ANC Wrapup: Mo’ potholes, mo’ problems
Monday night, the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E, representing Burleith, Georgetown, and Hillandale, convened for their monthly meeting at Georgetown Visitation School. The commissioners discussed plans for a public recycling program, the Taste of Georgetown, Serve D.C., and the Nation’s Triathlon.
Making Georgetown less of a pain to bike around: fewer potholes, more bike lanes.
Chairman Ron Lewis opened with a report on transportation. He was pleased to announce the accruement of new maintenance trucks designed specifically to mend potholes.
“The truck pulls up to a hole and sprays it with various kinds of stuff and it’s dry by the time the truck pulls away,” said Lewis.
Lewis continued his transportation report with the announcement of a new bike lane being designated on M Street from 28th to 14th Streets. He reassured his audience that the lane would not compromise parking along M Street.
“Are you sure? L Street lost a lot of parking when they made a bike lane there,” said Vice-chair Bill Starrels.
Next on the agenda was announcement of a public space recycling program initiated by the Georgetown Business Improvement District. The program will install 160 cans throughout the Georgetown business corridor, from T St to the waterfront.
Georgetown BID representative John Wootenson said, “The intention is to encourage folks to recycle in the public space. We have placed 30-gallon blue cans adjacent to the normal black cans. They are for aluminum, plastics and paper. We will monitor their usage to see how this community recycles.”
Preparing for Georgetown catastrophes, such as bombings and excess traffic caused by festivals
Road closure for the 20th Annual Taste of Georgetown—on Saturday, June 1st—was discussed next. This festival raises funds for the Georgetown Ministry Center and other shelters throughout the city. Wisconsin Ave. will be partially blockaded in the business district to accommodate the crowds sampling over 30 restaurants’ offerings.
“This is a very popular and thus traffic congesting event. It’s wall to wall,” said Lewis. Take it from the stodgy ANC crew: the Taste is a good time.
Next, Juan from the Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism spoke on recruitment for emergency preparedness teams: the Community Emergency Response Team and the Neighborhood Corps. CERT provides triage for mass causality events. The Neighborhood Corps is a newer initiative, creating networks of cognizant community members to report suspicious activity.
“After incidents like Boston, we need these eyes on the ground,” said Juan.
Finally, Molly Quinn presented the logistics proposal for the 8th annual National Triathlon on September 8th. The bike portion of the race will affect the Georgetown area. Forty-two message boards will be posted throughout out the community to inform of alternate routes. The commissioners approved the proposal, but not without some snark.
“This is an event to raise money for charity, but the sponsors not the participants donate the funds. An argument could be made that this event could be held anywhere. The standard is high for low impact,” said Lewis.
Starrels asked, “Regardless of weather, this will start on time, right? As long as I hear that, I’m good.”