Attendees: Tom Burnham, Eric Heesacker, Julia Sommer, Colin Swales (Chair), Brent Thompson,
Absent: John Gaffey, David Young
Ex Officio Members: Derek Severson, Larry Blake, Nathan Broom, Eve Woods, Steve MacLennan
Staff Present: Mike Faught, Jim Olson, Betsy Harshman
I. CALL TO ORDER: 6:00 PM
II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Heesacker moved to approve the minutes of April 16, 2009 as submitted. Larry Blake noted that he did not present the SOU Master Plan, and that it was actually presented by SERA, SOU’s architect. Burnham seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
III. PUBLIC FORUM
Egon Dubois requested Transportation Commission sponsorship of a group of bicyclists in the July 4 parade. He felt sponsorship would demonstrate the Transportation Commission’s support of multi-modal transportation. He said that there is a $100 entrance fee for groups in the parade, and that he was willing to pay this fee.
Thompson stated that the commission did not have authority to allocate funds, and time is running out. Sommer stated that the Transportation Commission should sponsor the bicycle group and pay the parade entrance fee out of its budget. Warshawsky stated that kids and adults should all be required to wear helmets if the commission sponsors the group. Burnham asked how the word would get out – Dubois stated that Siskiyou Velo would post the event on their website. Heesacker asked about liability if someone were to fall and break their leg. Faught stated that sponsorship should be contingent on liability. Burnham thinks the idea is great; however, it could reflect poorly the Commission and the City without enough time for proper organization, banners, etc. Swales recommended support. No motion was made.
Dubois also expressed frustration with the lack of bicycle racks in the downtown area. He felt that the City should have had replacement racks ready to install before they took out the old ones. Due to the lack of bicycle racks, some people chained their bikes to trees or light poles and then received a notice from the police department stating that this was improper parking, and could result in a $250.00 fine. Faught said that the City is working on replacements.
MacLennan reported that there were four traffic stops during the pedestrian sting. The decoy made a lot of passes, and most drivers abided by the law. MacLennan received nine complaints by phone about the project. Callers described the project as a waste of time, money and a loss of parking spaces.
MacLennan was encouraged by the Commission to continue with the project as long as funding remains available.
IV. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA:
Item F was tabled due to Slocum’s absence. “Safe Routes to School” (E) presentation was moved up in order, prior to the Meeting Cancellation Protocol (B).
A. RVCOG Regional Transportation Plan
Vicky Guarino gave a presentation on the Rogue Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization. Faught pointed out how important the organization is when the City seeks funding for transportation projects. Guarino brought in applications for positions on the Public Advisory Committee. The
Swales asked if there were any projects identified in the regional transportation plan for
A. Meeting Cancellation Protocol
Swales stated that it was his decision to cancel the last meeting. By-laws state that commissions must hold 10 sessions per year. Burnham and Heesacker supported Colin’s decision. Sommer said that it would be courteous to give the reasons for any meeting cancellations. Eve Woods stated that many pressing issues come up that need attention, and that there should be an easier way of signing off on things. Swales stated that the commission is subject to
B. Appointment of Sub-Committee
Swales, Thompson, and Sommers agreed to be sub-committee members. Burnham offered to be a substitute and Eve Woods offered to be the student liaison.
C. HB 2001 and its effect on Ashland
Faught stated that, once passed, the City would receive an addition $453,000 in revenue.
E. Presentation from RVTD “Safe Routes to School”
Kat Smith would like feedback before the end of July from Commissioners to kick off the fall 2009 school year. Health risks related to sedentary activity include obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Smith reported the percentages of kids walking to school at Walker Elementary: 61% of kids arrived at school via a family vehicle and 13% by school bus. Only kids that live further than 1 mile away from school are allowed to ride the bus. Smith reported that in 2001, SRTS and RVTD Implemented “Walking Wednesday’s” at
Smith has worked collaboratively with City of
Thompson stated that Larry Medinger is to thank for an easement he created during development of one his projects for access to
F. Update on ACTS
This item has been tabled until the next meeting.
G. Will Dodge Way Traffic Concerns
Discussion centered on whether or not about allowing one-way traffic, no traffic, limited hours of access, foot traffic, etc. Faught will have one-way signs replaced. Olson questioned whether or not one-way was still the right answer.
V. INFORMATIONAL ITEMS & COMMISSIONER COMMENTS:
Faught gave an update on the
VI. ADJOURN: 8:30 PM
Betsy Harshman, PW Management Assistant