January 2014

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ANC 6C Minutes
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Avenue N.E.

The meeting was called to order at 7:04 pm.

Quorum

A quorum of six out of six commissioners was present (Mr. Eckenwiler, Mr. Goodman, Mr. Kazmerczak, Mr. Price, Ms. Schiffman, andMs. Wirt).

Approval of the Agenda

Ms. Wirt added a request for a stipulated license to the agenda. The agenda was approved without objection.  Motion:  Mr. Goodman/Ms. Wirt.

Minutes

The December minutes were approved with the usual caveat that commissioners will have one week to submit corrections before they are posted on the ANC website.  Motion:  Ms. Wirt/Mr. Kazmierczak.

Elections

The Grants Committee will be chaired by a current committee member, Ms. Sonte DuCote (At Large).  Mr. Kazmierczak will serve as a member of the committee.  Other members confirmed to continue serving are Michelle Rivard (At Large), Morris Barren (At Large), and Laura Marks.  Several members could not be reached to confirm their continued service, but members can be added at any time.  The committee makeup was approved without objection.  Motion: Mr. Kazmierczak/Mr. Eckenwiler.

The Planning, Zoning, and Environment Committee will continue with its current chair, Mr. Eckenwiler,  vice chair, Ryan McGinness (At Large), and committee members:  Ms. Bobbi Krengel, Mr. Bill Sisolak (At Large), Mr. Dru Tallant, Mr. Joel Kelty, Ms. Lauren McHale, and Mr. Chris Mitchell.  The committee makeup was approved without objection.  Motion:  Mr.. Goodman/Ms. Wirt.

The Transportation and Public Space Committee will continue with its current chair, Mr. Joe McCann, and committee members:  Mr. Brian Chamowitz, Mr. John Wirt, Mr. Gary Barbour, Mr. Yancy Burns, and Ms. Darpana Sheth.  The committee makeup was approved without objection.  Motion:  Ms. Wirt/Mr. Goodman.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee will be chaired by a current committee member, Mr. Drew Courtney (At Large).  Committee member Tom Vincent will continue to serve.  A call for more members will be made.  The committee makeup was approved without objection.  Motion:  Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler.

Current ANC 6C officers will continue to serve:  chair, Ms. Wirt; vice chair, Ms. Schiffman; treasurer, Mr. Price; secretary, Mr. Goodman.  The slate of officers was approved without objection.  Motion:  Ms. Wirt/Mr. Eckenwiler.

Treasurer’s Report

Mr. Price presented the treasurer’s report for the month of December as follows.  The beginning balance was $48,705.38. A Bank of America interest payment of $0.41 was made.  The closing balance was $48,705.79.  The treasurer’s report was approved without objection.  Motion:  Mr. Price/Mr. Goodman.

Ms. Wirt stated that the D.C. Auditor had sent paperwork to be completed by ANC 6C, including a requirement for payment of a $25.00 ANC security fee.  Mr. Price noted that at a previous discussion of the ANC budget at the October 9, 2013, meeting the commissioners had approved a number of recurring expenses, including the security fee payment.  Thus no vote was needed, as this recurring fee was already approved in October.

Brief Community Announcements

  1. Rock n Roll Marathon, March 15, 2014—Ms. Diane Thomas returned to ANC 6C after the item was tabled in December.  She reported that the marathon route had been modified to accommodate Mr. Echenwiler’s concerned about traffic flow at Third and Fourth Streets on H Street N.E.   The vote to approve this event is contingent on this route change and a return by the event organizer to ANC 6C to discuss what improvements will be made to the event next year.  Motion:  Mr. Goodman/Ms. Schiffman.
  2. Capitol Hill Classic Race, May 18, 2014—Jason Levin and Laura Marks presented the race route, timing, and logistics.  Traffic will be prohibited beginning at 7:30 am but streets will be reopened at 11:00 am.   Efforts have been made to accommodate the needs of  localchurches because the event occurs on a Sunday morning.  The event was approved without objection.  Motion:  Mr. Kazmierczak/Mr. Goodman.
  3. Ms. Wirt announced a public meeting for residents of Wards 5 and 6 to voice their concerns about proposed zoning changes.  The meeting will be on February 8, 9:00 am, at the Dunbar High School auditorium, 101 N Street N.W.
  4. DC Harvest, new restaurant at 517 H Street N.E.(non-voting item)—Mr. Arthur Ringeldescribed his new restaurant as modern American, seasonal cuisine, with domestic beers. He has applied for a class C alcohol license without an entertainment endorsement and without a sidewalk café.  Proposed hours are 11 am to 12 midnight Sunday through Thursday, 11 am to 1:00 am Friday and Saturday.
  5. Commissioner announcements—Mr. Eckenwiler announced that the block of Third Street south of H Street will not reopen until February because of streetcar safety testing on H Street.  Mr. Goodman announced that the concrete base has been poured for a modern sculpture at First and M Streets N.E. with bench seating at the base.  He also stated that raze permits have been issued for 16 M Street (the former Crucible) and 33 Patterson Street N.E. (the former Fur establishment); 22 M Street will be an apartment building with ground floor retail.

Transportation and Public Space Committee

Mr. McCann described two non-voting items.

  1. MPD enforcement of truck and bus routes in D.C.—Lt. Wilkins attended the committee meeting to describe the MPD traffic safety program regarding truck and bus routes.  They conduct vehicle roadside inspections and enforcement of oversized vehicles.  MPD can only enforce where signs prevent trucks and buses.  DDOT is looking at regulation signage in accordance with the approved truck and bus route.  Lt. Wilkins will return to address these matters in February.
  2. MPD camera to ensure public safety at 2ndand F Streets N.E.—Michele Molotsky described the camera program operated by MPD.  Schools are the first priority, so she requested a camera at 2nd and G Streets N.E.  Mr. Eckenwiler expressed his frustration that the camera was not placed at 2nd and F Streets N.E., where it is needed.  Mr. Price stated that the N.E. Library will soon reopen and a camera would be  needed at Maryland, 7th and D Streets N.E.  Mr. Goodman said that  signage stating no trucks or buses is needed at 6th and 7th Streets at North Capitol.  Ms. Molotsky gave her contact information as Michele.molotsky2@dc.gov and (202) 270-3187 for follow-up on these items.  Mr. McCann stated that DDOT and MPD will be invited to his February committee meeting for more discussion.

Planning, Zoning, and Environment Committee

Mr. Eckenwiler gave a summary of the discussion of  possible expansion of the historic district to include 2nd Street, 4th Street, and H Street N.E., to include Logan School but not commercial properties on H Street.  In 2010 EHT Traceries prepared a nomination document for the project.  Mr. Eckenwiler held a community meeting for residents to discuss the project in April 2013.  More than 60 people attended.  There was a smaller turnout at his December PZE Committee meeting, 20 to25 people.  Mr. Eckenwiler stated that while the views were more mixed than last year’s meeting, the majority of the committee supports the expansion; however, they will  continue discussion, aim for more community participation, and need to vote on an updated nomination document for the project.

Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee

Admiral Bay, 444 North Capitol, request for stipulated license—Ms. Linda Schnabl and Richard Sogal presented a request for a stipulated license.  The enterprise is a private club with rooftop venue for special events such as weddings, no entertainment, and proposed hours  for the rooftop garden ending at 11 pm because of the possible noise disturbance to hotels nearby.  The building has 800 parking spaces.  The motion to support was made without objection.  Motion:  Ms. Wirt/Mr. Goodman.

Mr. Kazmierczak voiced concern about the stipulated license process.  Since the number of requests for stipulated licenses appear to be increasing (the commissioners approved stipulated licenses for TD Burger and Giant), he, along with Mr. Price, suggested that the Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee establish criteria for future stipulated license proposals.

Other Business

  1. Ibiza—Mr. Goodman stated that January 21 is mediation and that a group of citizens has acquired party status and hired an attorney.  ANC 6C is also a party and will continue to participate.
  2. 201 Bar—Ms. Wirt reported that January 24 is mediation.
  3. Mr. Price suggested that, with the increase in mediation hearings, the Alcoholic Beverage Control look at how best to represent ANC 6C during this process.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 8:16 pm.