September 2015 Meeting Report

By Chairman Jackie Blumenthal

ANC3B’s meeting on September 10 was packed with information and exceptionally productive. We were pleased that so many neighbors turned out to participate in the meeting. The full minutes of the meeting will be posted after they are approved in October, but here are a few highlights:

Cleaning our rivers with green infrastructure. DC Water officials explained how the long-term project to prevent sewage overflow into the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers and Rock Creek has been improved by adding a green infrastructure component. Absorbing excess storm water before it flows into city drains will help ensure that the upgraded storm drain system can handle high volumes of water without sewage overflow, even with climate change effects. DC Water will be canvassing the Glover Park area this fall to identify more sites like the ones at the intersection of 37th and Tunlaw Streets where storm water is being diverted to water greenery. We will get a chance to comment on site locations once they are identified.

No new developments are expected on the project to remove or repair the sewer lines inside Glover-Archbold Park until later this fall, at which time DC Water will return to discuss them.

DDOT agrees to several requests from the ANC. The new leadership at DDOT is making a difference and we couldn’t be happier. The ANC sent DDOT a list of issues that had been pending for several years and at our meeting Deputy Director Greer Gillis responded to all of them positively. First, DDOT is already assessing the dangerous intersection at Calvert and Wisconsin with an eye toward adding “leading pedestrian intervals” (letting people walk before cars go) and increasing the time for pedestrians to cross. DDOT will also work on an effective plan to allow left turns from outbound Massachusetts onto Observatory Circle during rush hours. Parking will be restored on the east/northbound side of Wisconsin Avenue during morning rush hours where possible; it should have been restored when the lanes were returned to their original configuration. DDOT is also assessing the intersection at Garfield and Wisconsin, as well as the request to increase visibility at Fulton and Wisconsin by removing newly added parking.

Director Gillis suggested that residents with concerns about dangerous intersections or roadway patterns go to www.visionzerodc.dc.gov where there is an interactive map for posting problem areas.

Glover Park and Cathedral Heights oppose bus cuts. The ANC passed a resolution opposing WMATA’s proposal to eliminate the N3 line, the last D1 bus of the day, and D1 service between Franklin Square and Federal Triangle. Our area is underserved by public transportation and cannot sustain any further cuts in service.

Supporting our neighbors against airplane noise. The ANC voted to support a legal action brought by citizens’ groups representing neighborhoods from Palisades to Foggy Bottom, which seeks to reopen discussion about new flight paths over residential neighborhoods.

ANC3B will meet on Thursday, October 8 at 7 p.m. at Stoddert Elementary School. If you would like to place an item on the agenda, please email info@anc3b.org.