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Traffic Coordinating Committee Meeting Agenda & Minutes - December 14, 2016

Minutes
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Lausmann Annex, 200 S. Ivy, Medford, OR – Room 151
12:00 p.m.
 
10.      Roll Call

20.      Approval of Minutes – October 26, 2016

25.      Consent Calendar
25.1       10th Street at Laurel- NO PARKING (here to corner), 20ft east of intersection

30.      Agenda Items
30.1       Johnson Street - Request for Traffic Calming
30.2       Fir Street and West 11th Street – Stop Removal Request
30.3       Arlington Drive and Clearwater Drive – Stop/Yield Request
30.4       Vista Point Drive and Park Ridge Drive – Stop/Yield Request
30.5       Crater Lake Avenue and Woodrow – Intersection Safety/No Parking Request

40.      Reports
40.1       Oregon Impact Newsletter – November 2016
40.2       Portland Wants to Rethink Speed Limits By Factoring in Walkers and Bikers

50.      Non-agenda Items

60.      Adjournment

MINUTES
December 14, 2016
Lausmann Annex, 200 S. Ivy Street – Room 151
  
10.       Roll Call
The following members were present:  Peggy Penland, Chairperson; Jeffrey Morejohn, Medford School District; Susan Tooley, AAA Auto; Mike Montero, Chamber of Commerce; Lewis Osborn, At-Large Member
 
Staff representatives present:  Christina Charvat, Traffic Engineering Technician; Jeff Simas, Public Works Supervisor; Don Lane, MPD; Kevin Stine, Council Liaison; Sheila Giorgetti, Administrative Support Technician
 
Citizens in attendance:  Erica Hammericksen; Carol Gerace; Scott Byrd; Frank Pulver
 
The meeting was called to order at 11:59am by Peggy Penland.  A quorum was present.
 
20.       Approval of Minutes
Jeff Morejohn MOVED to accept the minutes of October 26, 2016.  Lewis Osborn SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
25.       Consent Calendar
25.1          10th Street at Laurel – NO PARKING (here to corner), 20 ft east of intersection
 
30.       Monthly Agenda
 
30.1     Johnson Street - Request for Traffic Calming
Erica Hammericksen, 1721 Johnson Street, Medford, OR 97504 has mailed in a Citizen Request Form requesting assistance in mitigating speeds and limiting volume on Johnson Street.
 
Christina Charvat gave the staff report.  Johnson Street is a 36 foot wide standard residential street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, and intermittent street lighting.   The segment in question is approximately 2000 feet in length from Crater Lake Avenue to Corona Avenue.  The speed limit is statutory 25 mph, posted near each end.  Johnson and Corona is an all-way stop adjacent to Wilson Elementary School.  A school speed zone is posted on Johnson, approaching Corona.
 
Volumes have not been counted routinely.  Counts done during the current school year recorded 1600 vehicles per day (vpd) with an 85th percentile speed of 31MPH.  
 
Current observable speeds are consistent with speeds typically expected after traffic calming efforts are made.  Infrastructure changes would not likely cause large decreases in speed.  The area lacks an east-west collector between Corona and Crater Lake Avenue.  Staff concludes denial of the request.
 
Erica Hammericksen addressed the committee, saying traffic has increased and speed is an issue.  Traffic counts indicate one car traveled 66-70 mph on this street.  She feels that if a traffic counter were in place for a longer period of time, more of this behavior would be seen.  Residents are afraid to let their children be in the front yard.   
 
Mike Montero noted that Ms. Hammericksen is not the first person to address the committee with this issue.  Every month, this issue is presented by citizens.  Regrettably, it’s a behavioral problem and sufficient enforcement resources are not available.  Ms. Hammericksen stated that speed trailers come about once a month, but are just a temporary fix. 
 
Mike Montero moved to deny the request and request the Police Department conduct more steady monitoring.  Jeff Morejohn seconded.  Motion was approved.
 
30.2     Fir Street and West 11th Street – Stop Removal Request
Medford Police Department submitted a request for removal of STOP signs at the intersection of Fir Street and West 11th Street.
 
Christina Charvat gave the staff report.  Fir Street is a 28 foot wide minor residential street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, and street lighting.  Fir Street connects downtown Medford to Barnett Road and has a volume of 1200 vpd.  West 11th Street is a 28 foot wide minor residential street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, and street lighting.  In the summer of 2016, the West 11th Street railroad crossing between Fir and Front Street was closed permanently.  The intersection of Fir Street and 11th Street is an all-way stop controlled intersection.  Intersection volumes do not meet Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) guidance for installation of STOP signs.
 
The Traffic Engineering Division has conducted a standard STOP Sign Warrant Investigation as if no controls were present which determined YIELD signs were warranted.  Staff concludes the request be approved, removing STOP signs on Fir Street and leaving West 11th Street STOP controlled.
 
Lewis Osborn MOVED to remove STOP signs on Fir Street, leaving West 11th Street STOP controlled.  Jeff Morejohn SECONDED.  Motion was approved. 
 
30.3     Arlington Drive and Clearwater Drive – Stop/Yield Request
Deborah Boles, 1115 Colman Ct., Medford, OR 97501 has submitted an electronic Citizen Traffic Request Form requesting STOP or YIELD signs at the intersection of Arlington Drive and Clearwater Drive.
 
Christina Charvat gave the staff report.  Arlington Drive is a 36 foot wide standard residential street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, and street lighting.  Clearwater Drive is a 36 foot wide standard residential street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, and street lighting.  
 
The intersection of Arlington Drive and Clearwater Drive is a T-intersection where Clearwater Drive is the top of the T.  The Traffic Engineering Division has conducted a standard STOP Sign Warrant Investigation and this intersection does not warrant STOP or YIELD signs.  Staff concludes the request be denied based on lack of satisfied warrant.
 
Lewis Osborn MOVED to deny request due to lack of satisfied warrant.  Susan Tooley SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
30.4     Vista Point Drive and Park Ridge Drive – Stop/Yield Request
David Husel, 4461 Vista Pointe Dr., Medford, OR 97504, has submitted an electronic Citizen Traffic Request Form requesting STOP or YIELD signs at the intersection of Vista Point Drive and Park Ridge Drive.
 
Vista Pointe Drive and Park Ridge Drive are both 36 foot wide standard residential street with curb and gutter, intermittent sidewalks, street lighting and parking available on both sides.
 
The intersection of Vista Pointe and Park Ridge is a four way intersection.  Vista Pointe is a primary path into the residential development beyond.  The Traffic Engineering Division has conducted a standard STOP Sign Warrant Investigation which determined this intersection does not warrant STOP or YIELD signs.
 
Mike Montero MOVED to deny the request and direct staff to monitor this location annually and bring back to the committee when it meets warrant.  Jeff Morejohn SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
30.5     Crater Lake Avenue and Woodrow – Intersection Safety/No Parking Request
Mike Acker, 1203 Woodrow Lane, Medford, OR 97504, has submitted an electronic Citizen Traffic Request Form requesting review of the intersection of Crater Lake Avenue and Woodrow Lane.
 
Christina Charvat gave the staff report.  Crater Lake Avenue is a major arterial with curb and gutter, sidewalks, street lighting, and a 35 mph posted speed.  Woodrow Lane is a 28 foot wide minor residential street with curb and gutter, intermittent sidewalks, and street lighting.  The intersection of Crater Lake Avenue and Woodrow Lane is a T-intersection currently in compliance with Municipal Code 10.735, Clear View of Intersecting Streets. 
 
Delivery vehicles use Woodrow to park temporarily while unloading to the nearby businesses but are generally over 100 feet away from the intersection.  The market has several driveways on Woodrow. The business on the southeast corner parks several vehicles on Woodrow.  When observed, all vehicles have been parked legally, without impeding the sight triangle for traffic entering Crater Lake Avenue.
 
Two crashes occurred in the past year; these were related to vehicles parked along the south curb of Woodrow Lane.  In one case, a parked car was hit by a vehicle backing out of the market parking lot.  In the other case, a vehicle crashed avoiding a pedestrian entering the roadway not in a crosswalk and from behind a parked car.
 
Restricting parking could potentially increase efficiency, flow and safety in the area, but comes at the cost of impacting local businesses.  When spoken to, Mini-Pet Mart was indifferent to parking restrictions but residents and other businesses were not happy with the prospect of removing parking. 
 
Scott Byrd, owner of Sporthopedics Physical Therapy, was present and said this corner has never proven to be a problem.  The parking is valuable for his patients.
 
Mike Montero MOVED to deny the request.  Jeff Morejohn SECONDED.  Motion was approved. 
 
40.       Reports
40.1          Oregon Impact Newsletter – October 2016
40.2          Portland Wants to Rethink Speed Limits By Factoring in Walkers and Bikers
 
50.       Non-Agenda Items
50.1     Carol Gerace, Pain Specialists of Southern Oregon, 825 Bennett Avenue, Medford, OR  97504, attended the meeting to request temporary removal of two-hour parking on Bennett Avenue near the surgery center. 
 
Pain Specialists of Southern Oregon purchased 833 Bennett Avenue, which will be the new surgery center.  There are currently two-hour street parking restrictions in place and she is requesting removal of the time restriction during construction of the new building’s exterior, which will be approximately one to two months. 
 
Christina Charvat stated that because the committee doesn’t meet again until the end of January 2017, she suggested Ms. Gerace attend the meeting to present this request.  She admits this is unusual, as special accommodations aren’t normally made for construction.  If this were a downtown location, Pain Specialists would be able to purchase parking permits during the construction period; however, this is not a downtown location.  This is also not a public construction site, so this would be a special use of the public right-of-way.  Options are adding or covering signs in the interim or Pain Specialists could buy signs and the City install them.  Any changes would be the same for the public. 
 
Peggy Penland is concerned that anyone could park in these spaces, it wouldn’t be reserved specifically for Pain Specialists.  Jeff Morejohn added that once two hour parking is removed, it becomes long-term parking.  Mike Montero stated that his biggest concern is the perception of a special exception being made.
 
Peggy Penland MOVED to deny the request based on non-traditional policy.  While she understands the problem, she doesn’t think this is the way to do it. 
 
Ms. Gerace asked if they could request a review of parking on Bennett Avenue to assess the current time restrictions.  Christina said a request could be made formally but will likely not be finished until the beginning of the year.  Peggy asked to table this request until the study is done and bring the results back to the committee.
 
Peggy Penland MOVED to change the motion to table this decision until the City provides more information on the whole street.  Mike Montero SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
50.2     Christina Charvat advised the committee that an ODOT speaker will be in Medford on February 9th at Noon for a joint study session with Council and TCC members.  The speaker will make a presentation on the functions of traffic control devices.
 
60.        Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 12:34 p.m.
 
Respectfully Submitted,
 
Sheila Giorgetti
Administrative Support Technician
 

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