|COMMISSIONERS PRESENT|| David Bailey|
J. Michael Cochran, Chairman
Angela Lindstrom (4:04)
Patrick Robeson, Vice-Chairman
|STAFF PRESENT|| Robert Hodson, Director of Engineering|
Mark Miller, City Traffic Engineer
Don Hoppe, Assistant City Engineer
Dave Langstaff, Traffic Engineering Analyst
Teri Carlson, Senior Traffic Engineering Aide
Lieutenant Cave, Police Department
Sergeant Matson, Police Department
Susan McGraw, Recording Secretary
Chairman Cochran called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.
Vice Chairman Robeson made a motion to accept the Minutes of October 6, 2003, with the following corrections:
Page 4, paragraph 3, line 1 should read ". . . doesn't think a no parking regulation will help, and will . . ."
Page 8, line 1 should real "Lieutenant Stanko commented. . ."
Commissioner Hardwick seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
Traffic Engineer Miller introduced Don Hoppe, Assistant City Engineer, who will be replacing Robert Hodson, Director of Engineering; and Lt. Doug Cave who will replace Lt. Stanko at these meetings.
Mr. Miller presented staff's report. These recommendations are consistent with the Grace Ministries' street striping as required in its development plan.
Commissioner Olmsted bicycled on Valencia Drive this weekend and wondered if there will be bicycle striping as done on Berkeley. Mr. Miller stated that it has been a consideration, and staff will be reviewing this in the near future
Commissioner Bailey questioned the proposed no stopping'. Mr. Miller advised this restriction would not allow parents to drop off their children.
No one was present to speak to this item, so there was no public comment.
Vice Chairman Robeson made a motion to accept staff's recommendations. Commissioner Hardwick made a second, which was unanimously approved.
Mr. Miller presented staff's recommendation. During the planning/striping stage for a proposed car rental business on the south side of Commonwealth, it was discovered that the crosswalk at this location does not meet the established criteria for the installation of a marked crosswalk. Marked crosswalks tend to have a higher rate of accidents than unmarked as the pedestrian tends to have a false sense of security. The vehicle code now addresses notification to the public to remove existing crosswalks. A sign will be posted indicating that the crosswalk will be removed within 30 days.
Vice Chairman Robeson asked if there were any parking issues for the airport. He was concerned for the airport restaurant and inquired if local businesses were notified. Mr. Langstaff advised that notices went to all businesses with no responses received. Mr. Miller advised there are no identified parking issues at the airport.
Commissioner Bailey asked about the legality of crossing midblock at this location without a marked crosswalk. Mr. Miller explained that unless posted otherwise, crossing here would not be considered jaywalking.
Commissioner Olmsted commented that it is a long walk from Magnolia to the restaurant. He inquired who pays to remove the crosswalk. Mr. Miller advised that the City is responsible and this location will be combined with other sandblasting projects.
Commissioner Lindstrom wanted to know who would be liable if there is no marked crosswalk and is there a difference between liability and responsibility. Mr. Miller could not respond without legal interpretation, but questions would be raised if the crosswalk was warranted.
Commissioner Nowels asked if there is any idea why the crosswalk is in that location. Mr. Hoppe stated that possibly there was more business on the south side. Most of the present businesses are located to the west of the marked crosswalk except for an aviation business.
There was no public comment.
Commissioner Olmsted suggested deferring the motion for a month and notifying restaurant business.
Chairman Cochran expressed concern that there is an issue of liability if the crosswalk can't be supported by current warrants.
Commissioner Bailey stated if it is still a legal crosswalk, crossing will be safer. He supported staff's recommendation.
Commissioner Hardwick made a motion to accept staff's recommendation. Commissioner Bailey seconded the motion which passed with Vice Chairman Robeson and Commissioner Lindstrom opposed.
Chairman Cochran opened the meeting for public comment.
Sam White, Ray's Flying Club, asked about the process to place an item on the Transportation & Circulation Commission agenda. He was advised to contact Engineering department staff.
There being no further business, the Transportation & Circulation Commission was adjourned to December 1, 2003.