Monday, July 14, 2008
St. Augustine’ Church
Approved - 9/8/08
The meeting was called to order by Chair Roger Moffatt at 7:05 p.m.
Present: Commissioners Litsky, McBee, Moffatt, Siegel, Skolnik, Sobelsohn. Commissioner Hamilton arrived at 7:30 p.m.
Motion: Commissioner Sobelsohn moved/Commissioner McBee seconded a motion to approve the agenda. Commissioner Sobelsohn requested that a five-minute discussion on Smart Bike DC be added as letter E. under new business. Commissioner McBee asked that a five-minute discussion of the Shuttle Bug be added to before the Committee Reports. Commissioner. Litsky asked that a discussion of the Office of Planning proposal to eliminate parking requirements be added to New Business after the Office of Planning report. Commissioner Moffatt asked that the adjournment of the Commission be moved to 10:15 p.m. The motion passed 6-0.
2. Community Comment
Gene Solon, of Harbor Square, spoke on several topics.
3. Office of Planning Southwest Zoning Study
Jeff Davis, outgoing Ward 6 Neighborhood Planner in the Office of Planning, introduced his replacement, Melissa Bird, and presented an update on the Southwest Zoning Analysis and Community Visioning. (The project summary is attached). The project is still being vetted by the Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP), and the first public community meetings should be held be the end of September.
4. Office of Planning Recommendations on the Elimination of Minimum Parking Requirements
Melissa Bird reported that there would be a hearing on recommendations by the Office of Planning Zoning Revision task force that would eliminate minimum parking requirements for new residential construction and reduce the requirements for commercial buildings. Motion: Commissioner Litsky moved/Mr. Siegel seconded a motion that the ANC send a letter to the Zoning Commission opposing the OP recommendations to eliminate minimum parking requirements for residential construction, reducing parking requirements for commercial uses and setting limits on the amount of off street parking that developers are allowed to provide.
Motion: Commissioner Sobelsohn offered a substitute motion that the ANC request that the Zoning Commission postpone consideration o the issue until there is time to adequately study the issue. The motion did not receive a second.
The original motion passed the ANC by vote of 6-1, with Commissioner Sobelsohn in opposition.
5. Public Space Permit: 100 M Street SE
This is request for support of a public space permit by Opus East LLC for the installation of tree boxes and the planting of trees on the M Street and 1st Street sides of an office building. The trees will be surrounded by cobbled planter panels to be more permeable. Motion: Commissioner Siegel moved/Commissioner Sobelsohn seconded a motion to support the public space permit for 100 M Street SE. The motion passed 7-0.
6. Moratorium on the Sale of Single Serving Containers in Ward 6
Commissioner Sobelsohn moved/Commissioner Siegel seconded the following motion:
Resolved that ANC 6D –
1. Supports Bill 17---0797, the proposed “Ward 6 Single Sales Moratorium Amendment Act o of 2008 on condition that the bill be amended to:
a. Add power for Ward 6 Advisory Neighborhood Commissions to permit or to prohibit single sales in specific geographic portions of their ANCs, without requiring ANCs to do so on a licensee-by-licensee basis
b. include guidelines or criteria for banning or permitting single sales;
c. include other liquor in half-pint or smaller bottles.
2. Urges the City Council to reject any proposal completely banning single sales of alcohol in Ward 6, absent the ANC exemption power in Bill 17-0797.
Motion: Mr. Litsky moved/Mr. McBee seconded a motion to delete “on condition that the bill be amended to” in the first paragraph and “The ANC further recommends the following amendments.” The motion passed 7-0.
Motion: Mr, Litsky moved/Mr. McBee seconded a motion to amend the resolution by deleting No. 1 “Add power for Ward 6 Advisory Neighborhood Commissions to permit or to prohibit sales in specific geographic portions of their ANCS, without requiring ANCs to do so on a licensee-by-licensee basis.” The amendment passed 5-1, with Commissioner Sobelsohn in opposition.
The resolution, as amended, passed 5-2, with Commissioners Hamilton and Skolnik in opposition. 867199
7. Emergency Management Street Closings Requests
South Washington/West of the River Collaborative Health Fair
Juanita Jones of South Washington/West of the River Collaborative requested support for the closing of Canal Street and Delaware Avenue SW on September 13th for the 7th Annual Health Fair. Motion: Commissioner Skolnik moved/ Commissioner Hamilton seconded a motion to send a letter of support to the Emergency Management Task Force supporting the September 13th street closing. The motion passed 6-0 (Commissioner Litsky was out of the room.)
Southwest Unity Day
Renee Cook-Jackson, representing the organizers of Southwest Unity Day, requested a letter of support of the closing of the 100 block of N Street to Canal Street for July 19th.Motion: Commissioner Skolnik moved/Commissioner Sobelsohn seconded a motion to send a letter of support to Commander Kamperin at the First District police command, supporting the street closing. The motion passed 7-0.
Commissioner Sobelsohn reported on the imminent start-up of SmartBike. Motion: Commissioner Sobelsohn moved that Evan Fish of SmartBike be invited to the September business meeting. Commissioner Moffatt moved/Commissioner Litsky seconded a motion to amend the original motion to invite Mr. Fisk to a presentation meeting. The motion failed 2-3, with Commissioners Litsky, Moffatt and Skolnik in opposition. (Commissioner Siegel and Hamilton were not present).
9. Committee Reports
Alcoholic Beverage and Licensing
Coralie Farlee gave the Committee report.
There were no other Committee reports
10. June Minutes
Motion: Commissioner Sobelsohn moved/Commissioner McBee seconded a motion to table the June minutes. The motion failed 2-4.
Motion: Commissioner Skolnik moved/Commissioner Siegel seconded a motion to approve the June minutes. The motion passed 4-2, with Commissioners Sobelsohn and McBee in opposition, Commissioner Litsky not present.
11. Treasurer’s Report
Commissioner Skolnik presented the July Treasurer’s Report (attached). The report shows that the opening checking account balance was $39,450.53, and there was an allotment from the District of Columbia of $3,072.40; and that the savings account balance was $5,158.89. There was an interest payment to the savings account of $1.06. There were disbursements of $831.15 to Roberta Weiner for salary (Check #390); $90 to St. Augustine’s Church for meeting space rental (Check #391); $144.95 to U-Haul for storage space (Check #393); and $400 to Syphax Gardens Residents Council for rent (Check #394), leaving a balance of $48,714.47 in the checking account, and $5,159.95 in the savings account.
Motion: Commissioner Skolnik moved/Commissioner Siegel seconded a motion to approve the July Treasurer’s Report. The motion passed 7-0.
Motion: Commissioner Sobelsohn moved/Commissioner Siegel seconded a motion to allocate up to $2000 to update the ANC website. The motion passed 4-2-1 with Commissioners Litsky and Skolnik in opposition, and Commissioner Moffatt not voting.
Motion: Commissioner Skolnik moved/Commissioner Siegel seconded a motion to approve the Quarterly report for the third quarter of FY 08. The motion passed 5-1, with Commissioner Sobelsohn in opposition and Commissioner Hamilton not present.
Commissioner McBee reported that Waterfront Associates has been dragging its feet on implementing the ShuttleBug. Some work, he said, has been done on evaluating the route, but no real progress has been made.
Motion: Commissioner Sobelsohn moved and Commissioner Siegel seconded a motion to adjourn. Without objection, the motion passed. The meeting adjourned at 9:55 p.m.