Attendees: Tom Burnham, John Gaffey, Eric Heesacker, Julia Sommer, Colin Swales (Chair), Brent Thompson,
Matt Warshawsky, David Young
Ex Officio Members: Derek Severson, Larry Blake, Nathan Broom, Eve Woods, Steve MacLennan. David Chapman
Staff Present: Mike Faught, Jim Olson, Betsy Harshman
I. CALL TO ORDER: 6:02 PM
II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Sommer reported corrections to the minutes. Sommer moves to approve the minutes as corrected, Heesacker seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
III. PUBLIC FORUM
IV. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA:
The agenda was adjusted in the following order.
2. Presentation by SOU on Mountain Meadows transit needs
3. Presentation by RVTD on its long range plan
4. Bike parking in the Central Business District
5. Presentation by the SOU Summer School (Center for Social Ecology and Public Policy) on transportation issues
6. Car Free Day
7. 2009-10 Bicycle and Building Safer Communities mini grants – tabled due to time constraints
Jim Olson provided a staff report on
Warshawsky asked staff for a briefing on delivery trucks. Olson stated that trucks may stop and park in a loading zone and be actively unloading the truck under current code. He added that the Police and Fire Departments also have concerns regarding the alley.
Margueritte Hickman, Fire Marshall for the Ashland Fire Department, said that they need alley access for emergency vehicles. If someone with a parked vehicle is there and can move it immediately, that is okay. Her concern is that often there are parked vehicles, and no one around to move them if needed during an emergency. It is very difficult to back up a fire truck on
If the alley was closed to vehicular traffic, an option would be for building owners to install fire sprinkler systems in all of the buildings along
Several business owners and residents on
§ Ed Bemis,
§ Pam Hammond, 632 East
§ Bob Kendrick owns 3 businesses at 145 East
§ Doug Irvine,
§ George Orrego,
Following a long discussion and debate, Sommer requested that the Commission make a recommendation at this meeting. Faught determined that the issue is too complex to make a decision tonight. He would like to hear more feed back and return to the Commission at a later date with a recommendation from staff.
2. PRESENTATION BY SOU ON MOUNTAIN MEADOWS TRANSIT NEEDS
Madeline Hill, owner of Mountain Meadows, said that in addition to the seniors that need transportation services, they have about 100 employees that would benefit as well.
Laura Obrien, SOU Dean of Student Housing, and also a resident of Mountain Meadows said that they looked at common transportation needs of SOU and Mountain Meadows. She encouraged RVTD and the City to use them as a resource when developing transportation plans.
3. PRESENTATION BY RVTD ON ITS LONG RANGE PLAN
Paige Townsend agreed that funding for all social sectors is an issue. She encouraged participants to view RVTD’s long-range plan on their website.
4. BIKE PARKING IN THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT
Olson introduced Alex Amarotico’s proposal for dedicating one whole parking space in front of his business at Standing Stone to bicycle parking. Many of the employees bike to work, and Alex has offered bicycles as an incentive for them. Olson requested flexibility from the Transportation Commission while working with Armatico on this initial permit process. After discussion, Young motions to approve this specific project as a pilot program. Sommer seconds, motion passed unanimously.
5. PRESENTATION BY THE SOU SUMMER SCHOOL
Students from the Center for Social Ecology and Public Policy at SOU shared the project that they had worked on. They encouraged more one-on-one contact with the citizens during the TSP update process. They interviewed residents, and talked about their ideas.
6. CAR FREE DAY
Steve Ryan requested liaison assistance and $50 to assist with funding. Faught authorized the expense. Swales agreed to be the Commission liaison.
V. INFORMATIONAL ITEMS & COMMISSIONER COMMENTS:
VI. ADJOURN: 9:10 PM
Betsy Harshman, PW Management Assistant