Part A. Official Residence Commission.
§ 1–331.01. Findings.
The Council of the District of Columbia finds that:
(1) The District of Columbia is the nation’s capital and an international showcase.
(2) The Mayor of the District of Columbia serves as the highest elected official at both the state and local levels.
(3) Each of the 50 states in the United States provides an official residence for its top executive government official, the governor, for the purpose of serving as: an official state residence; a suitable official location for entertaining and honoring state, national, and international guests, as well as its own distinguished citizens; and an official location that houses and displays cherished memorabilia of the state’s cultural and social history.
(4) An official residence is also provided for the mayors of major cities in the United States, including Detroit, New York, and Los Angeles.
(5) The mayors of cities that serve as the capitals of other nations are also provided with an official residence, including London, England and Paris, France.
(6) The Mayor of the District of Columbia should have a residence suitable to entertain and honor citizens, businesses, local and federal officials, and the many official guests and distinguished persons who visit the District each year from other cities, states, and nations.
(7) After 25 years of limited home rule, it is time to establish an official residence of the Mayor of the District of Columbia.
1981 Ed., § 1-370.1.
§ 1–331.02. Definitions.
For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:
(1) “Commission” means the Mayor’s Official Residence Commission established pursuant to this subchapter.
(2) “Official residence” means the land and improvements where the Mayor has the exclusive right to live during the Mayor’s term of office, and which shall be exempt from property taxes.
(3) “Substantial nongovernment in-kind contributions” means any service reasonably valued at more than $5,000 which is received from any source other than the District government.
1981 Ed., § 1-370.2.
§ 1–331.03. Mayor’s Official Residence Commission — establishment; duties.
(a) There is established a Mayor’s Official Residence Commission with the purpose of preparing recommendations to the Council and the Mayor on the most appropriate site in the District to establish the Mayor’s official residence and on the most cost-effective methods of financing the acquisition, renovation, and maintenance of the official residence.
(b) The Commission shall:
(1) Explore the appropriateness and cost of using property under the District’s jurisdiction that is located at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E. (Square 0948, Lots 802 and 803), for use as the official residence upon the expiration of the current lease of this property in June 2002;
(2) Compare the appropriateness and cost of using the property identified in paragraph (1) of this subsection as the official residence with the appropriateness and cost of using other properties already owned or to be acquired by the District or another entity for this purpose; and
(Square 0948, Lots 802 and 803), for use as the official residence upon the expiration of the current lease of this property in June 2002;
(3) Develop a plan for raising the funds necessary for the acquisition, renovation, and maintenance of the most appropriate property for use as the official residence.
(c)(1) The Commission shall submit its recommendations in the form of a report to the Council and the Mayor within 180 days of the appointment of a majority of its members. The report shall include the information, comparative analysis, and plan required by subsections (a) and (b) of this section, along with specific recommendations on the actions and timetables for such actions that are necessary to establish an official residence of the Mayor. The report shall be accompanied by any draft executive orders, or proposed legislation, regulations, or amendments to existing statutes or regulations, including this subchapter, which may be necessary to implement the recommendations.
(2) Prior to the issuance of this report, the Commission shall conduct not less than one public forum or hearing, at which comments are invited from the public, and for which 15 days prior notice is provided in the District of Columbia Register and to the Mayor, the Council, and each Advisory Neighborhood Commission. A copy of all written comments provided to the Commission by the public shall be submitted by the Commission to the Council and the Mayor.
1981 Ed., § 1-370.3.
§ 1–331.04. Mayor’s Official Residence Commission — composition; compensation; quorum.
(a) The Commission shall be composed of 9 voting members. Four public citizen members including the chairperson of the Commission shall be appointed by the Chairman of the Council, 3 public citizen members shall be appointed by the Mayor, and 2 ex officio members shall be the District’s Chief Property Management Officer and Director of the Office of Planning who each may designate from time to time a staff representative to perform the ex officio member’s responsibilities. A majority of the members shall be required to be District residents. All appointments shall be made within 15 days of the October 21, 2000. A vacancy shall be filled in the same manner in which its initial appointment was made.
(b) Each public citizen member of the Commission shall serve without compensation and shall not be entitled to reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of the Commission’s duties.
(c) The chairperson of the Commission, or the chairperson’s designated representative who shall be a member of the Commission, shall convene all meetings of the Commission. The chairperson shall convene the first meeting of the Commission not later than 15 days after all appointments have been made. The Commission shall meet not less often than once a month.
(d) A majority of the members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum. Voting by proxy shall not be permitted, but meetings and votes by teleconference or other electronic means shall be permitted. A written summary shall be prepared of all meetings at which a vote is taken, which shall be made available to the public upon request.
(e) The Commission may request from any department, agency, or instrumentality of the District government, including independent agencies and receiverships, any information necessary to carry out the provisions of this subchapter. Each department, agency, instrumentality, independent agency, or receivership shall cooperate with the Commission and provide any information, in a timely manner, that the Commission requests to carry out the provisions of this subchapter.
(f) The Mayor shall provide administrative and technical support, office space, staff, supplies, and other resources needed by the Commission to carry out the provisions of this subchapter.
(g) The Commission may solicit, receive, accept, and expend contributions or grants from private or federal sources to carry out the provisions of this subchapter. Any Commission solicitation, receipt, acceptance, or expenditure of contributions or grants from private sources shall not be subject to appropriation. The Commission shall keep a record, available to the public for inspection, of all private contributions or grants and any substantial nongovernment in-kind contributions received. The record shall include the full name, address, and occupation or type of business of each donor.
(h) The Commission may enter into contracts, for which sufficient appropriations or other public or private funding is available and provided, with federal or state agencies, private firms, institutions, or individuals to conduct research or surveys, prepare appraisals or reports, or perform other activities necessary to the discharge of its duties.
(i) The Commission may establish such advisory groups, committees, or subcommittees, consisting of members or nonmembers, as it deems necessary to carry out the purposes of this subchapter.
(j) No District laws, rules, or orders governing administrative procedures, conflict of interest, financial disclosure, employment, or procurement shall apply to the Commission in its expenditure of non-local funds, except as provided in this subchapter.
1981 Ed., § 1-370.4.
§ 1–331.05. Selection of official residence.
Within 60 days of the submission of the Commission’s report to the Council and the Mayor, the Mayor shall propose the selection of a property to be used as the official residence and submit the proposed selection to the Council with a proposed resolution of approval. The proposed resolution shall specify, if applicable, the proposed methods of acquiring, renovating, and maintaining the property as the official residence. The Council or a committee of the Council shall hold a public hearing on the proposed resolution. If the Council does not approve or disapprove the proposed resolution within 90 calendar days, excluding days of Council recess, the proposed resolution shall be deemed disapproved.
1981 Ed., § 1-370.5.
Resolution 14-113, the “Approval of the Proposal from the Eugene B. Casey Foundation for an Official Residence of the Mayor Resolution of 2001”, was approved effective June 5, 2001.
Part B. Designation of Mayor’s Official Residence.
§ 1–331.10. Designation of Casey Mansion as Mayor’s Official Residence.
(a) On June 5, 2001, the Council of the District of Columbia adopted the Mayor’s May 3, 2001 recommendation (PR 14-179) to accept and approve the proposal of the Eugene B. Casey Foundation, as set forth in a February 26, 2001 letter to the Mayor from Mrs. Eugene B. Casey, to designate the site at 1801 Foxhall Road, N.W., as the official residence of the Mayor of the District of Columbia (“Casey Mansion Proposal”). The Casey Mansion Proposal provides that the Casey Mansion Foundation, which has already acquired the property at 1801 Foxhall Road, N.W., would be endowed with sufficient private resources to build and maintain, in perpetuity, all operating costs for the buildings and grounds of the official Mayor’s residence, including furnishings, housekeeping, insurance, landscaping, maintenance, security, staffing, and utilities.
(b) Prior to the issuance of any building permit for an official Mayor’s residence at 1801 Foxhall Road, N.W., the Mayor shall require that the Casey Mansion Proposal is memorialized in a document signed by representatives of the Mayor and the Eugene B. Casey Foundation or other foundation established to own, build, or maintain the Casey Mansion, which is provided to the Council and made available to the public, and which sets forth the specific terms and any conditions of the Casey Mansion Proposal, including the rights and obligations of each party, and including but not limited to information on:
(1) The amount of funds and other assets set aside for the Casey Mansion Proposal;
(2) The bylaws and members of the board of directors of the Eugene B. Casey Foundation and of any other entity or foundation that will own, build, and maintain the Casey Mansion;
(3) The amount of funds donated by the Eugene B. Casey Foundation for trees in the District, and confirmation that the amount for trees is a separate gift not tied to the District’s acceptance of the Casey Mansion Proposal;
(4) Whether the amount of funds set aside for the Casey Mansion Proposal includes funds to cover annual property tax revenue that is foregone due to ownership of the 1801 Foxhall Road, N.W., property by a nonprofit organization;
(5) Annual public financial disclosure reporting requirements associated with expenditures and sources of funds for operations of the Casey Mansion;
(6) How open and accessible the Casey Mansion buildings and grounds will be to the public; and
(7) Ensuring that the construction and operation of the Casey Mansion complies with all applicable local laws and regulations.
For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 21 of Technical Amendments Emergency Act of 2001 (D.C. Act 14-108, August 3, 2001, 48 DCR 7622).