ANC 6B November 2013 Meeting Recap

We had a packed house at ANC 6B’s Nov. 12 meeting at the Hill Center. Here are the meeting highlights:

  • A representative from the DC Board of Election’s discussed the board’s election precinct realignment proposal (pdf) and asked for commission and community feedback. In effort to improve efficiency, the board is redrawing precincts to align with ANC Single Member Districts. Under the proposal, all residents in my SMD, 6B09, would vote at Payne Elementary School. The commission voted unanimously to send a letter to the board voicing support for the proposal, urging the board to implement it in time for the 2014 general election and encouraging the board to conduct a major outreach campaign to ensure that voters go to the appropriate polling place (note that the board will not implement the new precincts for the April 1, 2014 primary election).
  • After some discussion, the commission voted to approve liquor license renewals for Phase I (525 8th Street SE), Remington’s (639 Penn Ave SE) and Bachelor’s Mill/Back Door Pub (1104 8th Street SE). Each of these establishments agreed to sign settlement agreements with the commission.
  • The commission voted unanimously to protest the addition of an entertainment endorsement for Tortilla Coast restaurant based on concerns about noise. Despite evidence of a number of police calls and violations of the terms of their liquor license, the owners of Tortilla Coast have refused to sign a settlement agreement with the ANC. I’m hopeful the commission can address our concerns through the protest process.
  • The commission voted 8-0 to send a letter to the Tune Inn (331 Penn Ave SE) expressing our disappointment that the restaurant backed out of signed a settlement agreement with ANC 6B. We spent a significant amount of time at our October meeting amending our standard agreement to address the Tune Inn’s concerns only to learn later that the establishment had decided not to sign the agreement. I do hope the owners of the Tune Inn reconsider their position in the future.
  • After the applicant addressed neighbor concerns about rat control and the process by which the building would be demolished , the commission unanimously voted to support a raze permit for 1620 A Street SE. The owner plans to build a 2-unit condo building on the site and will be back in front of ANC 6B next month seeking zoning relief.
  • The commission voted unanimously to endorse a comprehensive Public Safety Report (pdf) drafted by the ANC 6B Outreach & Constituent Services Task Force. The purpose of the report is to help provide the commission and residents with a better understanding of public safety issues on Capitol Hill. The report also seeks to provide answers on how the criminal justice system works in DC, how MPD is organized and how residents can help make our neighborhoods safer. Major kudos to my colleagues Commissioner Phil Peisch (6B03) and Brian Pate (6B05) and the other members of the task force for putting together such a valuable resource.
  • Commissioner Pate also announced that the commission has a newly redesigned website at www.anc6b.org. While the website is still under construction, residents will be able to find the latest commission agendas and information on the new site. The commission also plans to post all official letters and resolutions on the site.
  • Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg, chair of ANC 6B’s Transportation Committee, announced that the District Department of Transportation would be holding its second public meeting on the Barney Circle-Southeast Boulevard project on Thursday, Nov. 21, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Payne Elementary School (1445 C Street SE).
  • I announced that ANC 6B’s Hill East Task Force would be holding a Wed., Nov. 13 meeting on the future of the RFK Stadium site. I’ve posted a recap of the meeting.
  • ANC 6B’s December meeting will be on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7:00 pm at the Hill Center.
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