Minutes

Minutes
ANC 3/4G Public Meeting
January 8, 2018
Chevy Chase Community Center, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20015
 
Present:  Speck, Fromboluti, Tuck-Garfield, Bradfield, Malitz, Clayman (Maydak absent)
 
Attendance:  Approximately 15  people attended the meeting.
 
Adoption of Agenda:  Commissioner Speck announced that Department of Public Works Director Christopher Shorter had originally agreed to come to the ANC’s January 8 meeting to discuss DPW’s leaf collection program and to explain what would be done to improve the program for next fall.  On January 3rd, DPW notified the ANC that the Director was not available on the 8th, but could attend the ANC’s meeting on January 22nd.  That meeting is the same day, however, that the Council’s Committee on Transportation & the Environment will hold a Public Oversight Roundtable on leaf collection.  Rather than repeat that hearing, the ANC will defer any meeting with Director Shorter until a later time, after we have considered the record in that hearing.  With that modification to the agenda, the agenda was approved by a vote of 6 to 0.
 
Commissioner Announcements
 
Commissioner Speck:
 
DC Water’s Impervious Area Charge — Department of Energy and the Environment Director and DC Water Board of Directors Chair Tommy Wells met with the Commission at the November 27, 2017 meeting to discuss DC Water’s escalating impervious area charge that pays for the $2.6 billion storm water management improvements that are required as a result of a consent decree settling acknowledged violations of the Clean Water Act.  The Commission intends to continue monitoring this issue, which will have an even more acute impact on DC Water customers over the next decade.  On December 14, the Northwest Current published a Viewpoint article by Commissioner Speck (https://currentnewspapers.com/viewpoint-rising-water-bills-require-d-c-government-action/) proposing that the District assume its greater share of these costs and relieve ratepayers from some of this burden.  The Commission will continue to work with the Mayor and the Council to address this important issue.
 
New establishments on the Avenue — We welcome the new owners of Pumpernickel’s and congratulate the owners of The Avenue on its much-delayed opening.  Commissioner Bradfield said that The Avenue had a soft opening on January 4 with the full opening planned for January 9.  We also understand that Robert Gordon, a former chair of this Commission, has plans to open a restaurant in April or May in the space on the corner across from the Community Center (once home to the Chevy Chase Lounge).  We encourage everyone to patronize all of the businesses along Connecticut Avenue, which add to the vibrancy of our community.
 
Events DC Community Grants — Events DC has announced its semi-annual Community Grants Program that will provide resources to organizations to ensure that DC youth are exposed to sports, performing, or cultural arts.  Applicants must be a DC-based non-profit organization certified as 501(c)(3) tax exempt, they must use grant funding for programs or projects that support youth-focused sports, performing, or cultural arts in the District, and provide annual financial audit or a copy of the organization’s IRS Form 990.  Applications are due no later than February 1, 2018.  For additional information, visit Events DC’s website, http://eventsdc.com/AboutUs/Community.aspx or email communitygrants@eventsdc.com.
 
Rock Creek Park cleanup — The Rock Creek Conservancy is holding a trash cleanup in over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.  Meet at Nevada Ave NW and 36th St NW on Monday, January 15, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, to help to cleanup the Park.  More information and an opportunity to sign up are available at http://publicevents.force.com/Public_Event_Signup_Page?cid=7010g000000vbPT.
 
Tax Preparation Assistance — Paul Kurth, Law Professor and Managing Director of Columbus Community Legal Services, advised the Commission about the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Tax Preparation program in cooperation with Catholic Charities.  Starting February 3, VITA will be conducting a free program for low- to moderate-income residents in our surrounding area.  They may be contacted at 202-319-6788.  Former Commissioner Allen Beach indicated that AARP has for many years sponsored a similar program at the Community Center for tax preparation.  Information is available at https://states.aarp.org/aarp-foundation-tax-aide-providing-free-tax-assistance-and-preparation-in-d-c/.
 
Commissioner Tuck-Garfield:
 
Serve DC Snow Shoveling — Serve DC’s Volunteer Snow Program matches volunteers with senior residents and those with access and functional needs for snow removal services in the aftermath of a winter event.  Serve DC will make every effort to match snow removal requesters with a DC Volunteer Snow Team member.  More information is available for volunteers or those who need snow removal at https://serve.dc.gov/page/dc-volunteer-snow-program.
 
Deal Students’ Interest in Traffic Issues — Deal Middle School students have sent letters to Commissioners expressing concerns about traffic issues created by the Oregon Avenue closure.
 
Community Announcements
 
Ian Maggard, from the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations, announced the release and availability of the Mayor’s Year Three Accountability Report.  The report highlighted a decrease of 28% in violent crime since 2014 and a decrease of total crime by 14%.  The report also notes a 10.5% reduction in overall homelessness and a 22% reduction in homelessness among families.  More information is available at https://mayor.dc.gov/accountability.  Mr. Maggard also reported that more than 1000 people participated in the 5K run on New Years Day.
 
Anthony Castillo, Councilmember Cheh’s Deputy Director for Constituent Services, announced that the Palisades Library ribbon cutting would be on January 20, 2017 at 10:30 am.  He also noted Councilmember Cheh’s roundtable hearing on leaf collection on January 22, 2017, in the Wilson Building, Room 412.  Anyone wishing to testify should contact Ms. Aukima Benjamin, Staff Assistant to the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, at (202)  724-8062 or via e-mail at abenjamin@dccouncil.us.  He also reminded everyone that residents are required to shovel their sidewalks after a snow event, but seniors or others who are unable to shovel their sidewalks could apply for an exemption.  The exemption must be obtained each year.  More information is available at https://dpw.dc.gov/service/sidewalk-shoveling-exemption.  Finally, Mr. Castillo indicated that the shelter hotline — 202-399-7093 — is available to report anyone who needs shelter in extreme cold weather.  He urged residents to use this hotline if they see anyone who needs emergency shelter.  More information is available at https://dhs.dc.gov/service/emergency-shelter.
 
Jackson Carnes, Constituent Services Director for Councilmember Todd, indicated that snow treatment and removal teams are out for the expected wintery mix event on Jan. 8.
 
Election of officers for 2018
 
Commissioner Speck stated that the Commission must elect officers for each year.  The current slate of officers — Commissioner Speck as Chair, Commissioner Fromboluti as Vice Chair, Commissioner Tuck-Garfield as Treasurer, and Commissioner Maydak as Secretary — have indicated a willingness to continue in those same capacities for 2018.  A motion was offered and seconded to elect the current officers for those same positions in 2018.  The motion was approved by a vote of 6 to 0.
 
Confirmation of bylaws for 2018
 
Commissioner Speck said that the Commission’s bylaws must be adopted each year.  No changes have been proposed, and none can be taken up at this meeting because the bylaws specify that they can only be amended “at a regular meeting with at least two (2) weeks prior notice to each Commissioner of the proposed amendment.”  Thus, the Commission may only vote on whether to adopt the bylaws without change.  Commissioner Bradfield suggested, however, that some provisions of the bylaws need to be updated in light of technology changes and to ensure compliance with recent statutory changes.  He proposed that the Commission revisit the bylaws later in the year, and other Commissioners agreed.  A motion was made and seconded to adopt the current bylaws for 2018, pending any future change, and it was approved by a vote of 6 to 0.
 
Adoption of ANC meeting schedule for 2018
 
Based on the Commission’s customary meeting schedule, Commissioner Speck proposed the following meeting dates for 2018:  January 8 and 22; February 12 and 26; March 12 and 26; April 9 and 23, May 14 (no meeting on May 28, Memorial Day); June 11 and June 25; July 9 and 23; no meetings in August; September 10 and September 24; October 22 (no meeting on October 8, Columbus Day); November 26 (no meeting on November 12, Veterans Day observed); and December 10.  A motion was made and seconded to set these scheduled meeting dates for 2018, and the Commission approved it by a vote of 6 to 0.
 
Discussion and possible vote on Public Space Permit application (No. 275813) to close existing driveway, and to construct a new driveway, leadwalk with steps, and landscaping at 7076 Oregon Avenue, NW
 
Commissioner Clayman indicated that this property at the intersection of Oregon Avenue and Western Avenue has applied for a raze permit to remove the existing house and has been subdivided into two lots.  The owner, McCullough Residential, has applied for a public space permit to install a new driveway, curb cut, leadwalk, and landscaping in public space.
 
Tom McCullough presented the application.  His companies — McCullough Residential and McCullough Construction — build both single-family and multi-family housing.  They purchased the single-family house at 7080 Oregon Avenue and subdivided the large lot into two lots.  The existing driveway and curb cut will be removed and the curb restored in whatever way DDOT wants.  For two new houses like this, the District requires that they have a shared driveway as close to the property line as possible.  The proposed driveway will be 14-feet wide at the curb, narrowing to about 12-feet wide.  The design still must go through DCRA.  It was engineered by CAS Engineering.
 
Commissioner Clayman asked where the project is in the approval process.  Mr. McCullough said that the first step is to obtain approval from the Commission on Fine Arts because of the house’s proximity to Rock Creek Park.  He hopes to be before the Fine Arts Commission in late January.  The house is now vacant, and all utilities have been turned off.  They expect the raze permit is imminent.
 
Commissioner Fromboluti asked the size of the lots and whether they meet the minimum requirement in the code (7500 square feet).  The drawings indicate that Lot A (nearest to Western Avenue) is 7606 square feet, and Lot B is 8392 square feet.  Commissioner Fromboluti also asked why the retaining wall around the property was being removed.  Mr. McCullough indicated that the retaining wall was really no more than timber beams in most places, so that the removal was not significant.  Some of the retaining wall in the back of the property would be retained in order not to damage some trees.

 

Commissioners Clayman and Fromboluti asked whether it was necessary to remove all of the trees in public space.  Mr. McCullough said that the engineers had recommended removal, but that was not essential to the design, and some might be retained if the Commission opposed their removal.  They also asked what kind of trees — both size and species — would be planted.  Mr. McCullough said he did not know but those were legitimate questions.
 
Commissioner Speck asked particularly about the 36-inch cherry tree in public space at the front of the property that was proposed to be removed on the drawings, which noted that it was a “hazard.”  Commissioner Speck asked what the “hazard” was and whether it required removal of the tree regardless of the location of the driveway.  Mr. McCullough said that he was relying on the analysis by CAS Engineering and its arborist.  In response to Commissioner Speck’s question, he did not know what the arborist’s report said or whether there was a written report.  He said that he would make the arborist’s report available to the Commission and that any decision to remove the cherry tree would require approval of the District’s arborist from the Urban Forestry Division.  He said that if the arborists made a determination that the tree could remain but that the driveway was too close, the driveway could be moved.  The current plans show that the driveway would about 15 feet from the center of the large cherry tree.
 
Commissioner Speck asked whether the pervious paving for the driveway would extend all the way to the parking areas and garages, as shown on the drawings.  Mr. McCullough said that all of the shaded portions of the drawings — i.e., all of the parking areas and up to the garages — would be pervious paving.  He said that the engineers had determined what portion to make pervious paving in order to reduce the WASA charges for storm water runoff.  Commissioner Speck also asked who would be responsible for the implementing the pervious paving maintenance program specified on Drawing CIV402 and who would enforce compliance with those requirements.  Mr. McCullough said that the maintenance program requirements would likely be included in the sale contract for the properties, but he did not know how they would be enforced.  Commissioner Speck said that some impervious alley projects in our neighborhood had been installed, but because there was no maintenance program, they have now become clogged and no longer serve the intended purpose.  He emphasized that maintenance is crucial to the effectiveness of impervious paving.
 
Commissioner Speck also asked about the proposed retaining wall that would be built in public space along the side of the “parking area” for Lot B.  Mr. McCullough said that the retaining wall would be 3.5 feet high, but he did not know where this measurement was taken.  Mr. Speck also said that the Public Space Committee has recently been particularly protective of the existing grade and contour of public space, and the re-grading that is proposed in this case may be a point of concern for the Committee.
 
A resident asked for a clear statement about whether the plans required removing the current trees, and Mr. McCullough said that they did.  He was not certain whether the design could be modified to save the trees.  He said, however, that if there is a disagreement between the arborists, the design could be modified and the trees could be saved.  Commissioner Fromboluti made it clear that based on the currently available information, the Commission would object to the removal of the trees in public space since no persuasive reason has been offered for their removal.
 
Mr. McCullough said that consideration of the public space permit application now may be premature.  He offered to have CAS Engineering and its arborist come to a future Commission meeting to answer the Commissioner’s questions.  Commissioner Clayman indicated that if the Commission were required to vote now, it would have to object to the application because of the open questions with regard to trees and other elements of the design.  The Commission deferred any action on the public space permit application and invited Mr. McCullough to come to the January 22 meeting or a later meeting and to provide further information to the Commission in response to its concerns.
 
Presentation by Moyo Myers Ellis, discussion, and possible vote on Resolution In Support of Full Implementation of the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results (NEAR) Act
 
Commissioner Malitz introduced Moyo Myers Ellis, a resident of our ANC, to speak on behalf of a proposed resolution supporting full implementation of the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Amendment Act (NEAR Act) of 2016.  This is a comprehensive, public health-based approach to violence prevention and intervention. The District Council unanimously passed the NEAR Act in 2016, but it was only partially funded until FY 2018.  Ms. Myers Ellis urged the Commission to adopt a resolution supporting full implementation of the Act.
 
Ms. Myers Ellis (accompanied by Bailey Cox and Greg Montross, volunteers with the Stop Police Terror Project) said that the goal of the NEAR Act was to reduce crime by taking a public health approach.  The Act has four main functions: (1) establishes the Office of Violence Prevention and Health Equity in the Department of Health, which is modeled after a program in Richmond, California that is running well; (2) links behavioral health issues and crime through the Community Crime Prevention Team Program similar to successful programs in Seattle and Denver; (3) identifies and engages people at risk of being involved in violence through the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement; and (4) uses open data and training to improve policing by focusing on continuing education in community policing and transparency.
 
The NEAR Act was not fully funded until FY 2018.  Without full implementation, there can’t be transparency and accountability.  Ms. Myers Ellis stated that through resolutions, the ANCs can let the police and the administration know that citizens are watching.
 
Commissioner Tuck-Garfield asked whether programs that are now fully funded are not being implemented.  Ms. Myers Ellis said that some are now being implemented, but behind the time when they were expected to be.  Commissioner Tuck-Garfield asked why they were not being implemented if funding was now available.  Commissioner Malitz asked the amount that was funded in FY 2017 and FY 2018.  Mr. Montross said that for FY 2017, there was little funding aside from some programs that had funding sources other than the District’s General Fund (e.g., subsidies for surveillance camera rebates).  Funding in FY 2018 was at the levels stipulated in the Fiscal Impact Statement that supported the Act.
 
Commissioner Bradfield asked whether times for implementation were specified in the Act.  Mr. Montross said that many of the dates had passed by the time funding was available.  Because of the delay in funding, some programs are being implemented a year later than specified in the bill.  The data collection and reporting requirement was supposed to be met by December 31, 2017, but that date was not met.  Task forces that were to have been established did not begin to function until much later than planned.  Commissioner Bradfield asked about MPD’s reason for not implementing on time.  Mr. Montross said that it’s difficult to determine because the ACLU had to submit an FOIA request to get the data when it was not readily available.  Once the request was processed, it became apparent that much of the data had not yet been collected.  The data helps to address the issue of program transparency.  He said that there is not enough communications and publicity about the features of the Act.
 
Commissioner Bradfield asked which Councilmember was the lead on the legislation, and Mr. Montross said it was Councilmember McDuffie, then the chair of the Council’s Judiciary Committee.  That Committee is now chaired by Councilmember Allen.
 
The Commissioners then asked Ian Maggard from the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations, if he could shed light on the concerns raised about implementation.  Mr. Maggard said that the NEAR Act provided important tools and could help to change attitudes by providing wraparound services.  He said that the Mayor and Councilmember McDuffie both introduced bills in 2016 to address similar concerns, and the final NEAR Act included about 20 initiatives from both proposals.  By FY 2018, the Act was fully funded with the Mayor’s support.
 
Mr. Maggard cited several examples of implementation of the Act.  For instance, on October 25, 2017, the Mayor announced the appointment of Del McFadden as Executive Director of the Safer Stronger DC Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement. That Office focuses on community-oriented, public health approaches to violence prevention, recognizing that reducing crime is not accomplished solely through law enforcement.  They are now in the process of filling five new positions.  Other programs between DPH and MPD will be rolling out in the coming months.  Some other NEAR Act initiatives did not require funding to implement.  As a result, a number of provisions were implemented in 2016 without funding.  Mr. Maggard emphasized that funding is multi-agency, so funding had to be allocated among a number of agencies.  Data collection also required a number of changes.
 
Ms. Cox indicated that the proposed resolution is not in tension with the steps that the Mayor’s administration has taken toward implementation.  Commissioner Tuck-Garfield asked what an ANC resolution is expected to accomplish.  Mr. Montross said the resolutions are an effort to maintain community pressure for improvements in communications and transparency.  Success depends on public awareness.  Commissioner Malitz asked whether other ANCs had passed resolutions.  Mr. Montross said that ANC 3/4G would be the first to vote on a resolution if it were voted on in this meeting, but his ANC, 4C, is slated to vote on it at its January 10 meeting, and ANC 1A is also considering a resolution.
 
Commissioner Bradfield asked whether a resolution should consider requesting specific information, rather than simply passing a resolution urging NEAR Act implementation.  Commissioner Speck asked whether it might be more effective to focus on the Council’s oversight hearings, which will begin in late-January or February.  ANC testimony at those hearings could pose questions, and the Council could press administration representatives for answers.  Mr. Maggard said that the Council’s Judiciary Committee has oversight responsibility for the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety, which has some NEAR Act implementation responsibilities.  Other Committees would be responsible for other aspects of implementation, and he could help to identify the appropriate Committees.  Commissioner Speck suggested that the Commission could work with Ms. Myers Ellis and Mr. Montross on a set of questions, and Commission Malitz said that he would be the point person to work with them on questions.  The Commission deferred action on a resolution pending development of questions that could be posed to the agencies about implementation.  Commissioner Malitz also asked that Mr. Montross report on any action taken or questions raised at other ANC meetings on this issue.
 
Discussion of progress in preparing recommendations to the Mayor and Council on the future of the Chevy Chase Community Center
 
The Commissioner agreed to include in these minutes the following summary of the December 12, 2017 community meeting that the Commission facilitated as part of the continuing consideration of the future of the Community Center (with the full minutes of the meeting at http://www.anc3g.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/ANC-Minutes-Community-Center-Task-Force-Meeting-12-14-17.docx.)
 
That meeting — the 14th community meeting held over the last 16 months — addressed five topics:  (1) the results of the Community Center survey, (2) the types of programming and facilities that should be used in planning for the future Community Center, (3) the space required to accommodate the identified facilities, either in the existing structure, in the existing structure with an addition, or in a completely new structure, (4) an estimate of the approximate costs that would be entailed to construct the required facilities, and (5) a strategy for presenting these recommendations to the Mayor and the Council.
 
Commissioner Speck emphasized that the Commission had not yet decided what it would recommend to the Mayor and the Council, but that these community meetings would evaluate possible alternatives, and any recommendations that the ANC makes will be fully vetted with the community before being finalized.  He did indicate that two options that had been mentioned in the past — how the Chevy Chase Library might be modernized in conjunction with the Community Center and the possibility of a public private partnership to finance the Community Center’s modernization — were not among the recommendations that the ANC was evaluating.
 
Commissioner Malitz then described certain data points gathered from the community-wide survey that the ANC and CCCA conducted from September 13 through November 7.  Among the highlights, Commissioner Malitz reported that in response to the question of how interested respondents were in certain facilities, the following seven were closely bunched at the top:  “Fitness Center with exercise Equipment,” “Outdoor Open Space,” “Environmentally Sustainable Structures,” “Auditorium with Stage (for Theater and Movies),” “Community Room,” “Meeting Rooms,” and “Gymnasium.”  Almost all respondents — 97% — considered an “Appealing” physical space to be important.  He also reported on some differences in the responses for different age groups — e.g., a “Gymnasium” was of “Interest” to 82% of those between the ages of 26-45 and only 60% to those age 65 or older; an “Activities/Game Room” was of Interest to 68% of those between 26-45 and only 52% of those age 65 or older; “Adequate Parking” was considered “Important” to 86% of those 65 or older and only 67% of those between 26-45.
 
After an extensive discussion, the group identified the following programs as important in planning for a modernized Community Center:
 

  • Activities/Parties
  • Arts and Crafts (Painting, pottery, etc.)
  • Basketball/Volleyball
  • Computer/Technology
  • Cooking
  • Dance
  • Exercise/Yoga
  • Games (bridge, scrabble, etc.)
  • Gymnastics
  • Informal Gatherings
  • Meetings
  • Performances
  • Physical Training

 
The group next discussed the kind of facilities that would be necessary to support these programs.  For instance, the floor of the current dance studio is state-of-the-art and the only such DPR facility in the District.  It can be shared with yoga or Pilates instruction, but not with fencing.  The fencing room could be shared with exercise classes or other activities.  A full-court gym probably could not fit into the available space, but a half-court gym could be used for a variety of activities — e.g., basketball, volleyball, pickleball, exercise classes, gymnastics, etc.
 
The group discussed creating facilities that encourage multi-generational use — e.g., a “quiet lounge” and an “activities lounge” that could be used by different people during different times of the day.  Multifunctional spaces (with adequate storage space) would be the most efficient use of the space and would encourage more users.  Some spaces — e.g., pottery or other arts and crafts — would, however, need specialized facilities.
 
There was further discussion about the possibility of a performance hall, which was highly ranked in the survey responses and could have many varied uses — e.g., lectures, meetings, films, presentations, theater, music performance, dance recitals, etc.  Such a facility would give the Community Center a unique ability to host varied events that cannot be accommodated elsewhere.
 
The survey results also placed great value on sustainability, and the group discussed the value of making the Community Center resilient so that it can be a safe haven if there are power outages, extreme heat or cold, or any other disruptive event.
 
Based on this discussion, the group identified the following facilities or activities that require specific spaces:
 

  • Activity/Tech Lounge
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Childcare Room
  • Dance Studio/Yoga/Pilates
  • Fencing/Exercise
  • Half-court Gymnasium
  • Kitchen
  • Meeting/Games/Party Rooms
  • Offices
  • Performance/Lecture Hall (with 100 to 150 seats)
  • Pottery
  • Quiet Lounge
  • Rooftop Garden/Greenhouse/Outdoor Lounge

 
The architects in the group then described their very preliminary, rough estimates of the space requirements for the type of facilities that we have identified.  From these estimates — about 30,700 net square feet compared with the 31,700 net square feet in the existing building — it appeared that the required facilities can be built within the framework of the existing structure, with a possible addition.  The group also discussed adding to the parking space at the Community Center.  Although underground parking is not economically feasible, it could be possible to add more spaces to the existing surface parking lot or adding an elevated level.
 
The group discussed the tradeoffs between using the skeleton of the existing structure and building an entirely new building.  The architects advised that using the existing structure would be cheaper but would make it more difficult to optimize the use of the space since the existing structure dictates how particular facilities can be fit into it.
 
According to DPR and DGS, the necessary modernization of the Community Center would require complete closing for at least 15 months.  Thus, it will be important to find suitable space for key activities at the Community Center to continue uninterrupted so that they can be resumed at the Community Center when construction is completed.
 
In terms of costs, DPR and DGS experience suggests that it would cost about $435 per square foot.  Of course, that estimate would not include all of the necessary equipment, normal contingency, or other related costs.
 
Commissioner Speck said that, based on all of this community input, including the survey, the Commission is preparing a draft report and recommendations that it can present to the Mayor for inclusion in her FY 2019 budget, which she will send to the Council in mid-March.  The ANC expects to post the draft report and recommendations to the public by January 15, so that everyone can see what is being proposed.  The Commission will then devote a substantial part of its January 22nd meeting to discussing the report and considering a resolution on the recommendations.  We need to get recommendations to the Mayor’s office no later than the end of January so that she can incorporate them into her budget.
 
Commissioner Speck indicated that this report and the Commission’s recommendations will be the culmination of an unprecedented community effort, but it will only be the beginning of the work to get funding through the budget process and to ensure that the final building design satisfies the community’s needs.  We will first need to work with the Mayor to get an appropriation for the Community Center included in her budget.  We will then need to testify at the April budget hearing in support of the full appropriation.  Assuming we get the required funding, we will then need to work closely with DPR and DGS to turn the community’s vision for the Community Center into reality.

 
Commission Business:
 

  1. Minutes: The Commission approved the minutes for its December 11, 2017 meeting by a vote of 6 to 0.

 

  1. Checks: The Commission approved the following checks by a vote of 6 to 0:  $104.50 IRS tax withholding, $22.59 DOES unemployment Oct.-Dec., $348.70 DC Treasurer taxes withheld 2017; $25.00 for the ANC Security Fund; $437.49 to the IRS (an overpayment that will be credited against future requirements).

 

  1. Bonding resolution for the Chair and Treasurer for 2018: Commissioner Speck indicated that the Commission must pass a resolution for bonding the Chair and the Treasurer each year.  To satisfy that requirement he moved that the Commission adopt the following bonding resolution:  “Resolved that this Commission approves the ANC’s participation in the Advisory Neighborhood Commission Security Fund and authorizes the Treasurer to pay the $25 fee for the period January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018.  The Chairperson and Secretary are authorized to execute the required agreement.”  The resolution was approved by a vote of 6 – 0.

 

  1. FY 2017 Annual Report: Commissioner Speck said that ANC’s must file an annual report each fiscal year with the Council and the Mayor for the preceding fiscal year.  Such reports may include recommendations, but our ANC has focused on providing a financial report and a summary of Commission activities.  Our FY 2017 report includes those topics.  After a motion and a second to approve the FY 2017 Annual Report, the Commission approved the report by a vote of 6 to 0.

 

  1. Items for January 22, 2018 meeting may include: Discussion and possible vote on the ANC’s Report and Recommendations for the Future of the Chevy Chase Community Center; discussion of American University’s “Good Neighbor” parking policy.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:10 pm.

Signed

__________________________________                            ______________________________
Randy Speck                                                   Rebecca Maydak
Chair                                                         Secretary