- Commissioner Sylvia Pinkney provided an update on the disposition of the J.F. Cook building. The City Council did not vote on the disposition of the building to Youth Build Charter School and Latin American Youth Center. Without a vote, the extension expired as did the time for the project to be approved. The developers will have to work through the Executive Office once again should they wish to reapply for this building.
- Department of Public Work Director, William Howland, Jr. addressed our community. Provided an update of the new procedures for street cleanings that will go into effect this year. New street cleaning signs will be going up soon. The agency also faces an $11 million dollar budget cut that will result in staff reductions as well as reduction or elimination of the green teams. Several neighbors were able to provide The Director requests for new recycling bins and address some parking enforcement concerns. Mulch is currently available from DPW for neighbors that may need some for spring planting.
- Mr. Gerard Brown, Program Manager, Bureau of Community Hygiene- Rodent and Vector Control Division spoke regarding rat control. City may also fine home owners (including landlords) for having trash cans with no lids as well as businesses. With home owner’s permission, a rat inspection may be done by the city and poison provided. BACA will be coordinating block inspections later this spring. BACA and North Capitol Main Street will work with Rodent Vencor Control to set up a meeting with the business owners on N. Capitol Street to inform them on how to address this issue and avoid fines.
- A presentation by Accomplished Public Charter School discussed its current application with the Board of Charter Schools. If chartered, APCS intents to submit a RFP to open a charter school in Ward 5.
- Josh Lopez, At Large Councilmember Candidate presented his platform to the community.
- Commissioner Bradley Thomas provided a written report (posted on the blog).
We need your involvement to help keep our community forward. These are some of the current projects in need of your support:
- Friends of Florida Avenue Park – individuals to organize and plan events at the First and Florida Park following the renovations.
- Spring Planting and Clean Up – organize mulch delivery and community clean up for this spring.
- Flower Power 2011 – organize and plan the annual flower power contest and reception.
- Rat Control Program – organize different blocks to consent DOH to conduct rat inspections and treat those blocks if rats are present.
- Neighborhood Watch Program – need block captains to organize a neighborhood watch program.
Please contact Geovani A. Bonilla if you are interested in any of these programs. Email firstname.lastname@example.org