Attendees: John Gaffey, Eric Heesacker, Steve Hauck, Colin Swales,
Brent Thompson, Matt Warshawsky (Acting Chair)
Absent: Tom Burnham, Julia Sommer, David Young
Ex Officio Members: David Chapman, Larry Blake, Kat Smith, Steve MacLennan
Staff Present: Jim Olson, Nancy Slocum, Pieter Smeenk
I. CALL TO ORDER: 6:08 PM by Matt Warshawsky who temporarily filled in for Swale.
II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Minutes of February 18, 2010 were approved as submitted.
III. PUBLIC FORUM:
IV. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA:
Grandview Drive Pedestrian Improvements were moved to the first position to accommodate the large amount of public testimony.
A. Grandview Drive Pedestrian Improvements
Jim Olson gave the staff report. Staff had looked at physical improvements to
Steph Johnson, 329
Lee Perlman, 235 Sunnyview, did not receive notice of the meeting. He considered
Olson noted that the “Share the Road” signs would be on the shoulders. He estimated six signs would be installed in either direction, 150’ apart.
Commissioner Swales arrived at the meeting at approximately 6:45 pm.
Gaffey wondered about existing trails that could serve as an alternative route for pedestrians. Olson said none were available.
Hauck favored the suggestions of bumpouts and a centerline. Olson said effective bumpouts may necessitate cutting into the bank. The benefit of a painted centerline was questionable.
Kat Smith, RVTD, reminded the Commission that
Heesacker wondered about “tractor bumps” that grate into the asphalt. Olson noted that the road was chip sealed and only an inch thick; not enough for tractor bumps. Heesacker asked about accident statistics for
Thompson moved to follow the Subcommittee’s recommendation that
Chapman noted that the definition of “shared road” included pedestrian refuges, brochures, signs and pavement markings. He suggested that the police increase enforcement to catch speeders. The neighbors could also, as a group, use radar to alert the Police Department of time of day speeders use
Olson was asked about the cost of the road designation. The signs cost $125 each while the pavement markings cost $55 each.
Motion passed unanimously.
B. Election of Vice Chair for 2010
Thompson nominated Steve Hauck for Vice Chair. Gaffey seconded the motion and if passed unanimously.
C. Discussion Regarding Extended Meeting Hours
Swales explained that Sommer sent an he and staff an email asking for the full support of the Commission during her upcoming chairpersonship. One item she mentioned was for the ability to lengthen the meeting time past two hours if the topic warranted it.
Thompson noted the useful life of meetings was two hours. He moved to retain the two hour limit. Warshawsky seconded the motion.
Hauck noted that the City Council used to make a motion to extend their meetings in 30 minute increments. Heesacker mentioned a babysitter conflict that could be overcome if advance notice was given.
Motion passed 3 votes to 1.
D. Additional Bicycle Parking at
Associate Engineer Pieter Smeenk gave the staff report. He noted that the standard width of a compact space was 8’. Although curb stops were not planned, he thought the bike spots would be adequately protected from vehicles.
Gaffey wished additional information regarding the unsafe parking spot to be removed. Swales said that, although more bike spaces were nice, he agreed with Bill Barchet’s letter of February 16, 2010 noting the need for an overall downtown parking plan.
Warshawsky did not think there was a downtown parking problem, that people without compact cars would use the compact spaces; that the bike parking was too exposed; and that this project was just a stop-gap measure.
Smeenk reminded the Commission that the proposed downtown parking study was rejected by the City Council and the Commission last fall and so was not likely to be resurrected soon.
Thompson moved to take no action on this request from staff. Gaffey seconded the motion and it passed with five votes and one abstention.
Staff reported that all four beacons were operating. The problem was fixed through the summer. Before winter, three beacons would be hardwired to the adjacent street light for backup power.
Olson reported that the Fire and Parks Departments were sponsoring the Bike Swap this year, but sponsorship of other events such as Car Free Day were yet to be determined. In addition the term “sponsorship” would need to be defined; it may mean by name only or full responsibility.
VI. NON ACTION ITEMS
A. Update on SOU Master Plan
Larry Blake, Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and Planning, reported that the master plan was approved by the Planning Commission with a couple of transportation-related conditions: that any future modifications to SOU’s Eastern Gateway area be subject to a transportation impact analysis, access management standards and a pedestrian safety plan. The plan was scheduled to go before the City Council for final approval.
Gaffey expressed frustration that neighbors’ comments had been addressed even before the Transportation Commission had an initial chance to review it.
B. Transportation System Plan (TSP) Update
The consultant’s contract was waiting for ODOT’s approval signature.
VII. INFORMATIONAL ITEMS & COMMISSIONER COMMENTS: None.
VIII. ADJOURN: 8:01 PM
Nancy Slocum, Accounting Clerk I