October 2020 Meeting Report

ANC 3B conducted a virtual meeting on October 8th, 2020.   Highlights include:

 

  • Lt. Paul Johnson introduced himself as the new evening watch lieutenant for PSA 204.  He addressed the theft of tires on 5 cars in the 3900 and 4000 blocks of Tunlaw Road and said that patrols would be increased around apartment complexes in the area.
  • Chairman Turmail reported on ANC 3B Commissioners’ meeting with MPD to discuss lessons learned from the closure of Wisconsin Avenue in response to a small protest outside the CVS on September 16. The street closure had a significant impact on local businesses and traffic. The ANC is working with the Mayor’s office and MPD to identify ways to approach any similar incidents in the future to reduce adverse impacts on the community.  Tony Donaldson, Mayor’s community liaison for Ward 3, is working with Kate Dean, Executive Director, GPMS, to develop ways to more quickly and effectively share information.
  • At the ANC November meeting,ANC3B plans to discuss the effect of the District budget on police staffing level in Ward 3 and other areas.  Invited speakers include Commander Bedlion of 2D, Councilmembers Cheh and Allen, and a representative from the Mayor’s office.
  • WMATA has issued a call for comments on extending the current Metrobus schedules and services through June 30, 2021, in order to meet the reduced travel and severely reduced revenues it is facing this year Specifically, they call for no weekend bus service on the D2 as well as 30S and 30N cross-town lines and eliminating the D1 and 37.   ANC approved a letter to WMATA asking for restoration of those Sunday services and a commitment to restore our Metrobus lines to the levels agreed upon in April.
  • For the November general election in DC, drop boxes are available in many locations including Guy Mason Recreation Center, the Second District MPD, and Tenley library. Voters may use any dropbox.  Early voting starts on October 27th.   There are four early voting centers in Ward 3. T he closest to Glover Park and Cathedral Heights is Horace Mann Elementary School.
  • Written comments on Pepco’s proposed rate increases are due by December 18.  At a hearing in late September, about 80 people testified, of which about 50 opposed Pepco’s rate requests. The Office of People’s Counsel is urging the Public Service Commission to reject thePepco proposal and emphasizing it is mportant for the public to send written comments to the PSC.
  • Washington Gas also is asking for a rate increase and public comments are invited. For more information, contact Steve Marencic, OPC, at  info@opc-dc.gov  smarencic@dc.gov, or 314.455.6910. OPC will be sharing additional information on community listservs.
  • This year, there are new requirements for DPW Fall Leaf Collection. To be collected and composted, leaves must be placed in paper bags only and placed in tree boxes or curbside.  In mid-November, DPW will be distributing 20 free bags per household to residents in the area.  Leaf collection for Glover Park and Cathedral Heights is scheduled for 11/20-12/5 and 1/18-23.

Next Meeting:  Thursday, November 19, 2020