ANC 4A Kicks Off Session with Quiet January Meeting

With the community still in the holiday doldrums, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4A launched the new session with a sleepy meeting at the MPD Fourth District Headquarters Community room on Wednesday. The commission welcomed one new member, Commissioner Tiana Nelson, who also serves as the President of the Ward 4 Democrats.

ANC 4A Officer Elections

During each election cycle, the members of the Commission must elect their officers.  This evening’s election was a swift and cordial affair. The following positions were fill by acclamation since there was no opposition:

Vice-chairperson – Commissioner Phyllis Green (4A01 – Colonial Village, North Portal Estates)

Secretary – Commissioner Deborah Pope (4A05 – Brightwood)

Treasurer – Commissioner Candace Nelson (4A06 – Brightwood)

There were two nominations for the Chairperson role: Commissioner Gale Black (4A08 – Crestwood) and Commissioner Stacey Lincoln (4A02 – Shepherd Park).  After brief speeches by their respective nominators, Commissioner Black was elected as the new Chairperson by a vote of 4 to 2.

Metropolitan Police Department Fourth District Report

Captain Franklin Porter was present to give the community a brief update on the area crime report for the month of December 2018. Here are the stats for the month. There were:

5 violent crimes

4 robberies

59 Property crimes (i.e. theft from auto, burglary, etc.)

He emphasized the problems the department is having with the parking lot at the McDonald’s at 5948 Georgia Ave NW and is requesting that the community ask the owner to hire a private security guard.

2019 Meeting Schedule

The commission voted to maintain its traditional schedule by meeting the first Tuesday of each month. There will not be meeting in July or August.

The next meeting will take place on February 5th.

Community Concerns

Under the Carter Barron Stage
A staircase under the stage shows obvious signs of deterioration

Three neighbors from the 16th Streets Heights area came to express their concern about news reports that claim a private entity is seeking to acquire the land under the Carter Barron Tennis Center and expand the parking lots.  After some discussion it was learned that there is no immediate threat of privatization at the park, but park advocates are seeking ways to fund some much needed repairs at the tennis center and at the amphitheatre, which has been closed for two seasons now due to structural damage underneath the facility’s stage. Currently, there is no prospect for the needed funding to come from the National Park Service’s budget. Councilmember Todd’s staff has been engaged in these discussions with the Friends of the Carter Barron Foundation and others who are brainstorming ways to fix the problems.

Frazier O’Leary, the newly elected Ward 4 member of the State Board of Education came by to thank the community for its support during the recent special election campaign.

Mayor’s Report

The Mayor's Ward 4 liaisons KeyShawn Harris and Gabrielle Priest.
The Mayor’s Ward 4 liaisons KeyShawn Harris and Gabrielle Priest.

Keyshawn Harris and new Mayor’s Office of Community Relations representative (MOCR) Gabrielle Priest came to share brief notes on happenings from the Mayor’s office.  Ms. Priest will serve the 4A communities and she can be reached at 202.603.7182 or by email at gabrielle.priest2@dc.gov.

Mr. Harris shared the fact that D.C.’s population recently passed the 700,000 mark.  The administration is asking “What’s Next for DC?” with a new social media campaign and website.  Visit www.dc2me.com to share your story or use the #dc2me hashtag on your favorite social media platform.

He also reminded citizens to sign up for health insurance at DCHealthLink.com to shop, compare and enroll in program before the end of enrollment period on January 21, 2019.

There will be a concert to celebrate the beginning of Mayor Bowser’s second term on Saturday at The Anthem at the DC Wharf, featuring national recording stars Ledesi, Mary McBride and Raheem DeVaughn. Citizens can receive free tickets for the show by visiting DCProud2019.com.

Report from Councilmember Todd’s Office

Councilmember Todd’s Chief of Staff Sheryl Newman came to give the latest update from the Ward 4 office.  Some recent legislative actions that have become law include:

Some key issues on the Councilmember’s agenda for the spring are:

  • The northern Ward 4 Livability study will begin soon
  • The office will solicit responses for a Ward 4 survey before the end of the month (both electronic and paper copies)
  • 12 advisory groups are being recruited to help the CM gather ideas for legislation.

Bottom Line

The new Commission made a good effort to conduct their business in an efficient and cordial manner.  We hope that this trend continues into the new year.

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