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NEWS: ANC2B Seeks Applications for Combined Executive Director and Webmaster Position

For several years, ANC 2B has employed a part time Executive Director and a contract Web/IT consultant. This month, the ANC voted to combine those positions and to seek applications from the public to fill the new requirements. The ED is a part-time, salaried employee of the Commission, who serves as the logistical champion of the Commission, ensuring that all necessary tasks for the efficient operation of the Commission are complete.

The new position description, along with a list of preferred qualifications, and anticipated level of effort can be viewed HERE.

We anticipate the position will require 25-30 hours of work per month, with a monthly gross salary of approximately $650, though that is negotiable. We would like to fill the position in the next month. The start date could be as soon as mid-October.

To apply: please review the position description carefully. If you are committed to bettering Dupont Circle and the District, please submit a cover letter describing how your experience makes you a strong candidate for the position and a resume to Commissioners@dupontcircleanc.net by September 27, 2015. You may contact ANC Chairman Noah Smith at noah.smith@anc.dc.gov if you have recommendations or questions. We anticipate phone or in-person interviews to take place the the last week of September.

Please also pass this announcement along to other lists and groups who may know of interested and qualified candidates.

NEWS: April “Votes of the ANC” Blog posted

This new blog, “Votes of the ANC” will be posted on the day after our monthly meeting to explain the votes that took place the night before. The language in resolutions will still be up to final review and some changes may be made.  Last night at our regular ANC meeting the following votes occurred:

 

Meeting Minutes

Approval of March 2015 Meeting Minutes
Commissioner Smith moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Upright. Passed 7-0.

 

General Agenda Items

Request by Rob Corbett of Capital Pride for ANC letters of support for Capital Pride (2B05 for Stead events, and ANC2B for the Pride Parade) (10 mins)
Commissioner Smith moved to support all of these events, seconded by Commissioner Silverstein. Passed 8-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas, Capital Pride and the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) have requested the support of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B for DPR permits to hold three special events at Stead Park – namely Capital Pride Spring Movie Night, April 27, 2015, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm; Capital Pride Day in the Park and Summer Sunday, June 7, 2:30pm – 10:30pm,; and Capital Pride Fall Movie Night Monday, Sept 28, 6:30pm – 9:30pm,

Whereas these three events are part of the larger program of Capital Pride including the June 13, 2014, 40th Annual Capital Pride Parade which ANC2B enthusiastically supports,

Whereas, the sponsors are experienced in managing these events which have been held for several years,

Therefore, ANC2B supports DPR permitting of Stead Park for Capital Pride events on April 27, June 7, and September 28, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Request by Martin Espinosa for support for two Stead Park permits (April 25 and June 7, 2015, for Stonewall Kickball
Commissioner Smith moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Feldstein. Passed 8-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas, Stonewall Kickball the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) have requested the support of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B for a DPR permit to hold two special events at Stead Park – namely an All Star and Community Award Game on Saturday, April 25, 2015 and the the Charity Capital Pride Kickball Game on June 7,2015.

Whereas, these events have been held for several years and are part of the ongoing Stonewall Kickball program which bring recreation to its participants, business to the 17th Street business community, and charitable contributions to the wider DC community,

Whereas the sponsors are experienced in managing this event and have plans for preventing and/or controlling potential problems of concern to the neighboring community, e.g., noise,

Therefore, ANC2B supports the permitting of Stead Park for the use of Stonewall Kickball on April 25, 2015 and June 7, 2015.

 

 

Request by Washington DC Jewish Community Center for Stead Park permit (May 17, 2015) for Washington Jewish Music Festival
Commissioner Upright moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Warwick. Passed 8-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Whereas, the Washington DC Jewish Community Center and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) have requested the support of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B for a DPR permit to hold a program of the Washington Jewish Music Festival in Stead Park on Sunday May 17, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,

Whereas, the Washington Jewish Music Festival and the DC Jewish Community Center are continuing users of Stead Park that provide important and popular cultural additions to our community,

Whereas the sponsors are experienced in managing this event and have presented plans that assure control of potential problems of concern to the neighboring community, for example noise levels,

Therefore, ANC2B supports the permitting of Stead Park to the Washington Jewish Music Festival.

 

 

Request by Kenya Hutton of Black Pride for ANC letter of support for annual Black Pride Festival, Sunday May 24, at the playing field at School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens Educational Campus. (2B06) (5 mins)
Commissioner Smith moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Upright. Passed 8-0.

 

Alcoholic Beverage Control Agenda

*Note: Commissioner Silverstein chooses to recuse himself from ABRA related matters because he sits on the city ABC board.

Renewal for 2012 P St NW – One West Dupont Circle Wine & Liquors – Class A Retail, Liquor Store (#074429) (2B02) – No Action

Renewal for 2159 P St NW – State Liquors – Class A Retail, Liquor Store (#088025) (2B02)- No Action

Renewal for 1529 Connecticut Ave NW – Connecticut Ave Wine and Liquors – Class A Retail (#076507) – Liquor Store (2B03)- No Action

Renewal for 1618 17th St – Cairo Liquor Store – Class A Retail – Liquor Store (#000343) (2B03)- No Action

Renewal for 1711 17th St NW – Rosebud Liquors – Class A Retail, Liquor Store (#060751) (2B04)- No Action

Renewal for 1050 17th St NW – Imperial Liquors – Class A Retail, Liquor Store (#074960) (2B05)- No Action

Renewal for 1912 L St NW – Barmy Wine and Liquor – Class A Retail, Liquor Store (#023822) (2B06)- No Action

Renewal for 1776 U St – Virginia Market – Class A Retail – Liquor Store (#093281) (2B08)- No Action

Renewal for 1700 U St – Benmoll Liquors – Class A Retail – Liquor Store (#072334) (2B08)- No Action

 

DDOT Public Space Committee Applications

 

Public Space Permit application for New Sidewalk Cafe Un-Enclosed at 1727 Connecticut Ave NW – Bistro Bistro (2B01) (10 mins)
Commissioner Feldstein moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Warwick. Passed 8-0.

Public Space Permit application 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW – Kramer Books – Public Permit Application #10171586. Request for Change in Cafe Hours
Commissioner Maltz moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Upright. Passed 8-0.

Public Space Permit application #10179138 at 1919 M Street NW – District Taco. Request for new sidewalk cafe unenclosed for a total of eight tables under the overhang, on both the 20th Street and M Street sides of this corner building. Total of 24 seats requested. Chris Medhurst will present.
Commissioner Silverstein moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Upright. Passed 8-0.

Public Space Permit application #10179760 at 1828 L Street NW – Veloce. Request for new sidewalk cafe unenclosed for 4 tables and 16 seats, with fence and plants. Requested hours: 7am to 2am. Eric Gronning will present.
Commissioner Silverstein moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Underhill. Passed 8-0.

Public Space Permit application #10178268 at 1717 Pennsylvania AV NW – Jimmy John’s. Request for sidewalk cafe unenclosed with 10 tables, 20 seats. Hours 6am – 11pm. Chris Glinski will present.
Commissioner Silverstein moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Underhill. Passed 8-0.

Public Space Permit application #10177644 at 1901 L Street NW – Melt Shop. Request for sidewalk cafe unenclosed with 13 tables and 31 seats. Andrew Kline or a representative will present.
Commissioner Silverstein moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Upright. Passed 8-0.

 

Historic Preservation & Zoning Applications

Historic preservation application #15-247 for 1758 Church St NW. Third story rear addition.
Commissioner Underhill moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Upright. Passed 7-1. The resolution reads as follows:

Historic preservation application #15-301 for 1719 T ST NW. Three story new construction (currently a vacant lot).
Commissioner Silverstein moved to support, seconded by Commissioner Upright. Passed 8-0. The resolution reads as follows:

 

Adjournment (9:55 pm)

NEWS: March “Resolution Letters by Month” are posted

The following letters that were transmitted to D.C. government agencies as the result of ANC actions at the Commission’s February meeting have been uploaded and posted for public viewing:.

March 2015

The Wydown (Public Space)

Retirement of Commander Michael Reese (General)

1909 K St NW (ABRA)

1827 M St NW (ABRA)

1776 I St NW – Best Sandwich (Public Space)

1717 Connecticut Ave NW (ABRA)

1534 Swann St NW (BZA)

HPA 14-530 1772 Church Street, NW 

NEWS: ANC 2B June “Resolution Letters by Month” Posted

The following letters that were transmitted to D.C. government agencies as the result of ANC actions at the Commission’s June meeting have been uploaded and posted for public viewing:.

June 2014

17 Street Festival (General)

1820-1822 Jefferson Place (BZA)

2123 Twining Court NW (BZA)

Bottom Line (ABRA)

Custom Fuel Pizza (ABRA)

Floriana’s (Public Space)

Francis Recreational Area (General)

Hampton Inn (ABRA)

Penthouse Pool & Lounge Vida Fitness (ABRA)

Street-side banners (General)

Yamas Mediterranean Grill (ABRA)

 

These letters can also be viewed on the “Resolution Letters by Month” page of the ANC website, along with other letters sent on behalf of the Commission in previous months.

BLOG: Proposed Revisions to ANC2B’s Bylaws

As discussed at ANC2B’s March 2014 meeting, I intend to propose the below revisions to ANC2B’s Bylaws at our April 2014 regular meeting – April 9. All deletions are indicated by strikethrough and all proposed additions are bold and italicized.

Please email your thoughts on the proposed revisions to us or leave them in the comments section.

-Kevin O’Connor

Commissioner, ANC2Bo2

Bylaws of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B

ARTICLE I — NAME:

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B shall be known as the Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B, or ANC 2B. The Commission is established pursuant to the D.C. Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act its successors, and the Comprehensive Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Reform Amendment Act.

ARTICLE II — PURPOSE:

Section 1 — The Commission may advise the Council, Mayor, and Executive Branch agencies, and independent agencies, boards, and commissions of the government of the District of Columbia with respect to all matters of District governmental policy or service delivery. Such matters include, but are not limited to, decisions regarding urban planning, transportation, public works, streetscape improvement, neighborhood services, business revitalization, parks and recreation, social services, education, health, public safety, taxation, and cleanliness and sanitation which affect the Commission area. More specifically, the Commission shall consider administrative applications and proposed policy changes regarding, but not limited to, zoning, public space, parking and transportation, historic preservation, property use and occupancy, alcoholic beverage control, public safety, and comprehensive planning. The views of the Commission shall be granted “great weight,” as defined by D.C. law, when adopted by a majority of the Commission in a public meeting.

Section 2 — The Commission may present its views to public and private entities including, but not limited to, District, regional, or federal government agencies.

Section 3 — The Commission may initiate its own proposals for neighborhood, District, regional, or federal government action.

Section 4 — The Commission shall receive, investigate, and consider constituent concerns and complaints. When appropriate, the Commission shall attempt to resolve the concern or complaint. The Commission may transmit such issues to the appropriate public or private entity for resolution.

Section 5 — Each year, the Commission shall file an annual report with the Council and the Mayor for the preceding fiscal year. Such report shall provide a summary of the Commission’s activities for the prior fiscal year and provide pertinent recommendations for the improvement of services, policy, or programs.

Section 6 — The Commission shall when appropriate, constitute the citizen advisory mechanism required by law or regulation.

Section 7 — The Commission shall carry out any other function as shall be provided by law or regulation.

ARTICLE III — MEMBERS:

Section 1 — The Commission shall be comprised of the Commissioners duly elected and certified by the Board of Elections and Ethics to Single Member Districts within the Commission’s boundaries. The boundaries of the Commission and Single Member Districts shall be developed after the decennial census in a process determined by the Council.

Section 2 — Commissioners shall normally serve for a term of two years beginning noon on the second day of January following the election. In the case of a vacancy, such vacancy will be filled for the balance of the term of office in accordance with law and the regulations of the Board of Elections and Ethics.

Section 3 — Each Commissioner shall have one vote in Commission matters. If a Commissioner may not be in attendance for a particular vote related to a specific matter, the Commissioner may assign her/his vote in the matter to another Commissioner. In such cases, the Commissioner shall assign the proxy by signed letter to the Secretary indicating the specific matter and required vote.

Section 4 — Commissioners shall take due diligence to avoid actual or perceived conflicts of interest on matters before the Commission. A Commissioner shall notify the Commission of any instance where she/he has a financial or personal interest in an action before the Commission. A Commissioner shall not participate in the deliberations of or vote on any motions related to a matter where she/he has a direct financial interest. If a Commissioner is involved in civic, business, political, or neighborhood organizations with business before the Commission, she/he shall notify the Commission of this and of her/his role in the matter. When appropriate, a Commissioner may be excused from participating in a matter to avoid an actual or perceived conflict of interest.

ARTICLE IV — OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES:

Section 1 — In January of each year, the Commission shall elect from among its members a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, and such other officers as may be determined by the Commission. Additional elections may be held at any regular meeting upon approval of a motion supported by a majority of Commissioners.

Section 2 — A quorum for the election of officers shall be a majority of the Commissioners.

Section 3 – In the event of a tie vote, the election of a Commission officer will be decided by a coin-flip.

Section 4  3 — The Chairperson shall serve as convener of the Commission and shall chair the meetings. During meetings, the Chairperson shall rule on motions and procedural issues; such rulings may be reconsidered consistent with the parliamentary authority. The Chairperson shall supervise employees and manage the business operations of the Commission.

Section 5  4 — The Vice Chairperson shall fulfill the obligations of the Chairperson in her/his absence. The Vice Chairperson shall provide such assistance to the Chairperson as is requested and shall perform such duties as may be delegated by the Chairperson.

Section 6 5 — The Secretary shall be responsible for the preparation of minutes of public meetings and for maintaining the official records of the Commission. Employees may be assigned by the Commission to assist with these tasks.

Section 7 6 — The Treasurer shall be responsible for the fiscal management of the Commission and for maintaining the financial records of the Commission. Financial management shall be conducted in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and Commission’s guidelines.

Section 8 7 — In the case of a vacancy in any office, the Commission shall elect a new officer at its next public meeting.

Section 9 8 — The Commission may create standing and ad hoc committees, the members of which may include Commissioners, residents, and other members. The Chairperson of each committee shall be a duly elected Commissioner.

Section 10  — At the December meeting of the Commission, the Commission shall select a temporary “Election Chairperson” to manage the election of officers at the January meeting, as described in Section 1 of this Article.  The “Election Chairperson” shall be selected from among the Commissioners or Commissioners-elect who will be in office at the January meeting.

ARTICLE V — MEETINGS:

Section 1 — Residents from within the Commission’s boundaries and invited guests may present testimony during the Commission’s deliberations on matters. The view of residents shall be considered during the Commission’s deliberations.

Section 2 — No official actions may be taken by the Commission unless a quorum is present. A quorum is a simple majority of the Commissioners.

Section 3 — Official actions, except for the amendment of these Bylaws, shall be approved by a simple majority of those Commissioners present and voting. In the case of a tie vote, in accordance with  Robert’s Rules of Order. the Chairperson’s vote shall be the deciding vote.

Section 4 — The Commission shall meet no less than nine times annually and shall normally meet the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at a place to be determined and publicly posted.

Section 5 — The Commission may periodically host “town hall” or community meetings to address particular issues or concerns.

Section 6 — Special public meetings of the Commission may be called by the Chairperson to address issues that must be considered between regularly scheduled public meetings. Special public meetings may also be called at the written request of two Commissioners. The purpose of the special public meeting shall be stated in the request. Commissioners shall receive at least two days notice for duly called special public meetings. Reasonable public notice shall also be provided for special public meetings.

ARTICLE VI — FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT:

Section 1 — The Commission shall develop and adhere to financial management guidelines consistent with applicable laws and regulations.

Section 2 — The Commission shall consider and adopt a budget outlining revenues and expenditures planned for each fiscal year. The budget may include unbudgeted reserves. The budget shall be approved in final by a simple majority vote at a public meeting within a month from the date that the Commission is informed of its annual appropriation. The Commission may amend the budget by simple majority vote at any time during the fiscal year.

Section 3 — The Treasurer shall prepare financial reports outlining expenses and revenues for approval by the Commission in a public meeting on a quarterly basis. The report shall be prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Auditor of the District of Columbia.

Section 4 — The signature of two officers shall be required on all drafts, money orders, and expenditures of the Commission. An officer may not sign a draft, money order, or expenditure intended for the reimbursement of expenses which she/he incurred.

Section 5 — The Treasurer shall serve as the Commission’s contact with the Auditor of the District of Columbia or other District officials on financial matters. Should the Treasurer be the subject of an audit or other investigation, the Chairperson will assign another Commissioner to assume these duties until such audit or investigation is closed.

ARTICLE VII — PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY:

The most recently revised edition of Roberts’ Rules of Order shall govern the deliberations of the Commission except when the rules are inconsistent with these Bylaws and any special rules of order the Commission may adopt.

ARTICLE VIII — OTHER PROVISIONS:

Section 1 — All staff members employees of the Commission shall be hired by the Commission and shall serve at the pleasure of the Commission. The Commission shall establish position descriptions for its employees. The staff members employees of the Commission may be hired on a full-time or part-time basis and for an indefinite or for a definite term. Persons hired by the Commission shall meet the qualifications established by the position description.

Section 2 — Copies of these Bylaws shall be made available to the public.

Section 3 – The Commission shall conduct its business in accordance with the most recently approved version of the Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission Policy and Procedures Manual.

ARTICLE IX — AMENDMENT OF THE BYLAWS:

At least two weeks notice, to each Commissioner and the public, shall be given prior to consideration of any modifications, deletions, or additions to these Bylaws. A two-thirds majority of the Commissioners is required for such amendments to be passed.

Adopted as revised — May 13, 2009

 

NEWS: ANC 2B needs your feedback to improve our meetings!

In an effort to improve our monthly meetings, we’re seeking your feedback! Please take a brief moment to answer our very short survey. Any input is greatly appreciated!

Choose between two surveys depending on which is most applicable to you:

Survey for general attendees to the monthly meeting: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MQTHGXB

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NEWS: March 2014 “Votes of the ANC”

This new blog, “Votes of the ANC” will be posted on the next day after our meeting to explain the votes that took place the night before. The language in resolutions will still be up to final review and some change may be made.  Last night at our monthly ANC meeting the following votes occurred:

 

1. Approval of February Make-Up 2014 regular meeting minutes. Passed 8-0.

2. Approval to reimburse Commissioner Noah $82.71. Passed 8-0.

 

Alcohol Applications

3. G Street Food Lounge – Passed 8-0.

 

Public Space Applications

4.  Joe’s Seafood – Passed 8-0.

5. 1815 Riggs Place – Passed 7-0. The resolution reads as follows: Recommends support of the project and commends the designers for working on design development and their extensive outreach to the community

 

Historic Preservation & BZA Applications

6. 15 Dupont Circle (Patterson Mansion) – Passed 7-0. The resolution reads as follows: Recommends support of the project and recommends support of the zoning variances for 2 – level penthouse, and setbacks of penthouse level, parking relief and for the two courtyards.

 

General

7. Circulator Bus Recommendation – Passed 8-0. The resolution reads as follows:

WHEREAS, the DC Circulator Transit Development Plan is being revised;

WHEREAS, the DC Circulator Transit Development Plan, completed in 2011, is the city’s guide to the growth of the Circulator system over a 10-year period;

WHEREAS, this plan includes in its first phase a new Circulator route between Dupont Circle-SW Waterfront via 17th Street and Connecticut Avenue;

WHEREAS, the Circulator service for the National Mall is planned to begin in 2015, the Dupont Circle-SW Waterfront route (we like to call it the Smithsonian Connector) will provide easy access between the National Mall, the White House, Connecticut Avenue, and Dupont Circle;

WHEREAS, the Circulator is a valuable service for tourists visiting sites who also want to see and patronize retail shops and restaurants – connecting the Mall with Connecticut Avenue;

WHEREAS, the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) is currently updating the DC Circulator Transit Development Plan;

WHEREAS, the City Council has also requested a report from DDOT that evaluates specific route additions not specific to this Plan;

WHEREAS, at this time the requested report does not include the Dupont Circle-SW Waterfront route.

WHEREAS, ANC 2B encourages as much new public transit options as feasible serving the residents and visitors of the Dupont Circle neighborhood

THEREFORE, be it resolved that ANC 2B encourages DDOT to include the Dupont Circle-SW Waterfront Circulator route in the report to ensure it is part of the revised DC Circulator Transit Development Plan.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that ANC 2B continues to encourage DDOT to also explore the “A to B” line we suggested in our February resolution and letter (enclosed). We find these lines complementary and not mutually exclusive.

 

8. Formation of New Transportation Committee – Passed 8-0. The resolution reads as follows:

Proposal for a New ANC2B Standing Committee on Transportation and Public Infrastructure (TPI)

Submitted by Noah Smith on March 12, 2014

Policy Issue: Safe and effective transportation of all modes is a significant priority for local government and for the residents and businesses of Dupont Circle. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT), in coordination with other agencies, maintains the transportation system while protecting and improving the use of public space in the District. The Dupont Circle ANC lacks a structured method to address transportation, traffic and public space issues.

Committee Purpose Statement: The Transportation and Public Infrastructure (TPI) Committee will promote a safe and effective transportation system for the residents and visitors of Dupont Circle and improve the use of public space in our neighborhood.

Role of the Committee: The committee will serve as a forum for discussing matters related to the following and will make recommendations to the ANC:

-Parking in the neighborhood, including valet applications, loading zones, the enhanced residential  parking program and visitor parking

-Pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and safety

-Beautification, repair and streetscapes

-Public transit

-Matters before the DC Council related to transportation and public space

-Public Parks

The committee will serve as a resource for commissioners and as a point of contact for DDOT, the Washing Metropolitan Area Transit Administration (WMATA) and the DC Water and Sewer Authority (WASA). Commissioners may seek guidance from the committee on public space applications in their Single Member Districts. The committee will facilitate training for commissioners and others on transportation issues and host meetings to gather public input. The committee will also develop guidance for consideration of public space issues for review by the ANC.

Committee Membership: The committee will be chaired by an ANC2B Commissioner and should have broad representation from the resident and business community of Dupont Circle.

 

 

NEWS: August and September Resolution Letters Posted

The following letters that were transmitted to D.C. government agencies as the result of ANC actions at the Commission’s August and September meeting have been uploaded and posted for public viewing:.

September 2013

STK DC, LLC 1250 Connecticut Avenue NW

Golden Triangle BID (2B06)

Washington Deluxe bus along Connecticut Avenue

Nat’l Trust 1785 Support Letter

DC2NY bus along Massachusetts Avenue 

DDOT Public Space regulations for publishers boxes

Stead Park And School Without Walls at Francis-Stevens Cleanup

Ross for DC CAS Reading and Math Results

Visitor Parking Pass (VPP)

901 16th St. NW (2B05)

August 2013

Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) 

Extend and Modify the East Dupont Circle Liquor Moratorium.

These letters can also be viewed on the “Resolution Letters by Month” page of the ANC website, along with other letters sent on behalf of the Commission in previous months.