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Traffic Coordinating Committee Meeting Agenda & Minutes - March 22, 2017

Minutes
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

AGENDA SUMMARY
March 22, 2017 - NOON
Lausmann Annex, 200 S. Ivy, Medford, OR – Room 151
 
10.      Roll Call

20.      Approval of Minutes – January 25, 2017

25.      Consent Calendar
25.1       Elk Street- between OR99 and Connell Ave: Pedestrian Advisory signs, both directions
25.2       N Phoenix Rd- approaching Calle Vista Drive: Advanced intersection warning signs, both directions
25.3       Court, Central and Edwards Intersection:
  • Central Ave- approach to Court and Edwards: NO TURN ON RED and centerline change to double yellow
  • Court to Central: lane line markings extension through intersection
  • Court to Central: update curve signage
25.4       McAndrews at Beatty Street: Crosswalk markings (remnants) to be removed

30.      Agenda Items
30.1       Ross Court, north of W. Main Street - Request for Parking Restriction
30.2       Peachwood Court, north of Garfield Street - Request for Parking Restriction
30.3       Center Drive - Speed Zone Investigation

40.      Reports
40.1       Oregon Impact Newsletter – February 2017

50.      Non-agenda Items

60.      Adjournment


MINUTES

March 22, 2017
Lausmann Annex, 200 S. Ivy Street – Room 151
 
10.       Roll Call
The following members were present:  Peggy Penland, Chairperson; Jeffrey Morejohn, Medford School District; Cheryl Noles, AAA; Mike Montero, Chamber of Commerce
 
Staff representatives present:  Christina Charvat, Assistant to Traffic Engineer; Kevin Stine, Council Liaison; Jason Becker, MPD; Sheila Giorgetti, Administrative Support Technician
 
Citizens in attendance:  Thomas Rosia, James Garretson, Tracy Finklang
 
The meeting was called to order at 12:00 pm by Peggy Penland.  A quorum was present.
 
20.       Approval of Minutes
Jeff Morejohn MOVED to accept the minutes of January 25, 2017.  Cheryl Noles SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
25.       Consent Calendar
25.1     Elk Street - between OR99 and Connell Avenue:  Pedestrian Advisory signs, both directions
25.2     N Phoenix Road - approaching Calle Vista Drive:  Advanced intersection warning signs, both directions
25.3     Court, Central and Edwards Intersection:
a)         Central Avenue approach to Court and Edwards:  Although on the agenda, no changes were made at this location
b)         Court to Central:  lane line markings extension through intersection
c)         Court to Central:  update curve signage
25.4     McAndrews at Beatty Street:  Crosswalk markings (remnants) to be removed
 
30.       Monthly Agenda
 
30.1     Ross Court, north of W. Main Street - Request for Parking Restriction
Leslie Bartyzal, 41 Ross Ct, Medford, OR 97501, submitted an electronic Citizen Traffic Request Form requesting parking restrictions near the intersection of Ross Court and W. Main Street.
 
West Main is a minor arterial with curb and gutter, sidewalks, street lighting, and a 30 MPH posted speed. Parking on the right curb of W. Main is not allowed due to the presence of a bike lane.  Ross Court is a 25-foot wide minor residential street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, and street lighting.  The area surrounding the intersection is mixed zoning.
 
The intersection of W. Main Street and Ross Court is a T-intersection currently in compliance with Municipal Code 10.735, Clear View of Intersecting Streets.  No crashes have been reported in the past year.  Medford Fire Department supports a restriction in the immediate vicinity of the intersection for truck access and turning.
 
Possible solutions include installation of NO PARKING HERE TO CORNER signs on the approach to STOP (west curb), on east curb approx. 20 feet from crosswalk, a combination of both, or neither.
 
Mike Montero noted that, like many areas within the City, this is a matter of balancing street parking needs of the community and safety concerns.
 
Mike Montero MOVED to post NO PARKING signs 20 feet from intersection on both east and west side of Ross Court.  Jeff Morejohn SECONDED.  Motion was approved. 
 
30.2     Peachwood Court, north of Garfield Street - Request for Parking Restriction
Miriam & Thomas Rosia, 1168 Peachwood Court, Medford, OR 97501, submitted an electronic Citizen Traffic Request Form requesting parking restrictions near the intersection of Peachwood Court and Garfield Street.
 
Garfield Street is a minor arterial with curb and gutter, sidewalks, street lighting, and a 35 MPH posted speed (which may change when investigated in the near future).  Parking on Garfield is not allowed due to the presence of bike lanes.  Peachwood Court is a 28-foot wide minor residential street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, and street lighting.  The immediate area surrounding the intersection is primarily single-family residential.
 
The intersection of Garfield Street and Peachwood Court is a T-intersection currently in compliance with Municipal Code 10.735, Clear View of Intersecting Streets.  No crashes have been reported in the past year.
 
ORS 811.550 restricts parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk.  There is a fire hydrant located near the stop sign on Peachwood at Garfield (west curb).  Considering these distances, there is 56 feet of on-street parking available on the east side and 44 feet on the west between Garfield and the next driveway to the north.
 
Possible solutions include installing of NO PARKING HERE TO CORNER signs on approach to STOP (west curb) and on east curb approximately 20 feet from the crosswalk, some combination of both, or neither.  
 
James Garretson, 1336 Garfield Street, addressed the committee.  He noted that after work hours and on weekends, this area is full of parked cars.  He said excessive speed is a routine occurrence at this intersection.  He also said that people park near to the fire hydrant, which impedes traffic flow.  He feels this is an accident waiting to happen.
 
Thomas Rosia, 1168 Peachwood Court, presented a letter to the committee from fellow residents.  He says that drivers using Peachwood as a pass-through are usually the culprits of excessive speeds.  With current parking, this street is typically single lane every day.  He agrees with Mr. Garretson that this situation is dangerous.
 
Mike Montero MOVED to install NO PARKING signs 20 feet from intersection on both sides of the street, taking into account State law regarding proximity to a fire hydrant.  Jeff Morejohn SECONDED.  Motion approved. 
 
30.3     Center Drive - Speed Zone Investigation
An ODOT representative has brought it to our attention that Center Drive is in need of speed zone investigation.
 
Center Drive is primarily a 72-feet wide major arterial street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, and street lighting.  The roadway was fully improved approximately a decade ago with the south interchange project.  The segment between Stewart and Garfield has a center turn lane, two travel lanes in each direction, bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides.
 
The segment in question, from Stewart to Garfield, is approximately 2,500 feet in length, curved, and level.  Both major intersections along this segment are signalized, but there are multiple driveways to commercial developments that are not.  Volume is 9,700-12,300 vehicles per day.
 
The posted speed limit is 35MPH.  However, the speed limit is unestablished by speed zone investigation.   A speed zone investigation should be performed.  
 
Cheryl Noles MOVED to ask staff to initiate a speed zone investigation and request establishment of 30 MPH.  Mike Montero SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
40.       Reports
The committee reviewed this month’s Oregon Impact newsletter. 
 
 
50.       Non-Agenda Items
Tracy Finklang, 2114 E. McAndrews Road, addressed the committee.  Ms. Finklang voiced concerns about speed, lane configuration and pedestrian facilities between Crater Lake Avenue and Springbrook Road.  She stated that McAndrews road is a speedway and there have been a number of crashes.  With the impending increase of elderly residents once Bonaventure Senior Living opens, the hazards to pedestrian s will only get worse.  She would like to see the City investigate pavement marking changes to alleviate this hazardous area.
 
Mike Montero informed the group that the City of Medford is updating the Transportation System Plan (TSP), which is a 20 year plan to guide and balance future transportation needs.
 
Peggy Penland asked Christina Charvat to look into this issue and bring back to the committee. 
 
60.       Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 12:50 p.m.
 
Respectfully Submitted,
 
Sheila Giorgetti
Administrative Support Technician
 

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