January 8, 2014 Public Meeting Summary

This past Wednesday was the first ANC 2F meeting of 2014 as well as the last meeting of Commissioner Connolly’s tenure. Connolly and his fiancé will be moving to Boston at the end of the month. In addition to electing new officers and appointing new committee chairs, the Commission considered a number of important issues.

COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Commissioner Matt Connolly announced his resignation due to relocation to Boston at the end of the month. Connolly reflected on the Commission’s numerous achievements during his two-year tenure, and thanked his constituents for their support and collaboration. Commissioner Raymond moved to adopt a resolution thanking Connolly for his dedicated service, leadership, and activism. The resolution was approved unanimously by the Commission and echoed by several community members who eulogized Connolly’s efforts.
  • Commissioner Raymond noted that WMATA denied the Commission’s request for bus stop removal at 1336 14th Street, NW (see November 6, 2013 meeting minutes).

COMMUNITY FORUM

  • Sherri Kimbel of Councilmember Jack Evans’ office also spoke to an ongoing effort by Evans’ office to legislate a property tax discount for senior citizen residents of the District.
  • Jack Jacobson, Ward 2 representative for the State Board of Education, shared information about the approved Next Generation Science Standards for D.C. Public Schools.  Jacobson also spoke to challenges with the enforcement of recently adopted truancy rules by the Office of State Superintendent.
  • Metropolitan Police Department PSA 307 hopes to send a vice officer to the February ANC 2F meeting to speak to the community about MPD’s undercover efforts to fight crime. 

ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND APPROVAL OF COMMITTEE CHAIRS

The Commission elected the following officers and appointed the following committee chairs for 2014:

 Officers

Matt Raymond, Chairman

Walt Cain, Vice Chairman

Jim Lamare, Secretary

Greg Melcher, Treasurer

 

Committee Chairs

Walt Cain, Chair, Community Development Committee (CDC)

John Fanning, Chair, Alcohol Policy Committee (APC)

Chris Linn and Evelyn Boyd Simmons, Co-Chairs, Education Committee

Peter Lallas, Chair, Crime and Public Safety Committee (CPSC)

ALCOHOL POLICY COMMITTEE (APC) REPORT

  • Upon recommendation of the APC, the full Commission voted unanimously to support alcohol license renewal for Baby Wale (1124 9th St, NW).
  • Commissioners Fanning and Linn noted that Ghana Café (1336 14th St, NW) is currently in the process of ABRA mediation in regards to its request for an entertainment endorsement and settlement agreement modification.                               

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (CDC) REPORT

  • The full Commission voted unanimously to adopt the CDC’s recommendation of approval for 1313-17 14th St, NW’s HPRB application, with the addendum that the business item return to the February CDC meeting (January 22) so that the developer and the neighboring N Street Village may provide an update on their dialogue about efforts to minimize the development’s impacts on the latter party.
  • Commissioner Cain moved that the ANC endorse a Visitor Parking Program for all residents living within the boundaries of ANC 2F and at a Resident Parking Permit (RPP) eligible address. The proposed program would consist of a coupon booklet containing 10 individual coupons for temporary visitor parking. Each coupon would be valid for seven (7) days and may not be reused. Residents would have to opt in to the program. Each program participant would receive one coupon booklet per year (through the end of FY14). The motion was seconded and approved by the Commission (7-1).

CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (CPSC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Linn shared that the accused individuals in three recent court cases related to violent crimes on the 1400 block of R St, NW and Johnson Ave, NW (see November 6, 2013 meeting minutes) were handed punitive sentences. Linn noted that ANC 2F submitted community impact statements to the court related to each case.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

  • The January Education Committee meeting was Saturday, January 11th at Ross Elementary School. The meeting featured Maya Garcia from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education and focused on a discussion of the Next Generation Science Standards recently adopted by D.C. Public Schools.
  • On February 8th at 10 a.m., the Education Network will host Deputy Mayor of Education Abigail Smith to lead a discussion on School Boundaries and Feeder Patterns.  Location TBD.

NEW BUSINESS

  • The Commission considered two proposals put forth by DDOT to improve the notoriously troublesome traffic flow conditions at the intersection of 12th St, NW and Massachusetts Ave, NW. The Commission voted unanimously to recommend that DDOT proceed with the proposal referred to as “Proposal #2” (click here to see a color-coded diagram of the proposal). A brief summary of the proposal’s conditions include:
    • On 12th St just south of Massachusetts Ave, provide two through lanes to improve traffic merging (the rightmost lane will also allow for a right turn onto eastbound Mass Ave);
    • On 12th St just south of Massachusetts Ave, provide two dedicated left turn lanes (onto westbound Mass Ave) to improve traffic flow along 12th St;
    • For the pedestrian crossing signal on the west side of 12th St NW, provide a protected left turn phase (a dedicated time for pedestrians to cross Mass Ave without allowing left-turning traffic onto west-bound Mass Ave) to reduce pedestrian/vehicular conflicts;
    • Widening of the aforementioned crosswalk and relocation of stop bar for cars;
    • Provide a shared bike lane (cars & bikes) on 12th St north of Massachusetts Ave;
    • Remove 11 total parking spaces on 12th St (4 two-hour zone “residents only” parking spots for; 4 non-rush hour meter parking spots, and 3 non-rush hour parking spots);
    • Convert 2 parking spaces from “Government vehicles only parking” to two hour zone parking (“residents only” parking).

DDOT welcomes additional community input. You may email James Cheeks at james.cheeks@dc.gov or call 202-671-2656 with your comments.

  • The Commission voted 7-1 to write a letter to Councilmember Jack Evans in support of legislation requested by the Hill Group to allow for a partial alley closing for a bay window projection at 1017 12th St, NW.
  • The Commission voted on meeting dates for the remainder of 2014 pending confirmation with the Washington Plaza Hotel. The following are the official, confirmed meeting dates for 2014:

2014 Regular Monthly Meetings

*The first Wednesday of each month, except where marked with an asterisk

Feb 5

Mar 5

Apr 2

May 14*

Jun 4

Jul 9*

Aug 6

Sep 10*

Oct 1

Nov 5

Dec 3

 

2014 Community Development Commission (CDC) Meetings

The last Wednesday of each month, except where marked with an asterisk

Jan 22*

Feb 19*

Mar 26

Apr 30

May 28

Jun 25

Jul 30

Aug 27

Sep 24

Oct 29

Nov 19*

Dec 17*

*Please note that this meeting summary is provided by ANC 2F as a courtesy for individuals who were not able to attend the Regular Monthly Public Meeting. The information contained here within is not an exhaustive summary nor does it constitute official meeting minutes. The above information may not be referenced in any official business matter related to the Commission. Please see the “Minutes” page of the ANC 2F blog for official meeting business.

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