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Saturday, June 18th – ANC 1C Community Event – Shredding Day

When:                   SATURDAY, JUNE 18
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Where:                  UNITY PARK (intersection of Columbia Road / Euclid St. / Champlain St., NW. Across from City Bikes.)

Featuring:
- FREE Shredding (paper and CDs)
- FREE blood tests (brought to you by DC Fire Dept.)
- Metropolitan Police Dept. Community Outreach
- And featuring your very own Adams Morgan Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners.

PLEASE NOTE: this is a shredding event only. No hazardous or electronic recycling materials will be accepted.

For any questions, please contact wreynoldsanc@aol.com.

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ABC & Public Safety Meeting – June 9th

ABC & Public Safety Committee meeting
June 9th,  2011
7pm
Kalorama Recreational Center (1875 Columbia Road)

Agenda:

  • Introduction  from Lt. Kutniewski
  • Review of Crime Statistics
  • Officer Staffing Discussion
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ANC 1C Monthly Meeting – June 1,2011

ANC 1C Monthly Meeting – June 1,2011
Mary’s Center
2355 Ontario Road, NW

AGENDA

June 1, 2011 7 p.m.

I.      Introduction of Commissioners

II.     MPD & FEMS Report

III.    Officer’s Reports

A. Chairman’s Report
B. Secretary’s Report
1. Approval of May 4, 2011 Minutes
C. Treasurer’s Report

IV.    Commissioner Announcements

V.     Guest Speaker: Joy Phillips, PhD, Associate Director, DC Office of Planning State Data Center

VI.    Public Comments (up to 2 minutes maximum per person)

VII.   Update on 18th Street Reconstruction – DDOT Community Liaison Tom Pipkin

VIII.  Committee Reports

A. ABC and Public Safety
B. Public Services and the Environment
1. Motion in support of grant for Young Playwrights Theater (Davis)
2. Motion to provide funds for Marie Reed Learning Center Graduation (Reynolds)
C. Planning, Zoning and Transportation

IX.   New Business
A. Resolution supporting DC Statehood (Lanning)
B. Motion in opposition to ABRA application by Vida (Boettrich)
C. Resolution in support of expediting sidewalk repairs at 2418 17th Street NW (Reynolds)

X.    Adjournment

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May 11 – ABC & Public Safety Committee Meeting

BC & Public Safety Committee meeting
May 11th, 2011
7pm
Kalorama Recreational Center (1875 Columbia Road)

Agenda:

  • Introduction  from Lt. Kutniewski
  • Review of Crime Statistics
  • MPD Reserve Program
  • Neighborhood Safety Walks
  • Bike Registry Program
  • Filing a complaint with the Office of Police Complaints
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ANC 1C Monthly Meeting – May 4

May 4, 2011 7 p.m.
Mary’s Center
2355 Ontario Road, NW

I.      Introduction of Commissioners
II.     MPD & FEMS Report
III.    Officer’s Reports
A. Chairman’s Report
B. Secretary’s Report
1. Approval of April 6, 2011 Minutes
C. Treasurer’s Report
IV.     Commissioner Announcements
V.      Public Comments (up to 2 minutes maximum per person)
VI.     Update on 18th Street Reconstruction – DDOT Community Liaison Tom Pipkin
VII.   Committee Reports
A. ABC and Public Safety
B. Public Services and the Environment
1. Motion for grant to Festival Food Program (Davis)
2. Motion for grant to Girls on the Run DC (Davis)
3. Motion for grant to Henson’s Arts & Learning (Davis)
4. Motion regarding Adams Morgan Public Art Project (Reynolds/Moye)
5. Motion in support of Co-Hosting Mayor’s Budget Town Hall Meeting (Reynolds/Moye)
C. Planning, Zoning and Transportation
1. Motion in support of BID application for the Summer Concert Series (Reynolds)
2. Motion in support of opening Champlain Street underpass at Marie Reed during 18th Street reconstruction (Reynolds)
3. Motion in support of variance request at 1757 Seaton Place NW; BZA Case #18223 (Reynolds/Lanning)
VIII.  New Business
IX.     Adjournment

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ABC & Public Safety Meeting – April 13th

ABC & Public Safety Committee meeting
April 13th, 2011
7pm
Kalorama Recreational Center (1875 Columbia Road)

Agenda:

  • Introduction  from Lt. Kutniewski
  • Review of Crime Statistics
  • Consideration of temporary/stipulated liquor license for Bistro 18
    • “Pending receipt or notice of placard, the ABC & Public Safety Committee moves to recommend that the full Commission not object to the stipulated license for Bistro 18″
  • Motion to reconsider voluntary agreement with District/Saki to review conditions of occupancy [Passed 2-0]
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April 6 – Monthly ANC 1C Meeting at 7pm [Mary's Center]

Adams Morgan’s ANC 1C Meeting is this Wednesday, April 6th at 7pm. [Mary's Center: 2355 Ontario Road NW].

April 6, 2011 7 p.m.

I.      Introduction of Commissioners

II.     MPD & FEMS Report

III.    Officer’s Reports
A. Chairman’s Report
B. Secretary’s Report
1. Approval of March 2, 2011 Minutes
2. Approval of March 24, 2011 Special Meeting Minutes
C. Treasurer’s Report
1. Motion to end use of Extra Space Storage (Boettrich)

IV.    Guest Speaker: Eugene Pinkard, Principal, Marie Reed Learning Center

V.     Commissioner Announcements

VII.   Public Comments (up to 2 minutes maximum per person)

VIII.  Update on 18th Street Reconstruction – DDOT Community Liaison Tom Pipkin

IX.    Committee Reports
A. ABC and Public Safety
1. Voluntary Agreement with The Reef (Kamanda)
2. Voluntary Agreement with Town Tavern (Kamanda)
B. Public Services and the Environment
C. Planning, Zoning and Transportation

X.    New Business
1. Motion for ANC 1C Event Participation and Co-Sponsorship (Reynolds)
2. Motion for reimbursement for new lock for storage locker (Reynolds)
3. Resolution congratulating Adams Morgan winners of Best of DC 2011 (Moye)

XI.   Adjournment

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Neighborhood Watch Program – March 9th, ABC & Public Safety Meeting

Please come to the ABC & Public Safety Committee meeting this Wednesday for an initial conversation about forming a neighborhood watch team for Adams Morgan.

Neighborhood watch teams (aka community policing or orange hat teams) are comprised of community volunteers who help patrol the neighborhood in an effort to reduce crime.

They have been adopted in communities in other parts of this city and many other cities in this country and have proven effective at increasing public safety.

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Minutes from the February 2nd ANC 1C Monthly Meeting

  Minutes from the February 2nd ANC 1C Monthly Meeting

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION IC

Adams Morgan 

DRAFT (2-15-11)

Minutes of February 2, 2011

A regularly scheduled meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C was held on February 2, 2011 at Mary’s Center.  The meeting was called to order at 7:01 PM.  Present were Commissioners Stacey Moye (1C01); Marty Davis (1C02); Olivier Kamanda (1C03); Gabriela Mossi (1C04); Steve Lanning (1C06) and Wilson Reynolds (1C07).  Approximately 40 members of the public were in attendance.

FEMS Report

Captain Larry Chapman of Engine Company #21 reported that the correct web address for FEMS is http://www.fems.dc.gov.  Captain Chapman reported that there was one very serious call in Adams Morgan recently where an HVAC system overheated.  Captain Chapman said that this is a big problem in the wintertime and recommended that everyone take care to maintain their HVAC systems. 

Captain Chapman will give a longer presentation in March on how FEMS responds to emergency calls.

Officers Reports

Chairman Wilson Reynolds motioned to accept the minutes of the December 16, 2010 Special Forum meeting minutes.  The motion was seconded and passed by a voice vote.

Chairman Wilson Reynolds motioned to accept the minutes of the January 2011 meeting.  It was seconded and passed by a voice vote.

MPD Report

Officer Jevric reported for MPD that in January 2011 there were 3 robberies, 10 burglaries, 16 thefts, 3 stolen autos.  There were 41 total property crimes for the month.  Officer Jevric reported that the PSA 303 meeting will be moved from February 9 to February 10. 

In response to a question to Commissioner Kamanda about how the new noise law will be enforced, Officer Jevric indicated he would request information about it from MPD. Commissioners proposed posting the new regulations on the website and requested additional information be provided at the March meeting.

 

Commissioner Announcements

Commissioner Mossi reported that the Department of Employment Services is looking for assistance working on the National Mall.  The name of the contracting firm is Guest Services, Inc.; interested persons should visit the DOES website for more information.

Commissioner Kamanda requested that residents in 1C03 please participate in his online issues survey.  The cut off date for participation is March 7.

Commissioner Davis introduced resident Chris Wells as a new PSC Committee volunteer, distributed US Census data sheets on our area’s demographics, and reminded attendees of an upcoming neighborhood online survey.

Presentation by Councilmember at Large Michael A. Brown

Guest speaker Councilmember Michael A. Brown addressed the meeting. He discussed the following topics:

-Council recently closed a 160 million dollar gap in the FY 2011 cycle.

-Projected deficit for 2012 is currently at $600 million, with all likelihood of facing again a mid cycle shortfall.  In short, the city is realistically facing between $750 to 800 million budget gap for the upcoming 2012 budget.

-The budget will be closed using three tools:  Shrinking the overall size of government; tax increases; program budget cuts.

-No special treatment:  All agencies will be reviewed, including DCPS; MPD and FEMS.

-Councilmember M. Brown discussed employment for city residents.  A new downtown convention hotel will provide both construction jobs and permanent jobs.  This and other projects receiving DC Government tax help (i.e., exemptions or abatements) will be under greater scrutiny to employ DC residents.

-First Source legislation has been passed by Council to insure a percentage of construction jobs go to DC residents.  New legislation is being considered to insure a percentage of permanent jobs go to DC residents.-A hearing on the enhanced First Source bill will be held March 7 at 2:00 PM at Council.  To participate in the hearing, please contact the Committee at 724-8105.

- Current Tax Abatement legislation and steps to provide additional vetting of the community benefits packages before and after the abatements are awarded.

-ANCs can be of service to the Council by being pro-active and responding to current issues generating public comment, such as the proposed tax on gyms and yoga studios.

-CM M. Brown will host a brown bag summit to highlight and seek creative opportunities to encourage and promote the arts.

-Education: 

1) We must recognize that we have lost families in the District.  School population has decreased from 170,000 to 50,000[S1] .  There is a lack of capacity in middle schools and high schools.

2) Quality of education must be addressed.  70% of DC high school graduated that go on to UDC need remediation.

3) There must be a level playing field where facilities are presentable; schools are safe; chronic truancy is addressed.

-CM M. Brown Chairs the Re-Districting Committee at Council.  CMs Evans and Mendelson are the other members.  Wards must have a minimum of 70,000 residents.  July 14 is the deadline for presentation of new Ward boundaries.  End of 2011 is the deadline for presentation of new SMD boundaries for ANCs.

Questions and comments from Commissioners included an observation from Commissioner Davis regarding the disconnect between middle and high schools and job recruiters. He suggested there be a permanent position perhaps at the Assistant Chancellor level to address the issue. CM Brown said he would bring it up with Interim Chancellor Henderson. He also explained how the decrease in DC middle and high school populations has affected policy and programs at that level.

Other questions and comments included: truancy and how to get children back in school and how this relates to issues of neighborhood safety; small business employment and small business incentives to hire local; Office of Contracts and Procurement regulations and how they penalize start-up enterprises; equal footing for nonprofits the government contract bidding; current regressive tax system in DC; improving methods to collect fines owed to the District, such as parking.

CM Brown provided his contact information: (202) 724-8104 and mbrown@council.gov.us

 

Public Comments

Lisa Duperier announced a fundraiser for the Fund for Kalorama Park on Monday, February 7 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Grill from Ipanema at 1858 Columbia Road, NW.

 JuanCamillo Barragan from the Mayor’s Community Outreach Office introduced himself and invited residents to contact him regarding constituent concerns.  Sedrick Muhammad is the second Ward One liaison.  Mr. Barragan may be contacted at juancamilo.barragan@dc.gov or 202-538-0313.

Kristen Barden invited the public to help themselves to new free pocket guides/maps and pointing out that Adams Morgan businesses are advertised in them.

Representatives of the Italian Embassy project announced that the Historic Preservation Review Board approved the plans for the renovations of this project and a Planned Unit Development would be filed in February.

Chris Otten reported that the BZA case regarding the Mt Pleasant Library was heard on February 1 and a decision is expected on March 1.

Lisa Duperier appealed for help to secure a location for a Very Cherry Adams Morgan Pop Up Shop.  If a space is secured, this temporary retail space would be open for a two-week period between March 28 and April 11.

Update on 18th Street Reconstruction—DDOT Community Liaison Tom Pipkin

DDOT Community Liaison Tom Pipkin reported that a kick-off community meeting on the construction phase of the project will be held Tuesday, February 8 from 6:00PM to 7:30 PM at the 3rd District Police Station at 1640 V St., NW.

The community outreach office for this project is open at 2314 18th St,, NW, Second Floor (upstairs from Smash! Records).  Public office hours are Mondays from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM and Thursdays, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM and an appointment may be scheduled to meet at other times.  Pre construction activity will commence on February 22.  Actual work will start in March, weather permitting. PEPCO is scheduled to complete their work on 18th Street in March. 

 The project website is www.adamsmorganstreetscapeproject.com.  Residents may sign up for updates on the website.  Tom Pipkin may also be reached at 202-642-6774.

Update on DC Water Lanier Heights Small Diameter Water Main Replacement Project

DC Water Project Manager Maria Gigova reported on the status of this project and the mail outreach they had conducted to date. No Parking signs have been replaced to reflect the 72 hours notice.  Currently 500 ft. of parking will be off line on Adams Mill Road.  No Parking areas will move around with the project.   The project will replace over 2300 feet of water lines. In response to a request that  that signs be posted on light posts directing residents to information points about the project, Ms. Gigova said she would report back.  Ms. Gigova distributed an updated information sheet on the project.  She may be reached at 202-787-7621 or maria.gigova@dcwater.com. The information sheet is available at www.anc1c.org

COMMITTEE REPORTS

ABC & Public Safety

Commissioner Kamanda reported that the next meeting of the ABC and Public Safety Committee will be on February 9 at 7pm at the Kalorama Park Recreation Center.  He also reported that he has been trying to come up to a resolution to the situation at Stroga that is acceptable to the ANC, Stroga, and surrounding neighbors.

Commissioner Kamanda offered a resolution that ANC 1C retain legal counsel for ABC matters. 

ANC 1C RESOLUTION TO RETAIN LEGAL COUNSEL

 

WHEREAS, ANC 1C has an interest in employing Voluntary Agreements to preserve peace, order, quiet, and safety in the community;

 

WHEREAS, ANC 1C seeks to formalize retention of legal counsel with experience in D.C. alcohol beverage licensing law for advice and representation in upcoming negotiations with alcoholic beverage license holders  which seek to modify or terminate their voluntary agreement (“VA”) with ANC 1C or pursue substantial changes to the use of their licenses;

 

 

WHEREAS, ANC 1C has solicited letters of representation for legal counsel since December 2010 through recommendations from other Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners, ABC lawyers, and legal practitioners;

 

WHEREAS, ANC 1C, in December of 2010 voted to expend up to $20,000 for counsel to negotiate and/or contest alcoholic beverage license holders  who seek to modify or terminate their voluntary agreement;

 

WHEREAS, ANC 1C, in January of 2011 voted to expand the use of legal counsel to include negotiations and/or contest of any substantial changes by alcoholic beverage license holders  to the use of their licenses;

 

WHEREAS, ANC 1C has drafted and distributed a statement of work;

 

WHEREAS, ANC 1C has received letters of interest from only two candidates for counsel;

 

WHEREAS, candidates for counsel have been evaluated on the basis of experience in ABC matters, technical understanding of ABRA procedures, access to legal resources, and cost;

 

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, ANC 1C votes to retain as counsel Ms Julie Dymowski of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP as legal counsel to ANC 1C for the purposes of ABC matters and further to authorize payment on an hourly option.

The motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanning and passed by a voice vote. 

Commissioner Kamanda made a motion that ANC1C protest the substantial change to the Voluntary Agreement requested by Rendezvous at 2226 18th St., NW.

 

ANC 1C ABC & Public Safety Committee Motion to Protest Café Dallul’s Request to Modify It’s Voluntary Agreement

 

The following motion was voted and approved unanimously out of the January 12, 2011 meeting of ANC 1C ABC & Public Safety Committee:

 

WHEREAS, modification of Café Dallul/Rendezvous’s Voluntary Agreement poses possible violations of peace, order and quiet to the community; increased parking pressure and threats to pedestrian safety;

 

Motion is made to protest modification of Café Dullul/Rendezvous’s Voluntary Agreement provided the proprietor of the establishment has been duly invited to the February 2, 2011 ANC 1C monthly meeting.

The motion was seconded by Commissioner Moye and passed by a voice vote.

Public Services and Environment Committee

         The next meeting of the Public Services Committee will be on Wednesday, February 23 at 7:00 pm at the Kalorama Park Recreation Center.

Unanimous consent was given to move PSC New Business under the Committee report.

Commissioner Reynolds made a motion waive the ANC 1C Grant Guidelines to allow consideration of a grant in February.  Commissioner Reynolds reminded the Commission that such a motion requires 2/3 of the votes in approval. The motion to waive the Grant Guidelines was seconded by Commissioner Mossi and passed by a unanimous voice vote.

Commissioner Davis made a motion to approve a grant of $1,000 for CHIME.

A Proposed Motion to Support a Grant of $1,000

 

Motion that ANC 1C grant to the CHIME music program, based in Adams Morgan, in the amount of $1,000 in support of their efforts to bring music performers and music education to HD Cooke Elementary School and to other DC public schools.

The motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanning and passed by a voice vote.

Planning, Zoning and Transportation Committee

         Commissioner Reynolds reported that the next meeting of the Planning, Zoning & Transportation Committee will be on Monday, February 7 at 7:00 pm at the Kalorama Park Recreation Center.

Commissioner Reynolds offered a resolution that ANC1C oppose BZA case #18167 for proposed modifications at 2329 & 2335 Champlain St., NW. 

Resolution in opposition to proposed modifications to premises at 2329 & 2335 Champlain St. N.W., BZA Case 18167; and request to reopen said case

 

Whereas, in 2006 and 2008 the Board of Zoning Adjustment did grant adaptive reuse of the above named premises, and

 

Whereas, the applicants have allowed five years to pass yet the building remains unused, with no significant change from November, 2006, and

 

Whereas, ANC 1C now supports balancing new construction with limitations of one parking space for every two units of construction, and storm water management facilities, and

 

Whereas, the proposed new modifications;

 

Provide no affordable housing,

Provide no storm water management facilities

Provide parking for 20 vehicles with 31 proposed units of residence,

Provide excessive space devoted to ‘Penthouse’ construction.

Provide no accommodations for bicycles or car sharing.

Provide no assurance for hiring District residents during construction or comply with First Source employment requirements.

 

Now, therefore be it Resolved, ANC 1C calls upon the Board of Zoning Adjustments to reopen case #174131, and 17431-A, and

 

Further resolved, ANC 1C will exercise its standing, and

 

Further resolved, ANC 1C calls upon the developer of 2329 & 2355 Champlain St. N.W. to enter into negotiations for a Voluntary Agreement to provide affordable housing, reduced parking, included bicycle parking and car sharing, and a penthouse structure in conformity with DCMR 11, and

 

Finally resolved that ANC 1C stand in opposition to the proposed modifications proposed in Case #18167.

The resolution was seconded by Commissioner Kamanda, discussed and failed by roll call vote.

Aye:  Reynolds.   NO: Moye, Kamanda, Lanning.  Abstain: Davis, Mossi.

Commissioner Reynolds offered a motion that ANC1C conditionally support BZA case 17395 for the conversion to residential use of the second floor of 1631 Kalorama Road, NW. 

Motion in Support of Conversion to Residential Use of Second Floor of 1631 Kalorama Road, NW (Citadel Building), BZA Case 17395;

 

Motion is made that ANC 1C transmit to the Board of Zoning Adjustment the conditional support of the Commission for residential modifications requested in case #17395, and

 

Than the support of ANC 1C is given with the following conditions and request of consideration by the BZA, as appropriate that the developer;

 

Provide affordable housing.

Provide accommodations for bicycles and car sharing.

Provide assurance for hiring District residents during construction and comply with First Source employment requirements.

Provide assurance that construction will adhere to allowed hours and days and assure mitigate noise.

Provide for some multi bedroom units to attract families.

The motion was seconded by Commissioner Lanning and passed by a voice vote.

New Business

Brief discussion took place regarding ANC 1C having representation at the BID meeting on February 10 as Commissioner Mossi will not be present for the meeting.  Commissioner Davis volunteered to represent the ANC at the meeting.

ADJOURNMENT

A motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Moye and seconded by Commissioner Lanning.  The motion to adjourn was passed by unanimous voice vote.  The meeting was adjourned at 10:08 PM.

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March 2nd – ANC 1C Monthly Meeting

Adams Morgan’s ANC 1C Meeting is this Wednesday, March 2nd at 7pm. [Mary's Center: 2355 Ontario Road NW].

DRAFT AGENDA

March 2, 2011 7 p.m.

I.      Introduction of Commissioners

II.     MPD & FEMS Report

III.    Officer’s Reports
        A. Chairman’s Report
        B. Secretary’s Report
            1. Approval of February Minutes
       C. Treasurer’s Report

IV.    Guest Speaker: DC FEMS Engine 21 Captain Larry Chapman on emergency response

V.     Guest Speaker: DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency Director of Community Outreach & Engagement Kim McCall on community preparedness initiatives

VI.    Commissioner Announcements

VII.   Public Comments (up to 2 minutes maximum per person)

VIII.  Update on 18th Street Reconstruction – DDOT Community Liaison Tom Pipkin

IX.    Committee Reports
        A. ABC and Public Safety
        B. Public Services and the Environment
            1. Motion to write a letter in support of 2011 Craft Bastards Festival (Moye)
        C. Planning, Zoning and Transportation

X.    New Business

XI.   Adjournment

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Minutes from January 5th ANC 1C Meeting

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 1C

Adams Morgan

Minutes of January 5th, 2011

A regularly scheduled meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C was held on January 5, 2011 at Mary’s Center. 1C Chairman Wilson Reynolds called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm. Present were Commissioners Stacey Moye (1C01), Martis “Marty” Davis (1C02), Olivier Kamanda (1C03), Gabriela Mossi (1C04), Steve Lanning (1C06), Wilson Reynolds (1C07), Kathie Boettrich (1C08). There were 27 members of the public in attendance when the meeting was called to order.

Swearing In Ceremony

Council Member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) was in attendance to administer the oath of office to new commissioners who won ANC seats in last November’s ANC election. Sworn in were Commissioners Kamanda, Lanning and Davis. The Commissioners immediately took their seats following the swearing in ceremony. A quorum was declared.

Election of Officers

Chairman Reynolds nominated Marty Davis (1C02) to serve as Interim Secretary for the January 5 meeting.  The motion was seconded and the approved.

The next order of business for the ANC was the nomination and election of officers. The following offices were declared vacant: Chairman of the Commission, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer of the ANC.

Chairman-The nominations were opened with the office of Commission Chairman. Commissioner Lanning nominated Commissioner Reynolds.  Commissioner Davis nominated Commissioner Kamanda. A roll-call vote was called and was as follows:

Voting in favor of Commissioner Reynolds- Commissioners Lanning, Moye, Reynolds, Boettrich and Mossi.

Voting in favor of Commissioner Kamanda- Commissioner Davis

Abstaining: Commissioner Kamanda

The vote was 5-2 in favor of Commissioner Reynolds as the Chairman of the Commission for 2011.

Vice Chairman-The nomination for Vice Chairman followed. Commissioner Reynolds nominated Commissioner Stacey Moye. Commissioner Kamanda nominated Commissioner Davis.

Voting in favor of Commissioner Moye- Commissioners Reynolds, Lanning, Boettrich, Mossi and Moye.

Voting in favor of Commissioner Davis- Commissioners Kamanda and Davis.

The vote was 5-2 in favor of Commissioner Moye.

Treasurer- The nomination of Steve Lanning for Treasurer was made by Commissioner Kamanda. The nomination of Kathie Boettrich for Treasurer was made by Gabriel Mossi. A voice vote was conducted and Commissioner Boettrich was declared the winner by unanimous vote.

Secretary- Commissioner Reynolds nominated Commissioner Boettrich to hold the position on an interim basis and explained that this recommendation was consistent with ANC1C by-laws. A voice vote was unanimous making the Commissioner Boettrich the interim Secretary of ANC 1C.

BID Representative- The nomination of Commissioner Mossi was presented for voice vote without opposition and carried unanimously making Commissioner Mossi the ANC 1C representative to the BID.

Consent Agenda:

RESOLUTION REGARDING AUTHORIZED AGENTS FOR BB&T CHECKING ACCOUNT

 

WHEREAS, the individuals with current signing authority on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C checking account are the officers of the Commission serving as of December 2010, and

 

WHEREAS, the Commission elected officers at its regularly scheduled meeting on January 5, 2011,

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the following individual(s) be removed as authorized check signers from the Commission’s BB&T checking account:

 

Wilson Reynolds, Chair

Stacey Moye, Vice Chair

Katherine Boettrich, Treasurer

Nancy Shia, Secretary

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the following individuals shall be listed on the Commission’s BB&T checking account as authorized check signers:

Wilson Reynolds, Chairperson

Stacey Moye, Vice Chairperson

_________________, Secretary

Katherine Boettrich, Treasurer

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the standard resolution form required by BB&T Bank be approved by the Commission in order to effectuate a change in authorized signers is hereby deemed approved and the above-named 2011 officers are hereby authorized to sign such resolution as though it had been passed at the Commission’s January 5, 2011 meeting.

 

PROPOSED COMMITTEE STRUCTURE AND MEMBERSHIP FOR 2011

 

BE IT RESOLVED, that the committee structure, rules of operation, and jurisdictions for Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C in calendar year 2011 shall be identical to those provided in calendar year 2010,

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Commissioner membership of the committees shall be as follows:

 

ABC and Public Safety Committee

Kamanda (Chair), Reynolds, Lanning

 

Planning, Zoning and Transportation Committee

Reynolds (Chair), Boettrich, Lanning

 

Public Services and the Environment Committee

Davis (Chair), Mossi, Moye

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the foregoing Resolved clauses are subject to revisions that the Commission may make from time to time during 2011.

Resolution to Support Continued Rental of Meeting Space at Mary’s Center

 

Whereas, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C (ANC1C) has held its meetings at Mary’s

Center (2355 Ontario Rd., NW) for more than six years; and

 

Whereas, the existing lease agreement between ANC1C and Mary’s Center is set to expire on

January 31, 2010; and

 

Whereas, ANC1C wishes to continue holding its monthly business meetings at Mary’s Center as well as other occasional special meetings.

 

Now Therefore Be It Resolved, that ANC1C authorizes the Chair and or Vice Chair to execute a lease agreement with Mary’s Center for the use of their meeting space for a term of two years beginning February 1, 2010;

 

And Be it Further Resolved, that ANC1C agrees to pay the monthly rental fee of $100 for the meeting space at Mary’s Center for the two year term.

 

ANC 1C MEETING SCHEDULE FOR 2011

 

BE IT RESOLVED, that Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C adopts the following meeting schedule for 2011, subject to future changes by the Commission or the call of special or emergency meetings as provided by the Commission bylaws:

 

Monthly Business Meetings

(1st Wednesday of each month – 7:00 pm)

January 5        July 6

February 2      August: No meeting

March 2           September 7

April 6             October 5

May 4              November 2

June 1              December 7

 

 

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PAYMENT TO ANC SECURITY FUND

 

BE IT RESOLVED, that Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C approves participation in the Advisory Neighborhood Commission Security Fund and authorizes the Treasurer to pay the $25.00 fee for the period January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer are authorized to execute the applicable ANC Security Fund agreement provided by the District of Columbia.

 

MPD & FEMS Reports

MPD Report

The Metropolitan Police Department was given by Officer Enis Jervic, a patrol officer in PSA 303 (Adams Morgan). Officer Jervic stated that crime was again down for the month of December by 8% making this a relatively safe holiday season.

Commissioner Reynolds inquired about both the Adams Morgan Day canine shooting incident and the traffic fatality that occurred at Florida and 18th St. NW.

Officer Jervic had no information on the Police investigation into the shooting incident and did not know the status of the alleged suspect in the traffic fatality. Commissioner Moye reported that Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, the organization that had been fostering the dog that was shot during Adams Morgan Day, released a statement on December 22 indicating that they had been notified by MPD that the internal affairs investigation of that incident had been concluded.  Internal Affairs had concluded that the officer had discharged his weapon inappropriately and that the matter was referred to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

 

 

FEMS Report

Captain Larry Chapman of Engine Company #21 reported for the Fire Department. Captain Chapman advised attendees that free fire inspection opportunities were available. These inspections will identify potential fire hazards, inspect smoke detectors and evaluate fire exits for both homes and apartments. However, in the case of apartments the Fire Department must be invited in to the dwelling. Common areas of apartment buildings can be inspected without invitation. Those seeking inspections may call (202) 673.3331. Smoke detectors can be obtained free of charge at http://femsdc.gov.

Captain Chapman also referenced a fire on 16th St. that resulted in a fatality but he stated the investigation was still ongoing.

Officer Reports

-Chairman Reynolds.

Commissioner Reynolds thanked the Commission for their help and cooperation in December as they prepared for the new cycle.

-Interim Secretary Davis moved to accept the minutes of the ANC 1C December 1st meeting. The motion was seconded and passed by voice vote.

-Interim Secretary Davis moved to accept the minutes of the special meeting of December 16. Questions were raised over those minutes and they were tabled until the next regularly scheduled ANC meeting.

-Treasurer Kathie Boettrich moved to approve the 1st Quarter Report (Oct-Dec 2010). Commissioner Kamanda sought clarification of the figures in the 1st Quarter report. A question was raised from the floor regarding a grant for beautification project at the area west of the intersection of 18th and Columbia Rd.

The motion was seconded and the report was approved by voice vote.

Commissioner Announcements

Commissioner Moye reported that DPW will be collecting Christmas trees and holiday greenery in January.  Please place holiday greenery for pick-up into tree boxes.

Commissioner Mossi reminded neighbors that DC Water (formerly WASA) would begin a water main replacement project in parts of Adams Morgan in January. More information is available at www.anc1c.org.

Commissioner Davis commented on his election and again asked that interested audience members take his card and placed their names on the sign-up sheet if they so desired.

Public Comments (up to two minutes)

Denis James, President of the Kalorama Citizens Association, raised the question of why the selection of committee chairs occurred outside of the regular public ANC meeting without community input.

Kristen Barden, Executive Director of the Adams Morgan Bid, responded to a suggested plan for taxi stands that was introduced by Commissioner Kamanda. Ms. Barden reiterated the fact that this idea has been tried several years earlier and met with little success.

Jill and Steve Tryrosky raised concerns over the amount of funds allocated to the cost of legal services to retain current voluntary agreements with restaurants and bars in the Adams Morgan corridor. They also asked for an explanation of the controls and the criteria used to select an attorney.

 ANC Response-Commissioner Reynolds explained that the resolution authorizing that $20,000 was the top end of what could be spent, not the amount we were paying an attorney and that no monies had been expended to date. But in order to be ready for potential legal activity on the part of the bar and restaurant owners the ANC needed to be prepared to move quickly.

The Trynosky  went on to question how the ANC sets its budget priorities and why there is not, in their opinion, enough community input.

DDot Update- Tom Tipkin, DDoT’s community liaison for the Adams Morgan Streetscape project reported on the fact that a project office was open to the public at 2314 18th Street, NW and would be posting its hours on the website: www.adamsmorganstreetscapeproject.com.

Committee Reports

a. ABC and Public Safety

Commissioner Kamanda announced the 1st ABC and Public Safety Committee would be Jan. 12th at 7:00 pm

b. Public Services and the Environment

    i. Discussion and Motion to seek postponement of BZA hearing on Mount Pleasant Library

Commissioner Kamanda asked for clarification on the question of the library project and our willingness to support a resolution sought by former Commissioner Otten.

Commissioner Davis explained the intention seeking a delay/continuance of the BZA hearing do to a lack of time to appropriately press the appeal that was filed by former Commissioner Otten

Commissioner Reynolds offered a Motion regarding BZA case #18152 involving the Mt Pleasant Public Library Renovations:

Motion Requesting BZA Review of Zoning Questions Regarding the Construction of the Mt. Pleasant Library.

Motion is made to request the Board of Zoning Adjustment for a review of the DCPL plans for the renovation of the Mt. Pleasant library at 3160 16th St., NW (Square 2595) relative to these two referenced zoning regulations, and further; to authorize the Chair of ANC 1C and Chair of the Public Services Committee of ANC 1C to communicate this request without prejudice to BZA Case # 18152.

Referenced Regulations:

1) DCMR 11-404 REAR YARDS

According to 11-404.1, there must be a minimum rear yard measuring not less than 15 feet from between the back of the actual building to the rear lot line.  DCPL’s proposed addition would all together eliminate the rear lot.  The addition extends out and widens from the back of the original building all the way to the rear lot line. (see attachment 1, 2, 3, 4)

Since the Mount Pleasant Library does not abut or adjoin any lot lines along a public open space, recreation area, or reservation, the rear yard requirements may not be reduced or omitted.

2) 11-406 COURTS

DCPL architects have created an open court along the north-west side of the library building.  At some points, the court is 15 feet wide and other points less than 8 feet wide.

According to 11-406.1, for all R-5-D structures in DC, any open courts must be at least 10 feet wide and as wide as 3 inches per foot of height of the court.  Parts of the court comply at 15 feet wide, but most of the court is less than 8 feet wide.
The motion was seconded by Commissioner Davis and approved by voice vote.

c. Planning, Zoning & Transportation

Commissioner Reynolds announced the next PZT meeting would be help Monday, January 10 at the Kalorama Recreation Center at 7:00 PM.

New Business

a. Motion to amend $20,000 allotment for ABC Attorney.

Commissioner Reynolds offered a Motion of Reconsideration of an ANC 1C action taken on December 1, 2010.  The Motion of Reconsideration was seconded by Commissioner Moye.

Original Motion:

In order to help ANC 1C handle the legal work involved in the aforementioned motions, Commissioner Moretti made a motion that ANC 1C allot up to twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) for  attorney’s fees to help deal with the ABC licensees applications to vacate their voluntary agreements.

Amended Motion:

Motion that ANC 1C allot up to twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) for  attorney’s fees to help deal with the ABC licensees applications to vacate their voluntary agreements and other ABC related issues.

The motion was discussed and passed by voice vote.

b. Motion by Commissioner Reynolds to join KCA motion to request dismissal for Heaven & Hell’s VA request:

Motion that ANC 1C Join With and Support the Kalorama Citizen’s Association Request Dismissal of Request by License No. ABRA-074503 to Terminate Voluntary Agreement in Case # 10-PRO-00178

Motion is made that Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C join efforts with the Kalorama Citizen’s Association to request the dismissal by:

Green Island Heaven and Hell, Inc.

License No. ABRA-074503

t/a Green Island Café/Heaven and Hell

2327 18th Street, NW  

Washington, DC  20009

In case # 10-PRO-00178 to terminate existing Voluntary Agreement, and to extend this support by joining with other parties granted status in this case requesting dismissal.

The motion received a second from Commissioner Mossi, was discussed and passed by voice vote.

 

Special Presentations

Commissioner Reynolds offered a series of Motions of Commendation to the outgoing Commissioners for the dedicated and often challenging work done by those Commissioners during their term(s) office.

 

RESOLUTION OF COMMENDATION AND THANKS TO BRYAN WEAVER

WHEREAS, Bryan Weaver was elected to office in November of 2002 and has served with distinction as a part of ANC 1C until 2010 in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C., and

WHEREAS, Bryan served Adams Morgan and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C as Chairperson of the ANC in 2007, 2008 and 2009; and

WHEREAS, Bryan served Adams Morgan and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C continuously as a member of the Committee on Alcohol Beverage Control and Public Safety from 2003 to 2010; and

WHEREAS, Bryan served Adams Morgan and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C as Chairperson of the ANC’s Committee on Alcohol Beverage Control and Public Safety in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006; and

WHEREAS, Bryan served Adams Morgan and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C as a member of the ANC’s Committee on Planning, Zoning and Transportation in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010; and

WHEREAS, Bryan served Adams Morgan and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C as a member of the ANC’s Committee on Public Services in 2007, and 2008; and

WHEREAS, Bryan served in these volunteer positions with distinction, integrity, and the best interests of the community in mind,

WHEREAS, Bryan’s hard work and service to the ANC and the community will be sorely missed,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, THAT Advisory Neighborhood

Commission 1C commends Bryan Weaver for his devotion and dedication to the Adams Morgan community, thanks him for his service to the ANC, and wishes him every success in his future endeavors.

Second by Commissioner Moye Approved by unanimous voice vote.

 

RESOLUTION OF COMMENDATION AND THANKS TO MINDY MORETTI

WHEREAS, Mindy Moretti was elected to office in November of 2002 and has served with distinction until 2010 in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C., and

WHEREAS, Mindy served Adams Morgan and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C as Vice Chairperson of the ANC in 2007, 2008 and 2009; and

WHEREAS, Mindy served in the capacity of Secretary for Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C for the years of 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, and

WHEREAS, Mindy served continuously as a member of the ANC’s Committee on Alcohol Beverage Control and Public Safety from 2003 to 2010, and

WHEREAS, Mindy served ANC 1C as Chairperson of the ANC’s Committee on Alcohol Beverage Control and Public Safety in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010; and

WHEREAS, Mindy served Adams Morgan and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C as a member of the ANC’s Committee on Public Services in 2007, and 2008; and

WHEREAS, Mindy served Adams Morgan and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C as the Delegate of the ANC to the Adams Morgan Business Improvement District (BID) in 2007; and

WHEREAS, Mindy served in these volunteer positions with distinction, integrity, and the best interests of the community in mind; and

WHEREAS, Mindy’s hard work and service to the ANC and the community will be sorely missed;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, THAT Advisory Neighborhood

Commission 1C commends Mindy Moretti for her devotion and dedication to the

Adams Morgan community, thanks her for her service to the ANC, and wishes her every success in her future endeavors.

Second by Commissioner Boettrich Approved by unanimous voice vote.

 

RESOLUTION OF COMMENDATION AND THANKS TO MICHAEL LOGSDON

WHEREAS, Michael Logsdon was elected to office in November of 2006 and has served with distinction until 2010 in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C., and

WHEREAS, Michael served in the capacity of Treasurer for Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C from July 2008 to December of 2009; and

WHEREAS, Michael continuously served as a member of the ANC’s Committee on Alcohol Beverage Control and Public Safety from 2007 to 2010, and

WHEREAS, Michael served in these volunteer positions with distinction, integrity,

and the best interests of the community in mind; and

WHEREAS, Michael’s hard work and service to the ANC and the community will be sorely missed,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, THAT Advisory Neighborhood

Commission 1C commends Michael Logsdon for his devotion and dedication to the Adams Morgan community, thanks him for his service to the ANC, and wishes him every success in his future endeavors.

Second by Commissioner Moye Approved by unanimous voice vote.

 

RESOLUTION OF COMMENDATION AND THANKS TO CHRIS OTTEN

WHEREAS, Chris Otten was elected to office in November of 2008 and has served with distinction until 2010 in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C., and

WHEREAS, Chris served Adams Morgan and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C as a member of the ANC’s Committee on Public Services in 2009, and 2010; and

WHEREAS, Chris served Adams Morgan and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C as the representative, both as Alternate and Delegate of the ANC to the Adams Morgan Business Improvement District (BID) in 2010; and

WHEREAS, Chris served in these volunteer positions with distinction, integrity,

and the best interests of the community in mind; and

WHEREAS, Chris’s hard work and service to the ANC and the community will be

sorely missed;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, THAT Advisory Neighborhood

Commission 1C commends Chris Otten for his devotion and dedication to the

Adams Morgan community, thanks him for his service to the ANC, and wishes him every success in his future endeavors.

Second by Commissioner Davis Approved by unanimous voice vote.

RESOLUTION OF COMMENDATION AND THANKS TO NANCY SHIA

WHEREAS, Nancy Shia was elected to office in November of 2006 and has served with distinction until 2010 in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C., and

WHEREAS, Nancy served in the capacity of Secretary for Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C for 2010; and

WHEREAS, Nancy continuously served as a member of the ANC’s Committee on Alcohol Beverage Control and Public Safety from 2007 to 2010, and

WHEREAS, Nancy continuously served as a member and Chairperson of the ANC’s Committee on Public Services from 2007 to 2010, and

WHEREAS, Nancy served Adams Morgan and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C as the representative, both as Alternate and Delegate of the ANC to the Adams Morgan Business Improvement District (BID) from 2008 to 2010; and

WHEREAS, Nancy served in these volunteer positions with distinction, integrity,

and the best interests of the community in mind; and

WHEREAS, Nancy’s hard work and service to the ANC and the community will be sorely missed,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, THAT Advisory Neighborhood

Commission 1C commends Nancy Shia for her devotion and dedication to the Adams Morgan community, thanks her for her services to the ANC, and wishes her every success in her future endeavors.

Second by Commissioner Moye Approved by unanimous voice vote.

 

Adjournment-  A motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Moye and Seconded by Commissioner Lanning and passed by voice vote. The meeting was adjourned at 10:23 pm

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ANC 1C03 Survey is Online [English Version-only]!

The Adams Morgan ANC 1C03 Community Survey is now online. The purpose of this survey is to assess neighborhood residents’ perception of the quality of life in Adams Morgan. The Advisory Neighborhood Commission will use this information to make more informed decisions which support the community’s needs, priorities, and goals. All responses are anonymous (they will not be attributed to any individual) and are due by March 2nd, 2011.

Please click on the link below to fill it out.

http://tinyurl.com/5rkf6r4

A Spanish language version is coming soon.


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February 2nd – ANC 1C Meeting

The next monthly meeting of ANC 1C will be held on February 2nd at Mary’s Center [2355 Ontario Road NW] at 7pm. The tentative meeting agenda is below:

DRAFT AGENDA

February 2, 2011 7 p.m.

I.      Introduction of Commissioners

II.     MPD & FEMS Report

III.    Officer’s Reports
A. Chairman’s Report
B. Secretary’s Report
1. Approval of January Minutes
2. Approval of December 16 Special Forum Minutes
C. Treasurer’s Report

IV.    Guest Speaker: DC Councilmember Michael Brown (At-Large)

V.     Commissioner Announcements

VI.    Public Comments (up to 2 minutes maximum per person)

VII.   Update on 18th Street Reconstruction – DDOT Community Liaison Tom Pipkin

VIII.  Update on Small Diameter Water Main Replacement – DC Water Construction Outreach Coordinator Emanuel Briggs

IX.    Committee Reports
A. ABC and Public Safety
B. Public Services and the Environment
C. Planning, Zoning and Transportation

X.    New Business

XI.   Adjournment

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Stroga Update

ANC 1C is working closely with those residents disturbed by Stroga’s late night parties. On January 12th, the Alcoholic Beverage Regulatory Administration (ABRA) held a preliminary  catered event site hearing with Stroga, the ANC and neighborhood protestants. At the hearing the board scheduled a protest hearing date of January 19th. But over the course of that week, all parties came together to request a continuance to give us more time to come to an agreement. We now have until February 9th and are working hard to come to resolution.  More to come….

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Construction Project on Mintwood Place

A number of neighbors have voiced concern over the construction of new condos on Mintwood Place. If you see any of the following, please take a photo of the disturbance and note the time/date:

  • use of extra parking spaces without permits,
  • exposed construction debris,
  • overflowing trash dumpster or misplaced trash, or
  • destruction of property

Email me at kamanda@gmail.com or olivier@kamanda.org.

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ANC Adams Morgan Hotel Forum on December 16th – Live Video

The proposed hotel to be constructed on the parcels covering the First Church of Christ Scientist and the Washington City Paper building has received much attention in the community.

To help provide information on this project the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C will host a special forum on this topic on Thursday, December 16th at 7:00PM at Mary’s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW (“the pink building”).

I hope you can attend the presentation on the project and ask questions.

In the meantime, feel free to call me at 202.361.5191 or email olivier@kamanda.org.

Update: Watch the live video stream of the forum here:

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Public safety and security

Perhaps the most pressing concern of Adams Morgan residents is public safety and security. I’ve talked to a number of neighbors who have been harassed, mugged, and physically assaulted in recent years.

In an earlier post, I noted that October is National Crime Prevention Month.
But I also wanted to highlight the steps that we can take here in the city to create a safer and more secure Adams Morgan.

The Metropolitan Police Department hosts Police Service Area meetings in each neighborhood. The ones I have attended have provided a great opportunity to interact to discuss neighborhood crime patterns with the officers and recommend solutions to address issues of security. Monthly, yearly, and year-to-date crime statistics are also presented. Adams Morgan is covered by PSA 303 in the Metropolitan Police Department’s Third District.

I encourage more people to attend these meetings. I will post notices about upcoming PSA meetings on this website and on twitter in the coming months.

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Opening Statement at 10/21 Candidates Forum hosted by the Kalorama Citizens Association

Thank you, Denis.

I’m running for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner because this is my home.

I grew up around the corner in Friendship Heights. My friends from elementary school live down the street. Years ago, I met my girlfriend at Chief Ike’s. And now we live above Napoleons.

So this is where I am invested. I want Adams Morgan to be a place where people feel safe walking home, where businesses come to open up shop, and where all of us can be proud of what our neighborhood has to offer the city.

To be frank, we aren’t there yet. Adams Morgan is known more for its aggressive crimes than its art and creativity. But I want to change that. And the best way to do so is to provide a plan for the ANC to help empower this community to turn its ideas into action.

The first step, is to conduct a community survey of all the residents in the neighborhood to determine the top priorities—noise, parking, traffic, affordable housing, commercial diversity, civic engagement—whatever they are. Once we have identified those, I want the ANC to be proactive in identifying specific goals in each of those areas. This survey serves three purposes:

1. First, at the end of the term, you have an easy way of measuring our progress at responding to your needs.

2. It allows us to gauge support for specific proposals—replacing empty storefronts with community artwork to make the neighborhood cleaner and more inviting to business; creating mentorship programs and workshops to support local businesses to thrive in this economic climate; encouraging the police to issue public nuisance tickets to address disorderly; and increasing neighborhood patrols of the sidestreets and alleys off 18th street.
3. Finally, it engages the community in articulating a vision for Adams Morgan—to make it a fun, vibrant, walkable, livable district—full of diversity and innovation and creativity.

What I’m providing isn’t just a platform, it’s a plan. Because is a platform is just about where you stand. A plan helps get you where you want to go.
I look forward to your questions tonight, and I thank you for the opportunity to share my ideas.

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Rat Control Redux

Hi Friends,

I just wanted to follow-up on my previous post about the rat problem. Adams Morgan has come a long way in addressing pest control, but there is still more that each of us can do.

Because rats rarely travel more than 100 feet for sustenance, we can end rat infestations by cutting off their access to food and water. Rats love mullberry and chokeberry plants, so we have to be vigilant about protecting areas where these plants thrive. But brown rats in the neighborhood have also developed a taste for apples, cat food, dog food and even lawn seed, so keep these inside or at least covered.

Mullberry Plant

Mullberry Plant

Search outdoor greenspaces for rat burrows and treat each one with any of the one-time or multiple-use anticoagulants on the market. If you pets be careful not to expose them to the poisoned burrows. For those comfortable using snap traps, peanut butter is a better bait than cheese because rats are grain feeders.

Each house should perform its own rodent audit. Check all around your house from the ground up to 3 feet up for any open crevices where rats could enter your house or find a place to nest. Pay particular attention to utility boxes where outside cables run through your home. Examine the exterior of your foundation and fill any openings with a concrete or sakrete compound mix. You can also use liquid styrofoam in a can which doubles as an insulator. The rubber seals at the corner of garage doors are other places to check for signs of a rodent problem.

Finally, we have to make sure that all commercial dumpsters are rat-proof. This is actually easier and less expensive than you may think. Nearly all commercial dumpsters have a drain plug for drainage and cleaning. Often when these dumpsters are cleaned out, they plugs aren’t replaced! And as a results rats and other pests get easy access to the garbage.

Commercial Dumpster Drain Plug

Commercial Dumpster Drain Plug

These are just a few ideas I’ve gathered in the course of my research and conversations on rat control policy. But before tackling the problem on your own, be sure to contact a certified rodent control specialist before taking. Also, check out the DC gov’s Health Regulation and Licensing Administration Rodent Control website which has a link for submitting complaints to DC investigators.

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Economic Development in Adams Morgan

As you walk through Adams Morgan, you can’t help but notice the growing number of vacant commercial lots. We have at least twelve empty storefronts on 18th street and another eight on Columbia Road. Some of these businesses have closed shop after operating for less than a year.

We can point to a whole host of reasons why local businesses are struggling: high rent, increased parking costs, decreasing parking availability, crime, and poor communication between key stakeholders.

But this also means that our plan for economic development must be equally multifaceted. There is no single proposal or magic bullet to solving this problem. What we need is a comprehensive strategy, and the ANC can play a powerful role in developing a plan that engages new ideas and new partners.

This strategy must build on our strengths and harness the creativity, artistry and innovation that is resident in Adams Morgan. We have over 400 business which operate in Adams Morgan—everything from law firms to record stores to the 30 entrepreneurs operating at the Affinity Lab. Our community is best served by first empowering the businesses that are here and then attracting other enterprises to the neighborhood.

The ANC should engage the residents and the businesses to identify the community’s economic development vision—one which makes Adams Morgan a livable, walkable, bikeable, vibrant neighborhood with true commercial diversity.

As part of my plan to conduct a community survey, I want to gauge support for proposals to:

  • replace empty storefronts with local artwork to showcase our neighborhood creativity,
  • create businesses to business mentorship programs,
  • create internship programs for high school students,
  • holding business development workshops to help companies thrive in this economic climate and in this digital media dependent market,
  • move entrepreneurs and retailers into the 2nd floor commercial spaces to increase commercial diversity during the day time, and
  • host a farmers’ market for restaurants and residents to buy from local sources.
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Kamanda for ANC Meet & Greet on 10/25: Perry’s in Adams Morgan

Dear friends,

Following up on a great meet & greet last night at Napoleon’s Bistro and Lounge, we’re going to hold another one on Monday, October 25th at 6:30pm at Perry’s in Adams Morgan (1811 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009).  Please come with questions and please come with friends.  We look forward to having you.

To RSVP, email info@kamanda.org or call 202.361.5191

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October is National Crime Prevention Month

Given that October is Crime Prevention Month, this is a great time to highlight some safety tips and announcements:

  1. Sign up for the DC Police Alert which can send you emails and text messages about emergencies and crimes as they happen:
  2. Check out the Crime Map to see what types of crimes are most prevalent in your area and the percent change in the number of crimes over time [Adams Morgan is covered under Police Service Area (PSA) 303]:
  3. You can help close a missing person’s case. The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing person identified as 24-year-old Unique Harris who was last seen on Saturday, October 9, 2010 in the 2400 block of Hartford Street, SE. Photo of Missing Person and More Information: http://mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/cwp/view,a,1243,q,543294.asp
    FLYER: http://mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/frames.asp?doc=/mpdc/lib/mpdc/serv/solvers/missing_persons/pdf/harris_unique.pdf&group=1533&open=
  4. District of Columbia- Citywide Neighborhood Watch Training.
    Save the Date: Saturday, Oct 23rd [FLYER] http://www.usaonwatch.org/assets/eventdocument/NCP_NeighborhoodWatch.pdf
    Source: National Sheriff’s Association ( usaonwatch.org )
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Meet Olivier Kamanda – Tuesday, September 28th

On Tuesday, September 28th, we will host a Kamanda for ANC meet and greet at the Alcazar Apartments (1841 Columbia Road NW) at 7:30pm. This will be an opportunity to get to know me, my background, and my platform.

To RSVP (optional), email info@kamanda.org or call 202.361.5191

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services in DC

A few days ago, a resident approached with me about the need for more support for deaf and hard of hearing in the community. Her teenage daughter is deaf, and I could sense the mother’s frustration about the lack of publicized services for the deaf in the community.

The DC area, is home to one of the largest concentrations of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States. And while we have Gallaudet University, the Alexander Graham Bell Assocation for the Deaf, and other powerful advocates in the city, there is always more we can do to make tese services more accessible.  We need more teachers of the deaf in our public schools and better publicized TTY programs for emergency and other public services.

I believe the ANC can help reflect this need to the Council, the Mayor and other decisionmakers in the city. My plan to survey the communty and collect its opinions and priorities into an agenda will further this goal. And I plan to accomplish it as your next Commssioner.

Here are some helpful links to deaf and hard of hearing services and support organizations in the DC area:

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Meeting with Exec. Director of the Adams Morgan Partnership BID (Business Improvement District)

Just came from a meeting with Kristen Barden, Executive Director of the Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District at Mixtec. She’s working to bring a diversity of businesses to Adams Morgan and to ensure that companies, restaurants and stores have a strong relationship with the community. And she holds regular meetings with stakeholders in the community to ensure that Adams Morgan is safe, clean, and more prosperous in the future.

You can check out the website for the Adams Morgan Partnership here:

http://www.adamsmorganonline.com/

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