August 2021 Neighborhood Update

Heat Emergency

When the temperature or heat index reaches or exceeds 95 degrees, as it did this week, the D.C. Government activates cooling centers (https://dcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=c975110d05a24acba55f65eef283e05b) throughout the District. Cooling centers include pools, spray parks, low-barrier shelters, and libraries (https://www.dclibrary.org/) . If you see someone struggling in the heat please call the shelter hotline at (202) 399-7093. For all animal emergencies, including animals left outside in extreme temperatures or in vehicles, please call the Humane Rescue Alliance at (202) 723-5730.

Vaccination Updates

Approximately 52% of D.C. residents have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. As adjustments are made to vaccination sites, residents can find opportunities to claim their free COVID-19 vaccine, including at pharmacies and clinics across all eight wards, by going to vaccines.gov.

Take Care,
Fiona Clem
1C08@anc.dc.gov (mailto:1C08@anc.dc.gov)
ANC Commissioner 1C08

 

ANC 1C Meeting Updates
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There will be no ANC 1C meetings in August 2021

September Meetings

*PZT Committee usually meets on the third Wednesday, but will meet on the fifth Wednesday of September

Neighborhood announcements
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  • The Adams Morgan Farmer’s Market (https://lickingcreekbendfarm.com/markets.html) is held each Saturday (June 5 – December 18) at Unity Park, in front of the Line Hotel, from 8:30am – 1pm
  • Adams Morgan Day will be held on Sunday, September 12, with some in-person activities and vendors for this year’s festival.Learn more and sign up to volunteer. (https://www.admoday.com/)
  • Adams Morgan Movie Nights (https://admodc.org/movies/) , sponsored by the AdMo BID, will hold its final movie of the summer at Marie Reed Field on Monday, August 9 at 8pm: All the President’s Men (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074119/) .
  • Happy Hollow Children’s Pool, located on Champlain Street, NW, next to the Marie Reed Recreation Center, will close for the season on Sunday, August 8.

Reed-Cooke Neighborhood Association (RCNA) ————

RCNA will not hold a meeting in August.
Their next meeting will be on Thursday, September 23 at 7pm.
Visit reedcooke-dc.org, or follow them on twitter @REEDCOOKEDC (https://twitter.com/REEDCOOKEDC)

Streets and Traffic

Slow Streets DC: This summer Mayor Bowser and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) are planning a virtual summer road trip for residents as part of the District’s Vision Zero summer safety campaign. The goal: To highlight infrastructure improvements designed to protect pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers by lowering speeds.

  • DDOT will share its progress on the Mayor’s summer safety campaign on the Vision Zero Summer Safety Campaign Dashboard to show where critical safety infrastructure improvements are being installed.
  • Residents can pick up yard signs that encourage drivers to slow down on their neighborhood streets at the DDOT Permit Office at 1100 4th Street SW, 2nd Floor and at other events citywide over the coming weeks.
  • For more information visit https://ddot.dc.gov/page/vision-zero-summer-safety-road-trip

The DC Circulator has been in service for 16 years. You can share your opinions about DC Circulator and possibly win $100 by completing their survey. To participate visit: ** dccirculator.com/survey21 (https://dccirculator.com/survey21)

Rock Creek Parkway Beach Drive Survey, comment period closes Aug 22, 2021. Beginning on July 8 until August 22, the National Park Service will hold a public engagement process to inform the future management of the section of Beach Drive that runs from Broad Branch Road NW to the Maryland border.You are invited to review the proposal and provide comments and ideas from July 8 through August 22. To provide comments, visit https://parkplanning.nps.gov/beachdrive

PEPCO construction on 16th Street. Construction will resume on the 1900 and 2000 16th St. from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday- Saturday to accelerate an earlier completion date which is expected in October 2021. Cars will need to be removed where restricted parking signs reside. Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic and work will be covered with steel plates after hours. You will possibly experience a loud vacuum like noise from the excavation work during the beginning phases of this work which will last for the remainder of the month.

Contra-flow bicycle lanes on Lanier Place NW and Argonne Place NW. DDOT has issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) for the installation of contraflow bike lanes on the 1700 block of Lanier Place and on the 1600 block of Argonne Place.  https://wiki.ddot.dc.gov/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=120259954

Neighborhood Traffic Safety Assessment (TSA) Updates

The ANC 1C PZT committee held a discussion on outstanding TSAs on July 21. For more information on these TSAs visit https://311.dc.gov/citizen/home. Updates from neighborhood TSAs are listed below. Recommendations from DDOT do not include timelines or installation dates.

  • 19th Street NW and Biltmore Street NW (20-003165877). Recommendations include installing a high-visibility crosswalk and a stop sign. A Notice of Intent (NOI) will be posted to the community for comments on these safety improvements.
  • 2412 19th Street NW (19-00066960). Recommendations is for crosswalks to be installed at this intersection. A Notice of Intent (NOI) will be posted to the community for comments on these safety improvements.
  • Kalorama Road and Champlain Street NW (20-00424641). The investigation has been completed. Solutions include pruning of tree branches, and a STOP decal.
  • 17th Street and V Street NW (19-00967928). The investigation has been completed. Recommendations include signage, flexiposts and pavement markings to help with visibility.
  • 2456 20th Street, NW (19-00066953). Recommendations include a right-turn only sign and a lane control sign.
  • 17th Street and Florida Avenue, NW (20-00337436). Assessment was completed. Recommendations include installing parking signs, pavement markings, and flex-posts.
  • HAWK signal Kalorama Road NW The HAWK signal has been installed on 16th Street, NW, at Kalorama Road, NW, but it hasn’t been turned on. The delay might be due to the 16th Street Bus Lanes project. No reply from DDOT yet about why the HAWK signal hasn’t been activated yet.

Noise in the City

Today I received an email from a constituent about noise ordinances. Here’s her question and the information I gathered from an MPD Officer.

Question: What the noise ordinances in DC? I have recently noticed a huge increase in noise on U St in particular from three wheeled and other such vehicles. The noise seems to peak on weekend nights, starting on Fridays. There are large groups of vehicles riding together, making the noise that much louder.

Answer: I talked with an officer at the Third District of the MPD. They told me that during the day noise is regulated through DCRA (Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs). At night the MPD regulate noise. The officer I spoke with is aware of the three-wheeled vehicles and the noise they make. However, there are also rules against chasing moving vehicles. So this is a difficult situation to monitor and enforce. And most of these vehicles are on the street legally (they have registered their vehicles, etc.).

If you want to report the noise from the vehicles when it is happening you can call 911 directly and they can  take a report and dispatch officers to a location. During the daytime you can call 311 to make a request (ask for a Service Request Number) and they can also transfer you to DCRA for daytime enforcement.

More information about noise ordinances may be found:

ANC 1C March Update

Hello Neighbors,

Mayor Bowser extended D.C.’s public health emergency to May 20, 2021. It was almost a year ago, on March 11, 2020, when the emergency was first declared. The moratorium on evictions and utility shutoffs was also extended.

Multiple programs are available to assist residents with paying their rent and utility bills.Learn more about these programs at coronavirus.dc.gov/rent

Beginning the week of March 8, the District will begin using a pre-registration system for making vaccination appointments. Under the new system, individuals will be able to provide their information to DC Health through a pre-registration website or by calling the District’s call center. As appointments are made available, individuals who have pre-registered will be alerted that they have an opportunity to make a vaccination appointment.

Take Care,
Fiona Clem
1C08@anc.dc.gov
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, ANC 1C08


ANC 1C Meetings

March ANC 1C Meeting, March 3

  • Approved writing a letter of support (8-0-0) for a BZA variance for the Festival Center at 1640 Columbia Rd NW
  • Approved a resolution (8-0-0) on proposed FY 2022 WMATA operations

Upcoming Meetings
ABC & Public Safety Committee

Wednesday, March 10, 7:00 pm
Agenda & more info

Planning, Zoning, and Transportation Committee
Wednesday, March 17, 7:00 pm
Agenda & more info

Public Services & the Environment Committee
Wednesday, March 24, 7:00 pm
Agenda & more info


Tour the PEPCO Champlain Substation

RCNA Cleanup Flyer

Please let me know (email: 1c08@anc.dc.gov) if you are interested in touring the Champlain Substation. I am working with PEPCO to schedule a tour this month.

A representative of PEPCO will also be available for a discussion at the next ANC 1C general meeting on April 7, at 7pm


City-wide announcements

  • During the 16th Street NW Bus Lane construction the 16th and Harvard Street Capital Bikeshare station will temporarily move to 15th and Harvard Streets NW on March 16. 
  • Metro is facing a significant budget shortfall due to a decrease in ridership caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Metro is requesting your feedback for next year’s budget.Learn more about the proposed changed and tell Metro what matters to you.
  • Congresswoman Norton will hold a joint community meeting with the National Park Service on Thursday, March 25 at 7pm. Email NortonEvents@mail.house.gov to register for the Zoom event.
  • D.C.’s Office of the People’s Counsel (OPC) advocates for consumers of natural gas, electric, and telephone services. If you have questions about any of your utility services you can contact OPC for help.
  • Councilmember Mary Cheh will host a roundtable on March 23 at 12noon to hear comments on streateries and slow streets and other transportation solutions. Members of the public can testify or submit written testimony by contacting abenjamin@dccouncil.us. Read the Transportation & the Environment Public Roundtable announcement for more information.

Reed-Cooke Neighborhood Association (RCNA)

RCNA Cleanup Flyer

Please join RCNA and ANC 1C for a neighborhood cleanup on Saturday, March 20. Meet at 10 at Unity Park.

RCNA will hold their next meeting on Thursday, March 25 at 7pm.

Visit reedcooke-dc.org, or follow them on twitter @REEDCOOKEDC for more information.

Neighborhood announcements

  • ANC 1C awards grants of up to $4,000 per year to nonprofit organizations. Applications are now open.
  • Jubilee Housing hosts regular DC Can Be tours to show how they’re providing justice housing in our community.
  • The Reed Cooke Neighborhood Association Covid-19 Relief Fund provides micro-grants to residents of Adams Morgan who have lost their jobs as a result of the Coronavirus Health Crisis.
  • The Sitar Center is holding their Winter 2021 Virtual Student Showcase on Friday, March 12 at 6:30.

ANC 1C February Update

Welcome to ANC 1C neighborhood update.
This newsletter will provide updates, information, and announcements from the ANC, the Reed-Cooke Neighborhood Association, and the D.C. government. I hope you will find it helpful.

Please let me know if you have questions or concerns about the neighborhood.

Take Care,
Fiona Clem
email: 1C08@anc.dc.gov
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, ANC 1C08

ANC 1C Meetings Calendar

ABC & Public Safety Committee
Wednesday, February 10, 7:00 pm
Agenda & more info

Planning, Zoning, and Transportation Committee
Wednesday, February 17, 7:00 pm
Agenda & more info

Public Services & the Environment Committee
Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 pm
Agenda & more info

March ANC 1C Meeting
Wednesday, March 3, 7:00 pm
Agenda & more info

Highlights from the February 3 ANC 1C meeting

Approved Consent Agenda (8-0)

Minutes from January 2021 ANC meeting; ANC 1C financial report for FY21 Q1.
Regular Agenda

  • Approved a Resolution on study and design of Columbia Road to accommodate protected bicycle lanes from 16th Street NW to Connecticut Avenue NW. (8-0)
  • Approved a Resolution supporting a DDOT traffic safety assessment of the intersection of Adams Mill Rd NW and Clydesdale Pl NW. (8-0)
  • DDOT Ward 1 Community Engagement Specialist Cynthia Turcios shared a presentation on the agency, mission, SLAs, recently completed and ongoing projects in Ward 1 and citywide.

The next meeting of the Reed-Cooke Neighborhood Association will be held on Thursday, February 25 at 7p.m. Visit reedcooke-dc.org, or follow them on twitter @REEDCOOKEDC for more information.

Neighborhood announcements

  • Attend a virtual town hall about moveDC on February 9, at 6:30p.m., or February 11, at 1:30 p.m. The meetings will provide information on moveDC is the Mayor’s long-range transportation plan that includes goals, policies, strategies, and metrics for address transportation needs of Washingtonians.
  • Holidays trees and greenery collection will continue through February 19. Holiday trees and greenery will be collected from the normal point of collection on trash days. For missed collections call 311 and make a “Christmas Tree Removal – Seasonal” service request.
  • ANC 1C awards grants of up to $4,000 per year to nonprofit organizations. Applications are now open. Learn more and to apply for a grant.
  • Outdoor Dining and Retail Survey: The D.C. Office of Planning (OP) invites the public to complete a 5-7 minute survey (available until February 14, 2021) designed to assess the experience of patrons of outdoor dining and retail establishments in Washington D.C. during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Take a DC Can Be Tour. Jubilee Housing hosts regular DC Can Be tours to show how they’re providing justice housing in our community. The next online tour is February 17th, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Learn more and register for the tour.

Posting No Parking Signs

There are no parking signs in my neighborhood that have been up for three weeks, but no work has been started or completed.

I was curious about how something like this happens so I called the Metropolitan Police Department. I called them first because I thought that is who issued these signs, but it’s actually a paid permit through DDOT.

From the DDOT TOPS website:

  • Companies, homeowners, tenants, and others can apply for a temporary occupancy permit required for the short term private use of public space in the District.
  • The permit authorizes the temporary occupancy of public space, such as lengths of metered or non-metered parking lane, travel lane, sidewalk, alley, or an intersection for an approved number of days.
  • If parking needs to be reserved or prohibited, either Reserved Parking or Emergency No Parking signs must be printed from the TOPS system after the permit is approved, paid for and issued.
  • A permit can be printed from any place, but the sign printing is available only at Kiosks or at the permit office. Kiosk locations are listed further below.
  • Most of the Temporary Occupancy Permits require an office review and it is best to allow adequate lead time for the review and approval of your application. Click here to view the number of lead days for each event.
  • Signs must be posted 72 hours in advance in residential areas without metered parking and at least 24 hours in advance at metered parking spaces in commercial areas.

So the signs in my neighborhood were posted up on January 10 or 11, 2021 – so that follows the rules of being posted 72 hours in advance.

No Parking Permit

I wondered why a permit was given to a Verizon contractor for a 3-week period for 6-days a week, 9 hours a day but no work is being done. I talked with someone at MPD central (202-727-9099) and they suggested I look up the permit on DC DDOT TOPS site. I searched for the permit but I couldn’t find any active permit for PA10830267 12/12. (But I’m probably not searching correctly. If you just search Verizon you’ll get about 100 permits every month all over the city!)

I followed up with MPD 3D (202-673-6815). They said that once a permit was approved by DDOT and issued there’s nothing that can be done during the course of the allowed permit activity. And they suggested I could file a report using the Mayor’s Citywide Call Center: 311.

I called 311 and they were great. I wanted to know about ticketing and towing. Because no activity has started and no work is being done currently, and because of weather, a lot of the signs have blown down, and all the parking spaces are being used. I asked what would happen if the work began on Saturday, January 30, after 2 weeks of no work. I was told that all the cars would be moved at the request of the Permittee. I was told that if no work occurs during the permitted period you can file a report to DDOT.

In the meantime it seems a little inconvenient to the people who need to park in the neighborhood and have to park blocks away. And it is a gamble for those who are parking on the street thinking that the signs are no longer relevant.

Anyway, if you want to geek out on all work that requires permits the TOPS database is pretty interesting. You can search on Construction, Occupancy, Annual/Rental, Commercial Vehicles Annual, and Commercial Vehicle one day/Single Haul permits.