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TCC Minutes August 4, 1997

MINUTES

TRANSPORTATION AND CIRCULATION COMMISSION

City Council Chambers- - - - - City Hall
Monday, August 4, 1997 - - - - - 4:00 P. M.

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT:
Vince Buck
Michael DiCostanzo
LeAnn French
Lou Grushen
Brent Hardwick, Vice-Chairman
Al Hawkins, Chairman
John Seminara
COMMISSIONERS ABSENT:
None
STAFF PRESENT:
Robert Hodson, Director of Engineering
Mark Miller, City Traffic Engineer
Lt. Al Burks, Fullerton Police Dept.
Jeanie Mitterholzer, Recording Secretary

CALL TO ORDER:

Chairman Hawkins called the regular meeting of the Transportation and Circulation Commission to order at 4:00 p.m.

MINUTES:

The minutes were approved with the spelling correction made on page 4.

NEW BUSINESS:

CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST FOR THE INSTALLATION OF GREEN CURB "15 MINUTES" PARKING AND BLUE CURB "DISABLED PERSONS" PARKING IN FRONT OF 1321 SOUTH VINE AVENUE.
City Traffic Engineer Mark Miller stated this request came from the resident/property manager of the Vine Apartments located at 1321 South Vine Avenue. The property manager requested the City install 25 feet of green curb "15 minute parking" and add 20 feet of blue curb "Disabled Persons parking" in front of 1321 South Vine Avenue. This was in attempt to obtain a space on the street for short-term visitor parking and for disabled persons parking. South Vine Avenue is a short residential cul-de-sac with a curb to curb width of 36 feet fronted on both sides with commercial properties at the entrance to the street and multi-family units at the end of the cul-de-sac. On street parking is available for approximately eight vehicles in front of the apartment complex. However, overnight parking is not permitted on South Vine Avenue.

The Fullerton Municipal Code Section 8.44.120 states that painted green curb "15 minute parking" shall not apply during the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. During the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. the location would revert to unrestricted parking with the exception to the 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. overnight parking restriction. Head in parking at the end of the cul-de-sac is not permitted according to Section 22502(a) of the California Vehicle Code.

A parking study was done during a period of two days and during that time staff observed an average of four vehicles parked at the end of the cul-de-sac. This would indicate that on average there was a fifty-percent availability of parking spaces during the time the study was conducted. The availability of on street parking in front of the apartment would indicate that parking is available for prospective tenant parking within the cul-de-sac. Staff is not opposed to approve the request for green curb at this location if the green curb is painted in front of the office.

With regard to the request for sidewalk access ramps and blue curb, current access ramp funding for fiscal year 1997/98 has already been appropriated. City policy is to install access ramps on curb returns and at alley access where there is a high demand for use. The City investigated the request and placed the request on the list according to its priority status. Because there is no existing disabled persons access to the sidewalk and the property, staff is unable to support this request at this time. When access ramps are installed, staff would support the request for blue curb.

Chairman Hawkins asked if there was on-site visitor parking for the apartment complex. City Traffic Engineer Miller stated he did not notice any other on-site visitor parking except for this location. Chairman Hawkins also asked if there was disabled access into the complex from the sidewalk. City Traffic Engineer Miller stated there is sidewalk into the complex but there is nothing from the street surface onto the curbs.

Public Comment was open.

Julius Feldman, Resident/Manager of the Vine Apartments, 1321 South Vine Avenue, stated his complex has 98 units and has adequate parking for their tenants. Mr. Feldman stated he requested the entire cul-de-sac be limited to 15-minute parking. Mr. Feldman stated this parking would not infringe upon any of their neighbors because they have their own parking. There is no assigned parking within the complex and no convenient guest parking.

Commissioner French asked how many disabled tenants there are in the complex. Mr. Feldman stated there is one plus himself. Commissioner French asked how have they been supplying parking for the disabled. Mr. Feldman stated they do have a designated space for the one disabled which is close to her apartment but many times there is no parking for Mr. Feldman in the apartment complex. Commissioner DiCostanzo asked where the main office is located. Mr. Feldman stated the office is located in the cul-de-sac area of 1321 South Vine Avenue. Mr. Feldman stated it is very difficult to park around the cul-de-sac curve.

Public Comment was closed.

Chairman Hawkins asked about the enforcement in the cul-de-sac. Lt. Burks stated this is handled on a complaint basis only unless the police department identifies there is a problem. Lt. Burks stated management could enforce parking in the complex. He also stated Parking Control Officers do not work the weekends. Chairman Hawkins reminded Mr. Feldman that the green curb is not enforceable from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

After a brief discussion, Vice-Chairman Hardwick then made a motion to accept staff's recommendation with the amendment that there is adequate parking for two vehicles at a location to be determined by the Engineering Department and property owner/manager. Commissioner French seconded the motion and it passed unanimously (7-0).

CONSIDERATION OF RECOMMENDATION TO ESTABLISH A POSTED SPEED LIMITS ON PALM STREET FROM IMPERIAL HIGHWAY TO LAMBERT ROAD.
City Traffic Engineer Miller stated this consideration came from the City of Brea who indicated that the speed limit on Palm Street in the City of Brea was proposed to be increased. Engineering studies conducted by Brea determined that the existing posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour would be increased to 40 miles per hour. Brea staff requested the City of Fullerton concur with Brea's speed limit from Imperial Highway north to Lambert Road.

City of Fullerton Engineering staff conducted their traffic studies and found that from Imperial Highway to Bonita Place, the 85th percentile speed is 43 miles per hour, and from Bonita Place to Lambert Road the 85th percentile speed is 42 miles per hour. There were four reported accidents for the year 1996. Considering the results of the engineering and traffic survey, a favorable accident history and in an effort to maintain speed limit conformity across city boundaries, staff recommends an increase in the posted speed limit on Palm Street from 35 miles per hour to 40 miles per hour. City Traffic Engineer Miller asked the Transportation and Circulation Commission recommend to City Council that a portion of Section 8.56.020 of the Fullerton Municipal Code be amended. This action will establish a new prima facie speed limit of 40 miles per hour on Palm Street from Imperial Highway to Lambert Road.

Commissioner Grushen made a motion to accept staff's recommendation to change the posted speed limit on Palm Street. Vice-Chairman Hardwick seconded and the motion passed unanimously (7-0).

CONSIDERATION TO PROHIBIT PARKING ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE EAST/WEST ALLEY NORTH OF AMERIGE AVENUE FROM 30 FEET WEST OF LAWRENCE AVENUE TO 280 FEET WEST OF LAWRENCE AVENUE.
City Traffic Engineer Miller stated this request came from Mr. Pete Kayashima, the tenant at 335 East Amerige Avenue Apartment No. 2, and is requesting that the north side of the east/west alley north of Amerige Avenue between Lemon Street and Lawrence Avenue be posted for "No parking anytime". Mr. Kayashima's request is based on his inability to safely back out of his garage when vehicles are parked on the north side of the alley opposite his garage. Engineering staff conducted a parked utilization study of the alley and observed a maximum of two vehicles parked on the north side of the alley during the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Staff did not observe any vehicles parked opposite 335 East Amerige Avenue. However, it is staff's opinion that the removal of parking on the north side of the alley would improve a driver's ability to maneuver a vehicle within the alley, and based on the minor impact to the availability of legal parking spaces, staff is supportive of this request.

Chairman Hawkins asked why we are not doing the whole alley. City Traffic Engineer Miller stated he did not see the necessity to post the whole alley at this point. City Traffic Engineer Miller also stated residents were not notified in that section of the alley. Lt. Burks stated this is a narrow alley and one or two vehicles parking in this alley can create a hazard for emergency vehicles. Vice-Chairman Hardwick asked if the Engineering staff could contact the other residents in the alley so that the whole alley could be restricted for parking. City Traffic Engineer Miller stated that no parking does not mean no stopping. Lt. Burks stated vehicles could stop to load or unload for at least 15 minutes.

Vice-Chairman Hardwick made a motion to accept staff's recommendation for the "No parking restriction" on the north side of the east/west alley from 30 feet west of Lawrence Avenue to 280 feet west of Lawrence Avenue. Commissioner French seconded and the motion passed unanimously (7-0).

SET SEPTEMBER MEETING DATE.
City Traffic Engineer Miller stated currently there are no items for the September meeting. The studies the Engineering staff has been requested to perform need to be done during the school year. Director of Engineering Bob Hodson stated there would be a special community meeting on Wednesday, August 6th regarding Commonwealth and Lillie Avenue at Commonwealth School. There is also another community meeting scheduled for August 20th at Raymond School regarding Riverside Drive traffic issues. There may be a special September Transportation and Circulation Commission meeting but it all depends on what happens at these two community meetings. Chairman Hawkins then made a motion to cancel the September meeting unless a special meeting is determined necessary. Vice-Chairman Hardwick seconded the motion and it passed unanimously (7-0).

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 4:55 p.m. to the next regularly scheduled meeting of October 6, 1997 at 4:00 p.m.

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