April 2016 Meeting Report

New Voting Machines
At ANC3B’s April meeting, Kevin Newsome of the Board of Elections demonstrated new machines that will be operating during both the June 14 primary and November 8 general elections. While paper ballots will still be available, the new machines should speed up voting time. They are touch screen “ballot markers” which print out a ballot you can double-check after which you feed the printout into another machine – the same one that takes the paper ballots – and all votes are then tabulated together. You are advised bringing an ID with you, not because one is required, but because it helps poll workers find your name easier. The last day to change your address is May 16 for the primary and October 10 for the general. This year, you will not be allowed to cast a provisional ballot from your new address. Early voting will be held May 31 to June 11 at One Judiciary Square from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. You can also vote early at the Chevy Chase Community Center from June 4-11 during the same hours. Go to www.dcboee.org to learn more.

ANC Omnibus Amendment Act
We tabled a proposed resolution regarding the ANC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2016, which was just introduced to strengthen the work of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, until we learn more about it. A grant request on the agenda was received too late to be considered at the meeting, so it will be taken up in May. ANC3B prefers to use the funds allocated to it by the District to make local grants that benefit our neighborhoods and welcomes requests from entities that serve Glover Park and Cathedral Heights. Click here to access grant guidelines.

Fillmore Art Center
John Claud, the president Fillmore Art Center PTA and a Stoddert dad, explained that although funding was restored to allow Stoddert students to benefit from the arts program at Fillmore for one more year, he fears that without a loud and sustained outcry from parents and communities, the funding will not be extended beyond the end of the 2017 school year. Fillmore offers art and music classes to students from Stoddert and four other elementary schools who do not have room for such activities. It has arts studios, theater space, a kiln, instruments, and is an exceptional program. Three Fillmore students were finalists in the art contest sponsored by the Cherry Blossom Festival and in a nationwide contest sponsored by Crayola, six out of 50 finalists had attended classes at Fillmore. John believes the ultimate goal is to shutter Fillmore entirely and urges concerned people not only to email the Mayor but to pay attention to the DCPS budget process and get involved.

Temporary Housing for Homeless Families
The latest news about the Mayor’s proposal to build temporary housing for homeless families on the vacant lot at the corner of Edmunds St. and Wisconsin Ave. is that the DC Council is unlikely to vote on the legislation on April 19 as originally planned because of continued concerns about excessive costs and site selections, particularly in Wards 1, 3, 5, and 6. By the time you read this, more will be known about the timing.

We also announced that Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh has submitted three alternative sites to the Mayor for assessment: 3320 Idaho Avenue, the site of the Second District Police Department which is District-owned land; 3101 Albemarle St., the former residence of the Polish ambassador, which could be renovated into temporary housing and is close to the Metro and a variety of bus lines; and 4100 River Road, the site of City Church, which can be renovated and, in addition to being properly zoned for multi-unit housing, is near Metro and buses. The Ward 3 site chosen by the Mayor will need several zoning variances, which could take a long time to resolve, is on only one bus line, not near Metro, and the cost per unit is one of the highest in the Mayor’s proposal. Click here for background information on the discussion of the proposed short-term housing in Ward 3 for homeless families.

Glover Park Liquor License Moratorium
ANC3B and the Glover Park Citizens’ Association presented our joint proposal to renew the Glover Park Liquor License Moratorium for 5 years, and continue to bar issuing new licenses for taverns, nightclubs and full-service liquor stores. The moratorium will no longer prevent issuing new restaurant licenses. At the hearing, lawyers for Rite Aid opposed including Class A liquor store licenses in our moratorium because Rite Aid seeks one to be able to sell beer, wine and spirits. A ruling on our request and Rite Aid’s opposition is likely to be made within the next few weeks.

Melissa Lane, Commissioner for West Glover Park
We announced that Melissa Lane, who has just stepped down as president of the Glover Park Citizens’ Association, will become the Commissioner for West Glover Park (ANC3B-03), filling the seat recently vacated by Abigail Zenner. Melissa previously served on the ANC and is a seasoned, committed activist with a wealth of knowledge on issues that matter to Glover Parkers. We are fortunate to have her on the Commission.

DC Water Town Hall
Commissioner Mladinov updated us on the DC Water Town Hall scheduled for April 21, which allows citizens to learn about DC Water policies, pricing, and plans for the future. It will be held on the UDC campus in the new student center building from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about the status of the sewer replacement project in Glover-Archbold Park.

We announced that at the ANC meeting on May 12, DC Water representatives will be presenting plans for green infrastructure projects in Glover Park as part of their Clean Rivers program. These projects will test alternative ways of reducing storm water runoff including the installation of impervious alley surfaces and collection drains installed in tree boxes and parking lanes. Specifics sites and tactics will be discussed at this meeting.

Jackson Arts Center Open House
Glover Park resident Sherry Kaskey invited everyone to the annual open house at the Jackson Arts Center at 3050 R Street, across from Montrose Park. The arts center is home to the studios of local artists, including Ms. Kaskey, working in a variety of mediums, 30 of whom will be on hand to showcase and sell their art from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 1.