1 COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE COMMITTEE REPORT 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC DRAFT TO: FROM: All Councilmembers Chairman Phil Mendelson Committee of the Whole DATE: March 20, 2018 SUBJECT: Report on Bill , the Israel Baptist Church Way Designation Act of 2018 The Committee of the Whole, to which Bill , the Israel Baptist Church Way Designation Act of 2018 was referred, reports favorably thereon, with technical amendments, and recommends approval by the Council. CONTENTS I. Background and Need...1 II. Legislative Chronology...5 III. Position of the Executive...5 IV. Comments of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions...5 V. Summary of Testimony...5 VI. Impact on Existing Law...7 VII. Fiscal Impact...7 VIII. Section-by-Section Analysis...8 IX. Committee Action...8 X. Attachments...8 I. BACKGROUND AND NEED On November 1, 2017, Bill , the Israel Baptist Way Designation Act of 2017 was introduced by Councilmember McDuffie to symbolically designate the 1200 block of Saratoga Avenue N.E., in Ward 5, as Israel Baptist Church Way. Typically, a symbolic naming is for ceremonial purposes and shall be in addition to and subordinate to any name that is an official name. Israel Baptist Church was founded in the fall of 1880 by a small group of visionaries who saw a vast and immediate need to increase the number of churches in the northeast section of Washington, D.C. to accommodate African Americans who walked far and wide due to limited transportation. 1 The first place of worship for Israel Baptist Church was at 7 th and A Streets, N.E. In the early 1890s, the Church rented a two-story house with a church front at th Street, N.E. that it eventually purchased. Later, the Church acquired land to construct a new church home at 1 Our Brief History, ISRAEL BAPTIST CHURCH, (last visited Mar. 9, 2018).
2 Committee of the Whole March 20, 2018 Report on Bill Page 2 of Saratoga Avenue, N.E. where Israel Baptist Church has stood as a pillar in the Brookland- Edgewood-Brentwood communities since The Church has provided a place of comfort, worship, support, and services that reflect the needs of the community. 2 In 1996, the Church established Israel Manor, Inc. to expand the educational, health, and affordable housing programs administered by the church. Under this nonprofit, they operate an accredited Child Development Center, including before and after school care. In 2015, the Church held a dedication service for the Reverend Dr. Morris L. Shearin Sr. Community Life Center. This contemporary state of the art facility includes health care services on two floors provided by Unity HealthCare. These services include primary care, dental, behavioral health, and other specialty services to over 10,000 patients annually. The third floor is home to Israel Manor Inc s Capital City Hall of Distinction, which the community may use at no cost to host large scale events and meetings. Later, in 2016, Israel manor Inc., opened a senior housing building, Visionary Square located off Rhode Island Avenue in the Brentwood Neighborhood. Visionary Square offers 47 units of modern, secure, and convenient living for senior citizens. At the February 26, 2018 hearing, it became evident that the Church flourished under the late Reverend Dr. Shearin s leadership and development of comprehensive programs to enhance the overall vitality of the community. Rev. Dr. Shearin served as the ninth Pastor of Israel Baptist Church from October 1988 until his passing on November 18, Rev. Dr. Shearin received numerous accolades including: 2013 Honoree of the Washington, DC Hall of Fame Award; pastpresident, D.C. branch of the NAACP; past-president, Howard University National Theological Alumni Association; 2008 African American Labor Leaders Economic Summit on Labor and Religion; 2005 outstanding citizen award, Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO. Rev. Dr, Shearin has been described as a pillar of our community and his selfless contributions touched countless lives. 3 Thereby, the designation will also serve as a way to honor the late Rev. Dr. Shearin s legacy for generations to come. Legal Background The Street and Alley Closing and Acquisition Procedures Act of 1982, effective March 10, 1983 (D.C. Law 4-201; D.C. Official Code et seq.) ( Act ) establishes procedures for closing streets and alleys, opening new streets and alleys, naming public spaces, and other procedures related to streets and alleys. The Act authorizes the Council to symbolically or officially designate or change the name of any public space in the District of Columbia, including streets and alleys. 4 In October 2016, the Act was amended to create a clear distinction between 2 B22-557, Israel Baptist Church Way Designation Act of 2018: Public Hearing before the Council of the District of Columbia Committee of the Whole, Feb. 26, 2018 (written testimony of Michael Crawford, Chief of Staff, Unity Health Care). 3 Statement of the Passing of Rev. Shearin, Pastor of Israel Baptist Church, Councilmember Kenyon McDuffie, Nov. 18, 2018, available at 4 See D.C. Official Code et seq.
3 Committee of the Whole March 20, 2018 Report on Bill Page 3 of 6 official and symbolic street and alley namings and to establish distinct processes and requirements for each type of naming. 5 An official name refers to the legal designation of an alley or a street for mailing address and other purposes, 6 whereas a symbolic name for a street or alley shall be in addition to and subordinate to any name that is an official name. 7 An official name of an alley shall contain the suffix Alley or Court. 8 A symbolic name of a street or alley shall contain only the suffix Way or Plaza. 9 As established by Bill , Israel Baptist Church Way is a symbolic street designation for the 1200 block of Saratoga Avenue N.E. in Ward 5. The Act also establishes a notice requirement for symbolic designations. Pursuant to D.C. Official Code (b), the ANC in which the symbolic designation is located must be put on notice of the public hearing regarding the proposed naming. 10 On January 17, 2018 ANC 5C was put on notice by the Committee of the Whole. Prior to consideration of a designation by the Council, the Mayor shall provide to the Council a surveyor s plat of the alley or street and adjacent properties. 11 This has been done. After the symbolic street or alley designation legislation becomes law and all conditions required by the Council and the Act have been satisfied, the District Department of Transportation ( DDOT ) shall install signage indicating the symbolic name of the alley or street, or portion thereof. Additionally, the Surveyor of the District of Columbia shall record a copy of such act and the Surveyor s plat in the Office of the Surveyor. 12 Symbolically designating the 1200 block of Saratoga Avenue N.E., in Ward 5, as Israel Baptist Church Way will commemorate Israel Baptist Church s 136-year presence in the District and its countless community contributions. Additionally, the naming will celebrate the legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Morris L. Shearin Sr. Thus, the Committee of the Whole recommends the approval of Bill , the Israel Baptist Church Way Designation Act of II. LEGISLATIVE CHRONOLOGY November 1, 2017 November 7, 2017 Bill , the Israel Baptist Church Way is introduced by Councilmember McDuffie. Bill is read at a legislative meeting and the referral to the Committee of the Whole is official. 5 See D.C. Law , effective from Oct. 8, 2016, Published in the DC Register Vol 63 and Page D.C. Official Code (5A). 7 D.C. Official Code a(a). 8 D.C. Official Code (c). 9 D.C. Official Code a(c). 10 Notably, D.C. Official Code (b) does not specify a time requirement as to when an ANC must be put on notice of a public hearing regarding a symbolic designation. 11 See D.C. Official Code (g). 12 D.C. Official Code (c).
4 Committee of the Whole March 20, 2018 Report on Bill Page 4 of 6 November 10, 2017 January 19, 2018 February 16, 2018 February 26, 2018 Notice of Intent to Act on Bill is published in the DC Register. Notice of Public Hearing on Bill is published in the DC Register. Revised Notice of Public Hearing on Bill is published in the DC Register. A Public Hearing is held on Bill by the Committee of the Whole. March 20, 2018 The Committee of the Whole marks up Bill III. POSITION OF THE EXECUTIVE Todd McIntyre, Chief of Staff, District Department of Transportation, testified on behalf of the Executive in support of the alley naming of Bill His testimony is summarized below. IV. COMMENTS OF ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSIONS No Advisory Neighborhood Commission provided comments on Bill V. SUMMARY OF TESTIMONY The Committee of the Whole held a public hearing on Bill on Monday, February 26, The testimony summarized below is from that hearing. Copies of written testimony are attached to this report. Michael Crawford, Chief of Staff, Unity Health Care, testified in support of the Israel Baptist Way designation. He testified that the designation is an incredible way to recognize the Church s significant contributions to the community and the legacy of Reverend Shearin. Mr. Crawford also spoke about Unity Health Care s Brentwood Health Center at Israel Baptist Church s Community Life Center that provides healthcare services to 10,000 patients annually. He noted that without the collaboration of Israel Baptist Church, the health center project would not have materialized. Dr. Jeffery Fleming, Assistant to the Pastor, Israel Baptist Church, testified in support of the Israel Baptist Way designation. He attributed the late Reverend Shearin s teaching, wisdom, and vision to Israel Baptist Church s impact. He also highlighted the many community services that Israel Baptist Church provides. Jeanette Mobley, Public Witness, testified in support of the Israel Baptist Church Way designation. Ms. Mobley described the designation as quite fitting as Israel Baptist Church has been at its current location on Saratoga Avenue for the past 30 years and has contributed to the welfare of the Ward 5 community under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. Morris Shearin. She
5 Committee of the Whole March 20, 2018 Report on Bill Page 5 of 6 also emphasized the many ways that Israel Baptist has served the community including its poverty alleviation efforts and its educational, health services, and affordable housing programs. Stewart Hubbard, Chair, Deacon Board at Israel Baptist Church, testified in support of the Israel Baptist Church Way designation. Mr. Hubbard shared the service of the church within its surrounding community. He also expressed that the designation is a perfect way to honor the Church s past leadership and a wonderful way to commemorate the Church. Geraldine Feaster-Bethea, Israel Baptist Church, testified in support of the Israel Baptist Church Way designation. She testified on behalf of the incredible work of Israel Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Morris L. Shearin Sr. She described the many community outreach efforts that Israel Baptist has undertaken over the past 29 years and attributed these efforts to Rev. Dr. Shearin s leadership and ability to collaborate across the religious, social, and political arenas. Veronica Harrison, Israel Baptist Church testified in support of the Israel Baptist Church Way designation. Ms. Harrison summarized Israel Baptist Church s community involvement and partnerships with various organizations. She testified that the designation will exemplify the impact of Israel Baptist Church over the years and reinforce the values of the District of Columbia. Dorothy Drakeford McKelvin, Israel Baptist Church, testified in support of the Israel Baptist Church Way designation. Ms. Drakeford highlighted the many services that Israel Baptist Church provides to the community, including programs for children and seniors, health services, and community meeting spaces. Tondalaya G. Reed, Israel Baptist Church, testified in support of the Israel Baptist Church Way designation. Ms. Reed described Israel Baptist church as a pillar of the Brookland, Edgewood, and Brentwood communities in Ward 5. She also highlighted Manor Inc., the nonprofit arm of Israel Baptist Church and the many services it provides. Ms. Reed added that the naming would reinforce the Church s stability and visibility in the community. Todd McIntyre, Chief of Staff, District Department of Transportation, testified that the Executive has no objection to Bill He stated that DDOT will install signage indicating the designation and stands ready to assist the Council and all other stakeholders with any ceremonial unveiling activities that may materialize. The Committee received no comments in opposition to Bill VI. IMPACT ON EXISTING LAW Bill has no impact on existing law. D.C. Official Code authorizes the Council to name any public space. D.C. Official Code (a) authorizes the Council to designate a symbolic name for an alley that shall be in addition to and subordinate to any name 13 Street and Alley Closing and Acquisition Procedures Act of 1982, effective March 10, 1983 (D.C. Law 4-201).
6 Committee of the Whole March 20, 2018 Report on Bill Page 6 of 6 that is an official name. 14 Bill symbolically designates the 1200 block of Saratoga Avenue N.E., in Ward 5, as Israel Baptist Church Way. Additionally, a symbolic name of a street or alley shall contain only the suffix Way or Plaza, such as the name proposed by Bill VII. FISCAL IMPACT Funds are sufficient in the fiscal year 2018 through fiscal year 2021 budget and financial plan to implement the provisions of the proposed legislation. Because the cost to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is an estimated $60 per official sign for fabrication and $110 for installation, the cost of Bill can be absorbed, as noted in the Fiscal Impact Statement (attached). VIII. SECTION- BY- S ECTION A NALYSIS Section 1 States the short title of Bill Section 2 Section 3 Section 4 Section 5 Symbolically designates the 1200 block of Saratoga Avenue N.E., in Ward 5, as Israel Baptist Church Way. Directs the Council to transmit a copy of this act to the Mayor, the District Department of Transportation, and the Office of the Surveyor. Adopts the Fiscal Impact Statement. Establishes the effective date by stating the standard 30-day congressional review language. IX. COMMITTEE ACTION X. ATTACHMENTS 1. Bill as introduced 2. Written Testimony 3. Fiscal Impact Statement for Bill Legal Sufficiency Determination for Bill Committee Print for Bill D.C. Code (a). 15 D.C. Code (c).
7 COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington D.C Memorandum To : From : Members of the Council Nyasha Smith, Secretary to the Council Date : November 03, 2017 Subject : Referral of Proposed Legislation Notice is given that the attached proposed legislation was introduced in the Office of the Secretary on Wednesday, November 1, Copies are available in Room 10, the Legislative Services Division. TITLE: "Israel Baptist Church Way Designation Act of 2017", B INTRODUCED BY: Councilmember McDuffie The Chairman is referring this legislation to the Committee of the Whole. Attachment cc: General Counsel Budget Director Legislative Services
26 March 20, 2018 Committee of the Whole Committee Print DRAFT A BILL IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA To symbolically designate the 1200 block of Saratoga Avenue, N.E., in Ward 5, as Israel Baptist Church Way. BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the Israel Baptist Church Way Designation Act of Sec. 2. Pursuant to sections 401, 403a, and 423 of the Street and Alley Closing and Acquisition Procedures Act of 1982, effective March 10, 1983 (D.C. Law 4-201; D.C. Official Code , a, and ), the Council symbolically designates the 1200 block of Saratoga Avenue, N.E., in Ward 5, as Israel Baptist Church Way. Sec. 3. Transmittal. The Council shall transmit a copy of this act, upon its effective date, to the Mayor, the District Department of Transportation, and the Office of the Surveyor. Sec. 4. Fiscal impact statement. The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement in the committee report as the fiscal impact statement required by section 4a of the General Legislative Procedures Act of 1975, approved October 16, 2006 (120 Stat. 2038; D.C. Official Code a). Sec. 5. Effective date.
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