ASHLAND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION
May 16, 2019
CALL TO ORDER:
Borgerson called the meeting to order at 6:02 p.m.
Commissioners Present: Corinne Vièville, Katharine Danner, Bruce Borgerson, Linda Peterson Adams, Joe Graf, Derrick Claypool-Barnes
Council Liaison Absent: Julie Akins
Staff Present: Scott Fleury, Taina Glick, Steve MacLennan
Fleury introduced and welcomed new Commissioners Katharine Danner, and Linda Peterson Adams.
Approval of Minutes: April 18, 2019
Commissioners Danner/Graf m/s to approve minutes as presented.
All ayes. Minutes approved.
Mark Brouillard 159 Helman St
Requested an additional stop sign at Central Ave and Helman St as well as permitted parking for residents on Helman St between Central Ave and Van Ness Ave. Commissioners queried Brouillard about his requests.
2nd St Loading Zone Request
Fleury presented a request from Winchester Inn for a 15-minute loading. If approved by Commission, applicant is aware that they are responsible for signage and marking and that enforcement would be complaint driven. Danner is in support of this request. Graf is concerned about adding an additional loading zone in the downtown area and believed that a study is warranted. Borgerson wondered about the effect of TNCs on the need for long-term parking. Vièville inquired about the danger of double parking and the availability of local parking lots. Peterson-Adams does not support adding a loading zone in an area covered by the downtown parking plan. Vièville suggested referring this proposal to the Transportation Growth and Management group (TGM) for consideration. Graf moved to refer decision of 15-minute loading zones in downtown area to the TGM committee. Vièville seconded. All ayes. Motion passed.
Election of Chair and Vice Chair
Vièville nominated Borgerson for Chair and Claypool-Barnes for Vice-Chair. All ayes.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Countermeasure Investigation
Commissioners considered areas of multiple collisions based on accident data.
Glick will provide a list to commissioners of all mentioned intersections. Borgerson advised commissioners to investigate on their own time and bring information and suggestions back to the group.
Traffic Calming Program
Fleury presented Commissioners with an updated outline of the proposed Traffic Calming Program. Commissioners and staff discussed funding for improvements, vegetation control requirement and responsibility, metrics, and public awareness. Graf inquired about responsibility for evaluation of improvement success. Claypool-Barns disagreed with proposed metrics. Graf reminded commissioners of the reason for a traffic calming program. Vièville queried Fleury about the existing process for handling citizen complaints. Staff and commissioners reminded Claypool-Barnes that the TC is an advisory body. Graf requested clarification from Fleury about the phase 2 application. Borgerson reminded committee members to direct additions or suggestions to Fleury. Danner asked about desired timeframe for completion of program details.
Discuss current action item list
Peterson-Adams inquired about status of the sharrows. ODOT has approved the City’s plan. Vièville inquired about design. Fleury stated the sharrow will be in the center of rt lane from termination of road diet to E Main St at the library.
FOLLOW UP ITEMS
ADA Transition Plan
Fleury is consulting with other municipalities and doing a self-inventory of our system to determine needed projects going forward.
Officer MacLennan spoke to the traffic report. Borgerson noted the number of rear-ender crashes and inquired if those are a common occurrence. MacLennan indicated that they are very common due to following too closely and driver cell phone use.
COMMISSION OPEN DISCUSSION
Peterson-Adams wondered if Julie Akins could be encouraged to attend meetings. Graf noted that we need updated liaison information from SOU.
FUTURE AGENDA TOPICS
Transportation System Plan Update – Scope development
MUTCD 4-way stop sign training
Public Works Administrative Assistant