District Department of Public Works’ Office of Waste Diversion presented on the Zero Waste DC Plan Draft Framework, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

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

Faye Dastgheib, Legislative and Policy Analyst with the District Department of Transportation presented on the Department’s Electric Vehicle Curbside Charging Station Program, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

8)        Presentation: District Department of Transportation, Update re 30% Design of        Metropolitan Branch Trail from Blair Road, NW, to Piney Branch Road, NW

Michael Alvino and Samer Alhawamdeh, from the District Department of Transportation presented an update on the 30 percent design of the Metropolitan Branch Trail from Blair Road, NW, to Piney Branch Road, NW, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

9)        Presentation: EYA Multifamily, LLC, Update re Proposed Development at the          Takoma Metro Station 

Caren Garfield and Alexander Collich, EYA Multifamily, LLC, and Paul Trummonds, Goulston & Storrs PC, presented an update on the proposed development at the Takoma Metro Station, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

10)      Presentation: DC Public Charter School Board, Mission and Work of the Board

John Carlos Green, Community Engagement Manager, and Tomeika Bowden, Chief External Affairs Officer, for the DC Public Charter School Board presented on the mission and work of the Board, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

Commissioner Huff left the meeting at this time.

11)      Consent Calendar

  • Letter: Requesting Coordinated Approach to Community Concerns Along 6200 Block of Eastern Avenue, NE (Commissioner Brooks)
  • Resolution 4B-22-1102: Calling for Urgent School Building Repairs at Whittier Elementary School and Legislative Changes to Ensure Timely School Modernizations (Commissioner Jocelynn Johnson and Commissioner Palmer)

Commissioner Yeats moved to approve the consent calendar. The motion was adopted, 6 yes, 0 no, 0 abstentions.

12)      Resolution 4B-22-1103: Supporting Renewal of Alcoholic Beverage License for      Jackie Lee’s, 116 Kennedy Street, NW (ABRA-105767)

Commissioner Brooks presented a draft Resolution supporting the renewal of Jackie Lee’s alcoholic beverage license, as well as answered questions from Commissioners and community members.

Commissioner Brooks moved to approve the Resolution. The motion was adopted, 5 yes, 0 no, 1 abstention. Commissioner Yeats abstained.

13)      Adjournment The meeting was adjourned at 10:36 p.m

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