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Update from Kirsten Oldenburg, ANC 6B04
4 HOURS & 1 HALF (aka 6B Nov Meeting)
Once again, the ANC6B Monthly Meeting was partly an endurance contest. Commissioners held on to the end but not all attendees did.
Three presentations with Q&A’s took up the first hour and 40 minutes. Still, these can be one of the most interesting part of the meeting. Jamaal Jordan of Pepco told us about the details of their Waterfront Half Loop project, the construction of which will affect the 9th & E SE intersection and 8th Street SE between E and I Streets SE between now and April 2021. The presentation is here. Director Gabriel Robinson of DMV urged everyone who needs DMV services to first check the website as most services can be handled online. If not, one needs to reserve an appointment. They are admittedly hard to get; Director Robinson told us newly available appointment dates are released online each Tuesday at noon. One of the Mayor’s health orders has extended all DMV credential expirations to March 2021. Ticket hearings are virtual. The inspection station at 1001 Half Street SW is open and appointments are not necessary. Michael Witmore, Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, provided an update on their building renovation project, which recently had a ceremonial groundbreaking. As the construction begins, expect some parking lane and sidewalk closures around the property. Follow the renovation here .
Under Transportation Committee. The ANC briefly discussed a proposed letter to DDOT asking for the draft Environmental Assessment of Southeast Boulevard & Barney Circle NEPA study to be completed and released for community comment. This phase of the NEPA study has been underway since 2017. The Commission voted 8-1-0 in support of sending the letter. On a late-breaking item, the ANC voted 9-0-0 to send comments to DDOT on the Kentucky Avenue SE Advisory Bike Lane proposal. The most recent route plan is here.
Under ABC Committee. The Commission decided not to comment on 3 grocery store license renewals (Yes! Organic, 7th L Market, and Wine & Butter). The application for a new restaurant license with sports betting at Handle 19 (319 Pennsylvania Ave SE) came up for discussion for the 3rd time. The Committee had voted to recommend the ANC protest the license and the Commission ended up voting 6-2-1 to support that recommendation. Issues raised mainly focused on perceived impacts to the nearby residential neighborhood.
Under Planning & Zoning Committee. The only discussion and vote in this section was on the ANC’s response to modification of the term sheet for the disposition of the Eastern Branch Boys & Girls Club development project. An initial motion to tell the DC Council to not support the term sheet failed by a vote of 3-5-1. A second motion that softened this position somewhat passed by a vote of 7-2-0. (My October 22 newsletter has details on the project.)
The ANC meeting ended at 1140p after a long discussion on a request by residents of Burke Street SE to have their block converted to a one-way street. The vote was 8-1-0 in support and the matter will be studied by DDOT. It is apparently DDOT policy not to add one-way streets to the city grid. For one thing, one-way streets tend to encourage vehicle speeding.
The meeting could have been longer but the following items were deferred to the December 8 meeting: response to the Eastern Market Strategic Plan, letter to DMPED on proposed heliport relocation, and a resolution on DCPS school reopening.
OCT 2020 ANC6B CRIME CARD This review shows that a higher than usual number of violent crimes occurred last month. MPD Winter Holiday Safety Tips
These tips do not reflect our current pandemic situation but could be helpful guides anyway.
MANY THANKS for all 820 votes on November 3. I am grateful to have 2 more years to serve as your ANC6B04 Commissioner. Six other ANC6B Commissioners were also reelected. Two new Commissioners were elected (to represent 6B08 and 6B09) and will join the Commission in January 2021. This leaves one SMD (6B07) without a Commissioner unless the 297 write-ins generated a winner. If not, a special election will be held in early 2021, All the DC results are here.
BITS FROM MY INBOX
The DC Department of Health’s Wellness Wednesday is an online parent support group that helps parents take care of themselves and foster resiliency for their children in these challenging times. Full info and November schedule here.
Sustainable Neighborhood Assessments Briefing: Thu Nov 19 at 4pm
Join the DC Environmental Network and Urban Planner Walker Wells, for a special briefing on how Sustainable Neighborhood Assessments can make communities more resilient and sustainable. Sign up for the briefing here.
DC HealthLink is open for 2021 enrollment now through January 31, 2021. Info here
Greater Washington Urban League webinars on post-waiver options for managing student loan debt. Info and registration here.
Ready2Play: Citywide Survey to Help Shape the Future of Parks and Recreation. The Department of Parks and Recreation plans to hold follow up events in 2021.
DC Survey on Public Restrooms still open (until 11/20). Go here to opine.
Congresswoman Norton’s Quarterly National Park Service Meeting on Wed Dec 2 has been cancelled. Expect a new date in the First Quarter of 2021.
DPW Leaf Collection Program. Pick ups begin in some SE Capitol Hill neighborhoods next week. In others, the week after.
REMINDER. No trash collections on Thanksgiving Day. Here’s the link to the DPW Trash Collections Slide Guide
(in sorrow) COVID-19 UPDATE
I think we all know that DC (Maryland and Virginia) are not escaping the surge in national Covid-19 cases. The Mayor’s 11/16 Situational Update is replete with details on our status with demographic and other analysis of recent cases (pages 1-11). DCPS info, including the new Care program, is on pages 12-15. Daily Data reports found in News on the DC coronavirus website include up-to-date metrics.
November 19, 2020