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Agendas and Minutes

Transportation Commission (View All)

Special Goal Setting Meeting

Agenda
Saturday, April 17, 2010

 

TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION

GOAL SETTING

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Siskiyou Room, 51 Winburn Way

8:00 am to 11:30 am

 

Summary Minutes

Attendees: Tom Burnham, Eric Heesacker, Steve Hauck, Julia Sommer, Colin Swales (Chair), Brent Thompson, Matt Warshawsky, David Young

Absent:      John Gaffey (outgoing Commissioner)

Ex Officio Members:  David Chapman

Staff Present:  Michael Faught, Jim Olson, Nancy Slocum

 

1.  Call to Order: 8:30 AM by Colin Swales.

 

2.  Commission Roles and Responsibilities:

Commissioners represent the City as well as the Community. Sometimes a commission meeting is a member of the public’s first contact with city government. Sometimes being on a commission is a commissioner’s first contact with government.

 

Ashland’s transportation issues are also region-wide issues. Jackson County Traffic Safety Commission and SOPAT (Southern Oregon Partnership for Active Transportation) would benefit from a Transportation Commission liaison. David Chapman volunteered to provide a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) report at the meeting. The MPO Public Advisory Council (PAC) generally meets bimonthly on the 3rd Tuesday at 5:30 pm at the Smullin Center. Julia Sommer and Steve Hauck volunteered to attend the meetings and represent the Commission. Faught and Chapman are driving to Salem once a month to the League of Oregon City meetings. Among other things, they are lobbying to get the speed limit decreased on “shared roads”.

 

Transportation Issues are closely tied with land use issues. Question as to when the Commission should be involved in Ashland land use issues. The ordinance says Type II (annexations, zone and comp plan changes) and the TSP update process.

 

A handout on meeting norms was discussed. Commission agreed upon them and will adopt them at their next meeting. They requested that copies of the norms be available to the public at all meetings.

 

The role of the Chair was discussed. Heesacker asked all Commissioners to help him in his role this year.

 

Commissioners would like advanced notice on agenda items that require site visits.

 

Commissioners asked staff to read absent Commissioner’s comments into the record. To get comments into the packet, they must be to staff a week before the meeting on that Monday. Commissioners can ask to postpone an agenda item if it is agreed by staff and the Chair that the item is not time sensitive.

 

Irregularly scheduled study sessions for the purpose of education was acceptable to the Commission. Video links and/or resource links sent by staff were encouraged. One of staff’s primary goals was to educate the commissioners so they make the most informed decisions.

  1. Goal Setting:

Brainstormed Goal

Category

Complete Safe Routes to School inventory

Current Staff Goal

Continue to work w/ODOT on Exit 14 and 19

Current Staff Goal

Transportation-related public call/action taken record

Staff assignment

Respond to public’s traffic and transportation-related concerns

Staff assignment

Work with Southern Oregon Partnership for Active Transportation (SOPAT)

TC Role

Define Commission role in relationship to the City Council

and Planning Commission

TC Role

Accomplish more at meetings

TC Role

Update brochure on how City responds to neighborhood traffic issues

5 E’s

Develop an educational website with resource links

5 E’s

ID realistic traffic safety objectives/projects for the next 2 years

Goal

Support RVTD (improve transit service in Ashland)

Goal

Lobby for law change re: whose at fault at bicycle accidents & 3’ Rule

Goal

Lobby Police Dept to hire a full time traffic officer

Goal

Neighborhood speed control program; education on shared roads

Goal

Participate and improved local/regional/state partnerships

Goal

More Engineering/Education/Encouragement/Enforcement/Evaluation integrated solutions

Goal

Cosponsoring of events (eg: Bike to Work, Bike Swap); how much involvement; form a “Sponsorship Subcommittee”?

Goal

Determine use of TC budget; do we want to raise separate funds?; provide TC regular budget reports

Goal

Make Commission actions available on city website

Goal

“Bike Friendly Community” Program - move from Bronze to Platinum

Goal

Improve Will Dodge Way for Bicyclists & Pedestrians

TSP

Improve cyclists ability to get through the downtown core

TSP

Add additional bicycle parking in central business district

TSP

Add additional bicycle links (eg: Clay/Tolman, E Main/66, 66/Siskiyou)

TSP

Improve alleys for bicycle use

TSP

Improve North Main for bike safety

TSP

Decrease speed limit on the bike path

TSP

Improve alleys for bicycle use

TSP

Improve North Main for bike safety

TSP

Add shoulder on upper Tolman Creek above Siskiyou Boulevard

TSP

Construct sidewalk on south side of Siskiyou from Walker to Tolman Creek

TSP

Lower speed limit on Ashland Street (Highway 66)

TSP

Define/require shared roads into street design standards

TSP

Consider plans for trail easements along existing railroad tracks

TSP

Improve Clay Street (Siskiyou to Ashland St)

TSP

Update paving standards

TSP

Make A Street a “shared road”

TSP & 2 Yr

Complete Central Bike Path to Dog Park

TSP & 2 yr

Experiment with “Box Stop”

2 year

 

                                        Forced Choice Scoring

     Settled on Goal                                                        No. of Points

 

  1. TSP                                                     agreed upon as highest priority
  2. TC Sponsorship                                                          28
  3. TC Budget                                                       very low priority
  4. Bike Parking in Central Business District                   31
  5. Increase local and regional participation                    44
  6. 5 E’s                                                                            49
  7. Improve Regional Transit Service                              43
  8. Bike Friendly Community                                           46
  9. More Police Enforcement                                           22
  10. Neighborhood Speed Control Program                       30
  11. Lobby for Law Change (3’ Rule) Bicyclist Accidents 21
  12. Identify two year traffic safety projects                       59
  13. Post Commission Actions on Website             16

 

 

 

            Transportation Commission Goals for 2010-2011

                        (24 months from April, 2010)

 

1.  TSP Update                                          agreed upon as highest priority

2.  Identify two year traffic safety projects                        59

3.  5 E’s                                                                             49

4.  Bike Friendly Community Status                                  46

5.  Local/Regional Partnerships                                        44

6.  Regional Transit                                                           43

 

 

                                                           

4.  Adjourn at 11:45 am.

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