Minutes - Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B
The meeting began at about at the MPD Community Room,
1. In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion made by Commissioner Green, the Commission agreed to add to the agenda a discussion and a possible vote on an ANC Joint Public Hearing and place it on the agenda as Item Number 9.
2. In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion made by Commissioner Wheeler, the Commission agreed to adopt the agenda as amended.
3. In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion made by Commissioner Grant, the Commission agreed to adopt the minutes for the July 24, 2008 Public Meeting, the July 10, 2008 Special Public Meeting, and the June 26, 2008 Public Meeting, as corrected and amended.
There were no corrections or amendments to the July 24 minutes.
The following corrections and amendments were made to the July 10 minutes:
a) Page One, Action 1, Line 1 will read: "Following a motion, the agenda, as amended..."
b) Page One, Action 2, 3rd Line will read: "unless another commissioner offered more specific information."
c) Page One and Two, Action 3, Paragraphs 3-9 will read:
"Commissioner Wheeler said that some of her
constituents who live close to the proposed
The Commission voted after a detailed presentation by D.C. Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services Chief Dennis Rubin and his staff. The presentation was followed by a question and answer period and comments from the community.
Chief Rubin said that the
Sites that were examined and rejected include Georgia and
He said the community would be asked for significant input on the exterior design of the new station. He also said that noise is an issue and the department is working on ways to mitigate it.
ANC 4A03 Commissioner Steve Whatley's Single Member District
includes the corner of
Other residents who spoke included Marlena
Edwards, who opposed both the
The following corrections and amendments were made to the June 26 minutes:
a) Page One, Paragraph 8, Line 4 will read: "Quarter of FY '08 (Jan. - March '08). The ending balance was $51,695.81."
b) Page Four, Action Item Number 8, Line 3 will read: "of time to start building its Planned Unit Development..."
4. Following a motion made by Commissioner Grant, in a 4-0-1 show-of-hands vote, the Commission adopted the following resolution:
"ANC 4B supports Renal Advantage Inc. establishing a renal dialysis facility in Ward 4 for the benefit of End-Stage Renal Disease patients in Ward 4."
The vote followed a presentation from Clifford Barnes, the attorney for Renal Advantage, Inc. Mr. Barnes pointed out that Ward 4 has no dialysis center and that the District dialysis facilities closest to Ward 4 are near or at 100 percent capacity. He also said that Ward 4 has a high mortality rate from diseases related to dialysis, and that rates of End-Stage Renal Disease in DC are increasing. Location is a critical factor for most patients, due to the fact that they must travel three times a week for treatment.
care for those without other insurance. Staff work hard to get patients qualified for coverage, he said.
Several residents supported the resolution. One resident, Kelly Shuy, said she understands the need for the facility, but is concerned about supporting Renal Dialysis, per se, because it is a business and the quality of the care provided is not known.
5. In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion made by Commissioner Grant, ANC 4B adopted the following resolution:
"Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B opposes the
request of Salmeron's Restaurant, Inc., located at
We also oppose extending the hours of sidewalk cafe service. The proposed hours are: Friday and Saturday from to ; Sunday through Wednesday from 11 am to ; and Thursday from to .
In addition, we oppose the entertainment endorsement that they seek. Those proposed hours are on Sunday, and Thursday through Saturday.
ANC 4B will work diligently to reach a voluntary agreement. If that does not happen, we oppose the applicant's requests (as detailed above) due to community concerns about noise and parking. We designate ANC 4B01 Commissioner Sara Green to speak on this issue before the Board."
The vote followed a discussion and short statements from Andre Carley, of Concerned Neighbors, Inc., and Anna Flores, of Salmeron's Restaurant.
Mr. Carley said that he had already set up a meeting with the Restaurant's owners to discuss a voluntary agreement. Ms. Flores said that the printed notice from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is inaccurate. The owners do not want to add new hours to the outside cafe and do not want to provide music there.
6. In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion made by Commissioner Jefferson, the Commission approved a grant of $1,000 to Citizens Aware, Inc. for the purchase of "Club" style anti-theft auto devices. The devices are to be distributed at the group's September 20 community gathering.
Citizens Aware President Gwen Vample spoke in support of the grant and answered questions.
7. In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion made by Commissioner Grant, the Commission approved adding $800 to its current $1,600 office equipment budget for the purchase of a sound system for Commission meetings.
The adopted motion specifies that the officers and staff "do thorough research" and "use caution" to purchase a sound recording and amplification system "at a reasonable cost."
Chair Sloan said that such a system could be purchased for less that $800.
8. In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion made by Commissioner Green, the Commission agreed to hold a joint public hearing on September 20 with other ANCs in Ward 4.
The adopted resolution is as follows:
"Resolved, that ANC 4B agrees to participate in a joint
Ward 4 ANC Public Hearing on the New Firearms Regulations in the
The vote followed a brief discussion, which included questions about spending Commission money to mail the postcards to announce the hearing. Chair Sloan noted that the cards will go to every ANC 4B address and will include the 4B public meeting schedule and our office phone number, along with other information.
The meeting adjourned at about
-- Submitted by Sara Green, Secretary