ASHLAND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION
November 20, 2019
CALL TO ORDER:
Borgerson called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
Commissioners Present: Katharine Danner, Bruce Borgerson, Linda Peterson Adams, Derrick Claypool-Barnes, Mark Brouillard, Joe Graf
Commissioners Absent: Corinne Vièville
Council Liaison Absent: Julie Akins
Staff Present: Scott Fleury, Taina Glick
Borgerson reminded commissioners to speak into their microphones and for public forum speakers and presenters to stay within their allotted timeframes.
Approval of Minutes: October 21, 2019
Commissioners Danner/Peterson Adams m/s to approve minutes as amended.
All ayes. Minutes approved.
Donna Butchino Ashland, OR
Spoke to safety concerns due to a narrow section of Munson Dr between Fordyce St to Village Park Dr and requested a No Parking zone on the East side of Munson Dr between 1245 Munson Dr to 1213 Munson Dr. She provided a map and letter to the commission.
Heulz Gutcheon Ashland, OR
Spoke of his concerns regarding homelessness and multi-modal transportation. He supports additional speed signs.
Commissioners discussed accidents involving pedestrians from the most recent accident report.
Siskiyou Velo-cycling presentation meeting audio starts at 10:50
Harlan Bittner and Gary Shaff provided a presentation regarding bicycle facility improvements to create a better bicycle network as a means of increasing cyclist safety and use. Presentation attached.
Brouillard questioned presenters if the reduction in the overall number of cyclists is due more to a change in times than lack of safety. Presenters responded that enthusiasm amongst students in school biking courses indicates that youth are interested in cycling and cited increased cyclist activity in multiple cities and countries after facility improvements were made. Graf inquired if Siskiyou Velo was scheduled to talk to the Revitalize Downtown groups. Danner believed there is potential for some increase cyclist activity, but that topography and age of our population will limit that growth.
West Village Subdivision – Traffic Calming meeting audio starts at 53:08
Fleury explained the current plans regarding the development of the Cowan property. He described certain findings outlined in the Traffic Impact Analysis.
Commissioners asked questions about:
Traffic Calming Updated Draft meeting audio starts at 1:18:41
Borgerson reminded commissioners that discussion should be limited only to measures that impact driver habits. Fleury described updates made to the document as a result of changes approved at the last meeting. Graf questioned the wording in Section 2.2 related to placement of the speed trailer and asked for clarification.
Graf moved to approve the traffic calming plan with the recommended changes to Sections 1.5 and 2.2 provided by Borgerson. Danner seconded. Discussion: Graf felt that it was time move forward with the program and that changes may be necessary but this is a good start. Ayes: Danner, Borgerson, Graf, Peterson Adams, Brouillard Nay: Claypool-Barnes Motion passed 5:1.
Discuss current action item list meeting audio starts at 1:34:20
Graf inquired about data information regarding RVTD express. Fleury responded with data provided by RVTD at the October meeting. Commissioners questioned if bicycles and/or scooters are allowed on the express bus. Fleury has received positive feedback about the micro-transit program.
Graff asked about crosswalks across N Main St at both Nursery and VanNess. Fleury informed the group that the intersection at N Main and VanNess is being reworked at crosswalks will be handled at that time. Design plans for the crosswalks at Nursery will be submitted to ODOT around the first week of December.
Brouillard asked if the crosswalk recently installed at Oak St and Lithia Way could be modeled after a crosswalk in Phoenix. Fleury indicated that intersection could be changed based on the outcome of the Downtown Revitalization Plan.
Commissioners discussed Revitalize Downtown efforts. Frustration was expressed about how the in-person and online open houses were set up. Fleury requested input on how to improve for future online open houses.
Brouillard asked about improved electric vehicle charging stations. Fleury indicated that the charging station in the Pioneer parking lot is set to be improved in Spring 2020.
Fleury mentioned attending a meeting of the metropolitan planning organization TAC where 5 projects were ranked. The Clay St improvements application submitted by Jackson County was ranked 2. Funding could be available in 2022-2024, if the application is functionally eligible.
There was only one proposal for the TSP update. Fleury issued a notice of intent to negotiate scope and fee to the responder, Kittleson & Assoc. The scope and fee agreement could be presented at the December TC meeting.
FUTURE AGENDA TOPICS
MUTCD 4-way stop sign training
ADJOURNMENT: 8:02 pm
Public Works Administrative Assistant