Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC) are made up of commissioners, elected every two years and representing a single member represented by Cathy Wiss for many years, will be absorbed by ANC 3E. We will lose her as a commissioner, come January.
ANCs deal with issues concerning transportation, recreation, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, public safety, and sanitation at the neighborhood level. ANCs pass resolutions and enter into voluntary agreements with businesses and developers to protect neighborhood interests (see Commissioner Adam Tope’s article on voluntary agreements regarding liquor licenses), which can bear great weight on actions a DC agency will take on a particular issue. Thus, ANCs can have a significant impact on shaping our neighborhood.
The attendance at ANC meetings is very sparse and The Connection would like to encourage more participation from our neighbors. The ANC meets on the second Monday of every month at the National Capital Memorial Church at 3150 Chesapeake, next to the ball field. The ANC last met on June 11th (here’s the agenda, in PDF format), when it voted to approve the minutes of the May meeting. Because the ANC does not release the minutes of each meeting to the public for at least a month after the fact, the Connection would like to cover them. We need volunteer reporters to do this. Please email Marlene Berlin at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. In addition, the best way for us to communicate with you on time-sensitive matters being considered by the ANC is through the Forest Hills listserv. Please sign up.