ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 5A
5171 South Dakota Avenue NE, Suite 125
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 733-2414 (o); (202) 733-2415 (f)
The monthly meeting of ANC 5A was held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. The meeting was called to order at 6:45 PM. Quorum was established.
The following Commissioners were present for the meeting:
Commissioner Frank Wilds
Commissioner Grace Lewis
Commissioner Ronnie Edwards
Commissioner Jasmine White
Commissioner Sandi Washington
Commissioner Angel Alston
Following a motion made by Commissioner Lewis, the agenda was accepted as presented.
A motion to adopt the Minutes from the October 23, 2014 Meeting was accepted. Motion passed.
ANC 5A Financial Report –
ANC 5A 3rd Quarter Financial Report was reviewed. The report covered the period April-June 2014 with a Balance Forward from the 2nd Quarter of $38,314.41, Receipt of a District Allotment in the amount of $7,189.94, Expenditures totaling $9,117.36 and an Ending Balance of $36,386.99. Following review and discussions a motion by Treasurer Wilds that the 3rd Quarter Report be adopted. The motion passed unanimously.
Police Report –
The new 4th District Commander Wil Manlapaz was introduced and welcomed. An updated crime report was provided and residents participated in a thorough question and answer session.
Review and Consideration of Mamie D. Lee Re-Use Proposals –
Following presentations by all of the respondents submitting proposals for the re-use of Mamie D. Lee School, Commissioner Washington recommended that the Commission support the proposal submitted by The Eagle Academy Public Charter School.
The Eagle Academy Public Charter School was determined to be mostly suited for the community in that it offered the best opportunity to continue providing service to the existing Level-4 student population, and would be the least destructive to the community and existing school facility.
While a number of existing Bridges and Briya students and supporters attended the meeting in support of the proposal submitted by Bridges and Briya, by show of hands none were residents of the Ward 5 on ANC 5A community. With the inclusion of the Merry Center, proposed reconstruction of the Mamie D. Lee School caused great concern. Additionally, the Bridges and Briya proposal included extended hours of operation, a complex mixture of varying age groups and backgrounds, safety and security concerns, increased traffic and parking problems, and massive reconstruction activities all of which would drastically change the character of the existing neighborhood.
Following a lengthy discussion, a motion was made by Commissioner Washington, seconded by Commission Alston to support the proposal submitted by Eagle Academy Public Chartered School. The motion was approved unanimously by the Commission.
Members of the community expressed concern/made the following announcements:
· Discussions regarding 200-footers were raised resulting in a suggestion for a follow-up meeting.
· Concerns about left turn signal at Sargent Road and Gallatin Street NE were discussed with suggestions of possibly of inviting DDOT to a future meeting.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:45 pm
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