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Traffic Coordinating Committee Meeting Agenda & Minutes - January 27, 2016

Minutes
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

NOON - Annex Conference Room 151 – 200 S. Ivy, Medford, OR

10.       Roll Call
 
20.       Approval of Minutes – November 25, 2015 
 
25.       Consent Calendar
            25.1 – ‘No Parking’ signage installed on Cottage, Tripp, and Genessee

30.       Monthly Agenda
            30.1 – Arrowhead Drive and Hondeleu Lane – Stop/Yield Request and Speed Concerns
            30.2 – Mace Road and Far West Ave – Stop/Yield Request
   30.3 – Murphy and Doctors Park – Crosswalk Request
   30.4 – Oregon Ave, Saling Ave, and Oregon Terrace – Stop/Yield Request

40.       Reports
            40.1 – Oregon Impact Newsletter – December 2015 and January 2016
  40.2 – NHTSA SaferRider App Startup

50.       Non-Agenda Items
           
60.       Adjournment
 

Committee Members:
Peggy Penland, Chairperson; Mike Montero, Medford Chamber of Commerce; Matthew Conde, AAA Automobile Club; Jeff Morejohn, Medford School District; Lewis Osborn, Member at Large.
 
Alternate Members:
Cheryl Noles, AAA Automobile Club; Brad Hicks and Curt Burrill, Medford Chamber of Commerce.
 

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MINUTES
January 27, 2016
Lausmann Annex, 200 S. Ivy Street – Room 151
 
 
10.       Roll Call
The following members were present:  Peggy Penland, Chairperson; Jeff Morejohn, Medford School District; Mike Montero, Chamber of Commerce; Lewis Osborn, at-large member.
 
Staff representatives present:  Christina Charvat, Traffic Engineering Technician; Karl MacNair, Transportation Manager; Jeff Simas, PW Operations; Greg Nichols, MPD, Sheila Giorgetti, Administrative Support Technician; Daniel Bunn, City Council Liaison.
 
Citizens in attendance:  Elizabeth Bowman.
 
The meeting was called to order at 12:02 pm by Peggy Penland.  A quorum was present.
 
20.       Approval of Minutes
Mike Montero MOVED to accept the minutes of November 25, 2015. Lewis Osborne SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
25.       Consent Calendar
25.1     NO PARKING signage installed on Cottage, Tripp and Genessee.
 
30.       Monthly Agenda
 
30.1 – Arrowhead Drive and Hondeleu Lane – STOP/YIELD request and speed concerns
Cori Inman, 3826 Viewcrest Dr., Medford, OR 97504 has submitted an electronic Citizen Request Form requesting speed signs and STOP or YIELD signs at the intersection of Arrowhead Drive and Hondeleu Lane.  Additionally, Cori expressed concern over vehicle speeds, particularly during school bus pick-up and drop-off and requests school bus sign and crosswalk signs.
 
Christina Charvat gave the staff report.  The intersection of Hondeleu Lane and Arrowhead Drive is a four way intersection.  Arrowhead Drive connects to Coker Butte Road and Owen Drive, where 25mph signs are posted.  Speed 25 signs are also posted on Hollyhock Drive when exiting Crater Lake Avenue.
 
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) (2009) Section 7B.13 Guidance states “The School Bus Stop Ahead sign should be installed in advance of locations where a school bus, when stopped to pick up or discharge passengers, is not visible to road users for an adequate distance and where there is no opportunity to relocate the school bus stop to provide adequate sight distance.”
 
A standard warrant analysis was conducted and site distance was found to be adequate.  Staff contacted First Student, who will look into relocating the bus stop.  Staff finds that a STOP or YIELD sign is not warranted.
 
Lewis Osborne MOVED to deny the request for STOP or YIELD signs due to unsatisfied warrant.  Jeff Morejohn SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
30.2 – Mace Road and Far West Ave – STOP/YIELD Request
The following people have submitted electronic Citizen Request Forms requesting STOP or YIELD signs at the intersection of Mace Road and Far West Avenue:
 
Ernestine Thomas                    469 Mace Road 97501
Gary & Elizabeth Bowman     2887 Far West 97501
Frank & Tami Carreon            422 Hayes Ave 97501
Matt & Lacey King                 402 Hayes Ave 97501
 
Christina Charvat gave the staff report.  The intersection of Mace Road and Far West Avenue is a four way intersection.  The concern is vehicle traffic turning off of Morningside onto Far West and Mace to avoid the Morningside and Table Rock intersection.  Both Morningside and Mace intersections with Table Rock Road are stop controlled.
 
A standard warrant analysis was conducted and found that the landscaping of 469 Mace Road was not in compliance with Medford Municipal Code 10.735; this has since been corrected and the property is now in compliance.  The standard analysis does not warrant STOP or YIELD signs and staff recommends denial of the request.
 
Citizen Elizabeth Bowman was in attendance.  She is a resident of Far West Avenue and a foster parent of a child with developmental disabilities.  She is concerned that cars do not stop at the Far West and Mace intersection, making it hazardous for her foster-child to cross the street for the school bus. 
 
Christina explained how the determination was made.  She recommended that Elizabeth contact First Student and request that the bus stop closer to her home.  It was also recommended that students wait to cross the street until the bus has arrived and come to a full stop with its flashing red lights on, thus making the bus the safety control device.  
 
Mike Montero pointed out that the MUTCD is used as a set of standards that are universally accepted nation-wide.  This promotes safety on the whole.
 
Jeff Morejohn MOVED to deny the request.  Mike Montero SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
30.3 – Murphy and Doctors Park – Crosswalk Request
Ellen Tuohey for Asante, Real Estate, 2650 Siskiyou Blvd., Medford, OR 97504 has submitted an electronic Citizen Request Form requesting a marked crosswalk across Murphy Road at Doctors Park Drive predominantly to serve staff of 691 Murphy Road.   
 
Christina Charvat gave the staff report.  The intersection of Murphy Road and Doctors Park is a three-way intersection with a driveway to Rogue Valley Medical Center, essentially creating a fourth leg.  This intersection is approximately 350 feet from the signalized intersection of Murphy and Siskiyou Blvd and 700 feet from Murphy and East Barnett Road.  The building at 691 Murphy is approximately centered between Doctors Park Drive and Barnett Road making the distance to Barnett approximately 375 feet. 
 
Vehicle and pedestrian volumes were counted along Murphy Road.  The majority of observed pedestrian traffic did not use any of the established intersections nearby; rather, they crossed mid-block in front of 691 Murphy Road.  Staff recommends denial of the request based on the engineering study.
 
MUTCD (2009) Section 3B.18 Guidance states “Crosswalk lines should not be used indiscriminately. An engineering study should be performed before a marked crosswalk is installed at a location away from a traffic control signal or an approach controlled by a STOP or YIELD sign. The engineering study should consider the number of lanes, the presence of a median, the distance from adjacent signalized intersections, the pedestrian volumes and delays, the average daily traffic (ADT), the posted or statutory speed limit or 85th-percentile speed, the geometry of the location, the possible consolidation of multiple crossing points, the availability of street lighting, and other appropriate factors”.
 
Jeff Morejohn MOVED to deny the request.  Lewis Osborne SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
30.4 – Oregon Avenue, Saling Avenue and Oregon Terrace – STOP/YIELD request
Michael Arant, 221 Girard Dr., Medford, OR 97504 has submitted a written Citizen Request Form requesting speed signs and STOP or YIELD signs at the intersection of Oregon Avenue, Oregon Terrace, and Saling Avenue. 
 
Christina Charvat gave the staff report.  The intersection of these three streets has an unusual orientation, and right-of-way is not clear.  When this area was first investigated, a number of properties had landscaping that was out of compliance; most of these have since trimmed vegetation.  Warrant analysis supports Saling to Oregon Avenue as a major street, and Oregon Terrace as a minor.  This intersection warrants a YIELD sign.
 
Mike Montero MOVED to request that staff place a YIELD sign at Oregon Terrace.  Jeff Morejohn SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
40.       Reports
 
40.1 – Oregon Impact Newsletter – December 2015 and January 2016
 
40.2 – NHTSA SafeRider App Startup
 
50.       Non-Agenda Items
Peggy Penland spoke about another issue on Far West Avenue regarding law enforcement jurisdiction between Central Point and Medford where Arnwood connects.  There are speeding issues that need to be addressed.  She asked MPD to look into this.

60.        Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 12:46 pm.
 
Respectfully Submitted,
 
Sheila Giorgetti
Administrative Support Technician
 

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