A New ANC Single Member District (SMD) for ANC6B? – Redistricting Taskforce Meets Tonight
by Larry Janezich
The ANC 6B Ward Six Redistricting Task Force will hold a 90 minute public meeting tonight, Monday, August 1, at St. Coletta’s School, 1901 Independence Ave, SE, from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.
Since at least four of ANC6B’s existing SMDs exceed the 2,000 population target, one of the questions considered will be the creation of a new additional SMB for ANC6B.
The Taskforce will solicit input on this question and on potential ANC/SMD boundaries from ANC Commissioners, community organizations, business association, residents, and business owners. Electronic statements or comments will be accepted up to three days after the meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional potential questions for tonight’s meeting from the Taskforce Website:
Do you feel that the current ANC boundaries represent your neighborhood?
Are there aspects of the current boundaries that present challenges because of dissimilarity?
Should large residential buildings or complexes be dispersed among multiple SMDs?
Is the freeway the proper north-south dividing line? For example, is there an opportunity to move part of a western SMD to ANC 6D that uses the Third and/or Fourth street tunnels to “connect” the residents on both sides of the freeway?
Is East Capitol Street the proper north-south diving line? For example, is there an opportunity to move part of a western SMD to ANC 6C?
Do the residents living around the baseball stadium believe their community “core” is located in: (a) Barracks Row, (b) Waterfront Mall, (c) both, and/or (d) neither?
Should ANC 6B retain Eastern Market, Barracks Row and the entire Pennsylvania corridor?
The task force, appointed by Councilmember Tommy Wells, includes Chair Joe Fengler, former chair of ANC 6A, along with former ANC commissioners Cody Rice, Antoinette Russell, Ken Jarboe and Raphael Marshall. The other members are Skip Coburn, Tyler Merkeley, Marge Francese and Donna Scheeder. A representative of Councilmember at Large Orange – Gene Fisher – also serves on the task force.
The Ward Six Task Force blog can be found here: http://w6tf.blogspot.com