Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The Heritage Foundation
Present: Commissioners Brown, Dixon, Docter, Hamilton, Phelps, Richardson, Wirt. Absent: Commissioners Silver and Velasco
The meeting was convened at 7:05 pm
- Approval of Agenda
Motion: Ms. Phelps asked to have a discussion of Leyla Lounge added to the Alcoholic Beverage Committee report. Ms. Wirt moved/Ms. Phelps seconded a motion to approve the agenda as amended. It was accepted without objection.
Motion: Ms. Wirt moved/Mr. Hamilton seconded a motion to accept the December minutes as presented. The motion passed without objection.
- Treasurer’s Report
Ms. Brown presented the Treasurer’s Report. The opening balance in the checking account was $87,112.94. There was an interest payment to the account for $3.69. Checks were written in the amount of $442.50 to Roberta Weiner for transcribing the minutes (Check #1134); and $1500 to Healthy Living for a grant (Check #1135). Check #1133 was voided. The closing balance on the checking account was $85,174.13. Motion: Ms. Wirt moved/Mr. Dixon moved to approve the Treasurer’s report as presented. The motion passed without objection.
Motion: Mr. Richardson moved/Ms. Wirt seconded a motion to approve the FY2009 ANC 6C budget. There was a discussion about increasing the grants budget for the next year. Mr. Dixon suggested moving the discussion to the February meeting. Ms. Phelps said that the by-laws committee was reviewing the whole grants procedure. Mr. Hamilton asked whether there was a total available of the amount of grant funds the ANC had dispersed. Ms. Wirt said there was not. Motion: Ms. Brown moved/Ms. Wirt seconded a motion to table the discussion of the budget until February. The motion passed without objection.
Motion: Mr. Hamilton moved/Ms. Phelps seconded a motion that allocations be approved for $25 for the ANC’s contribution to the ANC Security Fund; $65 for renewal of the ANC’s website; and $261 for an ANC ad in the Fagon Community Guide. The motion passed without objection.
- Election of 2009 Officers and Committee Chairs
Motion: Ms Phelps/Ms. Brown moved and seconded the nomination of Karen Wirt as Chair of ANC 6C. The motion passed without objection.
Motion: Ms. Phelps/Ms. Brown moved and seconded the nomination of Mark Dixon and Charlie Docter as co-Vice Chairs of ANC 6C. The motion passed without objection.
Motion: Ms. Phelps/Ms. Brown moved the nomination of Tony Richardson to be Treasurer of ANC 6C. The motion passed without objection. Ms. Brown was thanked for her efforts and hard work as Treasurer.
Motion: Ms. Wirt /Ms. Brown moved and seconded the nomination of Ann Phelps as Secretary of ANC 6C. The motion passed without objection.
The officers of ANC 6C for 2009 are Chair: Karen Wirt; Vice-Chairs: Charlie Docter and Mark Dixon; Treasurer: Tony Richardson; Secretary: Ann Phelps.
Motion: Ms. Wirt /Ms. Brown moved and seconded the nomination of Mark Dixon to be Chair of the Public Safety Committee. The motion passed without objection.
Motion: Ms. Wirt/Ms. Brown moved and seconded the nomination of Lena Brown to be Chair of the Grants committee. The motion passed without objection.
Motion: Mr. Richardson/Ms. Wirt moved and seconded the nomination of Ann Phelps to be Chair of the Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee. The motion passed without objection.
Motion: Mr. Phelps/Ms. Brown moved and seconded the nomination of John Kelly as Chair and Joe McCann as Vice Chair of the Transportation Committee. Ms Phelps said that these two citizen members of the Committee are both pro-active and better suited than she to lead the Committee. Mr. Dixon asked whether consideration could be put off until February to learn more about them. Mr. Richardson said that he can vouch for them and their appropriateness to fill the jobs. The motion passed without objection.
Motion: Mr. Dixon/Ms. Wirt moved and seconded the nomination of Tom Hamilton as Chair of the Youth and Education Committee. The motion passed without objection.
Motion: Ms. Phelps/Mr. Dixon moved and seconded the nomination of Rob Amos as Chair of the Planning, Zoning and the Environment Committee. The motion passed without objection.
- Community Announcements
Jessica Thomas of Higher Achievement spoke about the Valentine’s Day Poetry Contest that will take place on February 10th at Ludlow Taylor School. She introduced Hakim Bellow, who the program’s Ambassador of Ward 6, who read an original haiku.
Raymond Ho, of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Society, presented plans for the annual Chinese New Year parade to take place on Sunday, February 1st, from 2-5 p.m. Motion: Mr. Docter moved/Ms. Phelps seconded a motion to support the Chinese New Year parade and send a letter to Emergency Management informing them. The motion passed without objection.
Nancy Rosen introduced herself as the new Chair of the CAC, and announced that their meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at the 1st District police headquarters. Their next meeting was scheduled for February 3rd at 7 p.m., and the discussion will be about the move to the new headquarters at the Bowen School.
- Committee Reports
This is an application for a grant of $1,000 for school uniforms for children who can’t afford to buy them. Ludlow-Taylor is a uniform school. Mr. Hamilton introduced Charlie Weaver, present of the Ludlow-Taylor PTA, who presented the grant. Ms. Phelps questioned whether the ANC could provide clothing for individual students. Mr. Hamilton said that the PTA would retain control of the clothing so that, essentially, they would be loaned to the students. Motion: Ms. Wirt moved/Ms. Brown seconded a motion to approve the grant for $1000 to the Ludlow Taylor PTA for uniforms, pending a ruling by the DC Auditor’s Office. The motion passed without objection.
Peabody School Garden
Louise Chapman presented a rewritten grant asking for $1000 for maintenance and improvement of the school garden. The grant would be used to build a fence inside public space. Ms. Wirt said that the grant would have to be cleared with the office of the DC Auditor.
Licensing and Economic Development Committee
Good Libations, a liquor store at 5th an M Street NW is in the ANC 2C area. They are requesting that ABRA give them permission to sell 20 oz. singles. Mr. Docter reported that an e-mail had been sent on January 9th, and they are not going to sell cheap wine or malt liquor, only beers. Ms. Phelps expressed her concerns about the hearing schedules and the fact that the establishment is just over the ANC 6C border. She said she is waiting to see the Voluntary Agreement with 2C, and said that 6C should stand with adjacent ANCs. Mr. Hamilton said that he tends to bend backwards to accommodate issues across ANC lines, and while he understands that the border is close, he is concerned that the ANC does not cross borders carelessly.
Tice Austin, a resident of the affected area said that Good Libations is abiding by the ban on single sales, but thinks that the ANC should ask for standing with the ABRA for exemption requests near the 6D border, and to oppose the single serve exemption for Good Libations. Motion: Mr. Docter moved/Ms. Phelps seconded a motion to send a letter to ABC to establish the ANC’s standing and request that action on Good Libations’ request be postponed for at least 40 days so that the ANC can establish the details of their standing and make an informed decision on how to proceed. The motion passed 6-1, with Mr. Hamilton in opposition.
Ms. Phelps asked that a letter of support be sent to ABRA for Leyla Lounge, at 501 Morse Street NE, which needs a waiver for (Inaugural hours?). Motion: Mr. Docter moved/Mr. Hamilton seconded a motion to send a letter ABRA supporting the request of Leyla Lounge for (?). Mr. Docter said he doesn’t object to Leyla Lounge and they have been in business for more than 20 years. Concern was expressed about bus parking on North Capitol Street. The motion passed 3-0-2.
Transportation and Public Space Committee
Youth and Education
Mr. Hamilton reported that Jessica Wodatch had given an interesting presentation at the December committee meeting and that Lisa Raymond would speak at the January 26th meeting. He reported that Councilmember Wells’ Juvenile Crime Task Force is working on a number of activities that the police are involved in, as well as social service and prevention initiatives. Lee Satterfield, the new Chief Judge is holding meeting with ANC Commissioners. Apparently, when youth are incarcerated, the courts no longer have jurisdiction, and other initiatives should be encouraged. He also announced an open house at Ludlow-Taylor School.
Planning, Zoning and Economic Development
Office of the Capitol Architect to Remove Trees on 2nd Street NE
The Office of the Architect of the Capitol reported that it will remove ten Zelicova Asian elms on 2nd Street NE, outside the Judicial Administration Building, in order to install bollards to protect the building, as part of the Congressionally-mandated program of providing security for all buildings under the Architect’s purview.
Mr. Docter said he objects to replacing trees with bollards and questioned the necessity of bollards, rather than other barriers such as benches or tree boxes. Naomi Mitchell said that Councilmember Wells and Congresswoman Norton support the ANC’s views and would send letters to the Architect expressing their concern. Motion: Mr. Docter moved/Ms. Phelps seconded a motion to accept the Committee recommendation that the AND oppose the removal of the ten Zelkova Asian elms on 2nd Street NE between E and F Streets to install security bollards at the designated width as presented. The motion passed without objection.
Historic Designation for 1307-1311 H Street NE
ANC 6A Commissioner David Holmes asked for support of a request by 6A, filed by the Capitol Hill Restoration Society, to have 1307-1311 H Street NE declared a historic landmark. The buildings are the last of the “high style” 19th Century buildings in the area, and a request to raze one of the buildings is currently pending. One of the buildings housed one of the first African American beauty salons in the District, and it is still operating. The owner supports the historic designation. Another of the buildings was one of the first large Chinese laundries in the District. Motion: Mr. Docter moved/Ms. Wirt seconded a motion to accept the Committee recommendation to send a letter to the Historic Preservation Review Board supporting the designation of the buildings as historic landmarks. The motion passed 6-0-1, with Mr. Dixon abstaining.
Tax Abatement for Downtown Residential Development
Motion: Mr. Docter moved/Ms. Phelps seconded a motion to move Mr. Docter’s resolution on providing tax relief to downtown residential developers to the next ANC meeting. The motion passed without objection.
Zoning Commission Text Amendment on Firearms Sales Establishments
The Zoning Commission has issued a proposal for a text amendment on the locations where firearms may be sold. It would allow sales in C-2-A through C-5 commercial districts and both industrial zones, and would reduce the buffer area from residences, places of worship, schools, libraries, and playgrounds from 600’ to 300’.
Ms. Phelps expressed her view that the reduction in the buffer zones seems completely counter-intuitive. Mr. Docter said that it’s what the Council wants and they are trying to do this in the best way. Motion:Mr. Docter moved/Mr. Dixon seconded a motion to support the text amendment regulation the sale of firearms. The motion passed without objection.
Office of Planning Report
Melissa Bird, of the Office of Planning, reported that there will be a public meeting on the Florida Avenue Market study at Gallaudet on February 7th. She said that OP is finalizing the draft. She also announced that OP is moving to the Reeves Center.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 pm.