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TCC MINUTES APRIL 2, 2007

TRANSPORTATION AND CIRCULATION COMMISSION
MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2007 - 4:00 P.M.
City Council Chamber - City Hall

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT:
J. Michael Cochran, Chairman
Stephen Hall, Vice-Chairman
Edmundo Duvignau (arrived at 4:05 p.m.)
Johnnie Simmons
Lesley Mahaffey
Rosa Nowels
Rob Hallstrom

STAFF PRESENT:
Donald K. Hoppe, Director of Engineering
Mark Miller, City Traffic Engineer
Lt. Alex Bastreri, Fullerton Police Department
Dave Langstaff, Traffic Engineering Analyst
Teri Carlson, Engineering Aide III
Amy Inzunza, Recording Secretary

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Commissioner Nowels made a motion to approve the minutes of March 5, 2007. Commissioner Simmons seconded the motion which passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

1.CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO INSTALL “2-HOUR PARKING” ON BOTH SIDES OF FIESTA PLACE AND PIÑATA PLACE.

Mark Miller, City Traffic Engineer, corrected the staff report; Fiesta Place is comprised of four single-family properties and Piñata Place is comprised of six single-family properties.Based on the one hundred percent property owners approval, staff recommends that the commission approve this recommendation.

The public comment segment was opened.

Jim Rhoads, 400 Piñata Place, expressed his concern for the situation and is in favor of staff’s recommendation.

Commissioner Nowels asked Mr. Rhoads where he feels the people parking in front of their homes should be parking.Mr. Rhoads stated that they should be parking at the medical building.

The public comment segment was closed.

Commissioner Hallstrom stated that he empathizes with the residents and hopes this will go forward.

Commissioner Hall asked Mr. Miller what other types of measures have been taken for situations like this that may have occurred in the past.Mr. Miller said that there have been similar situations as this before and placing parking restrictions and having them enforced has worked well.

Chairman Cochran asked Mr. Miller if each street will be posted.Mr. Miller said that the entrance of the streets will be posted.

Commissioner Duvignau asked where staff perceives the overflow of parking will go if this restriction is approved.Mr. Miller stated that it will not go on Bastanchury Road, it may go up Morelia Place and go around to Laguna Road.

Commissioner Nowels made a motion to accept staff’s recommendation, which passed unanimously.

2.CONSIDERATION OF A STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO INSTALL “NO STOPPING ANYTIME” ON THE NORTH SIDE OF CHAPMAN AVENUE FROM PRINCETON AVENUE TO 395-FEET EAST OF CORNELL AVENUE.

Mr. Miller presented the item to the commission.Mr. Miller stated that staff did a survey in the surrounding area to determine existing on-street parking.The surveys were done at different days and times throughout the week.The south side of the street appeared to have the greatest need for business on-street parking.Based on staff’s observations, students parked on the north side of the street.Staff surveyed the businesses on the north side and they appeared to have sufficient off-street parking.Staff did not receive any opposition to removing parking on the north side and installing a two-way left turn pocket.

Chairman Cochran asked Mr. Miller if there is an existing “15-Minute Loading/Unloading” restriction and if it will go away.Mr. Miller replied that there is such a restriction and it will be going away.

Commissioner Mahaffey asked Mr. Miller how long staff gave business owners to respond.Mr. Miller replied two weeks.

The public comment was opened and closed.

Commissioner Simmons made a motion to accept staff’s recommendation.Chairman Cochran seconded the motion which passed unanimously.

3.CONSIDERATION OF A STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO REMOVE THE “EARLY MORNING PARKING” EXEMPTION AND INSTALL “NO STOPPING ANYTIME” ON THE NORTH SIDE OF KIMBERLY AVENUE BETWEEN RAYMOND AVENUE TO PLACENTIA AVENUE.

Mr. Miller stated this item came to staff by the Police Department because of their concerns regarding truck traffic on Kimberly Avenue.The two main issues are extended overnight parking with motor homes and the other is the staging of trucks in the thru traffic lanes.In order to provide staging for the trucker’s staff would need to place a two-way left turn pocket in the center of the roadway and remove the parking on the north side of Kimberly Avenue.Kimberly-Clark was notified as well as other surrounding businesses.

Chairman Cochran asked Mr. Miller if this is the last truck staging area in the City.Mr. Miller said he is not aware of any other overnight staging areas in the City.

Commissioner Mahaffey asked who made the original complaint.Lieutenant Bastreri stated that a number of officers complained about this due to the repeated complaints regarding multiple containers of urine left in the area.Also, truck drivers leave their personal cars parked in the area as they leave with their trucks.

Commissioner Duvignau asked if staff anticipates the traffic flow will move to Valencia Drive.Lieutenant Bastreri stated that if there is a two-way left turn pocket placed on Kimberly Avenue, then that will be an area for the trucks to line up.Lieutenant Bastreri mentioned that there are no truck stops in the City and he cannot speculate where the truck drivers will go.

The public comment segment was opened.

Brian Keating, Kimberly-Clark, was in favor of the request.

The public comment segment was closed.

Commissioner Hall made a motion to accept staff’s recommendation.Commissioner Duvignau seconded the motion which passed unanimously.

COUNCIL REVIEW

Donald K. Hoppe, Director of Engineering, mentioned there were two items that went to Council on March 20, 2007.One item was the Hangar Policy and the appointment of the Bicycle Users Sub Committee representative, both items were approved.

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS

Chairman Cochran mentioned that there is a workshop on Saturday, April 21, 2007.

Commissioner Mahaffey will attend the May 15, 2007 Parking Hearing and Commissioner Duvignau will attend the July 17, 2007 Parking Hearing.Commissioner Mahaffey stated she would contact the Police Department in regards to this change to the Parking Hearing schedule.

Commissioner Mahaffey requested that the Transportation & Circulation Commission (T&CC) be kept up to date regarding updates to the circulation element of the general plan.The first meeting of the GPAC just occurred last Monday and there was a circulation element that is a required part of the general plan update.Commissioner Mahaffey thought perhaps Mr. Miller could brief the commission on any issues that come up in the meetings regarding traffic and circulation issues or perhaps one of the commissioners could attend the meetings.

Chairman Cochran commented that it is outside of the commission’s purview unless they are directed by Council.

Mr. Hoppe commented that T&CC has not been formally asked to participate in the general plan update.In terms of general updates, staff can bring them up to the commission as information topics.Mr. Hoppe mentioned that if a quorum of commissioners attend the meetings then there is a possible Brown Act violation.

Chairman Cochran asked Commissioner Mahaffey if she would like to attend the meetings for the commission.Commissioner Mahaffey replied yes.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

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

ADJOURNMENT

The Transportation and Circulation Commission adjourned at 4:39 p.m. until the next regularly scheduled meeting of May 7, 2007, at 4:00 p.m.


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