April Meeting Minutes

Bates Area Civic Association

April 1, 2019

Called to order at 7:02

Welcome and Officers’ Report

  • We now have listserve.  If you put your name and email address on the sign up sheet at the meeting, we will add you.   It will be used for updates and meeting agendas.

MPD Updates (Capt.  Kim)

  • Communication is happening  between units
  • Crimes in area.  
    • March 6th: Robbery from store.  Arrested supect.
    • March 8th – Someone jumped in Uber with woman and stole her bag.   Arrested suspect
    • March 29th – Armed robbery from a cell phone store.  Looking for individual, have video footage
    • Robberies on unit block of R and S ST.  Police presence at this time.
    • 100 block of Q ST.   Someone carrying a weapon in a stolen vehicle.
  • Auto theft is down.   Auto theft usually happens if something valuable is left in the car (computer, equipment) and often happens to visitors in our neighborhood.  Please tell your guest to not leave anything in vehicles.
  • MPD tip line. Text 50411 for non-emergency items..
  • Memorial Day shootings – community asking for stepping up of police presence around this time.  More mountain bike officers in area and Segway.
  • Asking for extra coverage of 400 block of Q St behind buildings.  Presence of 30 people last weekend gathering drinking and smoking marijuana publicly.
  • Summer Movie Nights – BACA is looking to host with Hanover Civic Assoc this summer.
  • Reimbursement program for private video cameras

Drum City (Located on N. Capitol between P and Bates)

Miles Ryan and Hannah Gylasgowski

Drum City is a non-profit founded in 2007 that provides music lessons and rehearsal space.  They have about 180 students, 15 staff members and are active members of the DC music community.  They host monthly community potlucks in their space.

They recently have expanded their space to  the next door 1508 North Capitol.

  • Signed lease a year ago
  • It will be a live performance space
  • Want to sell beer and wine at event to help pay the musicians
  • Just received grant from Great Streets
  • Not a bar, just adding on to existing services
  • They haven’t applied for liquor license yet.  Just exploring and introducing themselves.
  • Looking at a Class D license which is just beer and wine
  • Hours: 1-11pm, already have this agreement with neighbors
  • Soundproofing of the unit
  • Still building out unit// going to have a Grand Opening soon
  • After school program with Mundo Verde // Monthly potluck – May 5th   6-10pm
  • Participate in Art All Night and Funk Parade

Updates from the Mayor’s office (Mr. Chestnut)

  • Budget Season
    • Senior under $40K – schedule H tax credit (renting or property owener)
    • 52 Million to Early Childhood Education (Fort Lincoln)
    • 35 Million Florida Ave traffic circle
    • Increased money to police on bikes and scooters
  • Center City Middle School – update at next meeting of follow up to the listening sessions?
  • DC Auditor – fiscally responsible?  

Ms. Reed,  Dir. Of Program and Budget Management

  • Monitor performance of programs
  • Budget process: Oct. 1 start (late fall  agencies start to submit)
  • Feb – Mayor’s budget engagement sessions
  • March – Released to city council, they have 56 days to work on, testimony from all agencies
  • Pass in June, then congress approves
  • 15.5 billion budget, 9 billion in general funds. (from local taxes)
    • Majority to Education, 27% (public schools, libraries, public charters)
    • Health and Human Services
    • Public Safety, 17%
    • Debt Financing (for buildings)
    • DDOT
    • Government Operations
  • DC is unique in that it’s a city and state and so budget is much bigger
  • Mayor’s Budget:
    • Affordable housing is increased
    • Workforce housing fund
    • Maintained commercial property tax –
    • 1.8 billion to schools budget
    • Thurgood Marshall rec center is going  to be torn down and completely re-built
    • Ward 5 schools will be modernized, small caps projects (HVAC, ect)
    • Brentwood Rec Center improvements
    • Circulator is free permanently. Looking to increasing routes and stops.
    • Transport DC – low cost taxi rides for handicap and seniors
    • Dental Healthcare Grants for Seniors
    • Safe at Home – Age in place (security camera installation, center for aging)
    • Dave Thomas circle investment and redesign – making it safer and easier to get to and from
    • 24hr mobile crisis center.  Behavioral. Trauma informed care.
    • 11 mil for short term homelessness/ harriet tubman expanding services for women
  • Auditor comments:  Jeff Dewitt is required to check out the budget, not auditor’s role.  Bond rating is good. Borrow at better cost.
  • Auditor large increase in spending?  Starting to see a slow in economy. But we still need to make these investments in responsible way.
  • Community asking for more light towers in budget

Updates from CM McDuffie’s office  (Kelley Cislo)

  • DC Emancipation Day Parade, Saturday, April 13th 2pm // 10th and Pennsylvania
  • Equity Inclusion and Diversity report card

John Miller–FlyWheel Development

No show

Updates from ANC Commissioners

Karla Lewis

  • NE Boundary Tunnel – 3rd St and Florida Ave, meetings about parking, traffic flow
  • March 12th Coffee with Cop – fleet of officers
  • April 28th – Single District Meeting, TBD location and time
  • Global Harmony – youth essay contest, DCPS students

Bradley Thomas

  • May or June a joint single member district meeting with Comm. Lewis
  • April 24 – NY Playground – how to spend 500,000 for the park?  What does the community want to happen there? TBD time

Tijuana Griffin, Community Health Fair

  • Grant application : $1,040
  • Sunday July 28th, 1-5tpm
  • 3rd Annual,
  • 4th and Q ST NW
  • Seminars, cooking classes,
  • Moon bounce, puppet show, massage chairs

BACA had a meet up with Hanover Civic Association

  • Discussed possible joint events in the near future
  • Sending representative to Hanover meetings

Spring Clean Up:  April 27th 10 am rain or shine, mulch and plants


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