2021 Meeting Schedule Posted

Neighbors, our meeting schedule for 2021 is now available. Please note that we are shifting our meetings from the first Monday of the month to the second Monday of each month. This change should help us reduce the number of meetings we need to reschedule due to federal holidays.

We will be meeting on:

Monday, January 11, 2021
Monday, February 8, 2021
Monday, March 8, 2021
Monday, April 12, 2021
Monday, May 10, 2021
Monday, June 14, 2021
Monday, July 12, 2021
Monday, August 9, 2021
Monday, September 13, 2021
Monday, October 11, 2021
Monday, November 8, 2021
Monday, December 13, 2021 (election of 2021 officers)

We will post an agenda before each meeting on our blog and distribute links on Twitter and Next Door. We hope to see you at a meeting.

December 7 ECA Meeting: 2021 Officer Elections

Please click HERE to download a copy of the agenda.

How to Participate in Our Virtual Meeting

  • There are two ways to join the meeting:
    • Or by phone
      • One tap mobile +13017158592,,82194999552#
      • Manual dial: +1 301 715 8592 | Meeting ID: 821 9499 9552
  • PLEASE NOTE that it will be easier for you to vote in the election if you join via internet

Agenda Items                                                                                    

ECA business — 7:00-7:30 pm

  • Officer Updates
  • Discussion of draft proposed amendment to ECA bylaws
    • Should we eliminate ECA member fees and replace it with a suggested donation?
    • Should we keep procedure for expelling members?

Elections — 7:30-8:00 pm

  • Brief statements, Q&A with 2021 candidates:
    • For President: Conor Shaw
    • For Treasurer: Neil Shah       
    • For Communications Director: Ben Colbert 
    • For Vice President (up to four positions): Dana Samuels, Daniel Agold, Taylor Kennedy
  • Voting (to be conducted via zoom)

Upcoming Meetings & Events                                                         

  • Please note: in 2021, we are planning on changing the day of our meeting to the SECOND Monday of the month to reduce the number of meetings that conflict with holidays.
  • Monday, January 11, 2021: First ECA Meeting of 2021

November 2, 2020 Meeting Agenda

How to Participate in Our Virtual Meeting

Agenda Items                                                                                    

ECA business — 7:00-7:30 pm

  • Reminder that ECA elections are December 7. Please contact us if you are interested in running to serve as president, vice president (up to four positions), treasurer, or communications director.
  • Application for zoning variances (building height, retaining wall height) at 2017 Rear 2nd Street NE (Lona Alia).
  • Discussion of proposal to eliminate ECA member fees and replace it with a suggested donation. We want all residents to have a voice in our decisions, and the costs of administrating a small fee are significant. We look forward to hearing what folks think about this proposal. If there’s support, we’ll vote on a bylaw amendment in December.

Updates from community leaders — 7:30-7:45 pm

Upcoming Meetings & Events                                                         

  • Monday, Dec. 7: ECA elections

DDOT is accepting comments on proposed changes to T St. and Todd Pl. NE

DDOT is proposing several changes to two streets to the immediate north of Langley Elementary and McKinley Technology High School to improve traffic flow and safety during school pick up and drop off. Three changes are being proposed:

  1. Permanent one-way eastbound on T St NE between Lincoln and 2nd St NE
    As you know, T St is currently designated for one-way eastbound operation between Lincoln Rd and Summit Pl during school hours only. DDOT’s one-way conversion study recommends that we make T St one-way eastbound permanently and extends it up to 2nd St NE to improve traffic flow.
  2. Contraflow bike lane along T St in addition to the one-way conversation
    DDOT recommends adding a contraflow bike lane because the existing road configuration is too narrow for two way traffic, but too wide for one way traffic, which may result in speeding problem. By adding a contraflow bike lane, we can prevent the problem while keeping parking on both sides.
  3. Todd Pl NE one-way westbound
    Todd Pl between Lincoln Rd and 2nd NE is currently a one-way eastbound. With proposed change on T St one-way, we will have two consecutive one-way streets eastbound. To improve traffic flow, DDOT recommends changing traffic direction on Todd Pl NE.

Please comment by emailing DDOT’s Ward 5 liaison, Kelly Jeong-Olson, at Kelly.Jeong-Olson1@dc.gov. You are welcome to cc: the civic association (eckingtoncivic@gmail.com) and reach out to us with questions.

DDOT has prepared a one-pager explaining the changes. An image of the one pager is posted below, and the document is also available for download here.

October 5 Virtual Meeting Agenda

A pdf version of the agenda is available here.

How to Participate in Our Virtual Meeting

Agenda Items                                                                                    

ANC 5E03 Candidate Forum— 7:00-7:45 pm

  • ANC 5E03 candidates Michael Kaercher and Denise Wright will take moderated questions. Please submit your questions to eckingtoncivic@gmail.com in advance of the meeting.
  • Note: We invited the ANC 5E04 candidates to participate as well, but neither candidate responded

(Unconfirmed) A brief conversation with Marcus Goodwin, Candidate for D.C. Council At-Large — 7:45-8:00 pm

  • Marcus Goodwin, a candidate for the D.C. Council At-Large, requested the opportunity to speak with the civic association. We expect him to share a little bit about himself and his priorities. 

ECA business — 8:00-8:15 pm

  • Feedback for DDOT regarding 3rd Street NE “slow streets” proposal
  • Update on DDOT outreach regarding conversion of T street NE to one-way eastbound.
  • Reminder that ECA elections are December 7. Please contact us if you are interested in running to serve as president, vice president (up to four positions), treasurer, or communications director.
  • Murder-free DC’s contract for violence interruption in Truxton Circle/Eckington was not renewed

Updates from community leaders — 8:15-8:30 pm

Upcoming Meetings & Events                                                         

  • Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7pm: ANC 5E meeting
  • Saturday, Oct. 17: Neighborhood cleanup with Eckington Parks & Arts
  • Monday, Nov. 2: Next ECA meeting
  • Monday, Dec. 7: ECA elections

ECA September 14, 2020 Virtual Meeting

A PDF version of the agenda is available here: https://eckingtoncivicassociation.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/eca-draft-agenda-september-2020.pdf

How to Participate in Our Virtual Meeting

Agenda Items                                                                                    

ECA business — 7:00-7:10 pm

  • Updates from ECA Officers
    • ANC elections are happening again in November (including ANC single member district 5E03 and 5E04 in Eckington). ECA intends to host an ANC candidate forum at our October meeting. Please contact us if you would like to submit questions for the candidates.
    • NoMA BID recognized ECA work with Community Partner Award, invitation to participate in update to their strategic plan
    • ECA elections for 2021 officers will be held on December 9. Please contact us at Eckingtoncivic@gmail.com if you would like to run for President, Vice President (up to four positions), Treasurer, or Communications Director. Our bylaws require that you be a member in good standing to run for office or vote for officers, so join us today!

A brief introduction: Candidate for ANC 5E03, Michael Kaercher 7:10-20 pm

  • Michael Kaercher, a candidate for the ANC 5E03, requested the opportunity to introduce himself to the civic association. We expect him to share a little bit about himself and his priorities. Michael has agreed to participate in the ECA’s candidate forum, so we will save questions for then. 

Updates from community leaders — 7:20-7:30 pm

A conversation with Marcus Goodwin, Candidate for D.C. Council At-Large — 7:30-8:00 pm

  • Marcus Goodwin, a candidate for the D.C. Council At-Large, requested the opportunity to speak with the civic association. We expect him to share a little bit about himself and his priorities, and then take questions from members of the civic association and Eckington residents. 

Upcoming Meetings & Events                                                         

ECA July 13 Meeting (7:30PM-9:00PM)

A word version of the agenda is available here.

How to Participate in Our Virtual Meeting

  • ***Please note that we are starting our July meeting at 7:30 pm instead of 7:00 pm to accommodate a guest speaker***
  • There are two ways to join the meeting:
    • Or call in by phone at +1 984-212-6781 and enter this PIN: 753596389#

Agenda                                                                                    

ECA business — 7:30-7:45 pm

  • Updates on advocacy (Conor Shaw)
    • Funding for ECA priorities (violence intervention and Dave Thomas Circle) appears to be intact
    • Readout from July 9 meeting with DDOT and other community partners about improving safety on North Capitol Street
  • ANC elections are happening again in November (including ANC single member district 5E03 and 5E04 in Eckington) (Conor Shaw)
    • Deadline to appear on the November 2020 ballot is August 5, 2020.
    • Information about how to run for ANC is available here, and additional information is available at DC’s Board of Elections website.
  • Updates on green spaces (Conor Shaw)
    • Tanner Park is now open. Please join or contribute to Eckington Parks & Arts, which is assuming responsibility for upkeep of the dog park
    • Construction is starting soon on a “food forest” at Langley Elementary/Harry Thomas Rec. Center
    • Effort to reallocate JBG community benefits is on hold while developer tries once more to use funds for original purpose (community garden in ANC 5E03)

Updates from community leaders — 7:45-8:00 pm

A conversation with Ed Lazere, Candidate for D.C. Council At-Large — 8:00 pm

  • Ed Lazere, a candidate for the D.C. Council At-Large, requested the opportunity to speak with the civic association. We expect him to share a little bit about himself and his priorities, and then take questions from members of the civic association and Eckington residents.  

Upcoming Meetings & Events                                                         

  • Wednesday, July 15, 7pm: Eckington Parks & Arts meeting
  • Thursday, July 16: Greater Greater Washington training on running for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners. Register here.
  • Saturday, July 18: ECA and EP&A neighborhood cleanup
  • Saturday August 1: ECA and EP&A neighborhood cleanup
  • September 14, 2020: Next ECA Meeting (We will not meet in August, as has been our custom)

ECA Monthly Meeting Minutes – June 1, 2020

Eckington Community!

Thank you so much to everyone that was able to attend this month’s community meeting. We are continuing to do the meetings via Google Hangout. Our next meeting is scheduled for July 13th.

By a vote of 21-3, the ECA voted to support zoning map changes to permit high density residential and medium density commercial uses of six properties on the 500 – 600 blocks of Rhode Island Ave NE (Jair Lynch).

Click here to view meeting minutes.

If you would like to join the ECA, click here for instructions. We look forward to your participation!

June 1 Virtual Meeting Agenda

How to Participate in Our Virtual Meeting

Agenda Items                                                                                    

Guest Presentations — 7:00-7:30 pm

  • Zoning map changes to permit high density residential and medium density commercial uses of the 500 – 600 blocks of Rhode Island Ave NE (Jair Lynch) — view materials here
  • Ward 5 Mutual Aid effort (Jason Najjoum)

ECA Business — 7:30-8:00 pm

  • Updates on ECA work:
    • Recap of ECA and Eckington Parks & Arts community cleanup on May 16 (Ben Colbert)
    • Helping McKinley Technology High School (Dana Samuels) — Join our committee to help McKinley conduct a social distance friendly graduation
    • Budget advocacy next steps (Conor Shaw)
    • Eckington Yards community benefit agreement (Conor Shaw)

Updates from community leaders and offices — 8:00-8:30 pm

ECA FY 2021 Budget Requests

Today, the Eckington Civic Association submitted budget requests for FY 2021 to the Mayor. The budget requests were developed with community input both online and at the civic association’s February meeting.

Because we anticipate that the city’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and associated impacts on the local economy will result in significant changes to many aspects of the city’s budget, the civic association has prioritized four requests this budget cycle:

  1. Continued funding for the Truxton Circle/Eckington violence interruption program;
  2. Additional funding for crime prevention efforts, including increasing the deployment of officers who patrol on foot or bike and installing additional permanent or temporary street cameras;
  3. Continued funding for the redesign and rebuilding of Dave Thomas Circle on the timetable announced by DDOT in the FY 2020 budget
  4. Funding to upgrade restrooms and other sanitation facilities in Eckington’s DCPS schools and at the Harry Thomas Recreation Center

The Civic Association also included longer set of requests gathered from residents prior to the coronavirus crisis. Where possible, we are asking that those items also received funding this budget cycle or be considered for appropriations as the city engages in its recovery efforts.