The Week Ahead…and City Launches Sterilization Program to Fight Rats

Gerard Brown, head of DC Rodent Control, takes a question from the audience at ANC6B’s meeting last Tuesday. Commissioner Jennifer Samolyk, seated at left, who praised Brown’s efforts and responsiveness, invited him to address the ANC.  Also pictured (l-r) are Commissioners Denise Krepp, Jerry Sroufe and Kelly Waud.

City Launches Sterilization Program to Fight Rats

by Larry Janezich

Last Tuesday night, Gerard Brown, head of Rodent Control Programs, DC Department of Health, told ANC6B that an additional $1 million had been added to the Rodent Control budget for four new hires  and new programs.  Among the latter is a rodent sterilization program which has proven effective in other cities – rodents consume a liquid agent which leaves them sterile.  The program will be rolled out in Adams Morgan and move across the city.

Another innovation is a Citizen Assist Program, under which the Department of Health will accept date stamped photographic  evidence of trash violations.  The alleged violator has two weeks to offer an explanation.  If there is a hearing before an administrative law judge and the he complainant appears as a witness, a violator could be issued a notice of infraction and a $500 fine.

A third change is that the Department’s certified pest controllers will be given the authority to enforce code – enabling the Department to increase its enforcement capability, allowing one person to do what two do now.

Commissioner Jennifer Samoylk, seated at left in the photo, praised Brown’s efforts and responsiveness and issued the invitation to address the ANC.  Also pictured (l-r) are Commissioners Denise Krepp, Jerry Sroufe, and Kelly Waud.


The Week Ahead…

by Larry Janezich

Monday, September 17

ANC6A’s Transportation & Public Space Committee meets at 7:00pm, at Capitol Hill Towers, 900 G Street, NE. 

Among items on the draft agenda:

Request for renewed support of legislation (B22-0351) introduced by Councilmember Allen that would create a School Parking Zone Program, allowing DDOT to issue permits for school staff to park in particular zones during school hours.

Discussion with Rock and Roll Marathon representatives and MPD Special Operations Unit regarding the 2019 marathon course in ANC.

Tuesday, September 18

ANC6A Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee meets at 7:00pm, at Sherwood Recreation Center, 10th and G Streets, NE.

Among items on the draft agenda:

Discussion of request by Halftime Sports Bar for changes to its license (adding cover charge endorsement, 39-seat summer garden, and overall expansion of seating capacity).

Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) Board of Directors meets at 6:30pm at Capitol Hill Townhomes, 750 6th Street, SE. 

Wednesday, September 19

ANC6A’s Economic Development and Zoning Committee meets at 7:00pm, Sherwood Recreation Center, 10th and G Streets, NE. 

Among items on the draft agenda:

824 13th Street, NE – Zoning adjustment for a special exception from the minimum parking requirements, for variances from the lot occupancy, the rear yard requirements and from the side yard requirements to construct a new flat in the RF-1 Zone.

16 10th Street, NE – Zoning adjustment request for a roof replacement for a single-family home including a green roof.

1661 Gales Street – Zoning adjustment request.  As part of the Mayor’s Vacant to Vibrant initiative to bring housing to vacant DC owned land, the developer was awarded a site on the 1600 block of Gales Street to build four units of for-sale workforce housing. The project is requesting relief through BZA due to the nonconforming size of the site.

CHRS Historic Preservation Café meets at 6:30pm, in Northeast Library, 330 7th Street, NE. 


“Historic Doors – Preserve or Replace?”, with Joel Truitt of Joel Truitt Builders.

Thursday, September 20

Candidate Debate for Ward 6 representative to the DC State Board of Education:  7:00-9:00pm, at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.


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