TRANSPORTATION AND CIRCULATION COMMISSION
Monday, November 6, 2006 - 4:00 p.m.
City Council Chamber - City Hall
J. Michael Cochran, Chairperson
Angela Lindstrom, Vice Chairperson (arrived 4:25)
Mark Miller, Consultant City Traffic Engineer
Donald K. Hoppe, Director of Engineering
Lt. Alex Bastreri, Fullerton Police Department
Dave Langstaff, Traffic Engineering Analyst
Teri Carlson, Engineering Aide III
Susan McGraw, Recording Secretary
1. CONSIDERATION OF 20-MINUTE LOADING/UNLOADING ZONE ON WILLIAMSON AVENUE BEHIND MC COY MILLS FORD AT 700 WEST COMMONWEALTH AVENUE.
Consultant City Traffic Engineer Miller presented staff’s report stating Mr. Jim Miller, owner of McCoy Mills Ford, has requested a 25-foot loading/unloading zone on the north side of Williamson Avenue behind the dealership. Staff supported the request since a field review indicated that this location is used by employees from neighboring businesses for daily parking.
There was no one present to address this item during the Public Comment segment. Mr. Miller did state that Mr. Jim Miller had been present to speak at the previous Commission, which had been cancelled due to lack of a quorum.
Commissioner Robeson stated that the City has lost too many car dealerships, and this request should be accommodated.
Commissioner Olmsted made a motion to support staff’s recommendation for a 20-minute loading/unloading zone on the north side of Williamson Way adjacent to McCoy Mills’ Parts Department. Commissioner Nowels seconded the motion which passed unanimously.
2. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A DISABLED PERSON’S PARKING SPACE IN FRONT OF PROPERTY AT 201 SOUTH EDGAR PLACE.
Mr. Miller reported that this request came from the City Manager’s office. The disabled person’s signing was completed at the time of the request due to the serious medical condition of the resident at 201 South Edgar Place.
There was no Public Comment.
ComMissioner Robeson made a motion to concur with staff’s recommendation for disabled person’s parking in front of the property at the requested location. Commissioner Nowels seconded the motion which passed unanimously.
3. CONSIDERATION OF STAFF’S RECOMMENDATION REGARDING SCHOOL SAFETY SIGNING ON EAST CHAPMAN AVENUE IN THE VICINITY OF THE MONTESSORI SCHOOL.
Chairman Cochran recused himself from the hearing of this item. Commissioner Nowels presided over the meeting.
Mr. Miller stated that a request for flashing yellow lights and/or school signing was received from the school administration, which is concerned by the speed of traffic on Chapman Avenue. Mr. Miller explained that staff is unable to arbitrarily reduce speed on this arterial street because of the State guidelines for posted speed limits; and based on staff’s evaluation of the existing traffic conditions, the minimum guidelines/warrants are not substantiated to install flashing yellow lights. However, staff did recommended warning signs showing “School Speed Limit 25 When Children Are Present”, which is consistent with other schools having similar circumstances.
The hearing was opened for Public Comment.
Polly onstantine, owner of the Montessori school, stated that some parents walk their children at least two blocks when parking at St. Stephens because of safety concerns. She explained the school’s current parking restrictions, which include no left turns from the school parking lot onto Chapman. There are approximately 260 students who are driven to school.
In response to questions from the Commissioners, Ms. Constantine state that classes have staggered starting time; parents park for no longer than 10 minutes in the parking lot; and at the time of construction, it was requested to have short-term parking available on adjacent streets to the north. However, the neighbors had their own concerns, and this request was denied. School staff parks in the alley on the east side of the school.
Commissioner Robeson made a motion to accept staff’s recommendation for school warning signs on Chapman Avenue. Commissioner Olmsted seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
Vice Chairperson Lindstrom arrived at 4:25.
4. CONSIDERATION OF STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO REPEAL “NO PARKING ANYTIME” ON THE EAST SIDE OF BERKELEY AVENUE AT WEST VALLEY VIEW DRIVE.
Mr. Miller presented staff’s recommendation to remove No Parking Anytime signing on the east side of Berkeley at West Valley View Drive. Due to modifications of the lane configuration, this restriction is no longer necessary.
There was no Public Comment.
Commissioner Robeson made a motion to concur with staff’s recommendation for removal of the No Parking Anytime restriction. Commissioner Nowels seconded the motion, which was passed unanimously.
5. CONSIDERATION OF NO PARKING ON BARRIS DRIVE ADJACENT TO GOLDEN HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.
Mr. Miller reported that currently, 20-minute yellow curbing is painted west of the school parking lot entrance on Barris Drive. This was installed for loading and unloading of students; however, parents are using the 20 minutes to actually park their vehicles. The school principal has requested that this area be marked for No Parking – Student Loading/Unloading Only between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to encourage parents to use this area just for loading and unloading their children.
The hearing was opened for public comment
Jennifer Lilley, 338 West Jacaranda Place, PTA president, concurred with staff’s report, but had anticipated the signing would be posted for the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Mr. Robert Johnson, Golden Hill Elementary School Principal, had hoped to provide a valet area, but parents currently park and stay for longer times. He also indicated his own concerns about parents double parking and making unsafe U Turns on Monte Mar Vista Drive at Woods Avenue. Responding to a question from Commissioner Olmsted, Mr. Johnson stated there are 718 students enrolled at Golden Hill. There have been a considerable number of transfers into the school, and it is also a gate cluster school
The hearing was closed to public comment.
Mr. Miller stated that staff would like to evaluate the proposed changes before removing the yellow on the west side of the alley. He proposed working together with the Director of Transportation for the School District, following the evaluation period.
Commissioner Robeson made a motion to concur with staff’s recommendation to remove yellow curb east of the alley and mark for No Parking and amended to reflect hours of No Parking to be 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Nowels and passed unanimously.
6. CONSIDERATION OF RELOCATION OF PRESENT TAXI PARKING, NORTH SIDE OF AMERIGE AVENUE WEST OF HARBOR BOULEVARD.
Director Hoppe provided some additional information to the staff report stating that this was a request from a staff task force reviewing issues in the Downtown during evening business hours. One of the items requested from the Police was to provide a location for taxicab staging, specifically on Amerige. Task force members were unaware of existing staging on the north side just off Harbor Boulevard in this area as well as at Wilshire Avenue.
Commissioner Olmsted inquired about how restaurant patrons would locate the taxi stands when designated in the parking lot. Director Hoppe stated most patrons exit from the rear of the buildings directly into the parking lots, and that the taxi stands will be larger to accommodate three cabs instead of just one.
There was no public comment for this item.
Commissioner Robeson made a motion to approve staff’s recommendation to relocate and increase the number of spaces available taxi cabs. Commissioner Nowels seconded the motion which passed unanimously.
Director Hoppe advised that the City Council approved the hiring of RBF Consulting firm to initiate the update of the General Plan, which will take approximately two years. A traffic consultant firm will also be hired to review traffic problems, i.e., mitigation measures, traffic flow, congestion, etc.
Chairperson Cochran thanked Commissioners Olmsted and Robeson for their service on the Commission.
The regular meeting of the Transportation and Circulation Commission was adjourned at 5:05 p.m. to the next regular meeting in December 2006.