Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6E
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6E convened at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th N.W., Washington, DC, on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 6:36 p.m. Chair Rachelle Nigro presided.
Alexander M. Padro, ANC 6E01
Kevin L. Chapple, ANC 6E02
Frank Wiggins, ANC 6E03
Rachelle P. Nigro, ANC 6E04
Marge Maceda, ANC 6E05
Vacant— ANC 6E06
Alfreda Judd, ANC 6E07
The meeting was called to order at 6:36 p.m. The roll was called and the presence of a quorum was noted.
Commissioner Nigro moved and Commissioner Chapple seconded that the Agenda be approved as submitted. The Motion passed unanimously, 5 – 0 – 0.
Sgt. Makal of Police Service Area 308, stated that there are no crime statistics due to not having accurate counts city wide. Derrick Gray is the new Lieutenant for PSA 308. A question and answer period followed.Commissioner Nigro asked about the difference between the loitering with drug bust and regular loitering since the drug bust suspects were arrested for loitering. Sgt. Straussman of PSA 103 said a temporary zone could be established or possibly, if the group was blocking passage, they could be arrested for loitering. Commissioner Wiggins noted teenagers using drugs near 625 Rhode Island Avenue. Commissioner Nigro noted the possibility of writing a Community Impact Statement for the recent drug bust.
Sgt. Straussman said the biggest problems in 1D are thefts from coffee shops and restaurants. He suggested to always be aware where one places personal belongings. There has been an increase of thefts from bicycles and vehicles in parking garages in residential/retail spaces. PSA 103 currently has the 4th highest number of robberies, but also the highest number of robbery arrests.
MOTION: Commissioner Wiggins moved and Commissioner Maceda seconded that ANC 6E support the extension of the angled parking on the 1200 block 6th Street, NW until 3:00pm on Sundays, but that strict enforcement take place after 3:00pm. The Motion passed unanimously, 5 – 0 – 0.
Duncan Slidell, Vice President of Bozzuto, gave the community an update on the project located at 460 New York Avenue, NW. The warehouse will be a 63 unit condo building, 11 stories tall. The curb cut on New York Avenue will be closed and the driveway entrance will be on L Street. In public space, the concrete and brick pavers will continue and more trees will be added. The building will not be LEED certified. Commissioner Padro and other members of the community expressed concern over additional L Street traffic with the current traffic from the City Vista residents and the Safeway.
MOTION: Commissioner Maceda moved and Commissioner Nigro seconded that ANC 6E support the Public Space Plan and that said support be communicated to the DC Department of Transportation. The Motion passed unanimously, 5 – 0 – 0.
Commissioner Padro discussed the need for ANC 6E to not support the proposed liquor license moratorium. A small corner of 6E01 is included in the proposed radius. Commissioner Padro stated the moratorium would limit development. Many residents want restaurants and restaurants provide jobs.MOTION: Commissioner Padro moved and Commissioner Nigro seconded that ANC 6E oppose the Historic 14th and U Streets Moratorium, that Commissioner Padro would represent ANC 6E in future proceedings, and that said support be communicated in writing to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. The Motion passed, 4 yeas – 0 nays – 1 abstention.
A representative of the I Street Cellar stated the store would be a fine wine and spirits store with gourmet food. They will do wine tastings on occasion.
MOTION: Commissioner Maceda moved and Commissioner Padro seconded that ANC 6E support I (Eye) Street Cellars ‘ABC license application and that this support be communicated to ABRA. The Motion passed, 4 yeas – 1 nay – 0 abstentions.
MOTION: Commissioner Chapple moved and Commissioner Padro seconded that ANC 6E support the street closure on the 1800 block of 6th St., NW, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on February 17, 2013 for the Shaw’s Tavern St. Patrick’s Day Festival and that this support be communicated to DDOT and the Mayor’s Special Events Task Force. The Motion passed unanimously, 5 – 0 – 0.
The vacancy in Commissioner Dixon’s seat (6E06) has been announced by the District Board of Elections and nominating petitions can be picked up.
Office Space Update: The Department of General Services verbally told Commissioner Nigro no for office space from the DC Government. Commissioner Maceda looked at space at 5th and K Streets.
There were concerns from Commissioner Maceda about the length of time for the grants approval and if it is necessary to show the auditor the grant application. Commissioner Padro and Commissioner Chapple would like to continue with the procedure of showing the auditor the grant applications. Commissioner Padro would like to get notice out to the community about grants.MOTION: Commissioner Nigro moved and Commissioner Wiggins seconded that the ANC 6E grant form be approved. The Motion passed unanimously, 5 – 0 – 0.
Commissioner Chapple stated that 6E does not have its allotment and will receive over $51,000. The budget will be prepared after the Commission receives its allotment.
MOTION: Commissioner Chapple motioned and Commissioner Padro seconded that the first quarter FY 2013 quarterly report for ANC 6E be approved by the Commission. The Motion passed unanimously, 5 – 0 – 0.
MOTION: Commissioner Nigro moved and Commissioner Padro seconded that the Minutes of the ANC 6E Public Meeting of January 2, 2013 be approved as submitted with corrections. The Motion passed unanimously, 5 – 0 – 0.
Two Bake Sales will be held in 6E04 at the DC Eagle.B. ANC Commissioner Chapple reported that he will have a social meeting for his constituents at Shaw’s Tavern on March 13, 2013.
C. Commissioner Padro advised that Walgreens’ Job Fair will be held on February 13th at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library and that the Chinese New Year’s Parade will be held on February 10th.
D. Commissioner Maceda is working with Mid City DC paper to have an ANC 6E page.
E. Eric Reilly of the Shaw Library would like residents to grade the library via grade.dc.gov.
MOTION: There being no further business to come before the Commission, Commissioner Nigro moved and Commissioner Padro seconded that the meeting be adjourned. The Motion passed unanimously, 5 – 0 – 0. The meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.