Phil Toomajian, chair of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A, called the meeting to order at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE, with Commissioners Amber Gove, Stephanie Zimny, Calvin Ward, Mike Soderman and Marie Claire Brown in attendance. Patrick Malone and Sondra Phillips-Gilbert were absent. The meeting began with community presentations.
First District Sector 2 MPD
Captain John Knutsen and Lieutenant Kevin Harding, First District Sector 2, Metropolitian Police Department addressed the meeting.
- Captain John Knutsen began by emphasizing the usefulness of the Metropolitan Police Deapartment (MPD) First District Listserv. The MPD-1D Listserv can be accessed by visiting groups.yahoo.com/group/MPD-1D/ or by sending a blank e-mail to [email protected].
- Captain Knutsen reported that over the previous 30 days, violent crimes are down 15-40% across PSA’s 104, 107 and 108 with an approximately 60% decrease in robberies and an approximately 70% decrease in assaults with a weapon in PSA 104, specifically. However, auto thefts are up, an estimated 50-60% of which may have been avoided if the car doors had been locked.
- The number of package thefts have also increased and Captain Knutsen suggested installing a public facing security camera as a deterrant. Such a camera may be eligible for a rebate program open to individuals, businesses and non-profits. Those who cannot afford the cameras and qualify for certain types of public assistance can apply to have them installed for free. Others can get rebates for as much as $500 for residences and $750 for businesses. For more information visit dc.gov. MPD will also be employing the use of udercover officers in an effort to catch package thiefs in the act.
- Captain Knustsen reported on a burglary spree in the area over the past month. After an arrest made on August 31, 2018, the area has seen a significant drop in reported burglaries. Captain Knutsen credited the arrest in part to images provided by area residents’ public facing security cameras.
Joe Weedon, Ward 6 Representative to the DC State Board of Education
Joe Weedon noted the need for improved residency verification procedures but stressed that our homeless and at-risk populations must be protected.
Naomi Klein, District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Ward 6 Community Engagement
Naomi Klein is the first to hold the position of Community Engagement Specialist with DDOT assigned to Ward 6. Ms. Klein may be reached by e-mailing [email protected]
- Klein reported that speed humps on the 400 and 600 blocks of 10th Street. NE have been marked for installation within the following week.
- The traffic calming petition for the 1200 to 1500 blocks of C Street NE has been received by DDOT and will be considered in the coming weeks.
- She also shared that the Office of Contract and Procurement is in the process of seeking bids regarding the Maryland Avenue Project with an estimated ground breaking scheduled for the spring of 2019.
- The Parking and Grand Transporation Divison of DDOT will enact a study examining adding resident-only parking to the area. Ms. Klein explained that implementing resident-only parking one block at a time has, in the past, created additional strain on the surrounding blocks so DDOT is hoping this study will assist them in creating a more comprehensive parking solution. DDOT is therefore requesting an ANC Resolution requesting a study on five or more blocks as long as those blocks have already been Residential Permit Parking (RPP) for at least one year. Blocks that have already been designated resident only will not be changed.
Alcohol Beverage Licensing Actions
- The commissioners voted, unanimously, to accept a new Settlement Agreement for Duffy’s Irish Pub, 1016 H St. NE, and agree to a stipulated endorsement allowing Duffy’s to operate under its new agreed-upon hours during the placard period. Duffy’s is relocating to the U Street NW area and will have the license transferred from Liberty Tree.
- Having come to a settlement agreement with the proprietors, the commissioners voted, unanimously, to write a letter to the Alcohol Beverage Regulatory Administration (ABRA) in support of the request for a new CT (Tavern) license by Kitsuen, LLC t/a Kitsuen at 1362 H St. NE (License No. ABRA-110893) and the request for a new CT license by DC Culinary Academy, LLC t/a The Outsider at 1357-1359 H Street NE (License No. ABRA-110889).
Transportation and Public Space Actions
- ANC 6A voted, unanimously, to send a letter to DDOT’s Public Space Committee asserting that ANCs have been given insufficient notice to comment on the Draft Small Cell Infrastructure Guidelines. Further, additional protections are needed for the tree canopy as well as sufficient safety testing. Elizabeth Nelson noted that additional information, including the guidelines, have been posted at CHRS.org/small-cell-technology/.
- ANC 6A voted, unanimously, to send a letter of support to DDOT endorsing safety improvements at 8th Street NE and D Street NE and reiterating the need to convert the intersection to a four way stop.
- Transportation and Public Space Committee Chair Todd Sloves has stepped down from serving in that position. Elizabeth Nelson is now interim Chair.
Economic Development and Zoning
ANC 6A voted, unanimously to send a revised letter of support to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) for a special exception to allow construction of a rear roof deck and access stairwell at 1318 Constitution Avenue NE (BZA Case #19802).
Announcements and Reports
Commisioner Zimny announced that Chic-Fil-A will join a list of other local businesses and orginizations that participate as meet-up locations for the Community Litter Cleanups. The next Cleanup will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. For additional information, please visit the Community Calendar page of anc6a.org. Additionally, work orders are in to add signage pertaining to speed limits, parking limitations and no left turns on to G St. from Linden Court. Commisioner Zimny is currently working with Naomi Klein on behalf of DDOT to resolve confusion around ticketing on Wiley Court.
Commisioner Gove celebrated the completion of four raised crosswalks and one speed table added to the 1200, 1300 and 1800 blocks of Constitution Avenue NE. Commisioner Gove is working with Maury Elelmentary School to propose a 24-hour no right on red sign be added for vehicles traveling southbound on 13th Street NE turing right on to Consitution Avenue NE. A formal notice of intent will be submitted to DDOT. The public will be able to comment through the Transportation committee.
Chair Toomajian noted that having too many unoccupied properities on the 1100 block of H Street NE continues to cause problems.
Shannon T. Hodge of Kingsman Academy located at 1375 E St. NE asked to be contacted at [email protected] if any students are noticed misbehaving.
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