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DC Water Rate Plans

DC Water is hosting a virtual town hall for each ward to discuss among other things DC Water rate plans. 
Ward 5’s town hall is tomorrow, Wednesday July 1st, at 6:30 pm. To join online using your computer click or copy/paste this link dcwater.com/Ward5TownHall Or call (202) 753-6714; enter Conference ID: 186 308 225# when prompted do so.
Please Note:  DC Water has partnered with a company to robo call the phone number listed on each of the DC Water accounts at the start of the call and the resident can be automatically connected into the virtual meeting.
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Pandemic Assistance

1)  In response to the Covid -19 Pandemic NCCI  (National Committee on Compenstation Insurance) understand that this is a difficult time for everyone and resources are limited. We value the health, safety and well-being of our personnel and community members so we will conduct a curb side food pantry during our normal Pantry Days and Hours. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 10a-2p.. We have pre-made pantry bags to assist families with groceries.
2)  Now Seniors, Disabled Community Members and Expecting Mothers residing in Ward 5 can contact our main office at 202-588-1800 or fill out the pre-registration form on our website https://www.northcapinc.org/food-pantry-registration to pre-register and get food dropped off to their doorsteps between 3p-5p on our pantry day. We will continue to do our best to address the needs of those we serve. If you need to reach us, you may contact us at 202-588-1800.  Please stay connected with us via www.facebook.com/NorthCapInc for regular updates.
3)  And for more information on other District resources regarding food during the public health emergency check out https://coronavirus.dc.gov/food .
4) Residents that are homebound because of the COVID-19 can request support from the District for food and other essentials items.  Call 1-888-349-8323 or click here:  https://coronavirus.dc.gov/gethelp
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Pedestrian Trail Between Gallatin and Galloway

Please see the following letter sent on behalf of Rock Creek Park Superintendent Julia Washburn.

Dear Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie.

We hope this message finds you and yours well.  It has been awhile since we provided an update on the project to formalize the pedestrian trail between Gallatin and Galloway Streets, NE.

The project to construct a new paved trail between Gallatin and Galloway Streets NE has been fully designed and awarded. The awarded contactor is currently submitting pre-construction documents and other materials for approval.  A notice to proceed will be issued as soon as all those submittals have been received and approved.

The contractor is expected to mobilize no later than June 30, 2020.  During construction, the trail will be closed for public use and unofficial trails to the east will also be closed to allow for re-vegetation of the area. Current useres should expect to use DC sidewalks on Gallatin, Galloway, and South Dakota during construction.  The trail is expected to be completed and open for public use within 120 days of construction start.

We thank you in advance for ensuing this update is shared as weidely as possible with the 5A (most impacted community) and Ward 5 communities.  We are most appreicative of your support and interest. Should you have any further questions regarding this matter, please do not hesistate to contact me or our Chief, Division of Maintenance, Don Kirk at donald_kirk@nps.gov or (202) 895-6017.


Julia Washburn
Rock Creek Park

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Metropolitan Bike Trail Planning

Please see attached and below update from DDOT on MBT Improvements:
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is completing the design of the remaining sections of the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT). The MBT is an important transportation route, providing connections to home, work, and play. The MBT has been constructed in sections. When fully completed, the MBT will be an eight-mile trail that runs from Union Station to Silver Spring, MD. The latest section being designed connects the Fort Totten Metro Station to the Takoma neighborhood in NW Washington, DC. The preliminary design for this section was completed in 2016. DDOT with its consultant team is currently completing the final design of this section, which is scheduled to be completed by winter 2020. The key elements of the MBT under design include:
  • New off-street and on-street trail segments
  • Traffic calming features
  • Storm water and low-impact development
  • Traffic signals & Lighting
Project update materials including Powerpoint slide deck, Project Fact Sheet, and a detailed Project Map providing further information and update on the project have been made available on the project website http://metbranchtrail.com/. For more information regarding the project please contact DDOT Project Manager, Samer Alhawamdeh at metbranchtrail@dc.gov.
To submit comments or questions about this project, please use the following:
  • Email: metbranchtrail@dc.gov
  • Telephone: 202.369.4637
  • Mail: DDOT, ATTN: Met Branch Trail, 55 M Street SE, Suite 400, Washington, DC
If you need special accommodations, please contact Cesar Barreto at 202-671-2829 or Cesar.Barreto@dc.gov. If you need language assistance services (translation or interpretation), please contact Karen Randolph at 202-671-2620 or Karen.Randolph@dc.gov. These services will be provided free of charge.
Kelley Cislo
Chair Pro Tempore
Council of The District of Columbia
1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW Suite 506
Washington DC 20004
DIRECT: 202-724-8172
CELL: 202-412-0188
Visit us on the web at https://kenyanmcduffieward5.com
Interested in keeping up with Ward 5? Please sign up for Councilmember McDuffie’s Newsletter
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District Coronavirus Response

Below are updates on the District’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. For the latest and most comprehensive information always visit http://coronavirus.dc.gov.

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DC Mayor’s 5pm Tele-TownHall

Please join if you are able…..today Mayor Bowser announced the plan to lift the Stay At Home order this Friday 5/29.

Today, at 5:00PM, Mayor Bowser will host a Community Leader TeleTownhall on Coronavirushttps://bit.ly/CommunityCall527

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – Data as of last report, May 25
Total Overall Tested: 42,055*
Total Number of DC Residents Tested: 35,262*
Number of DC’s overall positive cases: 8,334
Change from last report: +109
Lives lost: 440
Change from last report: +0
Number of DCPS meals distributed for all students: 11,562
Number of Senior meals distributed and delivered: 1,050
Number of total views of #FitDC Seniors show from Mayor’s social media platforms: 3,475
Number of total views of #FitDC Kids show from Mayor’s social media platforms: 1,568
*All Data are preliminary and are subject to change based on additional reporting.
Visit coronavirus.dc.gov/data for interactive data dashboards or to download COVID-19 data.​
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Online Survey for ReOpenDC

April 28, 2020
LaToya Foster (EOM) – (202) 727-5011; latoya.foster@dc.gov
Mayor Bowser Launches Online Survey for ReOpenDC
Residents, Workers & Employers Can Also Provide Feedback at a Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday at 5 pm
(WASHINGTON, DC) – After launching the ReOpenDC Advisory Group, Mayor Muriel Bowser is seeking feedback from District residents, workers, and employers through an online survey and virtual town hall.
“Like cities and countries around the world, the District’s response to COVID-19 has been unprecedented, and so too will be the process of reopening,” said Mayor Bowser. “Every resident has a seat at the table and an opportunity to share their perspective, thoughts, and dreams. Our hope isn’t just to simply ReOpenDC, but to be a better DC when we do reopen.”
The ReOpenDC Virtual Town Hall will provide an opportunity for District residents to learn about the work of ReOpenDC and to ask questions of Mayor Bowser and ReOpenDC co-chairs, Ambassador Susan Rice and Secretary Michael Chertoff. The virtual town hall will occur on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. To register, visit coronavirus.dc.gov/reopendc.
“Our focus will be on harnessing the best ideas from residents and experts across the public and private sectors to plan the re-opening of the District,” said Ambassador Rice. “Only through active and ongoing engagement with our neighbors will we be able to form a plan for reopening that aligns with public expectations while emphasizing the need to improve the quality-of-life of all District residents.”
The ReOpenDC survey, which can also be accessed on coronavirus.dc.gov/reopendc, asks residents to share their feedback regarding reopening, as well as any big ideas, concerns, or feedback about reopening.
“As Mayor Bowser has said, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to not just reopen our city but to build a more equitable DC,” said Secretary Chertoff. “By working with the community, we will help the Mayor develop a safe and sustainable approach to reopen the District and get our local economy up and running, and working for everyone.”
Mayor Bowser assembled the ReOpenDC Advisory Group to evaluate community feedback, synthesize expert health and medical feedback, evaluate national and global best practices, and make sector specific recommendations regarding plans for reopening after the District’s unprecedented response to COVID-19. The ReOpenDC Advisory Committee, co-chaired by Ambassador Rice and Secretary Chertoff, will envision and plan for a sustainable reopening of Washington, DC through community driven guidance, and in accordance with DC Values and health principles recommended by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
For more information about the District’s COVID-19 response, visit coronavirus.dc.gov/reopendc.
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Weed Killers

A big thank you to Don and Elizabeth who answerd the call this week to pull weeds from our neighborhood park. Getting ahead of the weeds in the Spring will enable to garden to thrive during the Summer.

Persistent Effort

A Job Well Done

Feel free to drop by and add your contribution of labor to the effort.

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Spring Bloom


Flowers are blooming at the neighborhood triangle park, 12th/Michigan/Shepherd Streets.  Most evident are the lilies. Perhaps you have noticed while taking some fresh air during a walk.

Flower Bed

The planned Spring cleanup and mulching of the park did not occur this weekend for obvious reasons. However, some neighbors have stopped by indiviudally to weed and pick up the trash.  Thank you to all who have made the effort which is quite evident.

Please feel free to stop by and pull some weeds. The Spring time is important to get ahead of the weeds or they will quickly overrun the flower bed.


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