Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announces a public hearing before the Committee of the Whole on Bill 22-53, the “Glick Court Designation Act of 2017”; “Bill 22-56, the “Duvall Court Designation Act of 2017”; Bill 22-59, the “McGill Alley Designation Act of 2017;” Bill 22-91, the “Ebenezer Court Designation Act of 2017”; Bill 22-116, the “Brishell Jones Way Designation Act of 2017”; and Bill 22-117, the “Walter Way Designation Act of 2017.” The hearing will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017 in Hearing Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building.
The stated purpose of Bill 22-53 is to officially designate the alley in Square 442 that runs east/west between the 600 block of Rhode Island Avenue, N.W., and S Street, N.W., and the 1700 block of 6th and 7th Streets, N.W., in Ward 6, as Glick Court. The stated purpose of Bill 22-56 is to officially designate the alleyway that runs east/west between the 400 block of 15th and 16th Streets, S.E., and the 1500 block of D and E Streets, S.E., in Ward 6, as Duvall Court. The stated purpose of Bill 22-59 is to officially designate the alley in Square 376, parallel to F Street, N.W. and G Street, N.W. between 9th Street, N.W. and 10th Street, N.W., in Ward 2, as McGill Alley to honor the prolific 19th Century Washington architect, James McGill. The stated purpose of Bill 22-91 is to officially designate the alley in Square 1089 that runs east/west between the 300 block of the 16th and 17th Streets, S.E., and the 1600 blocks of C and D Streets, S.E., in Ward 6, as Ebenezer Court. The stated purpose of Bill 22-116 is to symbolically designate the unit block of Danbury Street, S.W., as Brishell Jones Way. The stated purpose of Bill 22-117 is to officially designate the alleyway that runs east/west in Square 756, between Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., and C Street, N.E., in Ward 6, as Walter Way in recognition of the family that owned the William Walter’s Son Carriage Repository and Coach Shop in that alleyway at the turn of the last century.
The Committee originally held a hearing on the designations of “McGill Alley” and “Walter Way” on November 8, 2016 under Bill 21-765 and Bill 21-476, respectively. However, Bill 21-765 and Bill 21-476 did not specify the designation as an official naming. Thus, Bill 22-59 and Bill 22-117 have been introduced and the Committee is holding a new hearing pursuant to the Street and Alley Closing and Acquisition Procedures Act of 1982, effective March 10, 1983 (D.C. Law 4-201; D.C. Official Code § 9-204.01 et seq.). An official naming typically involves the designation of postal addresses and the primary entrance for residences or offices.
Those who wish to testify are asked to email the Committee of the Whole at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to call Sydney Hawthorne, Legislative Counsel at (202) 724-8196, and to provide your name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation, and title (if any) by close of business March 21, 2017. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony. If submitted by the close of business on March 21, 2017 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. Copies of the legislation 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 noon on Monday, April 3, 2017.