January 7, 2015 Regular Monthly Public Meeting Summary

NOTICE: The next ABRA Policy Committee (APC) meeting will be Wednesday, January 21 at 7pm. Location to be determined.

 

NOTICE: The next Community Development Committee (CDC) meeting will be Thursday, January 29 at 7pm in the Monroe room at the Washington Plaza Hotel.

COMMUNITY FORUM

  • Sherri Kimbel of Councilmember Jack Evans’ office shared that city trash pickup, which did not happen on Tuesday because of the snowstorm, will resume on Friday. Recycling will be picked up on Tuesday. Kimbel also shared that Councilmember Evans is demanding answers from Pepco about the source of the ongoing power outage that started Tuesday in parts of Dupont and Logan Circles, as well as Pepco’s prolonged response to the outage.
  • Commissioner Fanning shared that he has been retained by the Bowser administration as the Ward 2 Community Liaison. Fanning encouraged community members to reach out to him with questions, concerns, and issues at (202) 340-7229 or john.fanning@dc.gov.
  • Sgt. Sgt. Terestre provided the monthly crime report (Dec 7 – Jan 6), and compared crime statistics to those of the same period from the prior year. Although total crime is down to 60 incidents versus 67 in the same period last year, robberies with a gun increased from 0 to 3. In response to the recent armed robberies, MPD has established a fixed post detail (24/7) at 11th & N Streets, NW.
  • Community member Daniel Greenberg shared that DDOT finally took action to force a developer that had been blocking off both ends of an alleyway running behind the 1300 block of 14th St, NW to open up access at one end of the alley.
  • Community member Ibrahim Mumin shared that there will be a community forum on January 29th from 6:30 to 8:30pm (location TBD) entitled “What to Do When You’re Stopped by the Police.” The forum aims to prevent escalation of interactions between police and community members, especially youth, in light of the national issue surrounding police interactions with civilians.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND CHAIRS

  • The Commission held elections for the four Officer positions (Chairman, Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary), and the Chair positions of each ANC 2F Committee (CDC, APC, CPSC, and Education). The Commission unanimously voted in the following Officers and Chairs:
Chairman Commissioner John Fanning (2F04)
Vice Chair Commissioner Pepin Tuma (2F03)
Treasurer Commissioner Karin Berry (2F02)
Secretary Commissioner Jim Lamare (2F05)
APC Chair Commissioner Kate Gordon (2F01)
CDC Chair Commissioner Kevin Deeley (2F08)
CPSC Chair Commissioner Charlie Bengel (2F06)
Education Chair Commissioner Pepin Tuma (2F03)

ABRA POLICY COMMITTEE (APC) REPORT

  • No committee report.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (CDC) REPORT

  • The Commission voted unanimously (8-0) to adopt the CDC’s recommendation for the following business items considered at the CDC’s December 2014 meeting: 1) A lack of support for the HPRB concept of a by-right raze project at 1421 Corcoran St, NW because the project plans were not sufficiently complete; 2) Support for HPRB concept and massing for 1527 12th St, NW, with a specific request for the project to include parking spaces, and the delegation of design review to HPO staff; and 3) Support for HPRB concept of an addition to 1132 10th St, NW, with a specific request for iron restoration work, support of the recessed trash area, and delegation of design review to HPO staff.
  • The Commission also voted unanimously (8-0) to support and recommend approval for the Planned Unit Development at Square 369 (9th & L St, NW proposed Marriott project). Relatedly, Commissioner Deeley explained that ANC 2F and the developer, Quadrangle, had reached an accord for the Community Benefits Agreement that is part of the PUD. The Community Benefits Agreement consists of a one time $5,000 donation to Thomson Elementary School PTA, and a one time $10,000 $20,000 donation to each Gompers Park and the 10th Street park for maintenance and improvement.

CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (CPSC) REPORT

  • No committee report.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

  • Commissioner Fanning yielded the floor to Sheri Kimbel of Councilmember Jack Evans’ office. Kimbel expressed concern that a lack of progress in advancing plans for the remodernization of Garrison Elementary may jeopardize currently available funding. Kimbel asked the Commission to consider adopting a resolution encouraging the immediate use of available funds to proceed with remodernization plans. The Commission voted unanimously (8-0) to adopt such a resolution and share it with DCPS, the State Board of Education, and Councilmember Evans’ office.

NEW BUSINESS

  • The Commission voted unanimously (8-0) to ask Jack Evans’ office to pass a resolution thanking outgoing Commissioners Peter Lallas (2F01), Walt Cain (2F02), Stephanie Dahle (2F03), Greg Melcher (2F06), and Matt Raymond (2F07) for their service.
  • The Commission voted unanimously (8-0) to set the following 2015 dates for the Regular Monthly Meetings. With exception of the November date*, all Regular Monthly Meetings are scheduled for the first Wednesday of the month: February 4; March 4; April 1; May 6; June 3; July 1; August 5; September 2; October 7; Thursday, November 12*; and December 2.
  • Special Note: the July, August, and September Regular Monthly Meetings, as well as the July and August CDC meetings, will NOT be held at the Washington Plaza Hotel. The hotel’s meeting rooms will be under renovation during the summer. The alternate meeting location(s) are yet TBD.

*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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