April 2017 Meeting Report

 

Police Report. MPD did not send a representative so there was no police report.

Whole Foods Presentation. Todd Schrecengost and Dan Shoemaker from Whole Foods talked about the sudden closing of their store in Glover Park to remodel.  They said that they realized that many people were caught by surprise but because of the on-going rat problem, it was an opportune time to close and totally renovate the store.  They stressed that the DC Department of Health had cleared them to re-open but since they had been talking about remodeling the 20-year-old store for a long time anyway, it seemed like a good opportunity to close and do so.  Mr. Schrecengost said that plans were still not final so he could not share either plans or a timeline with the community yet.  He did request ideas from the community on what they would like to see in the store, e.g., coffee bar, beer/wine bar, juice bar, other “bells and whistles.”  Hearing much push back from the commissioners and the meeting attendees on at least giving a general timeline, he did say that he would come to a future meeting when the plans were done and present them.  He, however, steadfastly refused to give any kind of timeline for completion.  When asked about the fate of the employees at the Glover Park store, he said that had all been placed in other stores while the renovation is underway and would return upon its completion.   Meeting attendees made several suggestions for improvements and additions.  Commissioner Blumenthal suggested that Mr. Schrecengost put out a call for suggestions on the Glover Park listserv.  Mr. Schrecengost was reluctant to put out such a call so Commissioner Blumenthal offered to put one out on Whole Foods behalf and forward him the responses.

Approval of Letter Supporting Friends of Guy Mason (FOGM) Springfest. Friends of Guy Mason is sponsoring a community event at the Guy Mason playground on April 15th and requested a letter of support from ANC 3B to the DC Department of Parks and Recreation.  Commissioner Blumenthal presented a motion to send a letter of support.  It was duly seconded and passed unanimously.

Approval of Letter Endorsing Permit for Glover Park DayThe Glover Park Citizens’ Association is sponsoring its annual community event, Glover Park Day, on June 3rd and requested a letter of support from ANC 3B to the DC Department of Parks and Recreation.  Commissioner Blumenthal presented a motion to send a letter of support.  It was duly seconded and passed unanimously.

Approval of Letter to Council Supporting Including Funds for Clean Teams in District FY 2018 Budget.   Commissioner Blumenthal presented a motion to send a letter to the DC Council Committee on Business and Economic Development asking them to include funds to continue to support a Clean Team in Glover Park next fiscal year.   Changing Perceptions, the organization that won the clean team grant for Glover Park, is making a significant and positive difference in Glover Park since they started their work cleaning up and maintaining the cleanliness of the commercial strip and part of 37th street last January.   The motion was duly seconded and passed unanimously.

Updates 

  • Advice on DC Water Billing Questions. Responding to numerous inquiries that have been on multiple community listservs about residential bills from D.C. Water, Commissioner Mladinov offered to collect billing questions and forward them on to D.C. Water.  Questions should be sent to info@anc3b.org.
  • DOEE Contract for Assessment of Airplane Noise. About two years ago and without public notice, the FAA changed the flight patterns around DCA so that more flights are going over western D.C. neighborhoods causing a precipitous increase in aircraft noise.  Commissioner Mladinov reported that the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment has awarded a contract to Freitag Consulting to measure the noise levels from this increased air traffic into and out of DCA. Separately, a lawsuit was brought by a number of community groups against the FAA is moving its way through the court system.

The next meeting of ANC3B will be Thursday, May 11th. The agenda will be posted at anc3b.org at least a week before and will be circulated via list servs.