Category Archives: Meetings

TNA’s May Community Meeting

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Tuesday May 26th at 7pm

Trinidad Recreation Center

1310 Childress St NE

On Agenda:

  • Draft Bladensburg Rd. Development Plan

  • DC Street Car Update

  • Metropolitan Police Department Update

ASL/English Interpreting provided by Access Interpreting.

ASL/English Interpreting provided by Access Interpreting.

ANC 5D02 Meeting to Discuss Kovak’s Liquor License Renewal

Advisory Neighborhood Commission

Single Member District 5D02

Community Meeting with Commissioner Keisha L Shropshire

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 1:003:00 p.m.

Trinidad Recreation Center

1310 Childress Street, NE

Washington, DC 20002


  1. Welcome & Introductions
  1. PSA506 Public Safety Update & Community Concerns – DC Metropolitan Police Department
  1. Kovak’s Liquor License RenewalKovak's

Community constituents will share their perspectives regarding Kovak’s Liquor, current community challenges, and discuss strategies for improving the community. Please come prepared to share your ideas and recommendations.

  1. Closing/Wrap-up

RSVP to Commissioner Keisha L Shropshire at:

Phone: (404) 245-6772  or (202) 688-5443


Twitter: @shropanc5d02

Facebook: Commissioner Keisha L Shropshire






FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015 – 7:00 PM

Per DC Code § 1–309.11.3.c and ANC 5D Bylaws § V.4, Commissioners Blacknell, Buggs, Lee, Roberts and Shropshire have requested a Special Meeting of ANC 5D to address the below agenda items. Per the bylaws, only the below items may be discussed at this Special Meeting.


  1. Roll Call                                                            7:00-7:05
  2. 5D Liquor License Protest(s)                            7:05-7:25
  3. Approval of Minutes                                         7:25-7:50
    1. January 13, 2015 monthly meeting
    2. January 23, 2015 special meeting
    3. February 10, 2015 monthly meeting
    4. March 10, 2015 monthly meeting
    5. April 14, 2015 monthly meeting
  4. Approval of FY15 Q2 Financial Report                      7:50-7:55
  5. Letter of Support for Level 2 Development’s (320 Florida Ave., NE)              7:55-8:00
  6. Adjourn

ANC 5D Special Meeting Notice – May 22 2015

Audio of April Community Meeting

An audio recording of the April community meeting is available at the Ward 5 Archive.

Written minutes from the meetings are provided to TNA members. Membership is only $5 a year. Click the blue button on the right to join.

Become a TNA member and consider joining the Board of Directors!

Cartoon by Bob Pomfret, copyright Oxford Brookes University. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 UK

Cartoon by Bob Pomfret, copyright Oxford Brookes University. Creative Commons License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 UK

That’s right—we can’t do this without you and the support of the community! At our January meeting, on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, TNA will hold an election for a new Board of Directors. To vote, and/or to be eligible for the Board, you simply need to be a current TNA member, and that’s just $5 per year.

The Trinidad Neighborhood Association is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is elected among the membership. Any member in good standing may be nominated and, if elected, serve as a member of the Board of Directors for a term of one year.

Board of Directors

Members of the Board of Directors are responsible for the general governance of TNA and to work towards the aim of developing, revising and executing  a long-range strategic plan as well as annual goals and targets for TNA. Some board members may choose to serve as Officers. Officers of TNA  and are elected among the members Board of Directors.  Whether or not a Board member seeks an Officer position, all Board members are encouraged to take on projects towards improving the Trinidad Neighborhood.  Each Board of Directors can determine the frequency of Board meetings.  They’ve historically ranged from monthly to quarterly. It is expected that all Board members plan to attend, and fully participate in Board meetings. There can be up to 10 Members of the Board of Directors.



The Chairman is the Chief Executive Officer of the Association and is responsible to put  into effect the decisions of the Board of Directors. The Chairman presides at all meetings of the Board of Directors. The Chairman has general supervision over the business and affairs of the Association, and executes all instruments requiring the signature of the Chairman; and performs all other such duties as are related to his or her office.


The Vice-Chairman advises and assists the Chairman and, in absence or disability of the Chairman, performs the duties and exercise the powers of that office.


The Secretary to the Association records all the proceedings of the meetings of the members or meetings of the Directors. He or she has custody of the seal of the Association, should one be created, and affixes the same to all instruments requiring it, when authorized by the Board of Directors, and attests the same.


The Treasurer has custody of all the funds and securities of the Association, and he or she  keeps full and accurate account of receipts and disbursements in books belonging to the Association. He or she deposits all monies and other valuables in the name and to the credit of the Association in such depository or depositories as may be designated by the Board of Directors. The Treasurer disburses the funds of the Association as may be ordered by the Board of Directors, taking proper vouchers for such disbursements. The Treasurer reports the financial status of the Association to the Board, including the status of all balances and of any budget that may have been adopted by the Board.

So be sure to become a member and attend our upcoming meeting—we’ve got some great ideas in store for 2015! And don’t forget to share this information with your friends and neighbors.

Monthly Meeting: August 26, 2014

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Our next monthly meeting is August 26, 2014.  We will discuss our community survey, the Art on Call project, and receive updates from the Metropolitan Police and Councilmember McDuffie’s office.


TNA monthly meeting: Tuesday, June 24

Please join us on June 24 at Trinidad Rec Center!

This month, the Office of Zoning will present on proposed zoning regulation changes (the “zoning regulations review”), and review how residents can provide input to the process.

Note: An American Sign Language interpreter will be present.

A big thank you to Gallaudet University for sponsoring our flyer printing.

As always, we’d love for you to share your community announcements!


Minutes for April Meeting


Date: 4/22/14

Location: Trinidad Recreation Center


ATTENDANCE: ~ 60 community members; ASL Interpreters; ANC members


Name Title Present
Robby Mann-Thompson Chair Y
Cynthia Hartley Vice chair Y
Sejal Patel Secretary Y
Dawn Boutelle Treasurer Y
Board members    
Matt Ashburn Social media lead Y
Brian Camus   Y
Marqui Lyons   Y
Erika Marshall   N
Jamie Berryhill   Y



Open Hands

  • TNA introduced Open Hands — the housing nonprofit that purchased a 4 bedroom unit on Oates Street.

Art in the Alley

  • Scheduled for May 10th

TNA introduced plans to conduct a Community Survey

  • TNA updated the community on status of community survey plans.
  • Community feedback on inputs for the survey included:

o   Issues with utilities – someone had their gas lines freeze in the winter

o   People dumping in yards of vacant properties

o   How can people get involved “Call to Action”– attend meeting, writing letters, volunteering.


Discussion with Councilman Kenyan McDuffie

  • DC budget approval process

o   $10.7 billion dollar budget FY 2015

o   Council votes on budget at end of May

o   Updated members on budget autonomy suit

  • Zoning issues and concerns –Zoning Regulation Review

o   Deadline for community input has been extended to September

o   Is aware of Ward 5 community’s widespread concerns about:

  • pop-ups,
  • reduced parking requirements for developers,
  • maintaining walkability,
  • maintaining livability for seniors (ward 5 has highest population of seniors)

o   Problems with “matter of right” with respect to pop-ups and other types of high-density and expanded housing and use of “variances” to control/oversee these developments

o   Discussed engagement with Zoning Commission chair Anthony Hood, and the willingness of zoning commission to engage the public/community

o   Described how DC Council has no direct authority over Zoning Commission

o   Encouraged Community to reach out to Zoning Commission and the Office of Planning with concerns/suggestions

o   Community raised concerns about effectiveness of DCRA in enforcing stop orders/legal challenges, etc.

o   Identified zoning studies – like those completed in Georgetown and Ledroit Park – as mechanisms for changing overall zoning

  • Effectiveness of Fire/EMS services

o   Hearings have been held to address recent events/deaths

o   Discussed problems under consideration by council, including staffing, hours, labor/management issues, resource allocations

o   Community expressed frustration with noise pollution from sirens; informed that there are strict protocols dictating when sirens can be used and may be a problem with enforcement.

  • Homelessness

o   Lack of adequate shelters for homelessness – noticeable issue over the course of the winter

o   Described legislation proposed to address some of the problem, e.g., defining minimum standards for shelters, etc.


Message from TNA chair

  • Chair of TNA reiterated the intent of TNA to prepare a letter to Zoning Commission with suggestion changes and requests.
  • Reminded community that membership is required to vote on and participate in developing zoning-related suggestions/requests/statements prepared by TNA.

o   11 new members recruited

Next meeting: April 22 at 7pm

Our next meeting is Tuesday April 22 at 7pm at the Trinidad Recreation Center (1350 Childress St NE).  We’ll hear from Councilmember McDuffie and also discuss the DC zoning regulations review, including draft recommendations to be submitted by the Trinidad Neighborhood Association.



UPDATE: Meeting on Trinidad Rec Center playground renovation: Tuesday, February 18

Trinidad Meeting 1 Flyer NEW DATE

The District’s Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and Department of General Services (DGS) are pleased to invite you to a meeting to discuss the renovation of the playground at Trinidad Recreation Center (1310 Childress Street NE). The renovation is part of the Mayor’s Play DC initiative to provide children and adults with exciting, innovative, and inclusive play spaces.

The first phase of renovating a playground are planning and design. At this first community meeting, DPR and DGS will introduce the project and project team and solicit your feedback about your play space needs. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 18, 2014, from 7:00-8:30 pm at Trinidad Recreation Center, 1310 Childress Street NE.

For those unable to attend the meeting, we will also provide an online survey to solicit design ideas and input. You will be able to access the link through the project website:

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact DPR at or by phone at 202-673-7647.


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