Chairman Hawkins called the regular meeting of the Transportation and Circulation Commission to order at 4:00 p.m.
The minutes were approved with the spelling correction made on page 4.
The Fullerton Municipal Code Section 8.44.120 states that painted green curb "15 minute parking" shall not apply during the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. During the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. the location would revert to unrestricted parking with the exception to the 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. overnight parking restriction. Head in parking at the end of the cul-de-sac is not permitted according to Section 22502(a) of the California Vehicle Code.
A parking study was done during a period of two days and during that time staff observed an average of four vehicles parked at the end of the cul-de-sac. This would indicate that on average there was a fifty-percent availability of parking spaces during the time the study was conducted. The availability of on street parking in front of the apartment would indicate that parking is available for prospective tenant parking within the cul-de-sac. Staff is not opposed to approve the request for green curb at this location if the green curb is painted in front of the office.
With regard to the request for sidewalk access ramps and blue curb, current access ramp funding for fiscal year 1997/98 has already been appropriated. City policy is to install access ramps on curb returns and at alley access where there is a high demand for use. The City investigated the request and placed the request on the list according to its priority status. Because there is no existing disabled persons access to the sidewalk and the property, staff is unable to support this request at this time. When access ramps are installed, staff would support the request for blue curb.
Chairman Hawkins asked if there was on-site visitor parking for the apartment complex. City Traffic Engineer Miller stated he did not notice any other on-site visitor parking except for this location. Chairman Hawkins also asked if there was disabled access into the complex from the sidewalk. City Traffic Engineer Miller stated there is sidewalk into the complex but there is nothing from the street surface onto the curbs.
Public Comment was open.
Julius Feldman, Resident/Manager of the Vine Apartments, 1321 South Vine Avenue, stated his complex has 98 units and has adequate parking for their tenants. Mr. Feldman stated he requested the entire cul-de-sac be limited to 15-minute parking. Mr. Feldman stated this parking would not infringe upon any of their neighbors because they have their own parking. There is no assigned parking within the complex and no convenient guest parking.
Commissioner French asked how many disabled tenants there are in the complex. Mr. Feldman stated there is one plus himself. Commissioner French asked how have they been supplying parking for the disabled. Mr. Feldman stated they do have a designated space for the one disabled which is close to her apartment but many times there is no parking for Mr. Feldman in the apartment complex. Commissioner DiCostanzo asked where the main office is located. Mr. Feldman stated the office is located in the cul-de-sac area of 1321 South Vine Avenue. Mr. Feldman stated it is very difficult to park around the cul-de-sac curve.
Public Comment was closed.
Chairman Hawkins asked about the enforcement in the cul-de-sac. Lt. Burks stated this is handled on a complaint basis only unless the police department identifies there is a problem. Lt. Burks stated management could enforce parking in the complex. He also stated Parking Control Officers do not work the weekends. Chairman Hawkins reminded Mr. Feldman that the green curb is not enforceable from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
After a brief discussion, Vice-Chairman Hardwick then made a motion to accept staff's recommendation with the amendment that there is adequate parking for two vehicles at a location to be determined by the Engineering Department and property owner/manager. Commissioner French seconded the motion and it passed unanimously (7-0).
City of Fullerton Engineering staff conducted their traffic studies and found that from Imperial Highway to Bonita Place, the 85th percentile speed is 43 miles per hour, and from Bonita Place to Lambert Road the 85th percentile speed is 42 miles per hour. There were four reported accidents for the year 1996. Considering the results of the engineering and traffic survey, a favorable accident history and in an effort to maintain speed limit conformity across city boundaries, staff recommends an increase in the posted speed limit on Palm Street from 35 miles per hour to 40 miles per hour. City Traffic Engineer Miller asked the Transportation and Circulation Commission recommend to City Council that a portion of Section 8.56.020 of the Fullerton Municipal Code be amended. This action will establish a new prima facie speed limit of 40 miles per hour on Palm Street from Imperial Highway to Lambert Road.
Commissioner Grushen made a motion to accept staff's recommendation to change the posted speed limit on Palm Street. Vice-Chairman Hardwick seconded and the motion passed unanimously (7-0).
Chairman Hawkins asked why we are not doing the whole alley. City Traffic Engineer Miller stated he did not see the necessity to post the whole alley at this point. City Traffic Engineer Miller also stated residents were not notified in that section of the alley. Lt. Burks stated this is a narrow alley and one or two vehicles parking in this alley can create a hazard for emergency vehicles. Vice-Chairman Hardwick asked if the Engineering staff could contact the other residents in the alley so that the whole alley could be restricted for parking. City Traffic Engineer Miller stated that no parking does not mean no stopping. Lt. Burks stated vehicles could stop to load or unload for at least 15 minutes.
Vice-Chairman Hardwick made a motion to accept staff's recommendation for the "No parking restriction" on the north side of the east/west alley from 30 feet west of Lawrence Avenue to 280 feet west of Lawrence Avenue. Commissioner French seconded and the motion passed unanimously (7-0).
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 4:55 p.m. to the next regularly scheduled meeting of October 6, 1997 at 4:00 p.m.