Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6D
Ron McBee, Chair
January 10, 2011
Business Meeting held at Arena Stage
As Approved by ANC 6D February 14, 2011
Present: Commissioners David Garber, Cara Shockley, Ron McBee, Bob Craycraft, Andy Litsky, and Roger Moffatt. Commissioner Rhonda Hamilton arrived at 7:35 p.m.
Commissioner McBee called the meeting to order at 7:09 p.m.
Commissioner Litsky moved/Commissioner Moffatt seconded to approve the agenda as proposed. Commissioner McBee moved to amend the motion to delete from the agenda Friendly Food Market and the Race for Hope 5K Run/Walk. Without objection, the motion was so amended. As amended, the motion to approve the agenda passed 6-0.
2. Welcome to Arena Stage
Edgar Dobie the Managing Director of Arena Stage thanked everyone for attending the meeting at the Arena Stage and invited all to come back again to enjoy the various activities at Arena Stage. Mr. Dobie expressed his pleasure that of all the officials, Arena Stage is please to have ANC 6D utilize their space to conduct community business and invited everyone back for future ANC 6D usages.
3. Community Announcements
Eve Brooks announced a meeting of the Amidon-Bowen PTA tomorrow night to discuss “Bullying and how to address it with your child.” Also the Near SE/SW Educational Excellence Working Group will be meeting on January 18 at 6:30pm.
The Jefferson International Baccalaureate (IB) program was discussed. The program, which is called Jefferson Academy, will start with the 2012 sixth grade class and phase in a new class each year. The program will have its own principal, which DCPS will work with the community to identify. Mrs. Patricia Pride will serve as principal for the seventh and eighth grades in what will continue to be referred to as Jefferson Middle School. This will be phased out as grades are added to the IB program.
4. December Minutes
Commissioner Shockley moved and seconded by Commissioner Litsky to approve the proposed December minutes as presented. The vote was unanimous 6-0.
5. 2011 Business Meeting Schedule
ANC 6D's Public Meetings Schedule is the second Monday of each month except October when it is the third Monday, and August when there is no meeting. The ANC also has a non-public administrative meeting the first Monday of every month, August excepted. See www.anc6d.org for schedules and agendas.
Commissioner Moffatt moved and seconded by Commissioner Shockley to approve the proposed meeting schedule as presented. The vote was unanimous 6-0.
6. Visitor’s Parking Pass System (VPP)
Damon Harvey with DDOT provided an update on the Visitor Parking Pass System, which has been in place since 2008. DDOT provides 1 parking pass per household provided their address qualifies for the Resident Parking Program. The new passes will be green in color and will be distributed in March of this year. The new passes will indicate from which ANC the pass is being issued. This will help identify those cars from “other ANCs” that are parking illegally in 6D spaces with their permit, especially for the 81 Nationals home games. The boundaries for 6D passes are North: Pennsylvania Avenue, SE; East: 9th Street, SE; North: Potomac Avenue, SW; West to 9th Street, SW. The new passes will be issued before March 30th. If you have questions or comments, please contact Damon Harvey at 202-671-2333 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
One-day parking passes can be obtained from the police department. In order to receive a one-day pass you will need to supply the license number of the vehicle that will be using the parking pass. A reasonable number (5 to 10) of one-day parking passes can be obtained from the police department.
Temporary parking passes maybe obtained for up to 15-days, but will require more detailed information (check with the police department) before the passes will be issued.
When you see misuse of the parking pass system you should take down the serial # on the parking pass of the offending vehicle and report it to DDOT and if proven correct the pass will be revoked and no new pass will be issued.
7. Fourth and M Streets intersection
James Cheeks with DDOT gave an update on enhancements/improvements to the Fourth and M Streets intersection, which within the next 60 days should include enhanced signage and street markings, reduced right-turn-on-red options, and a greater police presence for ticketing. Walk lights will be timed to change throughout the day to adapt to periods when foot traffic is extremely high. No longer will a pedestrian need to push a button for a walk phase and walks will “not” have a split phase for pedestrian crossings (walks will work in parallel) DDOT will continue to monitor the results of the modifications to make sure they are accomplishing their objectives to simplify and enhance the egress at the intersection for all modes of transportation with safety the priority concern. If problems with traffic signals or street lights are identified, please call 311 to report the location and specific problem.
An average of almost two pedestrians are injured or killed every day in the District, a shocking statistic.
There is a longer term analysis going on for a holistic improvement of M Street from SE through the SW Waterfront that will be several years in the research and delivery, you may have heard this referred to as the” Complete Streets" or "Great Streets" concept, and it considers automobiles, pedestrians, and bicycles for a total transportation solution in view of the rapidly increasing density along M Street SE and SW on the next few years.
Commissioner Litsky requested that DDOT do more coordination with Ft. McNair and the Coast Guard on traffic, parking, pedestrian safety issues.
8. Community Benefits Coordinating Council (CBCC)
The Rev. Ruth Hamilton spoke about the Community Benefits Coordinating Council (CBCC), a 501(3)c charitable organization with the goal of "coordinating benefits for a caring community." There is a Summit, public meeting March 5, Saturday, at Amidon-Bowen School, 10am-2pm for ANC 6D participants to voice community priorities. The CBCC will use the organization America Speaks to facilitate the meeting, if you would like more information please email email@example.com or call 202-641-8221.
9. ZC # 10-21, Buzzard Point (Marina Project)
The presented the initial design plans for a new condominium building on Buzzard's Point, which is a matter-of-right project. Commissioner Moffatt emphasized that the project needs to be done in such a fashion that it makes the area a more walkable place to live and visit – perhaps a model program could be developed under OP for this area. There will be 97 units, nine of which will be affordable housing at 80% of the average median income for the DC, which roughly translates to a household with an annual income of around $80,000.
Commissioner Moffatt made the motion to support the project contingent upon the developer working jointly with ANC6D to support the area with less vehicle traffic and a more pedestrian freely area. The motion was second by Commissioner Shockley. Commissioner McBee made an amendment to the motion to authorize the Chair and Commissioner Moffatt to represent the ANC at any zoning hearing regarding this case. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Shockley. The amendment passed by a vote of 5-0-1. The motion passed by a vote of 6-0.
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10. ABC Committee
11. St. Patrick’s Day 8K Race
Lesley Green presented the details of the St. Patrick’s Day 8K Race and outlined the planned in place to minimize the potential negative impact on vehicle and pedestrian traffic within ANC 6D. Commissioner Garber made the motion to support the race and Commissioner Shockley seconded the motion. The Commission vote 5 to 0 to support the Race
12. Scope It Out 5K Run/Walk for
Brandon Hammond presented the details of the Scope It Out 5K Run/Walk for Colon Cancer Awareness event and outlined the planned in place to minimize the potential negative impact on vehicle and pedestrian traffic within ANC 6D. Commissioner Shockley made the motion to support the race and Commissioner Hamilton seconded the motion. The Commission vote 6 to 0 to support the Race
13. 4th Quarter Financial Report
Commissioner McBee made the motion to approve the 4th Quarter Financial Report and Commissioner Moffatt seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously 7 to 0.
14. Security Fund Resolution
The Security Fund Resolution was read by Commissioner McBee and made a motion to approve the resolution. Commissioner Litsky seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously 7 to 0.
15. Election of Officers
Gottlieb Simon, Executive Director of the Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commission, conducted the election process. The elected officers are Ron McBee, Chairman; Roger Moffat, Vice Chairman; Bob Craycraft, Secretary; and Cara Shockley, Treasurer. The position of Parliamentarian was added without comment and David Garber was elected to this position.
16. Community Concerns
Gene Solon raised the concern that the ANC continues to push for resident benefits in new developments.
At 9:45 p.m. Commissioner McBee made the motion to adjourn the meeting and Commissioner Hamilton seconded the motion. The next meeting will be held February 14th at St. Augustine Church at 6th and M Street, starting at 7 PM. The motion passes unanimously 7 to 0.