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TCC Minutes February 7, 2005

City Council Chambers---------City Hall
Monday, February 7, 2005---------4:00 p.m.

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT J. Michael Cochran
Brent Hardwick
Angela Lindstrom
John Olmsted
Patrick Robeson, Chairman
Vacancy
ABSENT Rosa Nowels, Vice-Chairman
STAFF PRESENT Don Hoppe, Director of Engineering
Mark Miller, Consultant City Traffic Engineer
Dave Langstaff, Traffic Engineering Analyst
Teri Carlson, Senior Traffic Engineering Aide
Susan McGraw, Recording Secretary

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Robeson called the Transportation & Circulation Commission meeting to order at 4:03 p.m.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion: Olmsted
2nd: Cochran
Ayes: Hardwick, Lindstrom, Robeson
Nays:

To APPROVE the January 10, 2005, minutes as submitted.

NEW BUSINESS

  1. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO REMOVE THE OVERNIGHT PARKING RESTRICTION BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 2:00 A.M. AND 5:00 A.M. ON THE NORTH SIDE OF COMMONWEALTH AVENUE BETWEEN RICHMAN AVENUE AND SHORT STREET.

    City Traffic Engineer Mark Miller presented a brief summation of staffs written report. Considering that there is ample off-street parking for both the residential and commercial elements in this area, staff recommended denial of the request for the reasons as outlined in the report. Staff only considered the mixed-use and residential properties along this segment of Commonwealth, and none of the three properties are considered as deficient.

    Commissioner Olmsted asked if this is a unique situation. Mr. Miller concurred to the extent that after looking at the site, observing that there is parking in the alley, and the applicants statement that parking is inconvenient, it was determined that there is sufficient parking, albeit not as convenient as front-door parking. It has been policy to not allow commercial properties the exemption on any arterial streets.

    The hearing was opened for public comment.

    Mrs. Daugherty, 425 West Commonwealth Avenue, is a non-fiction writer and is only at her office two night a week at. There are three houses to the rear between her office and the alley. She would be agreeable to permit parking, although she believes she should be able to park in front of her business at any time of the day.

    Public Comment was then closed.

    Commissioner Lindstrom agreed with staff, as did Commissioner Olmsted. Both concurred that it is the responsibility of the property owner to provide tenant parking. In this instance, the property owner has provided ample parking on a first come, first served basis. Commissioner Brent inquired if the property owner could be contacted by the Commission. Dave Langstaff stated the property owner had already responded that parking is provided for the tenants

    Motion: Lindstrom
    2nd: Cochran
    Ayes: All in Favor
    Nays:

    To ONCUR with staffs recommendation to deny the request to remove the overnight parking restriction on the north side of East Commonwealth Avenue between Richman Avenue and Short Street.

  2. ELECTION OF CHAIRPERSON AND VICE-CHAIRPERSON.

    Commissioner Olmsted made a motion to RETAIN the current Chairman and Vice-Chairman until any new Commissioners are appointed to fill expired and vacant positions. Commissioner Hardwick seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

  3. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST FOR A DISABLED PERSONS PARKING SPACE IN FRONT OF THE PROPERTY AT 314 WEST WHITING AVENUE.

    Consultant City Traffic Engineer Miller presented staffs report based on a request by Mrs. Helen Bailey. Mrs. Bailey is handicapped with a progressive medical condition, and although her property is improved to accommodate her disability, it is less arduous for her to access her home from the street during the day. However, continuous on-street public parking prevents her access to the front of her house.

    There was no one wishing to address this item during the Public Comment segment.

    Motion: Brent
    2nd: Cochran
    Ayes: All
    Nays:

    To CONCUR with staffs recommendation to approve and recommend to City Council the installation of a disabled persons parking space in front of property at 314 West Whiting Avenue.

  4. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO NAME THE EAST/WEST ALLEY EAST OF LEMON HILL TERRACE NORTH OF MALVERN AVENUE.

    Director Hoppe presented staffs report. Not much information is available regarding the naming of an alley within the City limits; there are hundreds of miles of alleys; part of problem would be response time to the correct location in the event of an emergency; and there does not appear to be a specific need to name the alley.

    Commissioner Olmsted stated the residents mailboxes are located in the alley and it doesnt seem that the Post Office doesnt have a problem; currently, the primary access appears to be from the alley since there is no stopping on Malvern; and he questioned whether the maintenance of this alley would change.

    Chairman Robeson inquired if this alley is on the street sweeping schedule, to which Mr. Hoppe replied no. The hearing was then opened for Public Comment.

    Mr. Lester LaRoe, 715 West Malvern, presented a letter from Ms. Birsner, commented that postal service is in the alley, garbage pickup is in the alley, and visitors are directed to enter the residences from the back. There is ample off-alley parking in the alley adjacent to their homes.

    Mrs. Ella Conn, 723 West Malvern, stated directions for access to their homes would be less complicated if they could give visitors the name of a street to turn into.

    The Public Comment was then closed.

    After brief discussion regarding the process required to name this alley, a motion was made.

    Motion: Cochran
    2nd: Hardwick
    Ayes: All
    Nays:

    To CONTINUE this item until staff is able to confer with the City Attorney and to possibly discover any further information regarding the process of naming the east/west alley east of Lemon Hill Terrace north of Malvern Avenue.

NON-AGENDA ITEMS

Mr. Miller Mark presented a review regarding experimentation of the flashing yellow arrow display for protective/permissive left-turn signals. Application has been made to the Federal government for permission to experiment with this flashing arrow, and also to the California Traffic Control Devices Committee advisory committee to the State of California for the Traffic Manual.

A presentation was made in Sacramento last December, describing the intent to implement protective/permissive left turn using the flashing arrow for FHWA experimentation at three Fullerton intersections and one in Pasadena, CA. The overall goal is to improve signal operation, enhance safety, and reduce delays.

The arrows are installed at the intersections of north/south Lemon at Orangethorpe; all four directions at Valencia/Euclid, and east/west on Chapman at Commonwealth. These are intersections identified as needing protective/permissive because of the high volume of left-turns and available gaps in through traffic.

COUNCIL REVIEW

Director Hoppe reported on the following actions at the January 18 City Council meeting:

  • Approved the removal of the 2-hour parking restriction on Commonwealth between Richman and Short Street.

  • The recommendation for an overnight parking exemption on the east side of South Highland Avenue between Hill Avenue and the east/west alley south of Porter Avenue died for lack of second.

Director Hoppe then gave a brief synopsis regarding the Overnight Parking issue that is forthcoming to the City Council.

The Airport Hangars and Wash Racks were approved by the City Council at the February 1, 2005, meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

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

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the Transportation & Circulation Commission was adjourned at 5:17 p.m. to the next regularly scheduled meeting of March 7, 2005.

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