For the first time in six years, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E held its monthly meeting on Georgetown’s campus Monday night.

ANC 2E04 Commissioner Jake Sticka (SFS ’13), who suggested the meeting take place on campus instead of its traditional location at nearby Georgetown Visitation School, said that the change is indicative of the new partnership the university is fostering with its neighbors.

“It was my thought that a really concrete way to demonstrate that commitment to the campus community would be to have an ANC meeting on campus,” said Sticka, whose recommendation to hold the meeting on campus was supported by the other ANC commissioners.

Sticka said that one benefit of holding the meeting on campus was to give students an opportunity to learn more about how ANC and local governments function. However, he expressed disappointment at the small turnout of fewer than 10 Georgetown students at the meeting.

“It’s not the best time of year for students to come out, obviously, which is a little unfortunate,” he said.

Yet Chair Ron Lewis said the on-campus meeting is a sign of the changing times fuelled by the new compromise on the 2010 Campus Plan. Such cooperation is part of an effort to foster increased direct interaction between the university and its neighbors with the help of the Georgetown Community Partnership.

At the meeting, the commission indicated that all negotiations regarding the university’s campus plan have been finalized and that the implementation phase has begun.

“That, I would say, has gotten off to a very good start,” Lewis said. “The partnership between the ANC and the university has become collegial.”

Commissioners also confirmed that the G2 bus, which had service to the corner of 37th and O Streets suspended for over a year during the reconstruction of O and P Streets, will resume normal operations later in December and will feature a new fleet of smaller hybrid buses.

A regional vice president for Comcast attended the meeting to ensure residents that her company’s telecommunications boxes have been installed below ground. Comcast’s earlier installation on sidewalks had incited ire from some members of the community.

The commission also heard from representatives of Gypsy Sally’s Acoustic Tavern, a proposed new dining and entertainment establishment at 3401 K St. The commission had protested Gypsy Sally’s proposal, concerned that the venue would frequently extend its hours of operation late into the night, yet this protest was revoked during the meeting after Gypsy Sally representatives agreed to add language to their proposal limiting the extension of operating hours to special occasions, such as the Presidential Inauguration.

This month’s meeting was Sticka’s last as a commissioner. His fellow ANC commissioners praised the work Sticka has put in during his two year tenure.

“I want to express my appreciation for the work he has done with us and say what a pleasure it has been having him as part of our team these last two years,” said ANC 2E Vice-Chair Tom Birch.

Newly elected representatives Peter Prindiville (SFS ’14) and Craig Cassey (COL ’15) will begin their terms in January.

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