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DC Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4A

7600 Georgia Avenue, NW, Suite 205, Washington, DC  20012

MINUTES of January 8, 2013 ANC 4A MEETING

Fort Stevens Recreation Center, Van Buren and 13th Streets, NW, Washington, DC

Roll Call:  Commissioners Braxton (4A06), Toliver (4A02), Whatley (4A03), Wilson (4A07), Anderson (4A01), and Black (4A08), and Bennett (4A04) were in attendance.

Approximately 15 people were in attendance from the community.

Having determined that there was a quorum, Commissioner Toliver called the meeting to order at 7:22 PM.


a.     Roll call and introduction of seated commissioners.

b.     Welcome and introduction of new Commissioners Acqunetta Anderson (4A01) and Karrye Braxton (4A06) were made.

c.     Former Commissioner, Karl Kennedy (4A01) was invited to the podium to conduct the 2013 ANC 4A Election of Officers.


a.     Commissioner Kennedy declared the offices of ANC 4A all vacant and proceeded without objection to conduct the election of officers beginning with the position of ANC 4A Chair.

b.     Commissioner Bennett nominated Commissioner Dwayne Toliver for Chair of ANC 4A.  Commissioner Dwayne Toliver accepted the nomination.  There being no further nominations, nominations were closed.

c.     Commissioner Black nominated Commissioner Braxton for Vice-Chair.  Commissioner Braxton accepted.  Commissioner Acqunetta Anderson nominated herself for Vice-Chair.  Commissioner Whatley nominated Commissioner Black for Vice-Chair.  Commissioner Black declined the nomination.  There being no further nominations, nominations were closed.

d.     Commissioner Toliver nominated Commissioner Whatley for Treasurer.  There being no further nominations, nominations were closed.

e.     Commissioner Toliver nominated Commissioner Bennett for Secretary. There being no further nominations, nominations were closed.

f.      Commissioner Toliver moved there be a slate for all offices accept Vice-Chair.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Black.  All in favor.  Motion passed unanimously.

                                               i.     Dwayne Toliver declared 2013 ANC 4A Chair

                                             ii.     Steve Whatley declared 2013 ANC 4A Treasurer

                                            iii.     Marian Bennett declared 2013 ANC 4A Secretary

                                            iv.     The Commissioners voted 1-6 with Anderson in favor of herself assuming the position of Vice-Chair.  Karrye Braxton was declared 2013 ANC 4A Vice- Chair by a 6-1 vote with Anderson in opposition.


a.     AGENDA

                                               i.     Commissioner Whatley moved that the agenda be approved as amended.  Seconded by Commissioner Braxton.  All in favor.  Motion passed unanimously.

b.     MINUTES

                                               i.     Commissioner Whatley moved that the minutes be accepted subject to any subsequent amendments provided by the commissioners.  Seconded by Commissioner Braxton.  Motion passed 6-1 with Commissioner Anderson abstaining.


                                               i.     Treasurer’s report. Commissioner Whatley reported that the Wells Fargo savings account balance was $40,232.32 and the Industrial Bank checking account balance was $29,902.01 as of January 6, 2013.  Commissioner Whatley reported that there will be a mandatory training session for all ANC Chairs and Treasurers on February 9, 2013 from 10am-2pm at the Wilson building. 


                                               i.     Security fund.  Commissioner Whatley moved that ANC 4A approve the expenditure of $25 for the annual security fund.   Motion seconded by Commissioner Wilson.  All in favor.  Motion passed unanimously.

                                             ii.     Commissioners Whatley and Toliver confirmed that the DC Auditor issued a letter stating that January 31st is the deadline for submission of the ANC resolution approving the expenditure.  In the meantime, checks can be written, without penalty.


                                               i.     2013 Meeting Calendar.  Commissioner Black moved that ANC 4A adopt the following dates of regular Commission meetings for calendar year 2013 (schedule attached).  Motion seconded by Commissioner Anderson. Motion passed unanimously.


                                               i.     Commissioner Braxton, with the assistance of Commissioner Whatley, will lead an outreach committee to reach out to the Latino Community in an effort to engage that community in ANC 4A matters. Commissioner Toliver asked that Commissioner Braxton prepare a plan to be presented at the next meeting.

                                             ii.     Local business owner, Wilfredo Guzman, of Graphic Box (5816 Georgia Avenue NW), volunteered to assist Commissioners Braxton and Whatley in this effort.


a.     Joy Holland, Chief of Staff for Councilmember Muriel Bowser. Today was the opening session for Council Period 20 where many bills were introduced.  Legislative highlights include:

                                               i.     Increased police presence in various neighborhoods.  A budget will be going forward to hire more police utilizing reserve funds.

                                             ii.     A bill going forward that will prevent the need to show your social security card at the DMV when applying for a license or legal ID.

                                            iii.     The initial Affordable Housing Act requires that a minimum of 20% of any housing going forward is to be for seniors.  WMATA owns a substantial amount of land in the District and was exempt from this policy.  A new bill will be introduced requiring WMATA also provide a minimum of 20% affordable housing for seniors in any future development.

                                            iv.     The Councilmember will have a meeting with the Commander of 4D and the Chief of Police in reference to the uptick in crime on next Friday morning.



a.     Commissioner Black provided a list of issues of interest to SMD 4A08:

                                               i.     Crime/Emergency Preparedness

                                             ii.     Elementary School Access

                                            iii.     Zoning Regulations Update

                                            iv.     Environmental Issues/Public Health

                                             v.     Permits – DCRA, Fine Arts

                                            vi.     Trees

                                          vii.     Seniors

                                         viii.     Transportation/Traffic/Road maintenance

                                            ix.     Historic Preservation

                                              x.     Quality of Life/Building Community

                                            xi.     DC Fiscal Accountability

b.     Commissioner Wilson suggested the formation of a committee to deal with office space.

c.     Commissioner Anderson moved that ANC 4A table the discussion and establishment of the committees outside that of Latino community outreach and office space approved earlier in the meeting. Motion seconded by Commissioner Braxton.  All in favor.  Motion passed unanimously.

d.     Commissioner Toliver asked that all commissioners send Dawn Goodloe an email with any updates to their contact information.

e.     Commissioner Toliver asked the commissioners to provide written comments to him concerning a letter dated November 30, 2012 to Councilmember Bowser from the Brightwood Community Association under the signature of Gerri Adams-Simmons.  A copy of the letter and the ANC 4A response will be provided to the public at next month’s meeting.

f.      Commissioner Whatley has been named to the Walter Reed Advisory Board Development Committee.

g.     The agenda for the February 5, 2013 meeting will include the following topics:

                                               i.     BCA letter regarding The Little Green Nest

                                             ii.     The Little Green Nest

                                            iii.     Budget

                                            iv.     Committees

                                             v.     Quarterly Report

                                            vi.     Signature cards need to be changed at the bank

                                          vii.     Historic Designation

h.     Commissioner Anderson wanted the record to reflect that she is abstaining from voting in support of The Little Green Nest Neighborhood Agreement.

Commissioner Whatley moved to adjourn the meeting.  Commissioner Toliver seconded the motion.  Meeting adjourned at 9:09 PM.  


ANC 4A01 Commissioner Acqunetta Anderson

North Portal Estates, Colonial Village, and portions of Shepherd Park    

ANC 4A02   Commissioner Dwayne Toliver, Chair

Shepherd Park

ANC 4A03   Commissioner Stephen A. Whatley, Treasurer

Portions of Shepherd Park and Brightwood

ANC 4A04   Commissioner Marian C. Bennett, Secretary


ANC 4A05   Vacant

Fort Stevens and Brightwood

ANC 4A06   Commissioner Karrye Braxton, Vice Chair


ANC 4A07   Commissioner Dave Wilson

16th Street Heights

ANC 4A08   Commissioner Gale Black

Crestwood and Crestwood North


Respectfully Submitted by,

Marian Bennett (ANC 4A04), Secretary


Government of the District of Columbia

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4A


Unless otherwise noted (*), ANC 4A meets at 7:00 PM on the first Tuesday of each month except July and August.  Meeting times and locations are subject to change.  Please refer to or your neighborhood listserve prior to your planned attendance.  The schedule is as follows:

DAY                    DATE                                    LOCATION

Tuesday               January 8, 2013             Ft. Stevens Recreation Center

Tuesday               February 5, 2013            Ft. Stevens Recreation Center

Tuesday               March 5, 2013               Ft. Stevens Recreation Center

Tuesday               April 2, 2013                  Ft. Stevens Recreation Center

Tuesday               May 7, 2013                           Ft. Stevens Recreation Center

Tuesday               June 4, 2013                           Ft. Stevens Recreation Center

- No meetings scheduled for July and August -

Tuesday               September 3, 2013                  Ft. Stevens Recreation Center

Tuesday               October 1, 2013             Ft. Stevens Recreation Center

Tuesday               November 5, 2013          Ft. Stevens Recreation Center

Tuesday               December 3, 2013          Ft. Stevens Recreation Center

Should any meeting require rescheduling due to inclement weather, appropriate notice will be given via neighborhood listserves and the ANC 4A website.

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