Advisory Neighborhood Commission 8A Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 | 7:00PM
UPO Building | 1649 Good Hope Road SE | Washington, DC 20020
Attendance: 5 Commissioners | 31 Attendees
- Call to Order (7:03PM)
- Roll Call
- 5 Commissioners Present, 2 Absent
- Commissioner Barbara Clark (Absent)
- Commissioner Charles Wilson (Absent)
- Commissioner Clark’s mother (Ms. Jenkins, 96 years old and served the community for the entirety of her time here – comment from a resident) passed and the funeral was this past Saturday.
- Thank you all for your engagement in the Ward 8 Special Election no matter who you supported, thank you for your engagement.
- Motion to accept Agenda
- Motion: Cm. Simms moved to accept the agenda. 2nd: Cm. Prestwood. Passed (5-0-0)
- Reading of Minutes
- Cm. Fletcher read the minutes from the Tuesday, April 7, 2015 meeting. Motion: Cm. Prestwood moved to approve minutes. 2nd: Cm. Muhammad. Passed: (5-0-0)
- Commission Votes
- BZA Letter of Exemption Parking Request, Dr. Yoon
- Motion: Cm. Simms moved to approve letter of support for Dr. Yoon (details will follow). 2nd: Cm. Fletcher. Passed (5-0-0)
- Order of Business
- PEPCO Presentation, Donna Cooper, Regional PEPCO President
- April 30, 2014 start date. June 18, 2014 – Filing with Consumer Service. We can’t take any action without the approval of the Public Service Commission. The process is transparent. The interest of the consumer is #1. The heart of an electric company is to provide service to its customers and to business but they are not mutually exclusive. This merger would bring in all of the PEPCO (PG and MoCO), Delmarva (DE + Delmarva MD), Atlantic City Electric (NJ)
- Reliability: Direct and traceable benefits to customers or it will not be approved. Customer Investment Fund $14m to $34b? PSC will decide how this will be using those funds. Reliability Enhancement Plan (in 5th year). WE have made improvements but we have a lot of work to do. The merger would like to take the company to the next level. We are measured by a) frequency and b) duration of outages. Exelon is at the top of their performance ranking. They have committed that outages will be reduced by 40%. If they don’t meet the standards on an annual basis, they will be penalized. This is a commitment. Rates: This merger will reduce the cost of services and the cost of operations which will equal money back in the pockets of residents. Rates will not change. Cost of service to provide service will be reduced. Experts have testified on record on the 22nd. They have to evaluate the record to ensure these things will ultimately occur. Jobs: 1,600 – 2,400 jobs created over the next 10 years. Regulations: We will continue to be subject to the oversight of the DC Council and that will not change no matter what happens. The office will stay in DC. In the configuration, nothing will change for the District of Columbia. Customers: Customers will still have their choice in service.
**Commissioner Williams announced that the commission would provide supplementary documents at a future meeting.
- Community Concerns/Announcements
- Noise Ordinance: We want to upgrade the quality of our residential parking on Shannon/Chicago. I would like to get on the agenda to talk about Uniontown’s live entertainment that starts at 12AM-2AM on weekends. It’s a lot of noise for residents. Councilman Orange’s noise ordinance presented today. Cm. Fletcher will look into Uniontown’s license and the regulations and present findings at 5/18 Executive Meeting. Councilman Orange proposed a bill that will require establishments to report their noise level between 9PM-4PM. The Commission should look at it and try to get ahead on the matter.
- Youth: We should start incorporating our young people in the work so that they have options. We need more programs for our youth that will turn into jobs.
- Transportation: 13th and U Street and parking issues. Echols is putting together a plan to fix the parking situations. We would like to get on the agenda to discuss speed bumps on 14th street and speeding on U Street. 22nd and Minnesota. Drivers’ speeding behind Orr Elementary is a concern. Cm. Muhammad is going to try to meet with DDOT to see if they can alleviate this issue.
- Economic Development: Martha’s Table is coming to 8A. . . big concerns for the community.
- Commissioner Roundtable (Out of Time)
- 8A01: Holly Muhammad
- 8A02: Barbara Clark
- 8A03: Cynthia Simms
- 8A04: Troy Prestwood
- 8A05: Charles Wilson
- 8A06: Tina Fletcher
- 8A07: Natalie Williams
- MOTION: Cm. Wilson moved to adjourn meeting. 2nd: Cm. Prestwood. PASSED: (5-0-0)
8A01: Holly Muhammad, Vice-Chair | 8A02: Barbara Clark, Treasurer | 8A03: Cynthia Simms | 8A04: Troy Prestwood |
8A05: Charles Wilson | 8A06: Tina Fletcher, Secretary | 8A07: Natalie Williams, Chair