November ANC 6A Meeting Report

Richard Jackson, deputy director of community outreach at the District Department of Environment (DDOE) gave an update on the Anacostia River Sediment Project. The DDOE is still doing testing of the river to see what contaminants are there and what can be done to address them. The process is scheduled to last until 2015. So far, 336 samples have been pulled from the river, including sediment, surface water, shellfish, fish and crayfish. The final stage of the first round of sampling was completed on October 30, a couple of months ahead of schedule The second round should be done by the end of this coming spring.  The remediation remedy record of decision should be made by June 30, 2018. The sampling is being paid for by $24 million in capital funds set aside by the DC Council and $2 million has already been spent. For any questions, contact Jackson at Richard.Jackson2@dc.gov or by calling 202-654-6017.

Single Member District reports

Commissioner Calvin Ward has been getting complaints from residents about a lot of break-ins and burglaries along F and E Sts. between 16th and 17th Sts. NE. He said he would like to see increased police patrol and is setting up a meeting with police.

Commissioner Sondra Phillips-Gilbert attended a hearing on the future of the former Gibbs School. One bid is for the school to be a foster home, housing 160 children and the other is for an adult vocational school. Commissioner Phillips-Gilbert stated that she and many other residents are hoping the vocational training school’s application will be approved.
Commissioner Chris Ward met with residents and police regarding homeless and health-related issues near the Clinic Care Pregnancy Center. They have since been resolved.

Community Outreach Committee business

Commissioners unanimously voted to approve a recommendation that ANC 6A send thank you letters to organizations providing meeting space for ANC 6A activities.

In a 6-1 vote, commissioners approved a recommendation that www.anc6a.org be moved to a content management system and committed funds to do so. Commissioner Sondra Phillips-Gilbert voted against the recommendation because she said she had serious concerns with the way the COC does business and would rather have the new commission take care of the matter next year. However, when asked, the new commissioners present at the meeting – as well as current commissioners – said they were comfortable with the current COC putting out the RFP to get the ball rolling.

Alcohol, Beverage and Licensing Committee business

Chair Alberti recused himself from voting on any motions due to his work with the ABC Board.

In a 6-1 vote, commissioners approved a recommendation that the ANC consider and approve the nomination of Christopher Seagle as co-chair of the ABL Committee. He would be helping with the day-to-day heavy workload of outgoing Chair Commissioner Jay Williams, who will continue to co-chair the ABL Committee.

Commissioners voted 5-0-1 to approve the following recommendations:1) that ANC 6A take no action regarding the Class B retail license renewals for 1101 Convenience Mart (1101 H St. NE), The Cupboard (1504 East Capitol St. NE), Economy Market (1804 D St. NE), and Me and My Supermarket (1111 H St. NE); 2) that ANC 6A not protest the requested changes in the entertainment hours and addition of Sunday hours at Red Rocks (1348 H St. NE); 3) that ANC 6A protest the license application of Pizza Parts and Service (1320 H St. NE) unless there is a signed settlement agreement between the two parties prior to the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) Committee to represent the ANC in this matter.

In an unanimous vote, commissioners approved a recommendation that ANC 6A not protest the addition of an entertainment endorsement to the license of Impala Cantina y Taqueria (1358 H St. NE) and that the ANC write a letter in support of the stipulated endorsement.

Transportation and Public Space Committee business

The TPS Committee will again be meeting at it’s previous space, Capitol Hill Towers, 900 G St. NE

In an unanimous vote, commissioners approved a recommendation that the ANC send a letter to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) asking them to evaluate the traffic and safety at intersections of 14th St, and Tennessee Ave. NE; Tennessee Ave. and F St. NE; Tennessee Ave. and E St. NE and Tennessee Ave. and 15th St. NE; and that the ANC would support a stop signs (for the directions that don’t currently have stop signs) and additional signage such as “cross traffic does not stop”; with a friendly amendment that nearby schools, such as Myrtilla Miner Elementary, will also send a letter in support of ANC 6A requesting these safety measures.

Commissioners unanimously voted to approve a recommendation that ANC 6A send a letter to DDOT in support of a resident petition requesting traffic calming analysis and improvements in the 800 block of 7th St. NE.

Economic Development and Zoning Committee business

EDZ Committee member Charmaine Josiah is resigning. Commissioners voted 7-0 to approve a motion by Commissioner Sondra Phillips-Gilbert that the committee send her a letter of thanks for all of her work over the years.

In an unanimous vote, commissioners approved a recommendation that ANC 6A write a letter of support to the Bureau of Zoning Authority (BZA) for the request of a variance for 1802 D St. NE, or Growth Spurts, LLC, from the off-street parking requirements provided that the applicant, who will be operating a daycare business at the location, agree: to ensure that cars will not idle or double park outside; that on-street parking will occur in legal parking spaces only; that the alley will not be blocked by cars; that children’s hands be held when crossing the street; and that the applicant approach the ANC to discuss additional restrictions should more than eight children or employees regularly arrive or depart by car. 

In a 7-0 vote, commissioners approved a recommendation that the ANC adopt the H St. signage guidelines developed by the committee.

Commissioners unanimously voted to approve a motion by EDZ Committee Chair Omar Mahmud that the ANC send a letter of support to the Zoning Commission for Gallaudet University’s planned construction of a replacement dormitory at the north end of campus.

ANC 6A meets on the second Thursday of every month at Miner Elementary School. The 6A committees meet at 7 p.m. at the following dates: Alcohol Beverage and Licensing, third Wednesday Tuesday of every month at the Sherwood Recreation Center. Community Outreach, third Monday of each month, Maury Elementary School.Economic Development and Zoning, third Wednesday of each month, Sherwood Recreation Center. Transportation and Public Space, third Monday of every month, Capitol Hill Towers. Please visit www.ANC6A.org for the latest information regarding meetings