Attendees: Tom Burnham, Brent Thompson, Julia Sommer, Colin Swales (Interim Chair),
Matt Warshawsky, Eric Heesacker,
Absent: John Gaffey, David Young
Ex Officio Members: Mike Faught, David Chapman, Derek Severson, Steve MacLennan,
Scott Hollingsworth, Larry Blake, Nathan Broom and Jenna Stanke
Staff Present: Karl Johnson, Jim Olson, Nancy Slocum
I. CALL TO ORDER AND INTRODUCTIONS: 7:00 PM
Introductions were made. There is one vacancy on the Commission that is expected to be filled soon.
A. Election of Officers
Commission decided to appoint an interim Chair as new Commission Chairs were historically elected at each May’s commission meeting. Warshawsky moved to appoint Swales as interim chair. Burnham seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
B. Appointment of Traffic Subcommittee
Sommer asked whether the Chair or Staff sets the Subcommittee’s agenda. Faught explained the Subcommittee’s role was to make recommendations on routine traffic issues. The agenda would include staff reports. Faught noted that any Commissioner could recommend an item for the Subcommittee agenda. Swales wondered if there was an appeal process that would bring items to the full Transportation Commission. Faught said that although there was no appeal process, the subcommittee can refer major issues to the full Commission. Olson used the example of the Dollarhide neighborhood continuing concerns about speeding. This item has taken a lot of staff time in the past and staff could make the decision without taking the Subcommittee’s time.
Appointment of members would be tabled until a permanent Chair was chosen.
II. PUBLIC FORUM
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Steve Ryan, 801 Siskiyou, presented the Commission with a 1952 Special Citation for “No Pedestrian Deaths or Injuries.” The award was found in an attic and donated to the Commission by Nancie Ozimkowski.
Kat Smith, RVTD and
III. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA
A. Questions regarding the Commission’s Role
B. Set Commission Schedule and Venue
Commission chose the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm as their regular meeting time. The Siskiyou Room at
C. Commissioner Packets
1. Background and Supporting Documents
Slocum asked what type of educational / background information would be helpful to the Commission. Commission requested a notebook for each Commissioner that contained the current Transportation System Plan (TSP), the updated Chapters 6 and 9 from HDR, the Transportation Element of the Comprehensive Plan, the ordinance forming the Commission, the final Regional Transportation Plan Update and any other background information Staff deemed important.
2. Process for dissemination
The Commission requested that paper copies of the packets be mailed as well as being posted on-line. They also requested that the background documents or links be posted on the City website.
D. Topics for Future Discussion
1. TSP Update: History & Immediate Goals
Faught explained the difference between the recent TSP update of Chapters 6 and 9 and the planned comprehensive TSP. (One half of the cost of the full TSP update has been applied for through the Transportation Growth Management grant.) The limited update was completed by HDR and includes an update of CIP projects and a transit review. The Council asked that staff see the limited update through the Comprehensive change process. This could take somewhere between several months to one year.
Sommer asked how transportation projects are funded. Faught said primarily through SDCs and developer’s money conditioned at the time of Planning Commission approval. Swales wondered why, if the assumptions used for the two chapter update are incorrect, the update is moving forward. Faught said that the updates will increase the amount of SDCs the City can charge and update the street standards (“green” street standards). Faught said staff will do a presentation on Chapters 6 and 9 in the near future.
2. 2009-2034 Regional Transportation Plan Update Draft
Chapman noted that the RVCOG Regional Transportation Plan had just been adopted. Although there are no mandatory rules, the recommendations could assist
Chapman thought the City’s TSP should be more progressive than the region’s (e.g. there are plans for two rail stops in
V. INFORMATIONAL ITEMS & COMMISSIONER COMMENTS
· The Commission received a letter from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. This organization teaches children bicycle and pedestrian safety in
· Egon Dubois announced that the Bike Swap is Saturday May 9, 2009 from noon to 2 pm at the Grove (
· Jenna Stanke, Jackson County Road Liaison, announced the Rogue Valley Summit on Tuesday, March 24th. In addition, Jackson County Roads and Parks are updating the bike map that will be on sale at local bike shops. Other plans include a “Bike to Work Fair.”
· Olson distributed an ODOT North Ashland Interchange – Green Springs Project pamphlet regarding the construction improvements to Interstate 5 Exits 14 and 19. Improvement drawings are expected on the ODOT website soon. Olson would ask Gary Lemming to make a future presentation to the Commission. Faught would also like to schedule a presentation on access management.
· Heesacker asked about the status of the Frequently Asked Questions planned for the website. The questions would perhaps save staff time by referring people to the website. Slocum was assigned the task and, although was working on federal stimulus grant applications, would move this item up in priority.
· Olson was asked about timing for the construction of the redesigned Siskiyou /
· Blake reported that he obtained federal stimulus money for the installation of SOU pedestrian scale lighting. He worked with Engineering Staff to demo other lighting options. He also reported that the Electric Department increased the wattage at
V. ADJOURN: 9:00 PM