Surprisingly, this meeting made little mention of the quickly cloying Campus Plan or the ANC’s last session, which, it must be noted, Commissioner Ron Lewis called “very inclusive.” The commission will adopt a formal position on the matter at either their February 28 or April 4 meeting, according to their agenda.
So this is how liberty dies, with smug looks from several ANC commissioners
To remedy the scourge of after-hours noise in D.C., Lt. Hedgecock announced a new amendment to the far-reaching “Disorderly Conduct Law” to make “unreasonably loud noises between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. that are likely to disturb one or more persons in their residencies” an arrestable offense.
“There’s a problem with noise in Georgetown,” he joked, “Anybody agree?”
He went further to explain the capacity of police officers under this new provision: “If they deem it likely to affect or annoy someone, they can affect an arrest. […] The breach of peace does not have to occur.” The potential punishments include up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine.
In addition, he commented on the ubiquity of police officers in the Georgetown area, citing an apparently typical comment he receives from non-Georgetown residents: “I don’t see police in my area, but if you go to Georgetown, you see a cop on every corner.”
For this, he thanked the University for providing reimbursable details, and Commissioner Bill Starrells piped in, “citizens associations, too!”
The commission then honored former ANC Commissioner Aaron Golds (COL ’11) for his two year of service. A commendation was read by current Commissioner Jake Sticka (COL ’13).
The rest of the story
The rest of the meeting was fairly trivial. Rose Park may or may not be getting an expanded footpath; Thirds is employing noise reduction tactics; and the meetings attendees had a lively debate about crosswalks in front of Safeway.
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