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TCC Minutes August 2, 2004

City Council Chambers---------City Hall
Monday, August 2, 2004---------4:00 p.m.

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT J. Michael Cochran
Brent Hardwick
Rosa Nowels, Vice-Chairman
John Olmsted
Patrick Robeson, Chairman
Vacancy
ABSENT: Angela Lindstrom
STAFF PRESENT Don Hoppe, Acting Director of Engineering
Mark Miller, City Traffic Engineer
Sergeant Pearce, Police Department
Dave Langstaff, Traffic Engineering Analyst
Teri Carlson, Senior Traffic Engineering Aide
Susan McGraw, Recording Secretary

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Robeson called the meeting of the Transportation & Circulation to order at 4:00 p.m.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Vice-Chairman Nowels made corrections to page 6, paragraphs 3 and 6, wherein her comments indicating she was offended should have read concerned. Commissioner Olmsted corrected the spelling of Gregory Diamond to Gregory Dyment. There being no other changes or corrections, Commissioner Hardwick motioned to ACCEPT the Minutes of June 7, 2004, as corrected. Commissioner Cochran seconded the motion, which was approved unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

  1. CONSIDERATION OF REQUEST TO REMOVE THE OVERNIGHT PARKING RESTRICTIONS ON BOTH SIDES OF WEST AVENUE BETWEEN ADAMS AVENUE AND WASHINGTON AVENUE; AND ON BOTH SIDES OF ADAMS AVENUE BETWEEN ELM AVENUE AND MAPLEWOOD AVENUE.

    Mr. Miller presented staffs report and reviewed the Fullerton Municipal Code regarding requirements for on-street overnight parking. Staff recommended approval of the request based on the current single-family R-1 zoning.

    Commissioner Olmsted asked for clarification of how deficient parking is determined under zoning regulations. Mr. Miller stated that the homes in this area are built with single-car garages and a breezeway. Since an enclosed two-car garage is the basis of current zoning, these homes would be considered parking deficient.

    The hearing was opened for public comment.

    Ms. Jan Leight, 716 West Avenue, stated her opposition to removal of the overnight parking restriction. Parking is available, the street is maintained, and she favors the current restriction.

    Mr. Larry Dumagat, 725 West Avenue, stated he has seven cars and six drivers. Parking is available for six cars on his property, leaving one to be parked on the street. Considering it to be an intrusion, he is unable to ACCEPT an offer from his neighbor to park his extra vehicle in her driveway.

    There was no one to further address this item, so the public comment section was closed.

    Commissioner Olmsted considers this neighborhood as only borderline deficient and has concerns about future requests for overnight parking in this general vicinity based on like circumstances. He is opposed to this request.

    Commissioner Cochran stated the area appears to fit the definition of deficient, but four cars can be parked off the street. He is also opposed to staffs recommendation.

    Chairman Robeson concurred and further commented that the City Council would deny this request.

    Commissioner Cochran motioned to DENY staffs recommendation to remove the overnight parking restrictions on both sides of West Avenue between Adams Avenue and Washington Avenue; and on both sides of Adams Avenue between Elm Avenue and Maplewood Avenue. Vice-Chairman Nowels seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

    Don Hoppe, Director of Engineering, advised an appeal to the City Council is possible for a processing fee of $140.

  2. CONSIDERATION OF REQUEST TO REMOVE THE OVERNIGHT PARKING RESTRICTIONS ON BOTH SIDES OF CHERRY AVENUE FROM COURTNEY AVENUE TO CEDAR AVENUE.

    Mr. Miller presented staffs report. Observations noted by staff indicate that vehicles overhang the sidewalk, which is illegal. There are a number of exemptions in this area, and staff requested the Commissions concurrence with the request.

    To clarify whether a garage is built for one or two cars, Director Hoppe advised that a minimum width of 20 feet is the criteria for a two-car garage. The garages in this vicinity are approximately 14-15 feet wide and would be considered single-car garages.

    Chairman Robeson opened the hearing to public comment.

    Rudy Bravo, 901 South Cedar Avenue, requested this exemption from overnight parking between Cedar and Courtney on Cherry. He uses his garage for a car and motorcycle; the driveway is seven feet; he has received 8 tickets; cars vandalized when parked on the grass; there are a number of seniors in the area who are forced to walk around a car parked in the driveway.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Commissioner Hardwick motioned to APPROVE staffs recommendation to remove the overnight parking restrictions on both sides of Cherry Avenue from Courtney Avenue to Cedar Avenue. Vice-Chairman Nowels seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

  3. CONSIDERATION OF REQUEST TO REMOVE THE EXISTING NO PARKING ANYTIME RESTRICTION IN THE EAST/WEST ALLEY NORTH OF VALENCIA DRIVE BETWEEN HIGHLAND AVENUE AND MALDEN AVENUE.

    Mr. Miller introduced Sabrina Rodriquez who translated on behalf of the petitioner. Mr. Miller then presented a brief background related to the request, and staffs report supporting its recommended denial.

    Commissioner Hardwick asked Mr. Miller to verify that there are actually two separate issues: obstruction by vehicles in the alley which jeopardizes emergency services response time, and some designated parking areas carports and garages being used for other purposes causing vehicles to block entrances and exits. He further wanted to clarify it is staffs opinion that with enforcement, the situation would be better controlled. Mr. Miller concurred.

    Commissioner Olmsted asked Code Enforcement Officer, Tom Fulton, what constitutes a code enforcement violation. Officer Fulton responded that a violation occurs when a garage is used for storage of items other than a vehicle or it has been converted for use other than parking of a vehicle, i.e., living quarters.

    Mr. Fulton further advised that Code Enforcement inspected 21 properties with 40 garages. Fifteen had no violations, 5 garages require storage removal, 1 was converted into living quarters, and 1 is locked and inaccessible. The problem, consequently, is the use of the garages for other than vehicle parking, plus the fact that there is overcrowding and a need for additional parking.

    Staff clarified that there is currently overnight parking allowed on both sides of Valencia Drive, the south side of Truslow, and both sides of Pomona Avenue.

    Chairman Robeson opened the hearing for public comment.

    George Merino, owner of 210 West Truslow, stated that when he purchased the property in 1991, parking was permitted in the alley, and his tenants could not park in their garages because of vendors, mariachis, people working on cars, etc. He and another property owner petitioned and obtained the current no parking restriction at that time. Things have been working well since the alley was posted for No Parking. If the No Parking signs are removed, the alley would revert to previous conditions as a barrio.

    Jose Dominquez has resided at 404 South Highland for over 40 years. There have been many changes as a result of the construction on Highland. He used to be able to park with no problem both on the street and in the alley, but now there are No Parking Anytime signs posted everywhere that he was able to park. Where should they park?

    Mr. Dominquez does have a garage, but it is very old and he is unable to park in it.

    Ms. Bailes, owner of 224 and 224-1/2 West Truslow, stated she was unaware that there was no parking allowed since there were no signs. She is not in favor of removing no parking signs.

    The hearing was closed to public comment.

    In response to Commissioner Cochrans inquiry, Battalion Chief Terry Stringham advised that a fire engine is 8 feet wide, but requires a 20-foot width per code in order to operate its equipment. A ladder truck is 62 feet long and turning access must not be restricted.

    Vice-Chairman Nowels suggested to Mr. Dominquez that he contact his landlord and recommend that the garage be repaired so that it can be used.

    Commissioner Hardwick motioned to APPROVE staffs recommendation to deny the request to remove the existing No Parking Anytime restriction in the east/west alley north of Valencia Drive between Highland Avenue and Malden Avenue. Commissioner Olmsted seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

    Chairman Robeson advised Mr. Dominquez that he does have the option to appeal his request to the City Council. The appeal fee is $140. Commissioner Cochran thanked Ms. Rodriquez for her translation.

  4. CONSIDERATION OF A PLACENTIA-YORBA LINDA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT REQUEST TO INSTALL A ONE-WAY STOP ON GARNET LANE AT SAPPHIRE ROAD; AND A STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO INSTALL ONE-WAY STOPS AT SELECT LOCATIONS IN THE IMMEDIATE AREA OF GARNET LANE AND SAPPHIRE ROAD.

    Mr. Miller presented staffs report and recommended approval of the request to install a one-way stop on Garnet Lane at Sapphire Road, which was received from the Yorba Linda Unified School District (YLUSD); and to also APPROVE staffs recommendation for the installation of one-way stops at other locations in this same vicinity. Although Topaz Lane School is all within Fullerton city limits, it belongs to the Yorba Linda school district.

    There was no one to address the public comment segment of the hearing.

    Commissioner Hardwick supported the requests but was leery to post signs without enforcement. Staffs opinion is that the children are the main concern and that signs will be observed.

    Commissioner Olmsted motioned to APPROVE staffs recommendations to install a one-way stop on Garnet Lane at Sapphire Road and one-way stops at select locations in the immediate area of Garnet Lane and Sapphire Road. Commissioner Hardwick seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

  5. CONSIDERATION OF A STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO INSTALL NO PARKING-STUDENT LOADING/UNLOADING ON THE NORTH SIDE OF HETEBRINK STREET AND THE EAST SIDE OF STARBUCK STREET WITHIN THE SCHOOL TURNOUTS; AND NO STOPPING ON THE WEST SIDE OF STARBUCK STREET BETWEEN HETEBRINK STREET AND NORTHAM DRIVE.

    Mr. Miller presented staffs report. The City has worked closely with the developer and the school district to design the school in an effort to accommodate busing and the student drop-off location. It is the intent to have these streets signed prior to the beginning of school in September.

    Commissioner Olmsted asked where students would be dropped off since no stopping is allowed on the west side of Starbuck. Mr. Miller responded that there is a drop-off/pick-up zone on Northam Drive on the north side of the school. This area will not, however, be posted.

    Chairman Robeson opened the hearing for public comment. No one was present to address this item, so the public comment segment was closed.

    Commissioner Hardwick motioned to APPROVE staffs recommendation to install No Parking-Student Loading/Unloading on the north side of Hetebrink Street and the east side of Starbuck Street within the school turnouts; and No Stopping on the west side of Starbuck Street between Hetebrink Street and Northam Drive. Commissioner Cochran seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

  6. CONSIDERATION OF REQUEST TO INSTALL NO STOPPING ANYTIME ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE FRONTAGE ROAD ISLAND SOUTH OF ORANGETHORPE AVENUE BETWEEN COURTNEY AVENUE AND ITS EASTERLY TERMINUS; AND ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE FRONTAGE ROAD ISLAND NORTH OF ORANGETHORPE AVENUE BETWEEN GILBERT STREET AND ITS EASTERLY TERMINUS.

    Mr. Miller presented staffs report. The No Stopping signs will be posted in these locations, but not in front of the residential properties. The issue for concern was cars marked for sale being left on the street for indefinite periods of time. Fullerton has an ordinance against the sale of cars on public streets; however, recent court action has determined that an individual cannot be cited for advertising a car for sale as it is an act of freedom of speech.

    Mr. Miller reminded the Commission that Orangethorpe has been posted for No Parking, consequently forcing truckers and those who want to sell their cars onto the frontage roads. The truck situation has been resolved by posting vehicle weight limits. Posting No Stopping Anytime will hopefully alleviate the extended parking of automobiles for sale on the frontage road from Gilbert Street to just east of Cedar Avenue.

    Chairman Robeson opened the hearing for public comment.

    Mr. Carl Borris, 2013 Woodcrest Avenue, stated his concerns regarding several cars being parked and marked for sale, all having the same telephone number. He reported this to the police and was subsequently advised by a City Council member that because of budget constraints, this issue was not pursued any further. Consequently, he has requested No Stopping Anytime.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Commissioner Hardwick motioned to APPROVE staffs recommendation to install No Stopping Anytime on the south side of the frontage road island south of Orangethorpe Avenue between Courtney Avenue and its easterly terminus; and on the north side of the frontage road island north of Orangethorpe Avenue between Gilbert Street and its easterly terminus. Commissioner Olmsted seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

  7. CONSIDERATION OF A STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO REMOVE THE EXISTING NO PARKING ANYTIME RESTRICTION ON BOTH SIDES OF WALNUT AVENUE FROM WALNUT WAY TO 550 FEET WEST OF WALNUT WAY TO ALLOW FOR ADDITIONAL ON-STREET PARKING IN THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY OF THE TRANSPORTATION CENTER.

    Mr. Miller presented staffs report. After a brief discussion, and since no one was present to address this item, Chairman Robeson called for the question.

    Commissioner Hardwick motioned to APPROVE staffs recommendation to remove the existing No Parking Anytime restriction on both sides of Walnut Avenue from Walnut Way to 550 feet west of Walnut Way to allow for additional on-street parking in the immediate vicinity of the Transportation Center. Vice-Chairman Nowels seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

  8. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO INSTALL SEVENTY FEET OF YELLOW CURB ON THE NORTH SIDE OF EAST WHITING AVENUE FROM 90-FEET EAST OF HARBOR BOULEVARD TO 160-FEET EAST OF HARBOR BOULEVARD, DESIGNATING SAID LOCATION AS A PLACE WHERE PARKING IS LIMITED TO 20-MINUTES OF CONTINUOUS PARKING FOR LOADING/UNLOADING BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 6:00 A.M. AND 6:00 P.M.

    Mr. Miller presented staffs report and indicated that the yellow and red curbs are already installed to help clear the alley. No one was present to address this item.

    Commissioner Olmsted made a motion to APPROVE staffs recommendation for consideration of a request to install seventy feet of yellow curb on the north side of East Whiting Avenue from 90-feet east of Harbor Boulevard to 160-feet east of Harbor Boulevard, designating said location as a place where parking is limited to 20-minutes of continuous parking for loading/unloading between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Commissioner Hardwick seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

COUNCIL REVIEW

  • Mr. Miller reported that the City Council approved the crossing guard relocation and four-way stop at Laguna Road.

  • Mr. Hoppe advised that an ad hoc committee will be formed to provide overview, reviews, and interviews of proposed committee and commission members. It will be responsible to provide a recommended list of candidates for each committee and commission. This ad hoc committee will be formed in September or October pending details to be included as part of the process.

    No commissioner or committee member will be asked to step down. A two-term limit has also been determined by the Council; 4/5 vote to remove a commissioner or committee member; number of members will remain the same with exception of adding one member to a committee to make an odd number of members; any members over the first five will be considered members at large. Three committees will be deleted the Airport Advisory Committee, the Northwest Airport Area Corporation Committee; and Project Area No. 3 Committee (PAC3).

  • Commissioner Olmsted inquired about the signal at Highland/Valencia. Mr. Hoppe stated the project has been approved, including the in-pavement flashers at the school crossing; the design is nearly completed; $200,000 HUD funding has been allocated.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

There was no one present to address the public comments portion of the Transportation & Circulation Commission.

ADJOURNMENT

The regular meeting of the Transportation & Circulation Commission was adjourned to October 4, 2004.

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