Membership Meeting Minutes-September 9, 2020

Alexandria Police Report
Alexandria Sheriff’s Office Report
DRCA Committee Reports
Public Art Proposal
DRCA Budget Presentation
DRCA Housekeeping

  • Welcome and Board Introductions, Virginia Bush, DRCA President
  • Alexandria Police Department Report, Capt. Dennis Andreas
    • Crime
      • City-wide: 14% YTD up (driven by robbery, aggravated assaults, auto theft)
      • Del Ray stats also up YTD ( car crimes, bike, shop-lifting, not generally crimes against persons)
      • 9/7, W Mason 100 block, suspect ID’ed (series)
    • Traffic
      • Enforcement down (focus on safety during pandemic)
      • MVA rollover MVA (under investigation)
      • Q: Indecent Exposures, no perp
      • Shell Station robbery: 8/16, 00:12am (regional series)
      • Weather related? Not sure
  • Alexandria Sheriff Office, Lt Sean Casey
    • On account pandemic, inmate pop down to 275 inmates (350 average)
    • Drug take back in October
    • Q: Trick or treating —> Follow Governor’s Guidance
  • DRCA Committee Reports
    • Land Use, Kristine Hesse
      • ADU-comments –> Sam Shelby
      • Guidelines in October?
      • City Council vote in Dec?
        • Relaxed regulation for outdoor dining (e.g., Hops-n-Shine, Lena’s)
      • Questions
        • ADU and FAR, flooding
      • Manning Street flooding
    • Parks,
      • Adopt a Park (7 parks with Kettle)
      • Delayed start of cleanup on account of pandemic. Resumed in August.
      • Need leader for Kettle
      • Some more volunteers are needed for Simpson
  • Public Art Presentation, Pat Miller
    • Proposed statue to be located at Pat Miller Neighborhood Square (Oxford/MVA) by Kirk “Cees”
    • Public Art Fund contributions Ray Mamood/Pork Barrel
    • 10 years in making
    • No lights
      • Motion to support by Gayle Reuter, carries
  • DRCA 2020-2021 Budget Presentation, Valerie Donohue, DRCA Treasurer
    • Gayle Reuter moves to adopt and approve budget as presented, Annie Ebbers seconded. Motion carries with no objection.
  • Housekeeping, Virginia Bush
    • Shorter virtual meetings to avoid “Zoom fatigue”, with generally one guest or one topic
    • Halloween decorating challenge-street by street
    • Speaker Ideas?
      • Keeping the Arts Alive in Covid-era
  • Announcements
    • Del Ray Business Association
      • Art on the Avenue goes virtual 10/3-12/24
      • Halloween Parade cancelled (looking for other ways to celebrate: Stroller photos, scavenger hunts)
      • Turkey Trot 48th Year virtual also
      • Holiday Tree Lighting (looking for alternatives to traditional gathering but there will be a tree this year)
    • Del Ray Artisans
      • Gallery reopened with limited hours (Thursday, Friday 12-6; Saturday 12-4)
      • All shows now “cash and carry” (purchased art can be taken home right away)
      • September show: “Art in Motion”
      • October show: “Living in a Mini World”
  • Meeting Adjourned, 8:10