Michigan Park Citizens Association
October 2, 2018
Turkey Thicket Recreational Center
President Ralph Bucksell opened the meeting at 6:36 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Treasurer Beulah Sutherland reported no income or disbursements.
Mr. Brian McClure, representative to Councilmember McDuffie, handed out leaflet advertising the council members meeting next week to discuss the pending closing of Providence Hospital. Brian also noted that the proposed budget item for the Shepherd Street park is now with the Mayor’s office.
Ms. Elizabeth McGowan, MPCA representative to the Federation of D.C. Citizens Associations, reported on two items.
- The Federation’s board approved a two-page letter with recommendations laying out how the DC Council can strengthen the Comprehensive Plan framework.
- The city is looking to upgrade hardware for the 5G, the next generation of internet capability. There are four competitors and various internet providers. The business models vary between building multiple small towers throughout the city and consolidating cell towers atop of established hotels.
Mr. Lorenz Wheatley attended a September 13th meeting involving the National Association of Nurses. The association favored keeping the hospital open.
Mr. Bucksell provided additional background about the hospital’s financing and services. He noted MPCA’s priority is to provide recommendations and referenced the list provided in the agenda. Members also discussed asking the city, which receives a block grant for medicare and medicaid, how the needy will be served. Mr. Paul Wood moved that the recommendations be included in a letter addressed to Providence Hospital, Ascension, and appropriate city officials. The motion passed.
Mr. Mahlik Miller introduced himself as the new representative to the mayor, a duty previously held by Lionell Gaines.
The meeting adjourned at 7:59 p.m.