Chairman Buck called the regular meeting of the Transportation and Circulation Commission to order at 4:05 p.m.
Commissioner Mercado approved the November 1, 1999 minutes with the deletion of the word "of" in Item No. 7. Commissioner French seconded and it passed unanimously.
City Traffic Engineer Mark Miller stated that this item was requested by the Commission. In 1998 the City had a project to coordinate the signal timing on Yorba Linda Blvd from State College Blvd. easterly through the cities of Placentia and Yorba Linda. It is a multi-jurisdictional traffic signal improvement project. The City received funding from OCTA to upgrade the signal controller equipment allowing interconnection of the traffic signals along Yorba Linda Boulevard. This will also allow the three cities to monitor the traffic signal operations.
Al Grover and Associates provided the traffic signal design and signal-timing program. As part of the signal-timing program, the cycle length for each signal was determined. The signal at Yorba Linda Blvd. and Associated Road operated on a split phase, which doubles the cycle time in the intersection.
Staff reviewed this intersection to see if it could be operated at a lower cycle length to fit in with the rest of the traffic signals. City Traffic Engineer Mark Miller suggested that if one of the pedestrian movements on each side of Associated Road could be eliminated, then more time could be gained for that intersection. Other ways to improve this intersection was to have a right turn overlap for the westbound traffic, and signal timing coordination of Yorba Linda Blvd.
Staff received a phone call from a student and a professor asking why the crosswalk was removed and signs posted saying "no pedestrian crossing". The issue presented to staff was to determine if removing the crosswalk at Yorba Linda Blvd. and Associated Road created a significant negative impact.
City Traffic Engineer Mark Miller stated that based on the observations in the field, this intersection had been improved by reduced traffic congestion, and improved pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
Commissioner Buck felt that the crosswalk should be reinstalled for safety and to decrease the pedestrian time to get into the campus.
Commissioner Ginter moved to accept Staff's recommendation to leave the intersection as is and to continue to monitor the intersection, and Commissioner Mercado seconded. The motion passed 5-1. (Commissioner Buck opposed)
Director of Engineering Bob Hodson stated that Chapter 2.85 of the City's code lists the duties and responsibilities of this Commission.
Commissioner Buck requested:
Staff will provide additional information to the Commission with future agenda packets on these items.
City Traffic Engineer Mark Miller stated that staff received a petition from Mr. Stephen Cobb, tenant at 2008 Mimosa Place requesting this exemption.
Sixty percent of the property owners signed the petition satisfying the requirements. Staff received a letter from the resident at 2001 Mimosa Place stating that they did not want the restriction to be removed. Staff observed that all the properties on Mimosa Place have two car garages, and four of the five properties have sufficient width and length driveways. The resident at 2000 Mimosa Place has a short driveway that prevents parking a car in the driveway without overhanging the sidewalk. The properties on Mimosa Place are not considered parking deficient as defined by the City Council's policy. Staff's recommendation was to deny the request.
Public comment was opened.
Guy Schick, 2001 Mimosa Place stated that he was not approached to sign the petition. Mr. Schick stated that he agreed with staff's findings. All the homes are single family with two car garages and wide driveways.
Stephen Cobb, 2008 Mimosa Place stated that parking tickets were the issue. Mr. Cobb stated that this was needed for an intermittent use and is not a hazard to the neighborhood.
Commissioner Hardwick asked Mr. Cobb how many vehicles are in his family.
Mr. Cobb stated that he owns four cars but his daughter will be taking one car with her to college. Mr. Cobb stated that Mr. Schick and the resident at 2016 Mimosa Place were unreachable.
Public comment was closed.
Commissioner Francis asked Mr. Schick how many cars he could park in his driveway. Mr. Schick responded that he could park three cars in his driveway plus two in his garage.
Commissioner Francis stated his concern was that people would be parking head-into the cul-de-sac, which is illegal.
Commissioner Ginter moved to approve the overnight parking exemption, and Commissioner Hardwick seconded the motion. The motion passed 4 to 2. (Commissioners Francis and French opposed)
City Traffic Engineer Mark Miller stated that this request was to remove the overnight restriction on Beechwood Avenue. All homes have two car garages and four of six driveways are of sufficient length and width. Eighty-three percent of the property owners signed the petition. Staff recommended to deny the request since there is not a parking deficiency.
Public comment was opened and closed.
Commissioner French moved to accept staff's recommendation, and Commissioner Mercado seconded the motion. The vote was 3 to 3. (Commissioners Ginter, Hardwick, and Buck opposed)
Commissioner Ginter moved to remove the overnight parking, and Commissioner Hardwick seconded. The vote was 3 to 3. (Commissioners Francis, French, and Mercado opposed) Both motions failed due to tie votes.
City Traffic Engineer Mark Miller stated that this item was requested by the Commission to be looked at in conjunction with the traffic study to remove the crossing guard at Laguna Road and Domingo Road. Staff prepared a traffic study at Laguna Road and Coronado Drive. A number of years ago this crosswalk was enhanced and signing, stripping, and red curb was installed on both sides of the street for visibility. There is not an existing crossing guard.
Staff observed that during the morning peak hour, two children crossed and 312 vehicles passed through the crosswalk. In the afternoon, 30 children crossed and 368 vehicles passed through the crosswalk. In both of these cases they did not meet the minimum warrant of at least 40 children crossing per hour and 350 vehicles. Staff's recommendation was to not make any changes at this location.
Public comment was opened.
Mike Brito, Director of Transportation for the Fullerton School District stated that the school district supports staff's recommendation.
Public comment was closed.
Commissioner French moved to accept staff's recommendation, and Commissioner Ginter seconded. The motion passed 5-0 with 1 abstention. (Commissioner Buck abstained)
Commissioner Hardwick nominated Vice Chairman French as Chairman for the Transportation and Circulation Commission for 2000, and Commissioner Ginter seconded. The nomination was approved unanimously.
Chairman Buck nominated Commissioner Ginter as Vice Chairman for the Transportation and Circulation Commission for 2000, and Vice Chairman French seconded. The nomination passed unanimously.
Commissioner Hardwick asked for the status on the red light violation cameras.
Director of Engineering Bob Hodson stated that the red light violation cameras will be installed in Garden Grove and Irvine on a trial basis to see how the different courts handle the fines.
City Traffic Engineer Mark Miller stated that we would be installing LED tattle tails on the back of the traffic signal heads. This tattle tail light allows for the motor officer to sit at the far side of the intersection and accurately determine if a red light violation has occurred.
The meeting adjourned at 6:20 p.m. until the next rescheduled regular meeting on January 11, 2000.