News you can use and share with the community.
News you can use and share with the community.
The Ward 5 MOCRS are Dominique Chestnut (202-394-4399: firstname.lastname@example.org and Malik Miller 202-251-5049: email@example.com.
Monday & Wednesday Weekly – Free Strength/Tone & Yoga Classes at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM, 1100 Michigan Ave NE; Senior Water Aerobics on Mon & Wed from 8-9AM & 9-10AM (DC Residents 55 Plus ONLY.
Monday, June 3rd, 7PM – 9PM – Stronghold Civic Association (SCA) meets at the Inspired Teaching Public Charter School (200 Douglas St NE) every 1st Monday of each month unless it falls on a holiday, then it’s on the 2nd Monday. POC: Laura Jackson, President). SCA listserv: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Door website: https://stronghold.nextdoor.com/news_feed/. E-mail: StrongholdCivicAssociation@gmail.com
Tuesday, June 4th, 6:30 PM, DC Water Townhall. Each year, DC Water conducts town hall meetings in all 8 wards, which provide customers an opportunity to learn about the water authority’s proposed rates and fees for the next year while allowing the public to share concerns, comments, and ideas. The meetings are intended to provide customers with an opportunity to comment on new rates for the fiscal year that begins October 1st. Location: Trinidad Recreation Center, 1310 Childress St NE
Friday, June 7th, 6PM – 8PM at MHCDO. Have you RSVP’d for DC First Fridays, yet? Attention all Small Business Owners, the next “DC First Friday” event will take place from. Special Guest & Director of the DC Office of Planning will be Andrew Trueblood. Location: Marshall Heights Community Development Organization, Inc. 3939 Benning Road NE 20019. POC: 202-396-1200; www.mhcdo.org
Saturday, June 8th, 2PM, March in the Capital Pride Parade: You’re invited to walk with Councilmember McDuffie and your Ward 5 neighbors in the annual Capital Pride Parade. All are invited and encouraged to attend this fun and diverse event. Location: Meet at the corner of 23rd Street NW and N Street NW.
Tuesday, June 11th; Sept 17th; and Nov 12: MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Community Health Department invites you to attend the AARP Smart Driver Course. In this course, you will learn: Safe ways to merge with traffic, change lanes, make turns at busy intersections and proper following distance; Proper use of seat belts, air-bags and getting your best seating position for driving; New technologies to assist in accident prevention such as anti-lock brakes, skid control, blind-spot monitoring and collision avoidance; Effects of medications and distractions on driving; New laws & challenges of driving in Washington DC such as bicycle lanes, scooter, traffic circles & road changes.
Location: MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, Tele-Center & Tele-Conference Room, 102 Irving St NW; Cost: AARP Members: $15 & Non-members: $20 – Payment is required via cash or check at the time of class. Register: Call Scott Hunt @ 202-431-5107 (before 9PM.). Certification will be provided upon completion of the course, which can be used to receive discounts on car insurance. Please check with your insurance company about their policy.
Monday, June 17th, 7PM-9PM - Bloomingdale Civic Association (BCA) meets at St George’s Episcopal Church, 2nd and U Streets NW. BCA meets every 3rd Monday of the month but if a holiday falls on the 3rd Monday, it meets on the 4th Mon. (bloomingdalecivicassociation.org, POC: Teri Quinn, President)
Tuesday, June 18th, 7PM–9PM - ANC5E Public Meetings meets at Friendship Armstrong Public Charter School; ANC 5E meets every 3rd Tuesday of each month @ 1400 P Street NW (corner of 1st and P St NW). (www.anc5edc.org – twitter @anc5e). POC: Bradley Thomas, Chair.
OPC In Your Neighborhood
OPC will be out at the following events:
Community Presentation to Nineteenth Street Baptist Church Senior Ministry
4606 16th Street NW
Friday, June 7
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Constituent Services Day
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Wednesday, June 19
9:15 AM - 2:15 PM
Outreach Event with Feed My Sheep
601 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE
Saturday, June 29th
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Are you hosting an event and would like OPC to attend? Drop us a line!
OPC attends dozens of events across all eight wards each year. Whether at a neighborhood block party extravaganza, or a small gathering at the dog park, OPC goes anywhere to provide consumers with valuable information about your utilities.
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Do you have feedback or an idea for an article that could be featured in an upcoming edition of the OPC Connection? We want to hear from you! Just drop our editorial team an email @ email@example.com or tweet us @DCOPC
OPC Stunned by PEPCO’s Request to Increase Rates by $162 Million over Three Years: OPC will thoroughly vet application to ensure DC Consumers are protected.
Washington, DC -May 30, 2019, Pepco filed an application with the DC Public Service Commission (DCPSC) requesting to increase rates by $162 million over the next three years. As part of the request, Pepco seeks to change its ratemaking design from asking the DCPSC each time it wants to increase its rates, to a multi-year rate plan in which rates would increase automatically each year over the three-year plan. If approved, Pepco estimates average monthly residential customer rates would increase by $8.57 after May 2020, an additional $3.69 in 2021, and $3.19 by 2022.
With the multi-year rate plan, Pepco is also asking the Commission to approve several incentive mechanisms that would allow the Company to earn more money if it hits certain annual performance metrics which could raise rates even further in 2021 and 2022 than what is estimated. In case the Commission does not approve the multi-year rate plan, Pepco asks in the alternative to increase its rates by $88.6 million which would increase the average monthly bill by $9.55.
"OPC is shocked and dismayed by the size of Pepco's rate increase," said People's Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye. "Pepco is proposing a fundamental change in how rates are calculated in the District. OPC will continue its unwavering commitment to be a strong and thorough advocate for ratepayers and will advocate vigorously to ensure that Pepco's rates are reasonable, and that Pepco is only authorized to collect from its customers those costs that are necessary for the delivery of safe, reliable, resilient, affordable, and environmentally sustainable service. OPC will thoroughly analyze Pepco's application. My goal is to ensure that any rate plan authorized by the DCPSC both generates real, tangible benefits for District consumers and supports the District's environmental goals and modernization policies," People's Counsel Mattavous-Frye further stated.
Since merging with Exelon in March 2016, Pepco has filed two separate requests for rate increases, both were reduced substantially by the DCPSC as a result of OPC's zealous advocacy. "OPC is particularly concerned with the timing of Pepco's proposed rate increases. They may be implemented in the same time-frame as several new energy-related initiatives go into effect and prior to the implementation of the DCPSC's MEDSIS grid modernization plan, which all have potential customer bill impacts. In reviewing Pepco's application, OPC is committed to minimizing any rate shock that customers may experience."
OPC will continue to keep consumers up-to-date throughout these proceedings and invites any consumers that have concerns with today's proposal to share their concerns with the Office at (202) 727-3071 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DC Community Health Needs Assessment Survey: As part of the health improvement planning process for the District of Columbia, DC Health in partnership with the DC Hospital Association, created a survey to better identify the needs and strengths of our city and residents. The information collected in the survey will be used in creating the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment, as well as planning for future services, programs, policies, and better coordination among organizations. Please visit https://ourhealthydc.org/survey-community-needs/ to take the survey now.
Filling out the survey is voluntary and your responses are anonymous. You will not be asked for your name, address, or any other information that can identify you. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. At the end of this survey, there is information on how you can enter a raffle for three chances to win a $100 gift card as a thank you for your time. Take the survey today!
Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project: R Street NW Construction Site Newsletter
May 31, 2019
This newsletter provides an update of mobilization construction activities for the R Street NW
Mobilization of the R Street NW Construction Site
On June 4, 2019, DC Water's contractor will begin mobilizing on the R Street, NW construction site, which will become a major construction component of the Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project (NEBT). The site is in the park area bounded by 6th Street, NW to the east, R Street, NW to the south and Rhode Island Avenue, NW to the north. Here, crews will construct a shaft that will serve as the exit point of the Tunnel Boring Machine “Chris” when it arrives sometime in early 2021. Commuters, pedestrians and cyclists are advised to follow all warning signs and flaggers.
Before mobilizing to the site, it will be necessary to remove the trees surrounding the Cooper Gordon Park as well as the trees, bushes and other features within the park. After preparing the site for mobilization, crews will begin locating construction equipment on the site for use in creating the shaft. When work is completed, the park will be restored to its original or better condition.
Travel and Parking Restrictions
The following travel and parking restrictions will remain in place 24 hours per day, 7 days a week through early 2022.
Rhode Island Avenue, NW
6th Street, NW
Pedestrian and Bicycle Detours
The Northeast Boundary Tunnel is the largest component of the Clean Rivers Project. It begins south of RFK Stadium and will extend north to Rhode Island Avenue, NE and west to 6th Street NW. When complete, the approximately five-mile long tunnel will significantly reduce chronic flooding in areas it serves, as well as reduce the amount of combined sewer overflows into the Anacostia River by 98%.
Contact Us: 24/7 Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project Hotline: (800) 988-6151;
Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project Webpage: dcwater.com/NEBT
NEBT Project Overview
The Northeast Boundary Neighborhood Protection Project was launched in 2012 to address historical flooding issues in Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park. This multi-step effort will reduce the pressure on the undersized section of the Northeast Boundary Trunk Sewer that serves these neighborhoods by:
DC Water began construction on the massive $2.6 billion Clean Rivers Project in 2011 to build large storage tunnels from Blue Plains all the way up to the Northeast Boundary district. The Authority is changing the alignment of the system to provide better drainage for the affected area. DC Water has also accelerated project plans to reach this area sooner than originally scheduled, so that in 2023 the tunnel system to the south will meet up and tie into the First Street Tunnel. At that time the lift station can be removed as drainage will be achieved through gravity.
Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project
The century-old combined sewer system in the District of Columbia is not equipped to handle the population growth experienced during the last 100 years. The sewer system is undersized and has caused chronic flooding in the Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park neighborhoods, at the Rhode Island Metro Station area, and on Mount Olivet Road NE for decades.
To address the problem, DC Water has initiated construction of the Northeast Boundary Tunnel (NEBT) to connect with the existing sewer system, significantly mitigating sewer flooding while improving the water quality of the Anacostia River. The NEBT is the largest component of the Clean Rivers Project and will start just south of RFK Stadium and extend north to Rhode Island Avenue and west to R Street NW.
Please remember to watch for our workers and your neighbors as you proceed by the construction sites.
Ward 5 Priorities:
Protecting our Environment: