Hearing on B21-9 & B21-174, Public Space Namings


CHAIRMAN PHIL MENDELSON ANNOUNCES A PUBLIC HEARING

Bill 21-9, Ruby Whitfield Way Designation Act of 2015
Bill 21-174, Margaret Peters and Roumania Peters Walker Tennis Courts Designation Act of 2015

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announces a public hearing before the Committee of the Whole on Bill 21-9, the “Ruby Whitfield Way Designation Act of 2015” and Bill 21-174, the “Margaret Peters and Roumania Peters Walker Tennis Courts Designation Act of 2015.”  The hearing will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 in Hearing Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building.  (If the previous hearing runs late, this hearing will begin immediately following the previous hearing.)

The stated purpose of Bill 21-9 is to symbolically designate the 1100 block of Florida Avenue, N.E., as Ruby Whitfield Way.  Ruby Whitfield was a member of the New Samaritan Baptist Church and was tragically killed when she was struck by an automobile on Florida Avenue while walking across the street from her church.  The stated purpose of Bill 21-174, the Margaret Peters and Roumania Peters Walker Tennis Courts Designation Act of 2015 is to designate the tennis courts at Rose Park, located at 2600 O Street, N.W. (Georgetown), as the Margaret Peters and Roumania Peters Walker Tennis Courts.  The Peters sisters were born in the Georgetown neighborhood and grew up blocks from the Rose Park Playground where they played tennis at one of the few courts open at the time to African-Americans in Washington.

Those who wish to testify are asked to telephone the Committee of the Whole at (202) 724-8196, or email Greg Matlesky, Legislative Aide, at gmatlesky@dccouncil.us, and to provide your name, address, telephone number, and organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business Monday, June 1, 2015.  Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony.  If submitted by the close of business on June 1, 2015 the testimony will be distributed to Councilmembers before the hearing.  Witnesses should limit their testimony to four minutes; less time will be allowed if there are a large number of witnesses.  A copy of Bill 21-9 and Bill 21-174 can be obtained through the Legislative Services Division of the Secretary of the Council’s office or on http://lims.dccouncil.us.

If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record.  Written statements should be submitted to the Committee of the Whole, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 410 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004.  The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.