Attendees: Tom Burnham, Eric Heesacker (Chair), Steve Ryan, Julia Sommer, Colin Swales
Absent: Brent Thompson, Matt Warshawsky, David Young
Ex Officio Members: Larry Blake, David Chapman, Brandon Goldman, David Wolske
Staff Present: Mike Faught, Jim Olson, Nancy Slocum
I. CALL TO ORDER: 6:04 PM by Chair Eric Heesacker.
II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Minutes of July 15, 2010 were approved as corrected.
III. PUBLIC FORUM:
Nat Broom, TDM Planner for RVTD, reminded the Commission of the International Walk +
IV. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA:
Sommer recommended that the Election of the Vice Chair be tabled until more Commission members were present. Commission agreed. Heesacker added “Commission Emails from Ryan and Swales” to the agenda.
Faught referred to a recent phone conference with Planning Commissioner Chair Pam Marsh as well as Heesacker. It was decided that the Chairs for each Commission would rotate (beginning with Marsh) at the joint meetings. The upcoming joint meeting (August 24th) would include an overview of the TSP including Task 7 deliverables and timelines. Faught encouraged all Commissioners to attend.
Sommer asked about the transportation-related Comprehensive Plan Goal: Commercial Freight and Passenger Section. She noted the mention of air, water and pipeline movement of goods. Faught said this was standard language but that air, via the airport, was a very important mode of transportation as evidenced by David Wolske’s (liaison to the Airport Commission) presence at our meetings.
Swales noted the mention of Alta Planning and Design and OTAK as additional consultants. Faught said they were Kittelson & Associate’s subconsultants and more information would be given at the joint meeting. Swales asked who would reply to citizen comments submitted via the website and wondered about the lack of Survey Monkey. Kittelson would respond to email comments and the survey was delayed until October so that more citizens would be back from vacations.
Faught reported that the work on the Exit 14 Bridge had begun. As a rule the IAMP would be finished before construction began; however, ODOT extended the deadline to September 30th so the City could submit its response to ODOT’s proposal to eventually extend a median on
Swales suggested researching a road diet and the use of roundabouts. John McDonald, ODOT TGM Project Manager, noted that roundabouts worked when all four legs of an intersection had a similar amount of use;
Safety was the main reason for the median. McDonald said that currently this section of
Faught added that DKS Associates, consultants who wrote the Croman Site traffic impact analysis, noted that if
Sommer asked if Kittelson’s review would come to the Commission before the City Council. Faught said yes, if time permits. ODOT would have to extend their deadline to October 5th to allow for both Commission and Council approval. She asked if affected business owners signed off on the current median extension to
Sommer asked if the median would be landscaped. McDonald said the median was too narrow. Burnham asked if the City could oppose the expansion of the median to
Olson, per the Commission’s request, prioritized the results of the forced vote process and recommended decreasing the number of goals. He reviewed each goal.
1. Audible Signals - Budget money had been found for downtown signals. Burnham heard complaints about the loud noises they make. Corinne Vieville, was researching different sound options.
2. Adding Bike Path Elements to Highway 66 Overpass - Olson thought this goal could be planned and designed, but not constructed in the two year timeframe. Sommers said currently many people walk and bike to the YMCA against traffic. Burnham thought the challenge was to cross the railroad tracks. Ryan reminded Commissioners that there was a pedestrian refuge across from the tire station for a planned crosswalk. Olson noted that crosswalk would have to be installed with beacons and other features to make pedestrians visible at the overpass.
3. Pros and Cons of Relocating Bike Racks - Staff and the Subcommittee finished an inventory of existing and recommended bike racks. Only one on-street option was considered safe that is in front of the library on Siskiyou. Olson suggested changing the goal to “Increasing Bike Parking in Downtown Core.” Swales noted that Arts Commission had ideas for artistic bike racks. Faught agreed and would ask the Arts Commission for suggestions.
4. Research Signal Detector Retrofits to Accommodate Bike Detection - Olson reported that high density, concentrated loops were expensive and would need to be phased in. He suggested purchasing one as an experiment.
5. Faith Avenue / Ashland Street Intersection Improvements - All agreed this was an important goal.
6. Make Will Dodge Way More Multi-Modal - This goal was in process and includes meeting with business owners, replacing broken curb sections, crosswalk along First Street, ADA ramp on First Street, paving overlay, pavement markings and signage. Swales thought that with the sale of the parking lot, Will Dodge way could be beautified as a courtyard. Olson reported this project was initiated by the Police Department. Their goal was to reduce crime and increase safety. Faught added that colored slurry seal could be considered at a latter date. Project cost is $75,000 using city crews. Some stamped concrete would be used at the yogurt shop.
7. Evaluate Delivery Vehicle Patterns in the Downtown Core - Olson suggested the Commission take the lead on this goal by contracting owners and suppliers for feedback. Swales wondered if the truck idling ordinance was being enforced.
Burnham moved to accept staff’s recommendation. Ryan seconded the motion.
Sommer suggested combining 5 and 2 and reworking 3. Ryan thought the Faith /
Ryan withdrew second. Burnham withdrew motion.
Sommer moved to adopt three goals: 1) Connect Bike Path to Highway 66 Overpass (including feasibility of crossing railroad tracks; 2) Faith Av /Ashland St Intersection Improvements; and 3) Increasing Bike Parking in the Downtown Core (including reviewing design options with the Art Commission). Burnham seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Olson presented the staff report apologizing for any hurt feelings over the wording of his memo. He reminded the Commission of their role and the veto / call up power of the Public Works Director. The Director then asked the full Commission to reconsider the Subcommittee’s recommendation to remove the parking restriction on
Olson received more than the usual public response for parking changes on
Chapman asked if, because the prohibition ended at 4:30 PM, the Fire Department opposed any west side parking. Olson said that after hours parking was less dense so Fire Department had no issue. Sommer agreed with Staff’s reasoning.
Swales said conditions on
Ryan, a Subcommittee member, gave the rational for his vote. He thought his decision could be vetoed and felt safe in that knowledge. A citizen sought relief and he took his duty as a citizen advocate seriously. The removal of some parking restrictions could be a one year experiment. Similar streets had parking on both sides and he was attempting a compromise. He thought the sample size of up to 15 people was too small to say stakeholders were against the request to relax the parking restriction.
Chapman asked why
Swales moved not to reconsider the Subcommittee’s recommendation regarding
Burnham agreed with the need for a citywide policy to use when similar requests come before the Commission.
Ryan would like to see a letter or memo confirming the Fire Department’s recommendation.
Swales moved to amend the motion to include “…unless a recommendation against removing the parking prohibition from the Fire Department was received.” Ryan seconded the amended motion.
Sommer favored residential permit parking and suggested leaving the parking prohibition as is until such a program was in place.
Burnham, the Chair of the Subcommittee, heard the testimony of property owners, the recommendation from the Fire Department as stated by staff and voted no. He was also in favor of a citywide street parking policy. Heesacker recommended further amending the motion to include the development of a citywide policy.
Swales thought that the speculative issues addressed in the testimony of property owners should not be used in making decisions. Chapman suggested tabling this issue until a representative from the Fire Department could address the Committee.
Vote on Amendment:
Commission voted for the motion four votes to one. Amended motion passed.
Vote on Motion:
The motion not to reconsider the Subcommittee’s recommendation regarding
The Council recently directed the Commission to review AMC 11.60 Truck Routes ordinance noting that the reference to state code was outdated. Swales noted the ordinance was similar to the truck idling ordinance that came before the Traffic Safety Commission. Staff recommended tabling this agenda item for further research. Commission agreed.
VI. NON ACTION ITEMS
A. MPO Update (Chapman)
B. Planning Commission Update (Sommer)
Sommer reported that at the Planning Commission reviewed the portion of Task 6 (TSP update) on the topic of pedestrian nodes. The fourth site was eliminated (Bridge and Siskiyou) leaving East Main / North Mountain, Walker / Ashland Street and Tolman Creek / Ashland Street. Public workshops regarding the pedestrian nodes would be held in October and December preceded by a private stakeholders meeting. A subcommittee was chosen to work with staff to plan the workshops and ensure accurate minutes.
Burnham expressed frustration that the Transportation Commission was not involved in the selection of pedestrian nodes. Faught explained the history of how the idea developed as part of two separate Transportation Enhancement grant applications. Swales added that the Planning Commission’s emphasis was on land use on private property. These nodes would be denser in population allowing for more public transit.
C. Additional Bicycle Parking on
D. Car Free Day (Ryan)
Ryan reported on the status of Car Free Day planning. He now had the help of three members of the Jackson County Pacific Greens, a non-profit political organization and asked the Commission for ideas to recognize them. Commission had no objection to recognizing them. Slocum reported that the parade permit was approved. Ryan would like the police escort to be a bicycle escort. The event will be advertised on the City website however the planning committee missed the deadline for inclusion in the City Source.
E. Commissioner Emails - Ryan and Swales
Heesacker responded to Ryan’s letter to Mayor Stromberg dated August 18th. Ryan was offended by the staff memo to reconsider the
Chapman suggested that next time Ryan contact Staff directly then come to the meeting to correct the record.
Ryan announced that he had no further issues with Staff.
VII. INFORMATIONAL ITEMS & COMMISSIONER COMMENTS: None.
VIII. ADJOURN: 8:33 PM
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