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MPCA Minutes 04 FEB 2020

Michigan Park Citizens Association
04 February 2020
Turkey Thicket Recreational Center
     The meeting began at 6:30 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance.  The minutes were approved.
     Ms. Oqo Aqwai, representative from Councilmember McDuffie, encouraged neighborhood particiaption in the budget process through the councilmember’s office by completing a survey distributed and collected during the meeting.
     Ms. Donice Adams, 4D outreach specialist for the U.S. Attorney’s office, passed out this month’s court report listing charges and highlighting select convictions. This report can be requested by neightbors by faxing in the completed form, Sign-Up for the Court Report. The report is available monthly. The sign-up sheet must be signed and faxed to the U.S. Attorney’s Office to reeive the monthly court report.  A complete list of outreach specialists from the U.S. Attorney’s office is below.

Court Report Sign-up

     President Ralph Bucksell proposed approval of $1,000 from the general fund to make partial payment toward purchase and installation of a water spigot and backflow preventer. The motion was moved by Paul Wood and approved. This money is in addtional to the $500 previsouly donated by ANC 5B John Feeley.
     President Ralph Bucksell proposed approval of $200 from the general fund to the Saint Anthony’s Boy Scouts.  The motion was moved by Joan Thiel and passed. The Boyscouts have committed themselves to helping MPCA during our Spring Cleanup of the triangle park, scheduled for Saturday, 18 April.
     In response to a question about the vacant ground level reatail space in the recent Fort Totten development, President Bucksell noted two factors.  Significantly higher real estate taxes and the opening of a the nearby Wallmart (Riggs and South Dakota Avenues) have depressed business prospects at those locations.
     Ralph presented graphics of traffic problems around 10th Street and Michigan Avenue near the metrorail and bus stop.  He solicited member input for his dicussions with Councilmember McDuffie, who sits on the D.C. Transportation Committee.
     Ogo Aqwai, Mr. McDuffie’s representative to Michigan Park Citizens Association, sent a electronic copy of Mr. McDufie’s survey to obtain Ward 5 residences input and comments on his proposed budget for 2021.  The form does not provide any space for other input.  You can send your comments directly to Mr. McDuffie’s office.  The form is posted on our web page.
     The meeting adjourned at 7:50pm.


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MPCA Minutes 03 DEC 2019

Michigan Park Citizens Association Meeting
December 3rd, 2019
Turkey Thicket Recreational Center

The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. The treasurer’s report was read.

Following the brief meeting, members retreated to the home of Bill and Anne Gribbon for the Christmas Potluck. See the following notes.

DC Government Officials Reports/Comments
1. McDuffie’s request for input on Budget Priorities -See below
2. Comprehensive Plan Comments: John Feeley has returned as our ANC – Meeting with North Michigan Park Civic Association – Problems with Walmart, subsidize housing, middle income locked out, issue with going up for housing—-expense, raising taxes on small business and lack of local store and loss of traditional businesses; school problems (what DC government is creating with lack of raised expectation for students)

Every year, MPCA donates Christmas gifts to a needy family whose children attenbd Bunker Hill School.  The family is identified by the Principal and is organized by Roxanne Carter who described the purchased gifts pictured below.

Christmas Gifts 2019


Traffic Issue and Survey – See below regarding:
1. Michigan Avenue & 10th Street; Michigan Avenue & 9th Street & Otis Street; Michigan Avenue & Perry Street; Michigan Avenue & 13th Street.
2. Truck Routing Map Update & Coordination with North Michigan Park Citizens Association; Brookland Civic Association; and Queen Chapel Civic Association.

McDuffie’s Budget Input Form Summery:

Affordable Housing: Increase emergency rental; assistance and vouchers; create new affordable housing for low income residents, -family of 4; increase workforce housing for moderate income -family of 4; Expand Safe at Home programs for seniors; preserve existing affordable housing stock; Produce new affordable housing units across DC

Open Space/Recreation/Arts:  Increase senior recreation programming; expand the roving leaders program; create new recreation centers/parks; support extended hours at recreation centers; increase are education projects; support recreation in Ivy City.

Economic Development:  Help residents to negotiate community Benefits Agreements; Support small and minority business creation retention, and growth;  Certified Business Enterprise program support (compliance and access to capital); Support development that brings amenities such as grocery stores, recreation, and restaurants.

Environment: Increase access to energy-efficient home improvements for low income residents and seniors; close the W Street trash transfer station; provide clean rivers impervious area change relief for seniors and impacted institutions; expedite implementation of curbside composting.

Equity, Inclusion, & Culture:  Implement a racial equity assessment tool across DC government; establish a commission to review names of potential offensive moments, streets, and schools in DC: build statues featuring people that reflect the diversity of Washington DC; encourage diversification in the asset management industry through reporting; preserve and promote go-go, DC home grown music genre.

Healthcare:  Support and grown existing Ward 5 prenatal/maternal health centers; increase options for pregnant mothers to combat maternal mortality; increase access to senior healthcare services; create a hospital to service northeast and southeast DC; expand in-treatment behavioral heath facilities.

Human Services: Provide addiction prevention and rehabilitation for synthetic drugs; support the temporary assistance for needy families program; provide refugees with legal assistance; increase burial assistance; expand mental health services for people experiencing homelessness.

Education:  Behavior heath supports in schools; increase the per pupil funding formal for opportunity schools; increase full-time behavior technicians and school counselors at opportunity schools; support birth-to-three efforts by subsidizing child development centers to increase access and quality.

Labor & Workforce:  Expand access to building trades & technical training; create programs that support career development; Increase capacity of DC infrastructure academy; Expand offerings through UDC Community College Division of Workforce Development & lifelong Learning.

Infrastructure & Transportation: Increase sidewalk repairs; Increase road improvements; support Lincoln Connector Trail (pedestrian and bike); Increase traffic enforcement & Safety; Expand NY Avenue Pedestrian and bike infrastructure; Create a circulator route on NY Avenue; Support Bus rapid Transit

PublicSafety: Provide behavioral health supports for violence impacted residents at recreation centers; Increase violence prevention and violence interruption efforts using the NEAR Act’s public health-based approach; Expedite installation of police cameras; increase access for grief counseling; support domestic violence prevention.

Nothing further to report.

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DC Budget Survey

Councilmember McDuffie is soliciting feedback from Ward 5 residents on their budget priorities. The city is now begining its budget development for next year. Please use the link below to provide your input.
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Tuesday, 4 FEB Meeting

Please join neighbors and members of MPCA for our monthly meeting:

WHEN: Tuesday, 4 February, 6:30 PM
WHERE: Turkey Thicket Rcreatational Center
WHAT: To review and discuss neighborhood priorities for Councilmember McDuffie and ongoing traffic concerns.

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December 3 Meeting and Christmas Potluck

A very short MPCA meeting will held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center starting at 06:30, followed by a potluck at the Gribbin’s residence, 3800 13th Street.

A short half an hour meeting will be held at the Turkey Thicket Recreation center starting at 6:30 PM.  The meeting will discuss the Traffic Survey that has been developed to share with neighbors throughout our membership area.  After discussing the survey and reviewing the prior meeting minutes have been reviewed, members will travel to the annual holiday potluck at the Gribbin’s home (5 blocks away) on the corner of 13th and Perry Streets (3800 13th Street).

At the potluck, we will first receive a report from the Treasurer, the status of the Christmas project with Bunker Hill School, and volunteers will be requested to select a slate of officers to the 2020-2021 membership year.  Representatives from Mr. McDuffy and the Mayor’s office will inform us of updates.  Members will also be asked to fill out a questionnaire asking for the preferred dates for the Spring park cleanup and ways to keep neighbors informed of MPCA activities.


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MPCA Minutes 2 OCT 2019

Michigan Park Citizens Association
2 October 2019
Turkey Thicket Recreational Center

The meeting began at 6:51 with the Pledge of Allegiance.

President Ralph Bucksell welcomed everyone back after the summer break, the last meeting having been in May, and announced the election results for 2019-2020.

President: Ralph Bucksell, 1st Vice President Roxanne Carter, 2nd Vice President Joan Theil, Secretary Paul Wood, Treasury Beulah Sutherland, Sergeant-at-Arms Katherine Sutherland, Members-at-Large, Ann Gribbin, Don Looney, Karen Bernola, and Lavinia Wohlfarth.

Providence Urgent Care Center.  President Bucksell talked about the recent transition of Providence Hospital to an urgent care center with the outpatient services remaining open.  He also noted the number one expressed wish of residents for the facility is a gymnasium.

TRIANGLE PARK (Michigan Avenue/12th Street, Shepherd St NE).  Don and Elizabeth Looney had trimmed the bushes back in the summer. Paul Wood after some effort ensure the cuttings were picked up by DPW. The weeds were getting out of hand around the bus stop and Ingrid Wood stopped by a few times to weed.  Ralph and Ingrid picked up a donation of plants from DPR for Fall planting.  Members agreed to a work morning on Saturday, 26 October.  Ralph will coordinate for support from a youth group. Focus of the morning will be weeding and planting.

TRAFFIC.  Mr. David Conrad noted the police do not record all accidents, only those with injuries.  As a result, a recent traffic study done by DDOT on his street of Upshur likely downplayed the true dangers of speeding by motorists.  President Bucksell stated he would ask the District Captain about the accident data. Ralph noted his long list of traffic issues.  Ms. Ogochukwu Aqwai, representative for Councilmember McDuffie, stated that the beginning of the budget year was the best time for the Councilmember to question DDOT, or any agency, about issues, as they had to testify in support of next year’s budget.

DISTRICT SMALL BUSINESSES.  Neighbors questioned the City’s support of small business with rising property tases. Ms. Aqwai noted two initiatives of Councilmember McDuffie to support small businesses – the Protecting Local Area Commercial Enterprises of 2019 and The Independent Compliance Office Establishment Act of 2019. 

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Great Flower Bulb Giveaway

The Greater Brookland Garden Club (GBGC) Announcement: Bulb Giveaway – Nov. 16
Find us at the Farmers Market on Nov. 16 and take home some bulbs!
When: Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Monroe Street Market Farmers Market
What: To magnify Brookland’s spring beauty, we’re excited to give away hundreds of tulip, daffodil and blue bell bulbs that day for FREE. 
We invite you to take a dozen or so and plant them in front of your home where people can see them. Please come get some and spread the word with neighbors!
These bulbs should naturalize and come back year after year with proper care. We’ll give you some tips for planting and caring for them too.
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5A03 Meeting with DDOT

5A03 Commissioner Emily Lucio will host the meeting with DDOT to discuss our traffic issues, Wednesday, 7pm, at the Faith United Church of Christ on South Dakota Avenue NE.   Commissioner Lucio has actively coordinated with many local neighborhood organizations, to include Michigan Park Citizens Association, on traffic concerns.

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MPCA Meeting 5 NOV

Please join us during the November meeting of the Michigan Park Citizens Association. We will be reviewing the recent garden work, coming Christmas party and various neighborhood issues.

WHEN:  Tuesday, NOV 5, 06:30 pm
WHERE: Turkey Thicket Recreational Center

Look forward to seeing you there.


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