June-July 2020 Meeting Report

ANC 3B conducted two virtual public meetings over the summer on June 11 and July 9.  Attendance at the meetings ranged from 20 to 40 participants. Highlights from the meetings include:

 

  • Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton gave a talk on initiatives currently being considered by Congress including her efforts to get additional COVID-19 emergency funds for DC. She also spoke of the vote scheduled on DC statehood on June 26 and the DC TAG (Tuition Assistance Grants) program which allows each DC resident in an undergraduate college program to get a grant of up to $10,000 per year to cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition.
  • Leah Ann Brown gave a briefing on the Ward 3 Mutual Aid Network, an informal community-based network that has been distributing food and supplies to people in need during the pandemic, funded by local donations.
  • ANC 3B approved a letter urging the DC Council to restore the $20.5 million originally targeted for Stoddert Elementary School Expansion in FY 2021. The District’s FY2021 budget redirects this funding to build a new Foxhall Elementary School.
  • Presentations were made by applicants for a special zoning exception for a rear deck addition built in 2016 at 2211 38th Street, and by the adjoining neighbors who oppose the request. The Commissioners voted against supporting the zoning exception because it is opposed by immediate neighbors.
  • Homeowners of 2414 Observatory Place presented plans to add a rear deck to their house, which requires a Special Exception. They shared letters of support from 20 of their immediate and close-by neighbors. AN3 3B voted to support their request to the DC Board of Zoning Adjustment.
  • ANC 3B voted to approve a grant request from Friendship Place for $2,500 to purchase gift cards for Giant Food and rideshares for participants in the AimHire program which helps formerly homeless individuals in the area find and keep jobs
  • ANC 3B approved a letter to DDOT supporting installing a traffic signal at Wisconsin Avenue at Fulton Street. The intersection has no traffic control and has long been a dangerous location for both pedestrians and cars.
  • The Commission approved a letter to the Public Service Commission asking them not to support Pepco’s May 2019 application for rate increases, including a Multiyear Rate Plan (MRP) that would change the PSC’s approach to rate regulation by relying on Pepco forecasts of future costs. On June 1, Pepco submitted a new request to the PSC proposing a different MRP and a series of short-term benefits to ratepayers to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 emergency, but OPC, DC government and other parties strongly oppose the Pepco proposal because it doesn’t meet PSC standards and has not taken into effect the long-term changes in the population, economy, electricity use, and operating costs and investment needs as a result of the pandemic.