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TCC Minutes December 1, 2003

City Council Chambers---------City Hall
Monday, December 1, 2003---------4:00 p.m.

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT David Bailey
J. Michael Cochran, Chairman
Brent Hardwick
Angela Lindstrom (4:04 p.m.)
Rosa Nowels
John Olmsted
Patrick Robeson, Vice-Chairman
COMMISSIONERS ABSENT
STAFF PRESENT Mark Miller, City Traffic Engineer
Don Hoppe, Assistant City Engineer
Dave Langstaff, Traffic Engineering Analyst
Teri Carlson, Senior Traffic Engineering Aide
Lieutenant Cave, Police Department
Sergeant Matson, Police Department
Susan McGraw, Recording Secretary

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Cochran called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

A motion was made by Commissioner Nowels to approve the November 4, 2003, minutes with the following corrections and comments:

Commissioner Nowels commented that on page 3, 1st line, her name was misspelled. The correct spelling is Nowels.

Regarding the red light camera program Commissioner Hardwick stated that he actually asked for information, i.e. statistics of accidents figures, citations, etc., to as certain if the cameras are actually doing the job for which they were intended.

Vice-Chairman Robeson seconded the motion, which was approved unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

Traffic Engineer Miller introduced Don Hoppe, Assistant City Engineer, who will be replacing Robert Hodson, Director of Engineering; and Lt. Doug Cave who will replace Lt. Stanko at these meetings.

  1. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO REMOVE THE OVERNIGHT PARKING RESTRICTIONS ON BOTH SIDES OF TURNER AVENUE BETWEEN CAROL DRIVE AND ITS SOUTHERLY TERMINUS

    Mark Miller, City Traffic Engineer, stated that this request was received from Mr. Jeremy Coffman, tenant at 225 South Turner Avenue. He then presented staff's report, including exemption requirements and findings.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson requested clarification as to the appropriate signee on a petition. Mr. Miller stated that a tenant is permitted to sign a request.

    Commissioner Hardwick asked if there are any reservations regarding the fact that the street is rather narrow. Mr. Miller stated there would not be an issue.

    Commissioner Olmsted asked about surrounding exemptions from overnight parking, specifically on Carol Drive. Carol Drive is exempt from Edward Avenue to the west and Kellogg Avenue to the east. Turner Avenue is exempt on the north end from Carol Drive.

    Chairman Cochran asked for further clarification regarding who can submit a petition for overnight parking exemptions. Mr. Hoppe read from the Resolution that the name and address of the property owner must be provided regardless if petition is made by the owner or tenant.

    The public comment segment was opened.

    Mr. Jeremy Coffman, tenant and petitioner of the request, advised that the property owner of his residence was opposed to this request. However, Mr. Coffman stated it is not uncommon that parking is necessary for more than one vehicle. In response to Commissioners' questions, Mr. Coffman stated that the neighbors are vigilant and police are called immediately if there are unknown vehicles parked in the area, and emergency vehicles have had no maneuverability problems. He presented staff with signatures of additional supporting residents.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Commissioner Olmsted stated he would support this request because the street appears to be highly impacted. Vice-Chairman Robeson concurred stating that typically, however, he would not support a request of this nature.

    Commissioner Hardwick made a motion to accept staff's recommendation. Commissioner Olmsted seconded the motion, which was approved unanimously.

    Chairman Cochran advised the audience that this item will go before the City Council on January 20, 2004.

  2. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO ESTABLISH ONE-HOUR PARKING ON BOTH SIDES OF AMERIGE AVENUE IMMEDIATELY EAST OF LEMON STREET

    Mr. Miller advised this request was received from Mr. Richard Schwartz, manager of Monkey Business, 301 East Amerige Avenue. The request was made in an effort to better facilitate the needs of his patrons. Mr. Miller then presented staff's report. Based on the findings of a study, staff is unable to support the request at this time.

    Commissioner Olmsted inquired if at anytime was the parking lot full? Staff advised no.

    Responding to a question from Commissioner Bailey, Mr. Miller advised there is parking on east and north of the subject property.

    The public comment segment was opened.

    Richard Schwartz 2807 East Lincoln Avenue, Anaheim, is the Administrative Assistant for Hart Community Homes, a non-profit organization which operates Monkey Business. There are two homes which houses homeless and abused adolescent boys. Monkey Business opened in June as a thrift store and a partial vocational training center for these boys. The facility has started slow, but is growing. The building is actually divided into two halves one half is a thrift store and the other half is a small caf. The separate building is a two-bedroom residence, available for rent. Parking is needed on weekends and hopefully will require more in the future.

    Commissioner Nowels asked if the resident at 122 (Dry Cleaners) concurred with the request. Mr. Schwartz indicated they did agree but nothing was in writing.

    Commissioner Olmsted asked staff to clarify the time request. Mr. Schwartz stated that the original request was for 20 minutes. He is now asking for one-hour.

    Commissioner Olmsted stated he would not support the request at this time. He suggested that the applicant resubmit a request when parking becomes a more obvious need.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Commissioner Olmsted suggested the applicant move the truck and trailer that occupies two spaces. Chairman Cochran inquired of staff if parking could be limited to one-hour on the weekends. Mr. Miller advised it would be difficult to enforce, and parking isn't an issue on the weekends because typically there are no students in the area.

    Commissioner Hardwick made a motion to accept staff's recommendation. Vice-Chairman Robeson seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  3. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO INSTALL A TRAFFIC SIGNAL AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHLAND AVENUE AND VALENCIA DRIVE

    Mr. Miller presented staff's findings, which indicated that the warrant requirements do not support the request. There are future plans for West Valencia Drive, including various roadway improvements, which may change the complexion of this intersection. Also, Valencia is a bike route west from Highland Avenue, and Highland Avenue is also a bike route both north and south.

    Mr. Hoppe explained that the roadway improvements are one aspect of the neighborhood development, which is currently in the planning stages.

    No one was present to address this item from the public.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson made a motion to accept staff's recommendation. Commissioner Nowels seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

  4. CONSIDERATION OF A STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO INSTALL ONE-HOUR PARKING ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF CHAPMAN AVENUE FROM 360-FEET OF CENTERLINE ON LEMON STREET TO 500-FEET EAST OF CENTERLINE ON LEMON STREET

    Mr. Miller presented the staff report.

    There was no one present to speak to this item.

    There was no discussion by the Commission. Vice-Chairman Robeson made a motion to accept staff's recommendation. Commissioner Hardwick seconded the motion, which was approved unanimously.

  5. CONSIDERATION OF A STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO MODIFY THE VARIOUS PARKING RESTRICTIONS ON THE EAST SIDE OF POMONA AVENUE BETWEEN CHAPMAN AVENUE AND UNION AVENUE

    Mr. Miller presented staff's report addressing the location map. In response to Chairman Cochran's inquiry, Mr. Miller stated there is currently one-hour parking for students on the west side on Pomona Avenue.

    Commissioner Olmsted commented that it appears the bus loading zone is not in a good location. Mr. Miller responded that when it is observed how buses come into the area, it is more logical, and this is the preferred location by students, as well as the bus drivers and those who aid the students in loading and unloading the buses.

    Commissioner Nowels commented that the hours of one to three are indicated in the request, and she wanted to know when school actually lets out. Mr. Miller stated school is out at 2:15 p.m.

    The public comment segment was opened.

    Colleen Paterson, Assistant Superintendent, Fullerton High School District, thanked the City for its support and staff's assistance as the District works through the project. It is anticipated that the project will last for approximately 18 months, and modified parking restrictions will make safer conditions for students.

    Commissioner Bailey inquired what the District is building. Ms. Paterson advised that a classroom building is being built on pylons over the existing parking structure so that parking will be restored.

    Commissioner Olmsted stated he has concerns regarding confusion for the parents and students, and assumes there is going to be an education time. Ms. Paterson concurred and stated the transition will be in place prior to the winter break.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Commissioner Hardwick made a motion to accept staff's recommendation. Commissioner Nowels seconded the motion, which was approved unanimously.

COUNCIL REVIEW

  • Mr. Hoppe advised the two-hour parking on Almira was approved by the City Council.
  • The next meeting of the Transportation & Circulation Commission (T&CC) will be February 2, 2004.
  • January 20, 2004, is the expected Council date for the items from today's T&CC hearing. However, the removal of the painted crosswalk at Valencia Drive/Locust Drive and Commonwealth Avenue/Turner Avenue will be heard at the December 16, 2003, City Council meeting.

NON-AGENDA ITEMS

  • Chairman Cochran stated the parking violations' hearing is coming up; a new list of T&CC members is needed; and elections for the new Chairman and Vice Chairman will be on the February agenda. He thanked the Commissioners and staff for all the hard work, and that he had enjoyed working with everyone.
  • Commissioner Bailey noted that he attended the recent Transportation Commissioners workshop, which was very interesting and recommends that any new commissioners should attend. Speed bumps are appearing in various cities.
  • Commissioner Olmsted further commented on the workshop stating that he discovered that the City's Traffic Engineer, Mark Miller, is very knowledgeable and had indeed already shared that knowledge with the Commission members. He also mentioned the controversy over removal of crosswalks is growing rather than lessening. Mr. Miller responded that the State College/Yorba Linda issue will be presented in February, and that a notice will be posted near that crosswalk inviting any interested persons to attend the February meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Public comments will be allowed on matters not appearing on the agenda but within the Commission's jurisdiction.

ADJOURNMENT

Commissioner Olmsted motioned that the meeting be adjourned. Commissioner Nowels seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved at 5:00 p.m.

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