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Traffic Coordinating Committee Meeting Agenda & Minutes - August 23, 2017

Minutes
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

AGENDA SUMMARY
August 23, 2017 - NOON
Lausmann Annex, 200 S. Ivy, Medford, OR – Room 151
 
10.      Roll Call

20.      Approval of Minutes – July 26, 2017

25.      Consent Calendar:  None

30.      Agenda Items
30.1       Wolf Run Dr between Highcrest Dr and Eagle Trace Dr, Eagle Trace Dr between Wolf Run Dr and Hillcrest Rd – No Parking Zone Request
30.2       N. Phoenix Road – Speed Zone Change
30.3       Welch Street – Time Limited Parking Zone Request

40.      Reports

50.      Non-agenda Items

60.      Adjournment


MINUTES
August 23, 2017
Lausmann Annex, 200 S. Ivy Street – Room 151
 
10.       Roll Call
The following members were present:  Jeff Morejohn, Medford School District; Cheryl Noles, AAA; Lewis Osborn, At-Large Member
 
Staff representatives present:  Jorge Gonzalez, Traffic Engineering Technician; Christina Charvat, Assistant to Traffic Engineer; Don Lane, MPD; Sheila Giorgetti, Administrative Support Technician
 
Citizens in attendance:  Mary Ann Price; David Nulton; Diana Hasz; Cadilina Deville; Derek Zwagerman; Troy Wohosky; Brandi Rodriguez
 
The meeting was called to order at 12:00 pm by Lewis Osborn.  A quorum was present.
 
20.       Approval of Minutes
Jeff Morejohn MOVED to accept the minutes of July 26, 2017.  Cheryl Noles SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
25.       Consent Calendar:  None
 
30.       Monthly Agenda
30.1     Wolf Run Drive between Highcrest Drive and Eagle Trace Drive; Eagle Trace Drive between Wolf Run Drive and Hillcrest Road – No Parking Zone Requests
Derek Zwagerman, 4324 Wolf Run Drive, Medford, OR 97504, submitted a request for “No Parking” signs along the north side of Wolf Run Drive between Highcrest Drive and Eagle Trace Drive.
 
Larry and Anne Higby, 1523 Cypress Point Drive, Medford, OR 97504, submitted a Citizen Traffic Request Form requesting a “No Parking” zone on one side of Eagle Trace Drive between Wolf Run Drive and Hillcrest Road.
 
Eric Dziura, 4755 Cloudcrest Drive, requested a “No Parking” zone on one side of Eagle Trace Drive between Wolf Run Drive and Hillcrest Road.
 
Wolf Run Drive is a 24-foot wide minor residential street with curb and gutter, sidewalk on one side, minimal street lighting, and parking available on both sides for approximately 1,000 feet.  Eagle Trace Drive is a 26-foot wide minor residential street with curb and gutter, partial sidewalk on both sides, minimal street lighting, and parking available on both sides for approximately 200 feet.
 
The intersection of Wolf Run Drive and Highcrest Drive is a non-signalized T-intersection.  Highcrest is a residential street that connects to Hillcrest Road, a higher order street, and serves several other residential streets.  This intersection is approximately 200 feet from Hillcrest Road.  Wolf Run between High Crest and Eagle Trace serves approximately 13 properties, which are all located on the south side of Wolf Run Drive.  
 
The intersection of Wolf Run Drive and Eagle Trace Drive is an non-signalized 4-way intersection.  Eagle Trace connects to Hillcrest Road, a higher order street, and serves several other residential streets.  The section of Eagle Trace in question will serve four properties after construction is complete on all adjacent properties.
 
Solutions include installation of “NO PARKING” signs on the north side of Wolf Run Drive between Highcrest Drive and Eagle Trace Drive, install “NO PARKING” signs on one or both sides of Eagle Trace Drive between Wolf Run Drive and Hillcrest Road, or do nothing.
 
Deputy Fire Chief Greg Kleinberg favors signing the north side of Wolf Run.  Traffic Engineering staff  reached out to area residents for input; one response opposed and five were in favor of parking restrictions.  Jeff Morejohn asked for clarification of what the Fire Department needs for access.  Jorge Gonzalez responded that parking on one side of the street would allow fire equipment to pass. 
 
Derek Zwagerman, home owner, addressed the committee.  Since this subdivision has been built out, there are parking issues with residents parking boats and large trailers on the street.  He stated the street is narrow, less than 26 feet.  He feels parking on one side of the street is the best solution because there is barely enough room to pass when cars are parked on both sides. 
 
Cheryl Noles MOVED to designated NO PARKING on one side of both Wolf Run Drive and Eagle Trace Drive, with the Fire Marshall and City determining which sides will be restricted.  Jeff Morejohn SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
30.2     N. Phoenix Road – Speed Zone Change Requests
Terry Fry, 3578 Brannon Drive, Medford, OR 97504, submitted a Citizen Traffic Request Form requesting a speed zone change on North Phoenix Road between Cherry Lane and E. Barnett Road.
 
Patrick Reynolds, 3488 Greystone Court, Medford, OR 97504, submitted a Citizen Traffic Request Form requesting a speed zone change on North Phoenix Road between Cherry Lane and E. Barnett Road.
 
Mary Ann Price, 3671 Fieldbrook Ave, Medford, OR 97504, submitted a Citizen Traffic Request Form requesting a speed zone change on North Phoenix Road between Calle Vista Drive and E. Barnett Road.
 
N. Phoenix Road is a 66-foot major arterial street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, and street lighting between Cherry Lane and E. Barnett Road.  This segment is approximately one half mile in length and is posted 45 MPH near each end.  N. Phoenix and Cherry is a signalized 4-way intersection; N. Phoenix and E. Barnett is a signalized 4-way intersection.
 
Traffic has been counted routinely.  Summer 2016 counts found 11,200 vehicles per day (vpd) between Cherry Lane and E. Barnett Road.  In 2014 and 2012, this segment was 11,900 and 13,100 vpd respectively.  Volumes have decreased over previous years.  
 
A 2017 speed investigation resulted in an 85th percentile speed of 51 MPH northbound and 48 MPH southbound, compared to a 2016 Speed Zone Investigation that found 46 MPH as an 85th percentile speed.
 
Possible solutions include additional enforcement efforts by Medford Police Department, consider another speed zone investigation to lower the posted speed, or do nothing.
 
Mary Ann Price, area resident, addressed the committee regarding the intersection of N. Phoenix Road and Calle Vista.  She pointed out that this street segment is not a straight shot, there are inclines and visibility is greatly reduced in a low-sitting vehicle (such as a sedan).  She says Calle Vista is used as often as Cherry Lane for access to E. Barnett Road. 
 
Lewis Osborn asked for additional information about accidents at this intersection.  Jorge Gonzalez responded that the intersection was investigated last year in consideration of a traffic signal; there were approximately seven accidents at this intersection of various types of collisions.  Lewis asked if speed was an issue.  Christina Charvat explained that a speed zone investigation is its own procedure, separate from signal warrant assessment.  This location has had multiple requests for speed and traffic remedies; Traffic Engineering staff are watching this intersection. 
 
Ms. Price stated that, given a choice, she’d like a light or blinking light at this intersection.  Christina noted that after the last investigation, advance advisory signage was installed.  Christina explained the effectiveness of flashing signal devices in urban and rural settings.
 
Cheryl Noles MOVED to make no changes at this time and recommend the city continue monitoring this location.  Jeff Morejohn SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
30.3     Welch Street – Time Limited Parking Zone Request
Cadilina Deville, 727 Welch Street, Medford, OR 97501, submitted a Citizen Traffic Request Form requesting time limited parking in the vicinity of her business on Welch Street.
 
Welch Street is a 36-foot wide standard residential street with curb and gutter, sidewalk on both sides, minimal street lighting, and parking available on both sides for approximately 400 feet.  There is currently time limited parking on the west side of Welch Street from the intersection with Jackson Street to 150 feet north.
 
Welch Street is a “Dead End” street to the north and connects to the high order street W. Jackson Street to the south.  The intersection of Welch and W. Jackson is a non-signalized T-intersection, where Welch Street is stop controlled.  The area is zoned light industrial; however, there appears to be residences on Welch, along with other businesses.  
 
Possible solutions include installation of time limited parking on the north end of Welch Street, installation of time limited parking on the entirety of Welch Street, or do nothing.
 
Traffic Engineering staff reached out to area residents and all respondents support making no change. 
 
Troy Wohosky, owner of Spartan Boxing, addressed the committee and stated the need for parking spaces because it’s important for business.  Brandi Rodriguez, Spartan Boxing, added that time restrictions, such as 10 pm to 6am, would be more appropriate and wouldn’t interfere with activities.  Spartan Boxing is non-profit and supports at-risk youth.  If parking restrictions are instituted, there won’t be any parking available for parents; they already do not have adequate parking. 
 
Cadalina Deville spoke of a motor home that parks near her business on a Thursday or Friday and stays all weekend.  She says there are many vehicles that are parked on Welch Street for days and even weeks.  Her concern is overnight parking and this is what she’d like to see restricted.   
 
Lewis Osborn asked about flexibility with hours and what the options are.  Christina Charvat responeded that for time limited parking, any duration can be enforced once it’s posted.  Lewis stated that overnight parking restrictions seem to be the preferred action by citizens in attendance; David Nulton and Diana Hasz disagree with overnight parking restrictions.  They own an automotive business on Welch Street and rely on parking vehicles overnight or longer because they are waiting for parts.  Christina asked if overnight restrictions would be acceptable if their section of the street were excluded.  Ms Hasz replied that as long as it’s overnight and not interfere with activities of other businesses on the street. 
 
Jeff Morejohn MOVED to add overnight parking restriction 10:00 pm to 6:00 am, excluding 722, 718 and 716 Welch Street.  Cheryl Noles SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
40.       Reports
 
50.       Non-agenda Items
 
60.       Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 12:56 p.m.
 
Respectfully Submitted,
 
Sheila Giorgetti
Administrative Support Technician
 
 

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