ANC 6D Hears About New Smart Street Lights

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Bird on top of a lamppost in Washington DC

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D met on Sept. 11 via Zoom. Commissioners Bob Link (6DO1, vice chair), Ronald Collins (6D02, treasurer), Gail Fast (6D03), Andrea Pawley (6D04), Ashton Rohmer (6D05), Bruce Levine (6D06, secretary), Fredrica (Rikki) Kramer (6D07, chair) and Rhonda Hamilton (6D08) were in attendance.

The DC Dept. of Transportation (DDOT) provided a presentation on its smart lighting initiative. The agency is modernizing 72,000 street lights, converting them to LED between May 2022 and May 2027. The program will reduce greenhouse gases. Design and construction are underway now.

DDOT plans to update poles and arms. Engineers will check all the foundations. Workers will not be onsite more than two weeks in a single location. Maintenance will be performed on street lights as well. The agency will give the community 52 hours’ notice if curbside reservations are required for construction vehicles.

Commissioners expressed concerns about traffic disruption. No travel lanes will be closed, a DDOT representative stated.

Other Matters

Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Lt. Elias Daho briefed the commission on the public safety. Two deaths occurred on 200 block of M St. SW, he stated. The violence was contained in a single apartment. There were four assaults with deadly weapons. There were also four robberies, he stated.

The commission discussed written testimony of Ashton Rohmer before the Transportation Committee regarding four bills on dangerous driving and safe streets being introduced by Ward 6 Councilmember and Chair of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment. The commission approved Rohmer’s draft testimony and authorized her to testify at Allen’s hearing.

Commission voted to protest Hell’s Kitchen, 652 Wharf St. SW, in absence of community agreement.

After July’s vote to protest, the Hive has withdrawn its application, Commissioner Link reported.

The commission:

• supported Mutt Strut on Oct. 7 and Children’s Hospital 5K;

• appointed Charles Yager, John Abowd, Kirk Sander, James Haile to the new Transportation Committee;

• tabled the revision of bylaws to change the name of ABC Committee to ABCA Committee and authorize it to deal with cannabis issues to allow for the required 30-day’s notice;

• protested Little Chicken located on Pearl Street SW in the absence of a community agreement on the grounds of peace, order and quiet;

• authorized Commissioner Link to testify at the protest against Hell’s Kitchen at the Sept. 18 hearing;

• approved a continuing budget resolution for the period between the end of the fiscal year and the approval of the FY24 budget.

• approved access to Zoom services for ABCA and the Transportation Committee not to exceed $300;

• ratified the hiring of Donna Purchase with hourly rate of $27.50.

ANC 6D meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of every month. The next meeting is Oct. 16, 2023. For more information, visit www.anc6d.org.