Ward 6 Councilman Tommy Wells announced Monday that he will be holding office hours in Southwest Washington, D.C., in an effort to make himself more available to that neighborhood.
Wells and his staff will hold morning sessions on the second Thursday of every month at the Channel Inn, located at 650 Water St. SW. The kickoff will be from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday in a corner of the hotel’s restaurant. Subsequent monthly sessions will begin at the same time but will probably last until 10 a.m.
Residents can air complaints, suggest possible legislation and make requests during that time, according to a press release. The new location has been set up to make it easier for those unable to make it to Wells’ official office, which is housed in the John A. Wilson Building at 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
“Community meetings and events put me in many neighborhoods several nights a week, but I wanted to create a new way to make sure I am accessible throughout Ward 6 to hear from and help the residents I serve,” Wells said in the release. The Democrat was elected to the D.C. City Council in November, replacing former Councilwoman Sharon Ambrose.
The idea of a moving office may spread further: Wells hopes to set up a similar post on H Street Northeast, the center of an ongoing effort to redevelop that neighborhood. Wells is looking into meeting at a different spot along the corridor every month.
— Emily Yehle