February 7, 2017 Regular Public Meeting
The meeting was held in the Community Meeting Room, Metropolitan Police 4th District Headquarters, 6001 Georgia Avenue N.W. Commissioner Stephen Whatley, Chair (and ANC 4A01) called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM. Also present were Commissioners 4A01 Phyllis Green, 4A02 Stacey Lincoln, 4A04 Patience Singleton, 4A05 Deborah Pope, 4A06 Karrye Braxton, 4A07 Dave Wilson and 4A08 Gale Black. A quorum was present for all votes.
1) Approval of the Agenda
Commissioner Wilson moved that the Relocation of Bus Stop at 5920 16th Street NW be removed from the agenda. There was no objection
Commissioner Black moved that that the DDOT Vision Zero Pedestrian Safety Program be removed from the agenda. There was no objection.
Commissioner Braxton moved to approve the agenda as amended. Commissioner Wilson seconded the motion. The motion was approved, 8 yes, 0 no.
2) Approval of Meeting Minutes
Corrections to the January 3, 2017 meeting minutes were noted as follows:
1. On page 7, item 6, Ms. Whatley’s first name is Annie.
2. On page 7, under Presentations and Reports, Ms. Newman’s first name is spelled Sherryl.
Commissioner Braxton moved that the minutes be approved as corrected. Commissioner Green seconded the motion. The motion was adopted 8 yes, 0 no.
3) FY 2017 1st Quarter Financial Report
Commissioner Black moved that the Commission approve the FY 2017 first quarter report. Commissioner Lincoln seconded the motion. The motion was adopted, 8 yes, 0 no.
4) Grant application: East Rock Creek Village
Following a presentation by Ms. Sharon Flynn and questions from the Commission, Commissioner Braxton moved that the Commission approve a grant application from the East Rock Creek Village for $935.96 to purchase office equipment. Commissioner Black seconded the motion. The motion was adopted, 8 yes, 0 no.
5) Grant Application: Star Achievers-Shepherd Elementary after-school program
Following a presentation from Mr. Byron Green, Director, Star Achievers and questions from Commissioners, Commissioner Lincoln moved that the Commission approve a grant application from them for $1,000 to support their program. Commissioner Green seconded the motion. The motion was adopted, 8 yes, 0 no.
6) Resolution: Council Bill 22-0044 Seniors Real Estate Property Tax Exemption
Following discussion, Commissioner Black moved that the Commission adopt a resolution supporting Council Bill 22-0044, Seniors Real Estate Property Tax Exemption. Commissioner Lincoln seconded the motion. The motion was adopted, 7 yes, 0 no, 1 abstain.
The adopted resolution:
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4A (the Commission) takes note of the following:
· ANC Commissioner Gale Black was informed that on January 10, 2017, public notice was issued that the Council had introduced the Senior Citizen Tax Relief Amendment Act of 2017. This bill, as proposed, provides tax relief for District seniors by proving an exemption from real property taxes to those who have owned a residence in the District for at least 20 years, are 70 years old or older, have an annual adjusted gross income of less than $60,000 and less than $12,000 in household interest and dividend income. Among other things, the bill restores the deduction for long-term care insurance as well as the income tax exclusion for pensions or military retirement pay. The bill is under Council review.
· This matter has been referred to the Committee on Finance and Law;
· Ward 4 has a large number of residents who are seniors and many reside within the geographic area covered by ANC 4A and who potentially could benefit from such relief;
· ANC 4A is an interested party.
That, based on the limited information currently posted on the legislation and after considering the matter at a duly scheduled public meeting, it is the consensus of the ANC 4A to support this measure. We ask that this resolution be made a part of the record.
Community Comments and Concerns
1) Ms. Diane Cottman asked about the CCOT proposed changes in parking regulations for the LAMB School on 13th Place NW. Chair Whatley said that the matter should be on the March 7 meeting agenda for consideration.
2) Ms. Cecilia Lane, Department of Energy and the Environment, provided information on the Carter Barron Amphitheater retrofit project.
Presentations and Reports
1) Representatives of the Metropolitan Police Department Fourth District, including Captain Teresa Weedon and Lieutenant Donald Ennis, presented information on the MPD sector concept and crime in PSAs 401,402, and 406.
2) Mr. Philipp McCauley, Executive Office of the Mayor, gave a report on current issues and projects of concern to the Mayor’s office.
3) Ms. Sherryl Newman, Chief of Staff, Ward Four Councilmember Brandon Todd, reported on current issues and projects of concern to the Councilmember.
4) Ms. Tanya Hedgpeth, DC Water and Sewer Authority Office of External Affairs, presented information about WASA’s conversion to smart water meters.
4) Ms. Vicki Davis, Urban Atlantic, and Mr. Brett Green, representing D.C business interests, gave a presentation on the Ward Four liquor license moratorium and its impact on the effort to bring a full-service grocery store to the Walter Reed development.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM.