September 2017 Meeting Report

 

Police Report. Commissioner Blumenthal and ANC 3B commended Lt. Ralph Neal for his 38 years of MPD service.  Lt. Neal reported that crime was down substantially this month compared to the same month last year.  Total crimes dropped from 50 to 30.  Commissioner Turmail asked for increased patrols at Benton and 39th Streets as there has been an uptick in the number of people running the stop signs at that intersection since school started.

Presentation by DC Department of Forensic Science.  Dr. Jenifer Smith, DFS Director, gave an overview of her agency.  It was established in 2012 and is housed as part of the Consolidated Forensic Laboratory which also includes the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.  In addition to their forensic laboratory, one of two DC labs that is independent and not under the direction of DC law enforcement, DFS includes a public health lab which is responsible for analyzing such things as outbreaks of norovirus, mosquito testing for diseases such as West Nile, substance testing related to hazardous materials (e.g., anthrax) and outbreaks of food poisoning.  For more details, see dfs.dc.gov. 

Request for Special Exception and Zoning Variance to Allow Domino’s at 2330 Wisconsin Ave.  Susan Fulton and Zachary Williams representing Domino’s gave an overview of the plans for 2330 Wisconsin Ave. (formerly El Salvadoran counsulate). They are planning to lease roughly half of the vacant space for a “fast casual” version of Domino’s which includes eat in, take out and delivery services.  Because they are considered a fast food franchise, their tenancy requires a zoning variance.  Commissioners brought up several areas of concern including parking and pick up by delivery vehicles, trash management, and hours of operation.  ANC 3B has opened a 30 day public comment period in order to hear from constituents.  Please send comments to info@anc3b.org.   The variance request will be on the agenda for a vote at the October 12th meeting. 

Resolution Regarding the Installation of Public Benches in Glover Park.  Jarrett Ferrier, GPCA President, asked for a resolution of support to install benches in different areas in the neighborhood:  Calvert St. at the bank, 40th & W Sts., 42nd and Davis Pl., 39th & Calvert Sts., and 42nd and New Mexico.  Installation includes two 4’ benches angled toward each other.   DDOT Public Space has approved the plan.  Commissioner Blumenthal made a motion to support the project.  It was seconded and passed unanimously.

Grant Request from Iona Senior Services.  Diane Greenspun made a grant request for $366.23 to cover costs for dry erase boards for their expanded Day Center which will open next month.  A motion was made to fund the request, which was seconded and passed unanimously.

Grant Request from Community Foodworks for the Glover Park-Burleith Farmers Market.  Nick Stavely from Community Foodworks made a grant request for $2,465 to cover administrative materials for the Glover Park-Burleith Farmers Market.  The materials include 3 additional tents, a sandwich board to advertise the market from the street, postcards and other advertising material.  A motion was made to fund the request, which was seconded and passed unanimously.

Updates 

  • Circulator Service. DDOT has revised its plan.  Because of significant public comment in support of continuing the Wisconsin Ave segment of the Georgetown line, DDOT agreed to continue the service up to 35th Street for now.
  • LED Street Lighting. New plans from the DC Office of Public-Private Partnerships calls for slightly less intense lighting—3,000 Kelvins (K) for streets and 2,700 K for alleys.  OP3 will be testing this new lighting system in Columbia Heights.
  • Airplane Noise. Freitag Consulting has completed their study measuring the noise levels from increased air traffic into and out of DCA. The results will be issued on September 15th and there will be a public meeting at Hardy Middle School on September 19th.
  • DC Water Meter Replacement. Small bore meter replacement (e.g., single family homes) has been completed in about half of Glover Park residences.  Work will start in Cathedral Heights soon.

Open Forum

  • Matt Wexler of Foxhall Partners (owner of the Kimpton Glover Park) spoke of their renewed effort to open the rooftop for service. They have held a number of open houses to showcase the roof space and get public comment.  More are planned for September 19t and 26t at 7:30 pm.

The next meeting of ANC3B will be Thursday, October 12th. The agenda will be posted at anc3b.org at least a week before and will be circulated via list servs.