Feb 4th Monthly Meeting Summary

The next ANC 2F regular monthly public meeting is Wednesday, March 4 at 7pm at the Washington Plaza hotel.

 

COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Commissioner Bengel announced an upcoming community meeting for 2F-06 (Bengel’s Single Member District) on February 18 at 7pm at the Whitman Condo (910 M St, NW). Bengel described the meeting as a “one-stop listening tour” for community concerns in and around Blagden Alley.
  • Bengel also announced a meeting with the Gang of Three for 1219 9th St, NW on February 11 at 5:30pm at La Colombe coffee house. The meeting is to discuss the project and related BZA case. Douglas Development will give a short presentation.
  • Commissioner Pepin Tuma inquired among the Commissioners about the process for re-installing No Pets Allowed” signs for the center of Logan Circle. Discussion among the Commissioners was inconclusive about next steps and which body has the authority to install such signs.
  • Tuma also asked that discussion of the PEPCO merger with Exelon be placed on next month’s agenda.

COMMUNITY FORUM

  • Sherri Kimbel of Councilmember Jack Evans’ office notified the Commission that ANC 6E has made a formal request through Councilmember Charles Allen to make the Zone 2 parking area along the 6E border– in which Zone 6 residents are presently permitted to park– permanently available to them for on-street parking. Kimbel, through Evans’ office, and the Commission, plan to oppose ANC 6E’s efforts so that the Zone 2 area in question is rightfully reserved for Zone 2 resident parking.
  • Commissioner John Fanning shared that Mayor Bowser will be hosting three community engagement forums to solicit community feedback on next year’s budget. The forums will be held Thursday, Feb 19 from 7-8:30pm at Woodrow Wilson High School; Saturday, Feb 21 from 1-230pm at Anacostia High School; and Monday, Feb 23 from 7-830pm at the new Dunbar High School.
  • Sgt. Sgt. Terestre provided the monthly crime report (Jan 5 – Feb 4), which compared crime statistics to the same period in 2014. Violent crimes are down, while non-violent crimes (particularly thefts and thefts from autos) totaled 21 this period vs. 14 in the same period last year. Terestre shared that MPD 307 recently made 4 theft arrests, 3 heroine possession arrests, and 25 lock-ups resulting from a Craigslist prostitution sting coordinated in cooperation with the management of the Cambria Hotel. Officer Burgos was also present to speak to MPD’s bicycle-based efforts to deter property crimes.
  • Commissioner Tuma kicked off discussion of community concerns about the status of re-modernization funds for Garrison Elementary. Tuma shared that the Mayor’s office has initiated a reprogramming request for $4 $14 million of the $16 million allocated to Garrison’s re-modernization. Numerous community members shared their resolve to fight the Mayor’s reprogramming request and spoke to their efforts to collaborate with Councilmember Evans’ office to ensure all previously allocated funds are preserved for Garrison. The Commission resolved to take formal action at later time once specific information about the reprogramming request is available.
  • Brad Reichard, member of the Friends of Gompers Park Board of Directors, shared an update about plans for improving Gompers Park using Community Benefit funds from the 9th & L Marriott Planed Unit Development. Reichard shared a handout and detailed the Board’s discussions with the National Park Service to—among other improvements—restore the base of the memorial, thin out the American holly trees, and potentially improve lighting in the park.
  • Ibrahim Mumin distributed flyers for an upcoming community event entitled “What to do when you are stopped by the police.” The February 12 event, which will be held from 6:30-8:30pm at First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church, has been organized to help prevent encounters with the police from escalating because of distrust and suspicion.

ABRA POLICY COMMITTEE (APC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Kate Gordon, Chair of the APC, announced the date and location of the next APC meeting: Wednesday, February 11, at 7pm at the National City Christian Church (Community Room, accessible through the 14th St, NW side entrance).

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (CDC) REPORT

  • The Commission voted unanimously (7-0) to support and recommend approval for the HPRB concept and design for rear addition/alterations at 1330 Vermont Ave, NW. The single family home will be converted into five residential units. The proposed alterations will not be visible from the street or affect the façade in any way.

CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (CPSC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Bengel, Chair of the CPSC, announced the date of the next CPSC meeting: Thursday, February 26, location TBD.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

  • Commissioner Pepin Tuma, Chair of the Ed Committee, shared that the date and location of the next Ed Committee meeting would be set shortly.

NEW BUSINESS

  • The Commission voted unanimously (7-0) to send a letter to the Mayor’s Office urging Mayor Bowser to reconsider postponement of Franklin School Surplus Declaration and Disposition Approval Resolutions and support immediate enactment of resolutions consistent with those she requested be withdrawn on January 26, 2015 (PR 21-9 and PR 21-10, filed in the Office of the Secretary to the Council of the District of Columbia on October 3, 2014). As detailed by the Washington City Paper, the ICE-DC Franklin School project is one of five in flux as Bowser reviews citywide development awards.
  • The Commission voted unanimously (7-0) to appoint the following At-Large members to the ABRA Policy Committee (APC): Alan Hahn; John Guggenmos.
  • The Commission voted unanimously (7-0) to appoint the following At-Large members to the Community Development Committee (CDC): Joel Heisey; Jim Loucks; Helen Kramer; Ron Rubin; and John Long.
  • The Commission voted unanimously (7-0) to appoint the following At-Large member to the Crime & Public Safety Committee (CPSC): Matt Wood.
  • The Commission voted unanimously (7-0) to appoint the following At-Large member to the Education Committee: Warren H.

*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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