October 2013

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ANC 6C Minutes
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Avenue N.E.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

A quorum of five out of six commissioners was present (Mr. Eckenwiler, Mr. Goodman, Mr. Kazmierczak, Mr. Price, and Ms. Wirt, with Ms. Schiffman absent).

The agenda was approved unanimously as amended. [Motion: Ms. Wirt/Mr. Kazmierczak]

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

Treasurer’s Report

Mr. Price presented the treasurer’s report for September. The beginning balance was $48,275.87 at the end of August, with an $850 check for a Stuart-Hobson volleyball grant cashed since the last treasurer’s report.  There were five checks written during the month of September: check 1276, $162.00 reimbursement to Ms. Wirt for ANC 6C web hosting; check 1277, $165.00 reimbursement to Ms. Wirt for PO box rental June to December; check 1278. $98.95 reimbursement to Ms. Wirt for purchase of an ANC 6C tape recorder to capture meeting minutes; check 1279, a $2,000.00 payment to Don’s Johns for health purposes during the H Street Festival; and check 1280, $500.00 for a grant to the Capitol Hill Village to support space rental for a seminar on aging.  There was  an  interest payments of $.39. The ending balance  was $45,350.31.  The treasurer’s report and the expenses within were approved unanimously. [Motion: Mr. Price/Mr. Goodman]

The quarterly report covering the period July-September 2013 was discussed and the report and expenses within approved unanimously.  [Motion: Mr. Price/Ms. Wirt.]

The ANC 6C budget for FY2014 was presented with total disbursements projected as $32,000.00:

$1,000.00 proposed for printing and copying; $10,000.00 for purchases of services; $1,000.00 for office supplies; and $20,000.00 for grants. It was stated that the budget can be revised and voted upon at any time.  Proposed “not-to-exceed” limits were projected as follows:  DC treasurer security fund, $50.00; Hill Rag spring ad, $250; Hill Rag annual review ad, $1,800; P.O. box, January-June, $220; P.O. box, July-December, $220.00; and web hosting, $200.00.  The FY2014 budget and the expenses within were approved, 4:0:1. [Motion: Mr. Price/Ms. Wirt]

Community Announcements

  1. Streetcar update, Monica Ray.  Ms. Ray introduced Thomas Perry, the new program manager for engineering and construction.  He announced a meeting October 22, 6:30-8:00 pm at Minor Elementary School, 601 15thStreet NE, to provide a construction update.  In answer to Ms. Wirt’s question of when the intersection of 3rd and H will reopen pending completion of streetcar construction, the response was January 2014.
  2. Pedestrian space on Hopscotch Bridge, Mr. Goodman.  Comm. Goodman asked Mr. Perry what is being done to provide pedestrians more space on the bridge due to the addition of OCS poll bases on the north side of the bridge.  Mr. Perry will look into the matter and get back to the ANC.
  3. Swampoodle grants, Dru Tallant.  Mr. Tallant described grants available to homeowners for home improvement as a part of the agreement with the community by the company constructing Station Townhouses at Second, H, and Third Streets NE.  Details of the grants availability are on the CHRS.org website.
  4. J.O. Wilson support for garden grant, Mr. Goodman.  Comm. Goodman asked ANC 6C to provide a letter of support for a Riversmart grant to enlarge the kitchen garden to K Street.  The motion was approved unanimously. [Motion: Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler]
  5. Taste of H Street, Mr. Goodman. Comm. Goodman announced Taste of H Street, an event to occur Sunday, October 13, with prizes including lunch with DC Council Members.  Information is available on the website, tasteofH.org.
  6. Darrell Thompson, candidate for Ward 6 Council Member.  Mr. Thompson introduced himself as a native DC resident and spoke of his background and involvement in DC activities including improvements in traffic and cleanups.
  7. Naomi Mitchell had two announcements.  She stated that Charles Allen had left his job as chief of staff for Council Member Wells, and that Linda O’Brien is the new chief of staff.  She also announced the death of ANC 6D commissioner Ron McBee and a forthcoming vigil to be held in his honor.

Grants Committee (Comm. Kazmierczak, chair)

Mr. Kazmierczak announced that a vote is needed to support a component of the grant to Stuart Hobson School that was not approved in the original grant.  It is for a set of cleats given to a student whose family could not afford the cleats, $63.00.  Vincent Morris, Stuart Hobson PTA president, supported the request.  The commissioners voted unanimously to approve the expense as an amendment to the original application, with the understanding that the cleats would remain with the school for future use by other students, and would not be a “gift” to the student.[Motion: Mr. Kazmierczak/Mr. Price].  Mr. Kazmierczak added that the $17.00 in unspent funds from the grant were reimbursed to ANC 6C.

Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Committee

  1. Tru Orleans, update.  Mr. Kazmierczak announced that although TruOrleans has closed, if the protest by ANC 6C is withdrawn, it can be renewed by a new owner at the same address, 400 H Street NE. Thus the protest stays. The hearing is October 24 at 11:30 am.  If the TruOrleans representative does not show, there can be no renewal.  Mr. Kazmierczak will attend the hearing.
  2. Liquor license renewals for the Dubliner, Billy Goat Tavern, Union Kitchen, and Pizzerio Uno were approved unanimously, with commissioners knowing of no problems with the respective licenses.  [Motion: Ms. Wirt/Mr. Eckenwiler].  Mr. Goodman added that Union Kitchen had been doing a good job addressing the community’s concerns.
  3. Romeo and Juliet, 301 Massachusetts Avenue NE, #92684, Steven Whalen representative.  Ms. Wirt reported that to date hours had not been settled despite several attempts to develop a settlement agreement.  Remaining problems are trash on public space and hours of the interior space, with the neighbors asking for termination of both interior and café service 11 pm Sunday through Thursday and 12 midnight on Friday and Saturday.  Several residents spoke in protest to the 2 am/3 am hours and trash on public space.  The commissioners voted unanimously, 5:0:0, to protest the liquor license on the basis of disturbance to the peace, order, and quiet of the neighborhood.  [Motion:Ms. Wirt/Mr. Price.] The vote included designation of Ms. Wirt to represent the case in all ABRA hearings. Mr. Goodman suggested that Drew Courtney serve as a second representative.

Transportation/Public Space Committee (Comm. Kazmierczak, acting chair)

  1. Romeo and Juliet, 301 Massachusetts Avenue N.E., proposed sidewalk café, #84021.  Ms. Wirt stated the same conditionsas the ABRA settlement should apply:  same hours, same request to remove trash from public space. Regarding the neighbors’ concerns about noise, Mr. Goodman offered the example used at Union Kitchen, where the settlement calls for the outside hours to be reduced if there are more than three written complaints from different addresses regarding excessive noise.  Ms. Wirt adopted the suggestion, making the motion that  the commissioners support the application contingent on ABRA hours, no trash on public space,  and a provision for noise complaints  similar to that of Union Kitchen.  [Motion:  Ms. Wirt/Mr. Eckenwiler]  Mr. Goodman asked for four bicycle racks to be placed on the Massachusetts Avenue side of the café.
  2. TD Burger, 250 K Street NE, proposed sidewalk café, #85690.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support the café with the caveat that Mr. Kazmierczak work with TD Burger management to determine the location of a bike rack.  [Motion:Mr. Kazmierczak/Mr. Goodman]
  3. Shuttle stop, 6thand H Streets NE, Kevin Roberts.  The shuttle  will operate for two years relocating DC DHS employees every half hour,7 am – 7pm, Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fri., and 7am-9:30 pm Weds. Two parking places will be used on 6thStreet, at the southeast corner of 6th and H Streets NE.  The commissioners asked that the shuttle route not include blocks on 4th and 6th north of K and to avoid residential blocks as much as possible.  The vote was to designate Joe McCann, citizen chair of ANC 6C’s Transportation/Public Space Committee, to negotiate an appropriate route with the applicant and to request signage indicating that the public can use the parking spaces after hours when not used for shuttle pickup and dropoff.  [Motion: Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler].
  4. Relocation of Bikeshare station at 3rdand H Streets NE.  The commissioners voted unanimously to move the bike station from the SW to the NE corner of the intersection, to preserve the current number of bike racks, and to consider adding more racks. [Motion: Mr. Kazmierczak/Mr. Goodman]
  5. 33 N Street NE, request to relocate curb cut, Christine Shiker.  The commissioners voted unanimously to approve the relocation of the curb cut, landscape improvements, and positioning of benches facing each other. [Motion:Mr. Kazmierzak/Mr. Goodman]

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

  1. 33 N Street NE, #BZA # 18636, variance from loading and a special exception from roof structure requirements, Christine Shiker.  This application is to permit development of a 13-story residential building with ground floor retail in a C-3-C district.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support the project. [Motion:  Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Goodman]
  2. 414 East Capitol Street NE, HPA, proposal to construct a two-story, split-level rear addition.  Portions of 414 encroach onto the property of 416, a mirror-image rowhouse build at the same time.  The neighbors at 412 and 418 support the project; the neighbor at 416 opposes on the basis of denied light and air.  The commissioners voted 4:0:1 to support the application.  [Motion:  Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Kazmierczak]
  3. 327 7thStreet NE, HPA # 13-615, two-story rear addition and partial third floor, Steve Lawlor.  The applicant seeks to construct a three-story rear addition to an existing two-story rowhouse.  The addition is not visible from the adjacent streets and sidewalks, although a small portion can be seen from Maryland Avenue.  Letters of support were submitted from the two adjacent neighbors.  The commissioners voted unanimously to support the project.

[Motion:   Mr. Eckenwiler/Ms. Wirt]

  1. Proposed changes to the zoning regulations, Mr. Eckenwiler.  Three ANC 6C meetings are planned in advance of the OP hearings scheduled beginning early November:  October 16, a meeting at which OP staff (Jennifer Steingasser) would be present to provide information and answer questions on the changes, Kaiser Permanente, 700 2nd Street NE, 7 pm;  October 23, a meeting will be held by the PZE to make recommendations regarding the proposed zoning changes, NPR, 1111 North Capitol NE, 7 pm; and October 30, a meeting of the full Commission devoted solely to voting on the proposed recommendations, Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue NE, 7 pm.  The information will be posted on the ANC 6C website at www.anc6c.org.
  2. 700 A Street NE, update, Mr. Eckenwiler.  ANC 6C sent a letter to HPRB requesting  restorationof  the stained glass windows and removal of the shed.  HPRB stated DCRA will revoke the certificate of occupancy unless the historic windows are restored, no later than October 18.  The applicant may appeal the removal of the shed, but not the windows, as the mayor’s agent has already ruled on the restoration of the windows.  If the windows are not restored by October 18, a notice of infraction will be issued and a lien placed on the property.

New Business

  1. Mr. Price nominated Gottlieb Simon for a Kafritz award of $7,500 for outstanding service by a DC employee.  His assistance with the auditor’s spreadsheet and increasing transparency to show how ANCs spend money has been an invaluable contribution.  He has been helpful to ANCs in many other ways as well. [Motion:  Mr. Price/Mr. Goodman]
  2. Mr. Goodman announced a DDOT safety meeting October 17 at Gallaudet Univ. regarding the North Capitol, Florida Avenue,  BenningRoad and one block on either side.

Meeting Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 9:19 pm.