ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 5A

MINUTES OF MEETING

January 23, 2013

The first meeting of ANC 5C was held on January 23, 2013.  The meeting was held at Potomac Lighthouse Public Charter School, 4401 8th Street NE.  The meeting started at 6:30 PM.  The meeting was called to order by Commissioner Alston.  The following Commissioners were present: Frank Wilds, 5A01; Adrian Jordan, 5A03; Ronnie Edwards, 5A05; Gigi Ransom, 5A06; Sandi Washington, 5A07; and Angel Alston, 5A08.  It was noted that Michael Williams, 5A02 was absent, and 5A04 was vacant.  Therefore a quorum was established (6 of 8 present).

The first order of business was the Election of Officers.  The Election was conducted by outgoing Commissioner Rip Preston.  The Election proceeded as follows:

POSITIONS

NOMINATION MADE BY

SECONDED BY

PERSON NOMINATED

VOTES

CHAIRMAN

RANSOM

JORDAN

EDWARDS

4

 

WASHINGTON

WILDS

ALSTON

2

 

 

 

 

 

VICE CHAIRMAN

JORDAN

EDWARDS

RANSOM

Acclamation

 

 

 

 

 

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY

 

JORDAN

 

 

 

 ALSTON

 

Withdrew

 

 

 

WASHINGTON

Withdrew

 

 

 

 

 

RECORDING SECRETARY

 

 

 

SANDI WASHINGTON

 

Withdrew

TREASURER

EDWARDS

RANSOM

WILDS

Acclamation

PARLIAMENTARIAN

WILDS

 

JORDAN

Acclamation

 

Commissioner Preston announced the results:  Edwards, Chairman; Ransom, Vice Chairman; Wilds, Treasurer; and Jordan, Parliamentarian.  Corresponding Secretary and Recording Secretary remained vacant.  The meeting was turned over to Chairman Edwards.

There was a lengthy discussion from the residents (Williams, Tracey, Evans and Shepherd) and Commissioners encouraging all Commissioners to consider accepting positions and helping to run the Commission.  No other Commissioners were interested in the remaining positions.  Chairman Edwards suggested that discussions would continue between now and the next meeting in hopes that Commissioners would change their minds.  It was also noted that the vacant positions may be filled by either Commissioner Williams or whoever fills the vacant seat in 5A04.

Chairman Edwards thanked the Commissioners for entrusting him as Chairman and pledged to work collectively with the Commission and community to address common issues.  He emphasized his desire to have open dialogue with the community and to make every effort to be responsive.

The following community concerns were discussed:

·       Mr. Maurice Banks – 5300 Chillum discussed his concerns about cars speeding up and down the 5300 block of Chillum; motorcycles speeding through the alley; inconsiderate dog owners; and replacement of super-can top.  Discussion – Commissioner Wilds acknowledged the problem to be in his SMD and agreed to work with Mr. Banks to identify solutions.  It was suggested that signs be posted to remind dog owners about laws and that pictures be taken of violators.  Commissioner Jordan suggested followup with DPW regarding the supercan.  Chairman Edwards agreed to work with Commissioner Wilds to address the issue.

·       Mr. Enrique Cobham – 600 Allison Street NE discussed his concerns about parking (several years ago the placement of a stop sign on 7th Street eliminated a number of parking spaces) and speeding.  Discussion – Commissioner Jordan acknowledged the problem to be in his SMD.  Agreed to work with Mr. Cobham. It was suggested that the petition process for speed bumps may be an option.  Commissioner Jordan will discuss further in February SMD meeting.  Chairman Edwards agreed to assist.

·       Ms. Letherer – 1000 block of Crittenden Street NE shared concerns about vacant, neglected property at 1010 Crittenden Street.  It was suggested that DCRA be contacted to assist with the problem.  Chairman Edwards suggested that DCRA be invited to a future meeting.  

ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMITTEES – Chairman Edwards acknowledged that the By-Laws called for the establishment of several Committees but emphasized the need to activate at least two in the interim:

·       Economic Development – need to ensure that 5A residents were informed of and engaged in economic development initiatives in the immediate area as a means of ensuring that residents concerns are addressed and that residents enjoy certain economic benefits.  Two major projects discussed – planned development at Armed Forces Retirement Home and Walmart at Riggs and South Dakota.  The following individuals agreed to serve on the Economic Development Committee:  Commissioner Alston; Ms. Alston, Carmen Williams; and Barbara Lee

·       Finance Committee – Commissioner Alston confirmed that Security Fund fees had already been paid and the bank account established.  Commissioner Wilds noted that steps needed to be taken to finalized the bond process and identify a P.O. Box. He agreed to take the lead.  It was noted that required documents were on the Auditor’s website.  Following a discussion, the Commission voted unanimously to authorize Commissioner Wild to advance payment for a P.O. Box pending receipt of 5A’s allotment.

·       Health & Human Services – Commissioner Ransom agreed to coordinate meetings of this Committee.  Mercia Arnold agreed to serve on this Committee.

ANC BUSINESS –

·       Cell Phones – Commissioner Alston reported on the procedures for use of cell phones in the past and based on discussions/agreement during an earlier Executive Meeting recommended 5A authorize the purchase of cell phones.  She estimated the monthly cost to be approximately $49.00.  Following a lengthy discussion, the Commission voted unanimously to authorize Commissioner Alston to research possible alternatives for seven (7) phones and to be prepared to make a report at the next Executive Committee.

·       Office Space – There had been discussion regarding possibly sharing office space with ANC 5B.  However, Commissioner Alston reported that based on her follow-up discussions with 5B, it seems 5B is no longer interested in sharing office space.  The Commission agreed to consider possible alternatives.

·       Website – There was considerable discussion regarding the need to enhance usability, timeliness, and the quality of information posted on the site.  It was noted that in the past Commissioner Preston had managed the website.  Commissioner Preston confirmed that he was interested in continuing to work with the Commission to manage the website and agreed to work with the community and the Commission to make it more user friendly.  Following discussion, the Commission agreed that Commissioner Preston should continue his service.

·       Business Cards – There was considerable discussion regarding the need for business cards and the feasibility of making a joint purchase for all Commissioners.  It was agreed that a DC firm should be used.  Commissioner Ransom recommended The Arc.  Following the discussion, the Commission voted unanimously to authorize Commissioner Wilds to research pricing and be prepared to make a report at the next Executive Meeting.    

 

Introduction of Councilmember Bonds/Swearing-In of 5A Officers

Chairman Edwards acknowledged the presence of At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds.  Councilmember Bonds was welcomed to the meeting, asked to swear in the newly elected officers and requested to provide a brief Council Report.  Councilmember Bonds thanked everyone for their support and proceeded to swear in the newly elected officers.  Chairman Edwards, Vice Chairman Ransom, Treasurer Wilds, and Parliamentarian Jordan were sworn in.  Following the swearing-in, Councilmember Bonds provided a brief update on recent Council actions including the various Committees to which she had been appointed to serve and advised that her office was open, accessible and eager to serve the residents of the District of Columbia.  She also encouraged residents to support her candidacy in the upcoming April 23rd Election.  Chairman Edwards acknowledged her years of service in the Community including serving a ANC and Chairman of ANC 5C.  Following her presentation, the Commission and the residents present thanked her for her presence at the meeting.

4D Police Report

SGT Tiffani Cowan, 4th District Police Department was present and made a report.  She apologized for being late and explained that she had been delayed due to the Police Department being engaged in the search for the missing 90 year old resident in freezing temperatures.  She announced that the individual had been successfully located.  She discussed ongoing crimes and robberies in the PSA, including the earlier assault on Commissioner Preston, robberies at gunpoint at 814 Birch and 4818 8th Street.  She encouraged residents to be vigilant, and when parking or arriving home be observant of suspicious activity and, if necessary, don’t get out of your car if things don’t look right.

SGT Cowan agreed to increase patrols in the 5200-5300 Blocks of Chillum, 600 block of Allison, 1000 block of Crittenden, 5000 block of South Dakota and 4800 block of Queens Chapel Terrace.  

Following her presentation, the Commissioners and the residents present thanked SGT Cowan and the entire Police Department for their service and dedication to the community.

Adjournment

Due to the cold temperature in the meeting room, no other business was discussed.  Commissioners were urged to work with the next meeting host to ensure that the room was warm in preparation for the meeting.  The meeting adjourned at approximately 8:45 PM.