This month’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting lacked the kind of heated debate that can often break out on the second floor of the Georgetown Visitation School, but it did feature an appearance from Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans that spiced things up a little.
Evans’ appearance gave the crowd on hand an opportunity to ask some greater-D.C.-related questions, which touched on the District of Columbia’s current budget issues, the city’s response to the massive snowstorm in February, and the possibility of statehood—all in all, more civic-minded questions than the ones residents asked of Evans last year, such as a question about getting those infernal trolley tracks taken out of P Street.
Evans seemed uninterested in pursuing statehood at the moment. Why?
“It’s not in the cards right now. I hate to say this about one of my colleagues, but every time Marion Barry does crazy things it feeds right into Congress’ view that he could be elected mayor again and God forbid if they had control over their affairs what could happen then? I was talking with Northrop Grumman about relocating and his name came up, and that’s a problem,” Evans said.
The meeting also included a brief presentation from Georgetown Energy, a Georgetown student-run not-for-profit organization that is advocating the implementation of rooftop solar technology across the District.
Anthony Conyers (COL ’12), Peter Nulsen (COL ’12) and Jessica Robbins (SFS ’12) accompanied Mike Meaney (SFS ’12), who directly addressed the ANC about Georgetown Energy’s campaign.
He emphasized the financial sense of installing solar panels on roofs, noting that the typical Georgetown home would receive a net profit of $30,000 over a 30-year period by installing solar panels.
Nulsen also attempted to mollify concerns of violating Georgetown’s rigorous zoning laws and status as a historic district.
“The panels are not visible from the street, nor is the electrical conduit,” he said. “There’s a lot of work to do with the Historic Board, but it’s a discussion worth having.”
In the Public Safety portion of the meeting, Metropolitan Police Department Lieutenant John Hedgecock warned against a somewhat bizarre series of crimes in which iPhones are being stolen from users on the street. Hedgecock said there have already been three such crimes in Georgetown this year.
“The folks are just walking up and grabbing the iPhones,” Hedgecock said.
The ANC also discussed the completion of the traffic signal removal suggested by District Department of Transportation at 33rd and Q Streets, 34th and Q Streets, and 34th Street and Reservoir Road.
“With exquisite timing, [the District Department of Transportation] took out the traffic signals today and replaced them with stop signs. I don’t know if they want our input, but we can give it to them anyway. They did ask us … it’s puzzling,” ANC Commissioner Ron Lewis said.
That didn’t stop the ANC from passing a resolution supporting the changes anyways.
And alas, what is a true ANC 2E meeting without mention of Philly Pizza & Grill?
Commissioner Bill Starrels—looking like he was clearly fed up with the issue—said that Philly Pizza owner Matt Kocak is set to appear in D.C. Superior Court on Friday because his establishment has continued to operate despite the Board of Zoning and Appeals upholding the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs’ decision to revoke the restaurant’s certificate of occupancy.