April 2020 Meeting Report

 

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, this meeting was held virtually on April 22nd using Zoom technology.  All Commissioners were in attendance: Ann Mladinov (3B01), Jackie Blumenthal (3B02), Melissa Lane (3B03), Mary Young (3B04) and Brian Turmail (3B05).

 

Police Report.  Captain Brian Bray said that crime is generally down in the city except for an increase in stolen autos.  In PSA 204, the number of stolen autos rose from 6 in 2019 to 15 in the first four months of this year.   Also, three mopeds were stolen in our area in the last 30 days.  Commissioner Turmail asked about a hit and run incident at Beecher and Observatory.   Captain Bray said that a suspect has been identified and an arrest warrant issued.

 

Resolution Regarding Wingo’s Request for a Stipulated Endorsement for Dragon’s Ascent.  Commissioner Blumenthal explained that Wingo’s applied for a Game of Skill Endorsement to its Liquor License and at its’ March 12th meeting, ANC 3B voted not to protest the application.  With the extended emergency closing, however, Wingo’s asked for support for a stipulated endorsement to its license, which would allow the restaurant to avoid a 45-day waiting period for approval after it reopens. The Commission voted unanimously to send a letter supporting the stipulated license endorsement.

Grant Request from DC Food Project for $2323.29 to support Emergency Food Bags program.  Kristin Weymouth and two of her colleagues presented a grant request to purchase bags and other non-food supplies to continue their initiative to distribute food and supplies to local students and families in need, which has become more urgent since the schools were closed due to the COVID-19 emergency.  Currently, DC Food Project delivers food to local families biweekly, working from its Glover Park base and its ongoing focus on students at Stoddert Elementary School. The Commission voted unanimously. to support the grant.

 

Updates.  Tony Donaldson introduced himself as the new Ward 3 representative from the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services (MOCRS), replacing Rich Harrington.  Tony urged anyone with an issue to discuss to contact him any time at tony.donaldson@dc.gov and said he is generally working in the Ward on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 

The next meeting of ANC3B is scheduled for Thursday, June 11th. The Commission will provide information about plans for the meeting, including ways to participate if the meeting is held remotely.  The meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, May 14 is canceled.