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December 18, 2014


The monthly meeting of ANC 5A was held on December 18, 2014.  The meeting was held at Backus/UDC Campus.  The meeting started at 7:02 PM.  The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Edwards.  A quorum was established by roll call.  The following Commissioners were present: 


Commissioner Frank Wilds,              5A01                            Commissioner Ronnie Edwards          5A05

Commissioner Grace J. Lewis           5A02                            Commissioner Jasmine White                        5A06

Commissioner Sandi Washington     5A07                            Commissioner Angel Alston              5A08

 Vacant                                               5A04                           


At the start of the meeting, there were six (6) Commissioners present. A quorum was established. The Recording Secretary announced that the November Minutes would be made available at the January 2015 meeting.  ANC 5A voted unanimously to approve ANC 5A Quarterly Report for the period covering July – September 2014.  The report showed an ending balance of $33,440.28. 


Guests: The Honorable Mark Jones, President, State Board of Education; Dean Kim Ford, Dean UDC Workforce Development; and Mrs. Romaine Thomas were present and provided remarks.  Mark Jones pledged to work with the ANC to address concerns regarding Mamie D. Lee Vacant School property and securing continued funding for the Lamond-Riggs Library.


Issues discussed and voted on: 


·       ANC 5A Opposition to the Deputy Mayor for Education selection of Bridges and Briya’s proposal


o      5A Residents – approximately 30 5A residents were present and voted unanimously to adopt a motion made by former ANC Commissioner Herman (Rip) Preston recommending that ANC 5A strongly oppose the Deputy Mayor’s decision.


o       ANC 5A voted unanimously approved a motion by Commissioner Washington (5A07) to adopt the residents’ motion and to develop written correspondence expressing our concern regarding the apparent disregard for recommendations of ANC 5A.  The vote was 6-0-0.


ANC 5A Commissioners (2013-2014)

               5A01 Frank Wilds, Treasurer                                                                                 5A02 Grace J. Lewis

               5A03 Adrian T. Jordan, Recording Secretary; Parliamentarian                       5A04 Vacant

               5A05 Ronnie Edwards, Chairperson                                                                   5A06 Jasmine White

               5A07 Sandi Washington, Corresponding Secretary                                          5A08 Angel Alston, Vice Chairperson

*Catholic University *Ft. Totten * Lamond-Riggs * North Michigan Park *Park Place-Trinity Square *Pleasant Hills * Brookland


Page 2 of 2 – Minutes of ANC 5A December 18, 2014 Meeting




·       BZA Variance 5A03 – Commissioner Jordan, in his absence requested that ANC 5A vote to support the special zoning variance requested at 4608 Sargent Road NE.  The variance was requested to support proper permitting of a carport located in the rear of the property.  Evidence and documents submitted by Commissioner Jordan demonstrated that the proposed structure was similar to many such structures already located within the immediate community and various emails and voice mails received from numerous residents expressing their support.  Based on this information, in response to a motion by Commissioner Alston, ANC 5A voted unanimously to recommend approval of the requested variance.  The vote was 6-0-0.


·       Lamond Riggs Library Taskforce – Several residents inquired regarding the status of the Lamond Riggs Library.  The ANC Taskforce was asked to research the status of current funding for the Library and to reach out to the Friends of the Lamond Riggs Library for support in involvement. 


SMD Reports – Each Commissioner gave brief remarks on behalf of their Single Member Districts (SMD).


Holiday Reception – following all presentations, with no further business to conduct, the meeting adjourned for commencement of the Annual Holiday Reception. 



There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:45 P.M.    






Approval Action


Adopted by Commission on January 28, 2015 subject to amendments on a vote of 6-0-0