July 1 Regular Monthly Meeting Summary

COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Commissioners Fanning and Bengel congratulated and thanked Eva Lewis, Ward 2 Liaison for the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services, for going above and beyond the duties of role in the short time she’s held the position. The Commissioners thanked Lewis for her service.
  • Commissioner Bengel reminded community members of the upcoming Logan Circle Crime Prevention meeting on Thursday, July 9, co-hosted by Councilmember Jack Evans at the Marriott Marquis hotel. Meeting topics include crime prevention and cameras.
  • Commissioner Tuma announced the upcoming Ward 2 Town Hall meeting on July 8 from 6:30-8:30PM at the Charles Sumner School to discuss education issues.

COMMMUNITY FORUM

  • Councilmember Jack Evans was present and provided several updates to the community related to the recently approved city budget, including: 1) the Council voted on and approved the final, $12.9 billion budget, a third of which is dedicated to human services, the second largest portion of which affirms D.C.’s commitment to invest more dollars per child than any other city or county in the nation, and the third largest portion of which funds our police force and other public safety measures; 2) affordable housing funding this year will increase to $277 million from $170 million; 3) the city had another record surplus this past year, and reserve funds now top $1.87 billion.
  • Commissioner and community questions to Evans covered topics of Garrison elementary school funding, police officer cameras, the Redskins’ name and stadium, affordable housing, street signage and traffic signals, and emergency parking signs. Evans also noted his plans to run for re-election, and shared that the upcoming primaries will be in June 2016.
  • Sgt. David Terestre provided the monthly crime report, which revealed a slight increase in robberies over the same one-month period in 2015 (four versus three robberies), a decrease in total violent crime, and a decrease in property crime and theft (30 vs. 26). Terestre also answered Commissioner and community questions about ongoing MPD efforts to curb prostitution in ANC 2F.
  • A D.C. Water representative attended to address the residential flooding that occurred last week in four homes on the 900 block of P Street, NW. D.C. Water detailed the post-flooding inspection it conducted of the sewer system in the area, and its conclusion that the reported flooding was a series of isolated and difficult to prevent incidents resulting from heavy rains.
  • Eva Lewis, Ward 2 Liaison from the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services, provided four updates: 1) the mayor opened an office at Shannon Place; 2) the minimum wage in D.C. is now $10.50 per hour; 3) the Mayor has a new initiative called FitDC.com; 4) join the Mayor and her staff for the multiple July 4 parades.

ABRA POLICY COMMITTEE (APC) REPORT

  • The Commission voted unanimously to:
    • Withdraw the Commissioner’s previous, procedural protest of Soundcheck nightclub’s (1420 K St, NW) license application, based on conversations with the owner and his multiple assurances of efforts to soundproof the establishment;
    • Protest the Class “C” restaurant license application for El Sol Restaurant & Taqueria (1227 11th St, NW) as a procedural matter in order to maintain ANC 2F’s standing in the upcoming ABRA hearings;
    • Protest the substantial change request (for a summer roof garden) to Hotel Helix’s (1430 Rhode Island Ave, NW) Class “C” hotel license as a procedural matter in order to maintain ANC 2F’s standing in the upcoming ABRA hearings;
    • Enter into a negotiated Settlement Agreement with In Stereo, LLC (1410 14th St, NW – 2nd floor above current Black Whiskey bar) in lieu of protest.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (CDC) REPORT

  • The Commission voted unanimously to adopt the CDC’s report from its June 2015 meeting, including:
    • Support of the HPRB concept and massing for 1126 9th St, NW, subject to further consideration with a request that the matter return to the CDC and then the full Commissioner for design review;
    • Support of the two separate DDOT public space applications for a sidewalk café at both Table restaurant (903 N St, NW), and Espita Mezcaleria (1250 9th St, NW).

CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (CPSC) REPORT

  • Commissioner Bengel summarized the June CPSC meeting, and highlighted discussion about the trouble area near 14th St, and Riggs St, NW, where over the past twelve months there have been 105 property crimes.
  • Bengel recently went on a safety walk with Commissioner Gordon, MPD Sargeant Terestre, and Frontiers Homeowner Associations VP David Levey around the area in question. As a result of the walk and Bengel’s observations, the Commission unanimously approved Bengel’s motion to request that MPD install a permanent crime camera in the area, as well as a temporary camera until the permanent camera can be installed.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE REPORT

  • Commissioner Tuma thanked the community for its ongoing involvement in the modernization of Garrison Elementary school, and shared that the community was seeking opportunities to improve the school’s soccer field.

OLD BUSINESS

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NEW BUSINESS

  • The Commission determined that a grant request from The Friends of Carter Barron Foundation to support a summer concert series did not meet the grant eligibility criteria established by ANC 2F’s Bylaws.

*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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