- Commissioner Bengel shared that MPD made an arrest in the homicide of David Messerschmitt, who was murdered in the Donovan House Hotel on February 10.
- Commissioner Tuma provided an update on the future of Garrison elementary. Tuma shared his excitement that the Deputy Mayor for Education, Jennie Niles committed to a $42 million modernization of Garrison, with an intended completion date of August 2017. Tuma has invited a representative from the DC Department of General Services to future ANC 2F meetings to talk to residents and provide updates of the modernization timeline and its progress. Tuma underscored the importance of ongoing community involvement in shaping a long-term plan for how Garrison Elementary and its fit into the neighborhood and the greater DCPS feeder system.
- Sherri Kimbel of Councilmember Jack Evans’ office shared two announcements: 1) two of the four escalators at the Mt. Vernon Square Metro station will be closed for repairs starting April 20; and 2) on April 2 there will be a Ward 2 town hall meeting with D.C. Water CEO General George S. Hawkins at Francis-Stevens Education Campus (Auditorium).
- Eli Hoffman, Ward 2/3 Representative for the DC Public Schools Community Action Team, shared that Round 1 of the My School DC Lottery results were now available at www.myschooldc.org. Hoffman also encouraged community members to become mentors for the DC Public Schools’ Empowering Males of Color initiative.
- Vanessa Thally, Chief of the Neighborhood and Victim Services Section of the DC Office of the Attorney General (OAG), shared updates on OAG’s strategic goals to grow and strengthen its office. OAG hopes to accomplish this goal through proposed legislation that will grant its office greater independence, and allow OAG to keep a small fraction of the money the office brings in through settlements and claims.
- Cheryl Morse and Attorney Eric Sears from the DC Office of the People’s Council; Mark Battle, VP of PEPCO for the DC Region; and Robert Robertson, representative of an intervening party in the Exelon/Pepco merger, each presented their views on the proposed $6.8 billion merger. Sears detailed the DC Office of the People’s Counsel’s reasons for opposing the merger. Battle shared commitments made by Exelon to address each of the concerns detailed by Sears. Robertson spoke specifically to concerns related to the merger’s impact on consumers’ ability to access electricity through renewable energy options. Community views on the merger were mixed, and the Commission acknowledged the complexity of determining the merger pros and cons for consumers.
ABRA POLICY COMMITTEE (APC) REPORT
- Commissioner Kate Gordon, Chair of the APC, presented the Committee’s recommendations from its March meeting as individual business items. The Commission voted unanimously (7-0) in support of the APC’s recommendations to 1) enter into a Settlement Agreement (SA) with Chao Ku (1414 9th St, NW – 2F06); 2) enter into a Settlement Agreement (SA) with The Dabney (1216-1226 9th St, NW – 2F06), thus withdrawing the Commission’s previously filed protest of the Applicant’s request for a liquor license; and 3) not protest the license renewal for Continental Wine & Liquor (1100 Vermont Ave, NW).
- Gordon also summarized the Committee’s non-binding, informal conversation with owner of Lost & Found (1240 9th St, NW – 2F06, including the Committee’s numerous concerns about modifying the establishment’s Settlement Agreement to allow for sidewalk café service in a portion of Blagden Alley immediately outside the back garage door of the bar.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (CDC) REPORT
- Commissioner Deeley, Chair of the CDC, moved for and received adoption of the March CDC meeting report by unanimous consent. The report included the CDC’s recommendations to: 1) support Mount Olivet Lutheran Church’s (1306-1308 Vermont Ave, NW) request for a letter of support related to its DC Preservation League matching grant application for exterior brick repointing; 2) recommend that HPRB not approve the concept and massing for new construction at 1001 O St, NW.
- Deeley also summarized the Committee’s non-binding, informal conversation with the owner of Lost & Found (1240 9th St, NW – 2F06) about the same issue mentioned above in the APC Committee report. Deeley shared that it would be very unlikely that the DDOT Public Space Committee would permit sidewalk café use in a public alley, and that the Committee was extremely concerned about the precedent that would be set if such a use were allowed in the alley.
CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (CPSC) REPORT
- Commissioner Bengel, Chair of the CPSC, shared the Committee’s priorities for the year: prostitution, public drunkenness, and theft from autos. The next CPSC meeting will be in April, date TBD.
- Bengel shared that he will be conducing a nighttime walking tour with MPD in order to identify lighting and other safety issues in SMD 2F06.
EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT
- Commissioner Tuma, Chair of the Ed Committee, announced Garrison Elementary’s May 1-8 online fundraising auction to help pay for school field trips, cultural events, Teacher Appreciation Week, and other special programs for the kids.Tuma recognized local businesses contributing to the auction and encouraged others to join.
*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.