Wrap Up of Last Week’s ANC6B Meeting
by Larry Janezich
In addition to creating a Subcommittee including residents to shepherd the Hine development as reported on emmcablog October 12, ANC6B took the following actions at its Tuesday night meeting last week.
Chair Neil Glick announced ANC6B has moved into Hill Center and the November ANC6B meeting will occur there.
ANC6B Passed a Resolution urging Councilmember Wells and the City Council to enact an ANC redistricting plan that maintains East Capitol Street as the boundary between ANC6B and ANC6C and reflects a (status quo) division of 6B’s single member districts. Commissioner Ivan Frishberg commented during the discussion that it is his belief that the final decision is “still very much in play.”
The resolution passed 8 – 0, with Chair Glick and /Commissioners Critchfield, Green, Flahaven, Frishberg, Metzger, Oldenburg, Pate voting for it. Commissioners Campbell and Garrison were absent.
New Eastern Market Governing Structure
ANC6B adopted Commissioner Brian Pate’s suggestion regarding a process for adjudication of Eastern Market Legislation. The process anticipates a community meeting for purposes of collecting resident feedback to be sponsored jointly by ANC6B and the Eastern Market Community Advisor Committee. The meeting will be held in Eastern Market’s North Hall on Thursday, October 27.
Outreach to City Council
ANC6B authorized a two way strategy to interact with the DC City Council. The strategy was proposed by Commissioner Brian Pate. The proposal envisions ANC commissioners and resident members of the Outreach and Constituent Services meeting with councilmembers to discuss a list of subjects which broadly affect the ANC. Targeted are Council Chair Brown, Councilmembers Orange and Mendelson – the two councilmembers at large, and Councilmember Barry. Barry, though not elected at large (as are the other three) has oversight of the city office governing the city’s ANCs. ANC bylaws ban ANC commissioners from representing the ANC to city officials unless authorized by the ANC, hence the necessity of authorizing commissioners to meet with officials and discuss select issues.
The second prong of the process entails invitations extended to the aforementioned councilmembers to appear before ANC6B from time to time to talk about issues that are important to them.
Among the issues commissioners are authorized to discuss are Eastern Market, Hill East Development, Ethics Reform on the City Council, Incentivizing Small Businesses, Education Reform, Major Developments including Hine, CSX Tunnel and 11th Street Bridge Project.
The motion to approve the process was agreed to by a vote of 5 – 3. Those voting for the motion to approve were Chair Glick and commissioners Critchfield, Flahaven, Frishberg, and Pate. Commissioners Green, Metzger and Oldenburg were opposed. Absent were Commissioners Campbell and Garrison.