Assocation Year End Report from out President
At its November meeting the board listed its priorities for the neighborhood:
- Quality School Access
- Broad Branch restoration
- Safety upgrades on Blagden Avenue path
- Water Quality / Environmental Justice issues.
Ironically, when the Board held its November meeting, we met in candlelight – because the lights went out at 5:07 PM and stayed out for 2 hours. We discussed our priorities and budget. In addition to continuing to serve as our civic organization, we want to do more to work on issues like landscaping, group purchasing, reaching out to seniors and others who may want assistance. Of course, public safety, PEPCO reliability and crime deterrence remain priorities.
Many of us continue to work on getting access to a free, public, high quality education. Those efforts continue and we understand that the Chancellor of Education will be issuing a proposal in January.
Zoning – we worked on the issue of allowing accessory dwellings. The Office of Planning will be holding additional meetings. The ward 4 meeting is scheduled for January 16, 2013, but no location has been set. We will let you know when we know.
We are entering the season when there likely will be some dangerous inclement weather. Let’s look out for each other. If you need assistance with snow clearing or other needs (especially you seniors), let us know.
During 2012, the Association held six community meetings. Our annual meeting was on Zoning. One of our recent meetings focused on schools and correcting the designation of our elementary school to align with our Deal Middle School and Wilson High School, which are Crestwood’s assigned schools. (Historically, student living on the west side of 16th Street, NW went to schools on the west side of 16th).
The Association meets every other month, usually on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. The Association organized the annual Fourth of July Kids Parade, the Sunday after Labor Day Picnic, Halloween Party, and Easter Egg Hunt. We thank Deb and George Chaconas for hosting the Association’s recent Holiday Social Open House.
We worked to get our ANC to pay for installing pet waste bag dispensers and signs, which it did.
Broad Branch Road was reopened. Now, we are pushing to make sure that the future restoration of the entire road within the park is done sooner rather than later and remains available for our use. The city is studying alternatives uses which might delay or stop the needed water remediation and repairs or change the configuration away from being a two-lane road for cars. We are concerned that the city is wasting time and money studying “alternatives” that are not feasible or beneficial.
Friendly reminders: Please do not leave valuables in your car. Please keep the noise down, restrain your dogs and, if you must use leaf or snow blowers, look for quieter models.
We will continue to keep in touch through the Crestwood website, through our own Crestwood email list and via the Crestwood list-serve. You can access all of these resources and more on the website.
Have a wonderful 2013!