NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 5B
Amended on June 26, 2013)
is established by the Council of the District of Columbia Advisory Neighborhood
Commission 5B. This Commission shall
be called the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5B of the
The Commission shall advise the Council of the District of Columbia, the
Mayor and each executive agency, the Government of the District of Columbia, all
independent agencies, boards, and commissions with respect to all proposed
matters of District of Columbia governmental policy including but not limited to
decisions regarding planning, streets, recreation, social service programs,
education, health, safety, and sanitation which affect the Commission area.
Proposed actions of the District governmental policy shall be the same as
those for which prior notice of proposed rule-making is required pursuant to
D.C. Code § 1-1505(a) or as it pertains to the Council of the District of
Columbia. After hearing
consideration from citizens and agencies, the Commission shall respond to the
action agency(ies) and citizens. Any
decisions made during emergency sessions will be in effect until such time when
notifications can be made.
Proposed District government actions upon which the Commission shall have
the opportunity to comment shall include, but shall not be limited to, actions
of the Council of the
Commission will present its view to any Federal or District agency.
Commission may initiate its own proposals for District or neighborhood
government action. Any proposal
submitted by the Commission will bear the signature of the chairperson and the
corresponding secretary to the Commission.
Commission will monitor written complaints of Commission area residents with
respect to problems and the delivery of services provided by the District
Government and may file comments as deemed appropriate.
On or before
November 30 of each year, the Commission may file an annual report with the
Council of the
Summaries of important problems perceived by the Commission and in order
of their priority
Recommendations for action to be taken by the District Government
Recommendations for improvements on the operation of the Commission
Summary of Commission activities
Commission shall constitute the citizen, advisory mechanism required by any
Federal statute, working in conjunction with all other citizen groups as lead
Commission shall be composed of those persons duly elected and certified by the
District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics to Single Member Districts
within area 5B.
of the Commission shall serve for a term of two years which shall begin at noon
on the second day of January following the date of election of such member, or
at noon on the day after the date the Board certifies such election of such
member, whichever is later, except that the terms of the members elected at the
first election for members of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5B begin at noon
on the first day of March 1976, or at noon on the day after the date the Board
certifies the results of such election, whichever is later, and shall terminate
at noon on the second day of January 1978. Vacancies
shall be filled in accordance with Section 8(d) of the Advisory Neighborhood
Commission Act of 1975.
shall serve without compensation; however, appropriate expenses may be
reimbursed upon authorization by the Commission as specified in Article IV,
Section 28 of these Bylaws.
All members shall have equal voting rights following the principle of one
person, one vote. There shall be no
proxy voting. The Commission shall
maintain a record of attendance of the members.
Such records shall be forwarded to the Commission’s recording secretary
for recordation and shall be available for public inspection.
Any individual Commissioner may communicate his or her views on any issue
within the scope of his or her jurisdiction to any government entity; provided,
however, that unless such communication has been approved by the Commission as a
whole or reflects the views of the Commission as reflected in a formal vote of
the Commission, such Commissioner [shall] indicate
s in such communication
that he/she is speaking as an individual Commissioner, and not for the
Commissioner shall have at all times equal access to the resources of the
Commission, including, but not limited to, documents (as defined in the Federal
Rules of Civil Procedure) of the Commission, the Commission office, and
ARTICLE IV. OFFICERS
Commission shall elect, from its Commission members, a chairperson, a
vice-chairperson, corresponding secretary, recording secretary, treasurer,
parliamentarian and such other officers as may be necessary.
of officers shall take place in January of each year on a day specified by the
Commission, following the certification of a majority of the members of the
Commission by the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics.
A quorum for the election of officers shall be a majority of the duly
elected Commissioner membership provided the elected members constitute a
majority of the ANC 5B single member districts.
The chairperson shall attempt to hold elections at times when all
commissioners can be available giving consideration to deaths and natural
The chairperson will give at least a seven (7) days notice to all
Commissioners informing of election date, time and place.
Each candidate for office shall be nominated from the floor.
A candidate may nominate himself or herself but may not second the
A nomination speech of two minutes may be made.
Each nomination must be seconded, but no seconding speech will be
After nominations are closed, each candidate may make a two minute speech.
When nominations are closed, the election shall be conducted by the
recording secretary of the Commission or such person appointed by the Executive
Committee, who has not been nominated, shall certify the returns.
each office shall occur before the floor is opened for nominations for another
The elected officers shall be elected to serve for one year or until
their successors are elected, and their terms of office shall commence at the
close of the meeting at which they are elected.
In the event of a vacancy, the officer filling the vacant position shall
only serve out the term of the officer he/she replaced.
A simple majority shall be required for election of officers.
If there is not simple majority after the first ballot, there shall be an
election between the two candidates receiving the most votes.
In case of vacancies among officers, the Executive Committee shall
appoint interim officers among Commission persons. A
Special Meeting shall be called for the purposes of nominating and electing
officers to fill vacancies.
The chairperson shall serve as convener of the Commission and shall chair
the Commission meetings. The vice chairperson shall fulfill the obligations of
the chairperson in his/her absence.
The Chairperson may rule on procedural questions from the chair and such
rulings may be overturned by a majority of the Commission.
Each Standing Committee shall be chaired by a commissioner.
The chairperson of each such committee or task force shall be appointed
by the Commission as shall be the members to that task force or committee.
In the case of a vacancy in the office of treasurer, there shall be
within seven (7) days of such vacancy an election to select a new treasurer.
The vice chairperson shall provide such assistance to the chairperson as
is requested and shall perform such duties as may be delegated by the
The correspondence secretary shall be responsible for maintaining records
of all activities and shall perform such other duties as the chairperson may
The correspondence secretary shall issue notices of meetings and conduct
the general correspondence of the Commission.
In the preparation of minutes, reports, etc., the recording secretary
shall have the assistance of the Commission staff as may be required.
The recording secretary shall serve as a central repository of copies of
minutes of all Standing, Special and Administrative committees.
The recording secretary shall be responsible for the preparation of the
minutes for all meetings of the Commission and for the distribution of copies of
minutes to all members of the Commission pursuant to forthcoming amendments.
The treasurer and the Commission as a whole shall develop an annual
fiscal year budget request forms to be provided by the Mayor of the
The treasurer shall prepare and the Commission will approve a quarterly
financial report within 30 days of the close of each fiscal quarter.
These reports shall be public documents and shall be available for public
inspection. The quarterly report
[shall be] signed by the treasurer and chairperson of the Commission and
attested by the recording secretary as having been approved by the Commission
The chairperson and the treasurer shall be bonded or the Commission shall
participate in the ANC Security Fund.
The treasurer and Commission will secure and investigate a local bank
within Ward 5 boundaries as an institution with affirmative action program:
The Commission will establish a checking account in the name of Advisory
Neighborhood Commission 5B at a District of Columbia bank in Ward 5.
In addition, a savings account at a
All checks will bear the name of the Commission on the face checks and be
prenumbered by the bank. A
commercial type checkbook will be used, which has space for entering each check
and a brief explanation of the nature of the disbursement.
All checks will be issued by the treasurer in consecutive order.
All voucher packages will be retained for a period of seven (7) years.
The Commission’s checkbook shall be retained by the treasurer.
All expenditure of funds by the Commission shall be authorized by the
Commission and recorded in the Commission’s books of accounts.
ARTICLE V. MEETINGS
the provisions of § 742(a) of the District of Columbia Self-Government and
Government Reorganization Act, all meetings of the Commission shall be open to
the public. The Commission shall
have its regular monthly meetings. If
the meeting is canceled due to a holiday, emergency, etc., the meeting shall
take place within a fifteen (15) day period.
Commissioners’ absence from meetings will be indicated as excused and
unexcused. All meetings of the
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5B should be recorded.
Minutes shall be drafted and copies provided to all commissioners within
a reasonable time after meeting dates.
No official action may be taken by the Commission unless a majority of
the elected representatives of the Commission are present and the meeting has
been properly noticed and is open to the public.
The Commission shall convene the residents of its Commission area at
regular intervals to hear their concerns.
The Commission shall generally meet at regular intervals, not less than
nine times a year to consider matters before the Commission which may include
but not be limited to consideration of actions or proposed actions of the
Council of the
Meeting place shall be held at the Commission office unless otherwise
determined by the Commission members.
No less than seven (7) days notice shall be given by the Commission of
its meetings or convocations by posting written notices in at least four
conspicuous places in each Single Member District within the Commission area,
except when shorter notice for good cause is necessary in the case of an
Within 30 days of receiving notification from the District Government of
proposed actions or proposal final policy decisions or guidelines, the
Commission shall forward its written recommendations with respect to the
proposed actions to the Council of
the District of Columbia, the Mayor of the District of Columbia, and the
appropriate agency, board or commission.
If, with respect to the proposed action, the Commission does not have a
recommendation, it shall indicate same in writing within the required time.
The Commission may establish such mechanisms as will ensure the broadest
dissemination of information with respect to the Commission meetings, positions,
and actions. The Commission shall
make good faith effort to involve all segments of the Commission population in
its deliberations regardless of race, sex, age, voting status, religion, or
Special meetings of the Commission can be convened by the chairperson or
the Executive Committee or by written request from at least three commissioners
of the Commission.
The purpose of the meeting shall be stated in the notice and no other
topic may be discussed at that meeting
The Commission may hold Joint Meetings with other Advisory Neighborhood
Commission to deal more effectively with or respond to similar concerns and
issues which transcend and affect the areas of the Commissions, jointly meeting
and for informational purposes.
Joint Commission meetings may be held only after the Commission votes by
a majority to participate in such Joint Meetings and discuss such matters as
have been given to each participant Commission in a meeting held prior to each
The Commission members shall reflect but not necessarily be bound by the
views of the Commission. The
Commission members attending the associated Commission shall have no power other
than what their Commission shall have agreed upon.
Commission actions, except for amending these Bylaws, shall be approved
by a simple majority of those Commission members present and voting.
In the case of a tie vote, the motion for Commission action shall fail.
The Commission shall ensure appropriate order, conduct and decorum is
maintained by residents and guests during all Commission meetings.
ARTICLE VI. EXECUTIVE
be established an Executive Committee of Advisory Neighborhood 5B.
The Executive Committee shall consist of, and be limited to:
The Executive Committee of the Commission shall have the authority to
establish Special Committees.
The Executive Committee of the Commission shall have the power to act
with the full authority of the Commission in emergency situations providing an
attempt is made to contact individual commissioners on the issue.
All actions of the Executive Committee shall be subject to the approval to
the full Commission at a later meeting.
Vacancies on the Executive Committee shall be promptly filled, using the
procedure, and maintaining the composition outlined in these Bylaws.
The Executive Committee may recommend the removal of a member of the
Executive Committee for sufficient cause that is detrimental to the Advisory
A majority of the members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a
quorum for executive meetings.
ARTICLE VII. COMMITTEES
There shall be two categories of committees:
Standing Committees – those created permanently with the concurrence by
majority vote of the Commission
Special Committees – those created temporarily by the Committee and/or
the Executive Committee of the Commission.
committees may include citizen participation.
Each Commission may involve representatives of other neighborhood groups
in the work of its Standing or Special Committee.
Each Standing Committee shall be chaired by a commissioner.
The Executive Committee of the Commission shall have the power to
recommend the appointment or removal of Standing Committee chairpersons.
The Standing Committees shall also elect or appoint such other officers
as are needed.
The composition, manner of selection and duties of all Special Committees
shall be determined by the Executive Committee.
Any Special Committee created by the Commission becomes a Standing
Committee with the concurrence of the Commission.
transformation of a Special Committee into a Standing Committee, the Commission
members serving on, and purpose of the committee, shall retain the same; except
that the Executive Committee of the Commission may make changes as are necessary
with the concurrence of the Commission.
The time and regularity of Executive Committee, Standing and Special
Committee meetings shall be established by the respective committees themselves.
Each committee shall have the power and responsibility to develop
attendance requirements for the committee and its sub-committees.
The chairperson of the committee has the authority to remove
Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall govern the Commission in all cases in which
such Rules are not inconsistent with these Bylaws, any special rules of order
the Commission may adopt, or any Federal or District Government law.
ARTICLE IX. MISCELLANY
Commission may not solicit or accept funds for a Federal or District Government
agency or private source except as may be specifically or previously authorized
by resolution of the Council of the District of Columbia, provided that receipt
of contributions of $1,000.00 or less from a single contributor need not be
approved by the Council of the District of Columbia.
Any Commission member in their private capacity may institute a legal
action in the courts of the
The Commission shall have no authority to incorporate.
However, no member of the Commission may be liable for action taken as an
elected representative from a Single Member District.
Employees of the Commission shall be hired by the Commission and shall
serve at the pleasure of the Commission.
The Commission shall establish position descriptions for its employees.
The employees of the Commission may be hired on a full-time or a part-time basis
and for an indefinite or for a definite term. Persons hired by the Commission
shall meet the qualifications established in the job description.
All District of Columbia Commission-issued equipment, including cell
phones, are the property of the District of Columbia Government and should only
be provided to Commission members for their use in conducting official ANC and
District Government business.
Upon the end of a Commission members’ service, all District of Columbia
Government-issued property shall be promptly returned to the Commission.
AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS
The Commission shall file all up-to-date amendments hereto with the
Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of the Advisory Neighborhood
Commission within seven (7) days of their adoption.
Revision of these Bylaws requires a two-third vote with at least two
weeks prior notice to each Commission member that the rules will be recommended
for change. Such notification shall
include the suggested changes.
These Bylaws shall be consistent with all Congressional and
These Bylaws are available to the public.
Woodridge * Queens Chapel
And Portions of:
Rhode Island Avenue * North Michigan Park * Michigan Park * Brookland