May-July 2017 Meeting Reports

 

May 2017.  The main agenda items for this meeting were presentations by Celeste Duffie from the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) and Andrew Wiley from the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA).   Ms. Duffie outlined basic services provided by DPW including leaf collection, holiday tree collection, snow and ice removal, street sweeping, and mowing and grounds maintenance of public space during the summer.  She also described the Helping Hands program which is designed to support neighborhood clean-ups.  For a small fee, DPW will provide cleaning supplies to a neighborhood group and pick up the trash collected after the clean-up.  Mr. Wiley of DCRA described resources available to streamline the process and ease the burden on homeowners applying for permits for home improvements in a one- or two-unit building that the owner uses as a primary residence.  Homeowners are urged to contact the DCRA Homeowners’ Center for help navigating the process (dcra.dc.gov/service/homeowners-center).

Other business included a resolution supporting the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) proposed change in traffic control at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Observatory Circle. ANC3B previously had adopted a resolution requesting DDOT lift the No Left Turn restriction during rush hour at Observatory Circle for northbound traffic on Massachusetts Avenue. The new resolution approved the plan to install a traffic signal when the no left turn restriction is ended.

June 2017.  The main agenda item was a presentation by representatives from DC Water on the status of Green Infrastructure improvements in the Glover Park and the Downspout Disconnection and Rain Barrel Programs available to residents.  To reduce run-off, DC Water hopes to install GI improvements that include rain gardens (“bioretention areas”), curb extensions and permeable parking lanes and alleys in several parts of Glover Park by summer 2018.  DC Water is also offering a voluntary program that allows residents to disconnect the downspouts that currently carry storm water from their homes into the storm drains and instead install free rain barrels to collect the water and make it available to water plants or use for other purposes.

Another major order of business was a resolution regarding the DC Circulator serving Glover Park.  A resolution was passed to oppose the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) proposal to change the route of the Georgetown-Union Station Circulator and eliminate service on Wisconsin Avenue between M Street and 35th Street.

July 2017.  The two major agenda items were a discussion with DDOT regarding possible changes to the DC Circulator route serving Glover Park and a presentation by DC Water on the Water Meter Replacement Program.  Circe Torruellas, project manager for the DC Circulator bus system, explained the process that DDOT is currently undergoing to evaluate the Circulator System.  Changes are proposed on four of six routes including the route (Georgetown-Union Station) that serves Glover Park.  These proposed changes were based on ridership data and availability of DDOT resources and funding.  The proposal for the Georgetown route is to eliminate the segment that runs on Wisconsin Avenue between M Street and 35th Street thus effectively eliminating available service altogether for Glover Park.   Ms. Torruellas stressed that DDOT is very early in the evaluation process.  So far, there has been one public comment period.  Many of the comments received regarding the proposed changes to the Georgetown route were against shortening the route.   DDOT will make changes to their proposals based on the public comments received and open up the process for a second round of public comment in August and September.

Representatives from DC Water presented information on the Water Meter Replacement Program.  So far, DC Water has replaced about 25 thousand of the 85 thousand old meters.  They hope to replace the remaining roughly 60 thousand by summer 2018.   The new meters will allow for more effective electronic transmission thus eliminating the need to send out estimated bills and manually read meters.  Most meters are on public space.  For those that are not, DC Water representatives will contact homeowners to arrange for replacement.   Replacement takes about 15 minutes and does require that water be turned off during installation.

Another order of business was a resolution regarding stop signs on Cathedral Avenue.   Speeding on Cathedral Avenue has been a long-standing and chronic problem.  On a daily basis, residents face dangerous conditions trying to cross the street or pull out of their driveways because of speeding cars.  To try to calm traffic, residents are requesting new stop signs be installed.   ANC 3B passed a resolution supporting the residents’ concerns and asking DDOT to install new stop signs in two locations on Cathedral Avenue.