Chair Amber Gove (6A04) called the Advisory Neighborhood (ANC) 6A meeting to order at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE, with Commissioners Mike Soderman (6A03), Brian Alcorn (6A08), Ruth Ann Hudson (6A05), Marie Claire Brown (6A01), Stephanie Zimny (6A06) and Sondra Phillips-Gilbert (6A07) in attendance. Commissioner Phil Toomajian (6A02) Stephanie Zimny (6A06) was absent.
Transportation and Public Space (TPS)
• ANC 6A will propose the following as potential micro mobility corral locations: the 1400 block of H Street NE, at the intersection of H Street, Maryland Avenue, and 15th Street in the existing no-parking striped zone; 10th and H Streets NE (on 10th Street north or south of H Street); and 8th and H Streets NE (on 8th Street north or south of H) in the no parking zones near the intersections.
The discussion of potential corral locations for shared bikes, scooters and mopeds sparked a larger conversation regarding evolving safety regulations and accountability for these new forms of transportation. Elizabeth Nelson, Chair of the TPS Committee, reminded the ANC that the issue of managing and regulating these new micro mobility options in our community has been and will continue to be an on-going discussion at TPS Committee meetings, which are open to the public. Meetings are held on at 7:00 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at Capitol Hill Towers, 900 G St. NE (photo ID required).
MPD 5th and 1st District Crime Updates
Metro Police Department (MPD) 5th District Lieutenant Brescia said that while there have been a greater number of robberies in the past 30 days than this time last year, assaults with a weapon are down approximately 56%. Year-to-date, violent crime overall in 5D is down 3% and property crime is down 8%. In the 1st District, Lt. Dyn reported an 8% decrease in crime this year compared to last, though an increase in robberies over the past 30 days. Thefts from autos are also down 27% this year from last. He explained the uptick in robberies to be mostly snatches and crimes of opportunity, that is someone grabbing cell phones from a pedestrian, unattended bags in parks, package thefts, etc. Private residences and businesses are able to receive a rebate towards the purchase and installation of outward-facing security cameras if the footage can be made available to MPD when requested. Specifics can be found by visiting https://ovsjg.dc.gov/service/private-security-camera-system-incentive-program.
District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Ward 6 Liaison Andrew DeFrank
Mr. DeFrank introduced himself as the new DDOT Ward 6 Liaison, replacing Naomi Kline. He reminded residents they are welcome to submit 311 requests by visiting 311.dc.gov, downloading the mobile app, DC311 on Apple or Android devices, texting DC311, tweeting @311DCgov or simply by calling 311. Mr. DeFrank can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Commissioners unanimously approved a grant for $1,000 to the Miner Elementary School Parent Teachers Organization (PTO) to bring the FoodCorps program to Miner Elementary School for the 2019-20 school year.
Julie Muir, President of the Miner Elementary School PTO explained that this grant would help continue an ongoing program with FoodCorps currently active in the school. Once the site for Miner Elementary’s community garden is accessible, the plan is to have the FoodCorps member share her expertise to help the students tend to their own garden of edible plants. This program already includes collaborations with local businesses and farms and will eventually include working with students from Eastern High School.
Community Outreach Committee meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month in the Eastern High School Parent Center, 1700 East Capitol St. NE.
Alcohol Beverage Licensing (ABL)
• The Commissioners agreed to table submitting a letter to the DC Lottery indicating the community’s preference that establishments that offer sports wagering not require significant cash on hand as the city has not finalized regulations regarding this issue. Once the ABL Committee has received complete information, they will reassess this recommendation.
Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Sherwood Recreation Center on the corner of 10th and G Streets NE.
Economic Development and Zoning (EDZ)
• The commissioners voted, unanimously to send a letter of support to the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) for relief to add a brick second story with studio and roof deck to a one-story brick garage at 803 Maryland Avenue, NE (HPA 19-539) in the Capitol Hill Historic District.
• The Commissioners voted, unanimously to send a letter of support to HPRB for relief to construct two new two-story garages at 1363/1365 A Street, NE (HPA 19-535, 19-536) in the Capitol Hill Historic District on the condition that the rear windows be horizontal casement windows placed at a height of at least 5 feet 8 inches above the interior second story floor.
The Economic Development and Zoning Committee meets at 7:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Sherwood Recreation Center on the corner of 10th and G Streets NE.
• The Commissioners voted, unanimously, to send a letter of support to DDOT and Councilmember Charles Allen for renaming the 300 block of 14th Place NE in honor of Gail Cobb.
Present: Chair Amber Gove (6A04), Commissioners Mike Soderman (6A03), Brian Alcorn (6A08), Ruth Ann Hudson (6A05), Marie Claire Brown (6A01), Stephanie Zimny (6A06) and Sondra Phillips-Gilbert (6A07) in attendance. Commissioner Phil Toomajian (6A02) and Stephanie Zimny (6A06) were absent.
ANC 6A meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, 7 p.m. at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th Street NE. Visit www.anc6a.org for calendar of events, changes of date/venue, agendas and other information.