ANC 4A FEBRUARY 2021 MEETING MINUTES
PLEASE NOTE: In compliance with Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised, 11th Edition, §48, page 468, the minutes of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4A are a record of the actions taken by the Commission, not a record of what people said during the meeting. Accordingly, comments made by commissioners or members of the public will not be recorded in detail in the minutes.
The meeting was held virtually through WebEx. Commissioner Singleton called the meeting to order at 7:08 pm. A quorum was present, including the following Commissioners:
• Phyllis Green, 4A01
• Stacey Lincoln, 4A02
• Stephen Whatley, 4A03
• Patience Singleton 4A04
• Candace Nelson, 4A06
• Marlene Moss, 4A07
• Pavan Khoobchandani, 4A08
1. Approval of Administrative Matters (Agenda, Minutes, and Consent Agenda)
a. Approval of the agenda as amended was moved by Commissioner Singleton and seconded by Commissioner Khoobchandani. Approved 7 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions.
b. Approval of the January 2021 minutes was moved by Commissioner Khoobchandani and seconded by Commissioner Lincoln. Approved 7 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions.
c. Approval of the Consent Calendar was moved by Commissioner Singleton and seconded by Commissioner Moss. Approved 7 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions.
i. Resolution #4A-02-02-21-01 - Authorizing the Lease of a Post Office Box and Related Expenditures
ii. Resolution #4A-02-02-21-02 – Encouraging ANC 4A Commissioners to Use Locally-Owned Copy & Print Shops
2. Community concerns - Residents raised community concerns, including:
a. Tom Kadida’s wife commented about the Resolution relating to 7551 17th Street NW
3. Non-Consent Calendar Resolutions and Letters:
a. Resolution #4A-02-02-21-03 - Regarding Pedestrian Safety and Access to/through Rock Creek National Park from Eastern Road Approaches. Moved by Commissioner Singleton, seconded by Commissioner Moss. Approved 6 ayes, 0 nays, 1 abstention (Commission Khoobchandani abstained due to conflict of interest).
b. Resolution #4A-02-02-21-04 - For Changes To Laws Concerning Saturday Construction Hours And Noise Levels. Moved by Commissioner Whatley, seconded by Commissioner Nelson. Approved 7 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions.
a. Resolution #4A-02-02-21-05 - Supporting Modification of the Townhome Development of Parcel WXY, Parks at Walter Reed. Moved by Commissioner Whatley, seconded by Commissioner Moss. Approved 7 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions.
b. Resolution #4A-02-02-21-06 - Requesting Installation of Speed Humps on Colorado Avenue NW West of 17th Street NW. Moved by Commissioner Khoobchandani, seconded by Commissioner Lincoln. Approved 7 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions.
c. Resolution #4A-02-02-21-07 - Supports the Friends of Shepherd Park Library’s Campaign Efforts to Maintain the Operations of the Juanita E. Thornton Branch at its Current Location. Moved by Commissioner Lincoln, seconded by Commissioner Moss. Roll Call: Lincoln: Aye; Whatley: Nay; Nelson: Nay; Moss: Aye; Khoobchandani: Aye; Singleton: Abstain; Green: Nay. Failed 3 ayes, 3 nays, 1 abstention.
a. Resolution #4A-02-02-21-07 - To stop work on the excavation of 7551 17th Street, NW, pending review by Urban Forestry of one Heritage Tree and two Special Tree. Moved by Commissioner Green, seconded by Commissioner Moss. Approved as amended 6 ayes, 0 nays, 1 abstention.
4. Presentations and Reports
a. Captain Porter gave the report for the Metropolitan Police Department, Fourth District, and reported on current law enforcement issues in ANC 4A. Key points were that stolen vehicles continue to be an issue in 4A - mostly from "hop ins," where people leave their car running and someone hops in and steals it. A new Auto Theft unit is being set up to deal specifically with this issue - one main goal is getting the word out to people to not leave their vehicles running.
b. Commissioner Nelson of 4A06 provided an update on the proposal to move the Pre-K program from Lafayette Elementary to the former LAMB school site on Military Road in Brightwood. That will not be happening - instead, the historic Military Road site will become a citywide Pre-K program, opening for school year 2021-2022 with grades PK3 and PK4.
c. DDOT spoke about the Rock Creek East I Livability Study.
d. The Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School on 16th Street presented about its desire to add 75 students to its campus.
e. Julia Washburn, Superintendent of Rock Creek Park, spoke about the lack of equity between the east side of the Park and the west side of the Park with respect to access, and work being done to attempt to rectify this issue.
f. Yamileth Escobar representing the office of the Mayor provided updates regarding COVID-19 vaccine rollout and the 2021 budget.
g. Lenace Edwards, Chief of Staff to Councilmember Janeese Lewis George presented updates on behalf of the Councilmember’s office.
h. State Board of Education Ward 4 Representative Frazier O’Leary spoke on school/education issues.
Chair Singleton moved that the meeting be adjourned. It was passed without objection.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:18 PM.