September 2014

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ANC 6C Minutes
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Avenue N.E.

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

Quorum

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

Approval of the Agenda

Ms. Wirt asked that a consent agenda include the July minutes; 630 D Street concept approval for façade alterations and addition (HPA # 14-448); and commendations for David Holmes, Melissa Smith, and Laura Marks.  The Commission agenda and consent agenda were approved without objection.  Motion:  Ms. Wirt/Mr. Eckenwiler.

Approval of July Minutes

The July minutes were approved as part of the consent agenda above.

Treasurer’s Report

Mr. Price presented the treasurer’s report for the month of July as follows:  The beginning balance was $42,038.68.  Check # 1290 for $4.49 was written to reimburse Mr. Eckenwiler for bottled water for members of the ANC 6C Planning, Zoning, and Environment Committee at their summer meetings. Bank of America interest payments were received for June, $0.37; July, $0.36; and August, $0.36.  A refund of $94.41 for unused grant funds was received from J.O. Wilson School.  A quarterly allotment of $3,337.28 was received from the District of Columbia for the 3rd quarter of 2014.  The closing balance was $45,466.95.  The treasurer’s report was approved without objection.  Motion:  Mr. Price/Ms. Wirt.

Brief Community Announcements

The following announcements were made:  (1) Mr. Goodman announced that Ned Russell was stepping down from his participation as a member of the ANC 6C Transportation/Public Space Committee, opening up an at-large position on that committee.  (2)  Mr. Price announced that half of Stanton Park was scheduled to be returfed between November and June.  (3)  Mr. Kazmierczak announced neighborhood meetings held to discuss demolition this month of the Apollo project that will replace the block now occupied by Murray’s.  (4)  Mr. Goodman announced that competition to beautify the NoMa underpass at K, L, M, and Florida is underway, and finalists will be announced in October.  Burger King was sold to Level Two Development.

Transportation/Public Space Committee (Joe McCann, citizen chair)

  1. H Street loading zones—Discussion with EuloisCleckley is postponed.
  2. Streetcar safety—Thomas Perry and Malia Salaam outlined the proposed streetcar timing and operation schedule.  Pedestrian and bicycle safety precautions were discussed.
  3. DDOT proposed rule prohibiting bicycles on H Street—Discussion covered safety concerns for bicycles on the streetcar guidewaytracks and various safety precautions.  Included were recommendations regarding needed clarification for vehicles stopping on streetcar tracks at traffic signals and prohibitions on food and drink on streetcars.  The commissioners voted unanimously to send these recommendations to DDOT.  Motion:  Mr. Eckenwiler/Mr. Goodman.
  4. Visitor Parking Permits (VPP)—The commissioners recommended the following:  (1)  TemporaryVPP passes, good for 15 days, should be limited to 30 days for any single vehicle.  Currently there are unlimited renewals available.  (2) Annual parking passes should not be mailed to any resident; rather, residents must apply in-person or online. The passes shall be limited to ANC boundaries, which should be closely monitored.  (3) A system whereby citizens could register complaints with the parking programs should be publicized.  (4) DDOT was encouraged to better implement parking without the use of the annual parking pass. The commissioners voted unanimously, 6:0:0, to adopt these recommendations.  Motion:  Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler.
  5. Curbside management study—postponed until the committee can study the proposal in depth.
  6. M Street Cycle Track—Bicycle and pedestrian safety was discussed for the cycle track on the south side of M Street that connects the First Street track with the Metropolitan Branch Trail, especially at the base of the ramp where bikers are on the sidewalk.  Recommended safety precautions included striping, scoring, and signage.  For the long term, DDOT is encouraged to consider relocating the curb at the narrow portion near the 130 M Street loading dock.   The commissioners voted unanimously, 6:0:0, to send a letter to DDOT with these recommendations.  Motion:  Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler.
  7. Signal changes at M Street NoMa Metro Station—Mr. Goodman proposed a plan to enhance pedestrian safety at M and Delaware avenue that included changing timing of lights to reduce waiting time for pedestrians to cross (in line with the DOT Pedestrian Master Plan and the MoveDCdraft), removal of pedestrian actuated signal buttons and posts, and consideration of additional measures such as installation of a raised crosswalk, additional signage, and other pedestrian-friendly modifications.  The proposed changes were approved unanimously, 6:0:0.  Motion:  Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler.
  8. Sidewalk proposal—JBG Developers proposes to provide a sidewalk on the unit block of N Street N.E. with landscaping on N Street N.E. between 33 N and First Street.  Mr. Goodman proposes sending a recommendation to DDOT that it finish the sidewalk between 33 N and North Capitol.  The commissioners supported the proposal without objection.  Motion:  Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler.

Grants Committee (Sonte Ducote, citizen chair)

Ms. Ducote presented revised grant documentation that the committee developed to streamline the grant process and clarify instructions.  Discussion included the range of typical grant amounts, which was to be $500 to $2,500 with indication that grants of larger amounts would be considered.  Ms. Wirt cautioned the grants committee that grants for food and travel were prohibited.  Mr. Price added his comments from the D.C. Auditor’s perspective: that the statement regarding grantees providing receipts should require showing a zero balance.  It was agreed that the revised documents would be reviewed by the D.C. Auditor before finalization.  The commissioners voted unanimously, 6:0:0, to approve the grant documents as revised.  Motion:  Ms. Wirt/Mr. Kazmierczak.

Parks and Events Committee (Caroline Crenshaw, citizen chair)

  1. Rock ‘n Roll Marathon—Discussion began with a proposal to pay for an article in the Capitol Hill Rag and included  bringing in MPD and Capitol Hill police to ask for better officer direction during the event regarding exit routes from the Hill.  Mr. Eckenwiler suggested there were other ways to indicate the route and exits that would not cost as much as advertising in the Hill Rag.  The item was tabled until October to allow the committee to discuss other options.
  2. Pocket parks—Proposed rulemaking, currently in the comment period, proposes pocket parks to be preserved for public access and for public enjoyment.  The commissioners approved  thispurpose and the added committee recommendations that (a) there should be an ANC review process of any permit application for use of pocket parks and (b) that the applicant should be required to notify any adjacent homeowners affected by the applicant’s proposed use of the pocket park.  The commissioners approved without objection.  Motion:  Mr. Goodman/Mr. Eckenwiler.

New Business

  1. Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, notice of funding avail- ability for small businesses on H Street—Ms. Wirt stated that the DMPE asked for comments on the new round of competitive grants, up to $85,000.  Although the commissioners generally approved of the grant program, Mr. Eckenwilerreminded the commissioners that last year a grant was given to an optometrist, which ANC 6C approved, but in the end was given to a “head” shop selling smoking apparatus.  Mr. Eckenwiler asked that the ANC letter of approval of the grants program include an admonition that grant applicants must meet every requirement and that the grant approval process ensure positive development on the H Street corridor. The motion to support passed without objection.  Motion:  Ms. Wirt/Mr. Eckenwiler.
  2. Proposed bill B20-47, adding burdensome reporting for all ANCs—Mr. Eckenwilerdescribed this proposed D.C. legislation as overly burdensome for ANCs.  Transparency is already in effect with documentation online for most ANCs or willingly provided without FOIA.  Moreover, the ANCs have no power but merely provide advice.  Last, the legislation would provide an overwhelming burden on the Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions and Gottlieb Simon, who would then be required to collect and post online multiple documents from more than 40 ANCs monthly, within two weeks of each individual ANC meeting.  The commissioners voted unanimously, 6:0:0, to support opposition to the bill on these grounds and to designate Commissioner Eckenwiler as the spokesperson to testify at the hearing.  Motion:  Mr. Eckenwiler/Ms. Wirt.
  3. Three-way stop at 7thand C Streets N.E.—Mr. Goodman proposed a new signal at this dangerous intersection.  The commissioners approved without objection.  Motion:  Mr. Goodman/Mr. Price.

The meeting adjourned at 8:58 pm.