May 2013

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ANC 6C Minutes
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Avenue N.E.

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm.

A quorum of six out of six was present.

The agenda was approved unanimously.  [Motion:  Ms. Wirt/MrEckenwiler].

The April 2013 minutes were approved unanimously with the caveat that any corrections could be submitted within one week of the meeting.  [Motion:  Ms. Wirt/Mr. Goodman].

Treasurer’s Report

Mr. Price presented the treasurer’s report. The opening balance was $43,536.94.  Three checks were written as approved in the April treasurer’s report:  check # 1268, $386.00 to Roberta Weiner for transcription of  December and January minutes; check # 1269, $167.50 to Roberta Weiner for transcription of February minutes; and check # 1270, $1,762 to the Peabody Cluster School PTA for a garden grant. The ending balance was $41,221.79.  The treasurer’s report and the expenses within were approved unanimously. [Motion:  Mr. Price/Ms. Wirt].

New expenses:  (1) $260 ANC business cards for Comms. Schiffman, Price, Goodman, and Wirt, approved unanimously [Motion:  Mr.Price/Mr. Eckenwiler]; (2)  proposed purchase of tape recorder for ANC meeting minutes, up to $100, approved unanimously [Motion: Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler]; Stamps purchased for ANC business by Mr. Price, $10, approved unanimously [Motion:  Mr. Price/Ms.Wirt].

The quarterly report covering the second quarter was also presented, January-March 2013.  The respective ANC 6C officers were asked to sign specific pages signifying their review, and the quarterly report was approved unanimously [Motion:  Mr. Price/Mr. Goodman].

Brief Community Announcements

  1. Mayor’s office, volunteerism, Juan Thompson.  Each Single Member District was asked to nominate citizens to form a volunteer corp.  Mr. Thompson gave his contact information and distributed flyers on volunteer opportunities.
  1. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Walk,  Jewel Hanson.  The event is scheduled for the night of June 1-June 2.  Walkers will stay on sidewalks and cross with the traffic lights so there will be no need for street closures.   The commissioners approved the event unanimously [Motion: Ms. Wirt/Mr. Eckenwiler].
  1. Two Rivers School, 1227 4thStreet N.E., Tala Shahlavi.  The school seeks support for refinancing its loans.  The school serves 500 children ages pre-k through eighth grade, including special needs students.  The commissioners unanimously approved support for the refinancing [Motion: Mr. Goodman/Mr. Kazmierczak].
  1. Urban Igloo, Margaret Lyons.  This new apartment finder service seeks to introduce its services to the community.
  1. Sherwood Recreation Center, Phil Toomajian.  Neighbors seek support for a pre-school age playground to serve both the Sherwood Recreation Center park and the School Within Walls to be located at the former Goding School.  The commissioners approved the request unanimously and support letters should be sent to DPR, the mayor, and Chancellor Henderson[Motion: Mr. Goodman/Mr. Kazmierczak].
  1. H Street streetcar project update, Malia Salaam.  Ms. Salaam presented an update for the west end of the trolley at Third and H as well as the Hopscotch Bridge.
  1. Tree adoption, Anthony Jones.  Mr. Jones, a representative from the D.C. Urban Forestry, asked for residents to care for trees the city is planting I curbside tree boxes.  He distributed literature on how to care for the trees and how to obtain a new tree as well as a “gator bag” the City provides to help with watering.

Planning, Zoning, and Environment Committee (Comm. Eckenwiler, chair)

  1. 650 C Street N.E., Mike Fowler—HPA request for approval of two-story addition.  The applicant will demolish a one-story addition and build a two-story addition in its place.  Upon hearing details, the commissioners voted unanimously to support the application. [Motion: Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Price].
  2. 211 C Street N.E., Gayll Worsley—HPA request for concept approval of a two-story addition. After hearing details, the commissioners voted unanimously to support the application. [Motion:  Mr. Eckenwiler/Ms. Wirt].
  3. Capitol Crossing, PUD, Christine Shiker—ZC request for extension of permit application  by 18 months, Center Leg Freeway. The commissioners heard the details and voted unanimously to support the application. [Motion: Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Goodman].
  4. Uline Arena, 1130-1150 Third Street N.E., Kevin Crosby—BZA application to expand and renovate existing structures.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support the application. [Motion:  Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Goodman].

Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Committee (Tony Richardson, chair)

  1. Mr. Richardson was not present.  Ms. Wirt stated that to her knowledge none of the liquor licenses before the Commission had problems with the exceptions of two:  TruOrleans and Armand’s.  All other liquor licenses up for renewal were voted in support [Motion:Mr. Goodman/Mr. Price].
  2. Mr.Kazmierczak, in whose SMD TruOrleans on H Street NE is located, stated there were many problems relating to this establishment in its short history, and asked to hear from residents present.  Based on these residents’ testimony, it appears there are a number of concerns related to the peace, order, and quiet of the neighborhood.  [Motion:  Mr.  Kazmierczak/Ms. Wirt]. The commissioners voted to support a protest against the license unanimously, 6:0:0.
  3. Armand’s.  Ms. Wirt stated that, although it does not rise to the level of a protest, she inteds to remind the applicant that its tour buses with teenage patrons are not to block traffic on Massachusetts Avenue while the patrons eat.  This is a condition of the voluntary agreement with Armand’s.
  4. Giant Food requested support of a new license to sell beer and wine.  The store opened with a stipulated license previously approved by ANC 6C.  The item on the agenda tonight is approval of a new license.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support the application [Motion:  Ms. Wirt/Mr. Goodman].

Transportation and Public Space Committee (Joe McCann, chair)

  1. Mr. McCann was absent.
  2. 1200 First Street N.E.—Mr. Goodman, in whose SMD this application is affected,  introduced the application for a sculpture to be placed on public space.  Robin-Eve Jasper presented the application, a 30-ft statue to be placed at this address.  One suggestion was to include seating at the sculpture site.  Concerns were raised about the safety of the statue if children were allowed to play on it. The commissioners voted to support the project, 5:1:0 [Motion: Mr. Goodman/Ms. Wirt; Mr. Price in opposition].

New Business

Stuart Hobson Middle School, request for funding to support an athletic field at the north end of  the     School—Philip Brady, School Improvement Team, presented a request for support for funding this school’s athletic field.  Buildings have been renovated, but the children’s field needs attention. The commissioners voted to support, 5:0:1.  [Motion:  Mr. Eckenwiler/Ms. Wirt].

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 pm.