Councilmember Wells’ Changes to Ward Six Redistricting Plan Get Solid Backing From Ward’s ANC Commissioners and Fengler
by Larry Janezich
The City Council heard on Tuesday, November 29, from all Ward Six ANC Commissioners and Ward Six Redistricting Task Force Chair Joe Fengler (the latter by proxy) that the commissioners and Fengler had lined up solidly behind Councilmember Wells’ amendments to the Ward Six Task Force Redistricting plan.
For ANC6B, this means united support from all quarters for the plan which would leave East Capitol Street as the northern boundary of ANC6B, eliminating the threat that ANC6C’s southern boundary would be extended to Independence Avenue between 7th Street and the Capitol Building. Last fall, residents in the affected area had mounted an intense campaign to stay within ANC6B.
The united front increases the likelihood that the Redistricting Subcommittee – comprised of Chair Michael Brown, Councilmember Jack Evans, and Councilmember Phil Mendelsohn – will back Wells’ plan.
The City Council left the official record open until December 9th, after which the door will close on public comment. The three members of the Subcommittee will then “take stock” and hold a public “mark-up” session during the week of December 12. At that meeting, the Subcommittee will introduce and consider their recommendations for the Ward and ANC single member district boundary changes.
The first reading of the bills to set the new boundaries before the City Council will occur on December 20. Under DC law, the second reading and final passage of the bill to set the Ward boundaries must occur before the end of December. The law requires boundaries of single member districts to be set by the end of January, so second reading and final passage of that bill will occur after the New Year.