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Traffic Coordinating Committee Meeting Agenda & Minutes - September 27, 2017

Minutes
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

AGENDA SUMMARY
September 27, 2017 - NOON
Lausmann Annex, 200 S. Ivy, Medford, OR – Room 151
 
10.      Roll Call

20.      Approval of Minutes – August 23, 2017

25.      Consent Calendar
25.1       Garfield Street, Warren to King- Install new SPEED LIMIT signs according to new speed zone order (30 MPH)
25.2       Owen Drive and Springbrook Road- Place SIDEWALK CLOSED signs at both sidewalk terminuses on the east side of intersection
25.3       Normil Terrace, Foothill to Annapolis- Install new SPEED LIMIT signs (25 MPH)
25.4       Happy Valley Drive, South Stage and Agate - Install new SPEED LIMIT signs (25 MPH)
25.5       Agate Street, Happy Valley and Peach - Install new SPEED LIMIT signs   (25 MPH)

30.      Agenda Items
30.1       SPARC (Safety, Parking & Transportation, Amenities & Lifestyle) presentation and request for support
30.2       Cadet Drive between Admiral Way and Normil Terrace – Speed Sign Request
30.3       Elk Street – No Parking Sign Request

40.      Reports
40.1       Oregon Impact Newsletter – August 2017

50.      Non-agenda Items

60.      Adjournment


MINUTES
September 27, 2017
Lausmann Annex, 200 S. Ivy Street – Room 151
 
10.       Roll Call
The following members were present:  Mike Montero, Chamber of Commerce; Jeff Morejohn, Medford School District; Cheryl Noles, AAA; Lewis Osborn, At-Large Member
 
Staff representatives present:  Jorge Gonzalez, Traffic Engineering Technician; Karl McNair, Traffic Manager; Don Lane, MPD; Sheila Giorgetti, Administrative Support Technician
 
Citizens in attendance:   
 
The meeting was called to order at 12:04 pm by Mike Montero.  A quorum was present.
 
20.       Approval of Minutes
Jeff Morejohn MOVED to accept the minutes of August 23, 2017.  Lewis Osborn SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
25.       Consent Calendar: 
25.1     Garfield Street, Warren to King - Install new SPEED LIMIT signs according to new speed zone order (30 MPH)
25.2     Owen Drive and Springbrook Road - Place SIDEWALK CLOSED signs at both sidewalk terminuses on the east side of intersection
25.3     Normil Terrace, Foothill to Annapolis - Install new SPEED LIMIT signs (25 MPH)
25.4     Happy Valley Drive, South Stage and Agate - Install new SPEED LIMIT signs (25 MPH)
25.5     Agate Street, Happy Valley and Peach - Install new SPEED LIMIT signs   (25 MPH)
 
30.       Monthly Agenda

30.1        Safety, Parking & Transportation, Amenities & Lifestyle, Redevelopment, Commercial (SPARC) presentation and request for support
 
Paige West, RVTD, and Charlotte Cook, Farrell’s Glass Service, informed the committee about SPARC and its purpose.  SPARC is a new stakeholder group in the downtown Medford area, similar to former groups that no longer exist.  Their goal is to provide input as a group to the City’s urban renewal in regards to downtown improvement efforts.  There are approximately 25 people involved in SPARC.
 
Charlotte explained the meaning of SPARC:  Safety, Parking & Transportation, Amenities and Lifestyle, Redevelopment, Commercial & Housing.  The group has subcommittees for each part of the acronym. 
 
Downtown is the core focus.  With the renewal of the Medford Urban Renewal District, they hope capital funds will be infused into downtown and make it more vibrant. 
 
They hope to see projects that include increased lighting and visibility, encourage increased foot traffic, installation of cameras, and add safety patrols.  They want to make downtown a destination with a multi-modal focus, traffic calming and enhanced way finding. 
 
Redevelopment is a major discussion point.  There are multiple vacant properties downtown.  Flexible, efficient and mixed-use space would be an enhancement.  Commercial and housing development would provide for a walkable and livable environment. 
 
Paige explained the purpose of the presentation is to get the support of the Traffic Coordinating Committee.  They have presented to other groups and received endorsements.  They will ultimately go before City Council to ask for support.
 
Cheryl Noles MOVED to endorse SPARC and their effort to improve downtown Medford.  Jeff Morejohn SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
30.2     Cadet Drive between Admiral Way and Normil Terrace – Speed Sign Request
Shalynn Lathrop, 3384 Cadet Drive, Medford, OR 97504, submitted a request for a speed sign or Police monitoring on Cadet Drive

 
Cadet Drive is a 22 foot wide minor residential street with no curb and gutter, no sidewalk, minimal street lighting, and parking available on both sides on gravel shoulder for approximately 550 feet east of Normil Terrace.  Cadet then becomes a 36 foot standard residential street with curb and gutter, sidewalk, street lighting, and parking available on both sides for approximately 500 feet.  Cadet connects with three other residential streets; Normil Terrace, Admiral Way, and Basalt Drive.
 
The intersections of Cadet Drive with Normil Terrace, Admiral Way, and Basalt Drive are all uncontrolled, T-intersections.  Cadet Drive serves approximately 16 residences, Admiral Way serves four residences, and Basalt Drive serves four residences, with more construction underway.  This area meets criteria for a residence district and can be posted 25MPH.
 
The City of Medford typically posts 25 mph signs for residential areas only at the entrances to residential neighborhoods from higher speed roadways to avoid excessive posting of these regulatory signs.  The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) Section 2A.04 provides the following guidance:
 
Regulatory and warning signs should be used conservatively because these signs, if used to excess, tend to lose their effectiveness.
 
Speed investigation counts in 2017 determined a 26 MPH combined 85th percentile speed.
 
Solultions include installation of statutory SPEED LIMIT 25 sign on Cadet Drive near Normil Terrace, additional enforcement efforts by Medford Police, or do nothing. 
 
Cheryl Noles asked if there is there an existing sign on Annapolis?  Jorge Gonzalez responded there is as sign posted only Normil, which is the only entrance to the subdivision.  Lewis Osborn noted that the issue seems to be construction traffic; Cheryl added that the speed investigation determined 85% of traffic goes 26 MPH. 
 
Cheryl Noles MOVED to do nothing until more of the neighborhood is developed.  Jeff Morejohn SECONDED.  Motion was approved. 
 
30.3     Elk Street – No Parking Sign Request

Michelle, Valley Motel, 3250 North Pacific Highway, Medford, OR 97501, submitted a Citizen Traffic Request Form requesting NO PARKING signs on the side of her business along Elk Street.
 
Elk Street is an 18 to 26 foot wide minor residential street with no curb and gutter, no sidewalk (except for 70 feet across from the business in question), minimal street lighting, and parking available on both sides for approximately 1,000 feet.
 
Elk Street connects with Highway 99 to the west and connects to the residential Connell Avenue to the east.  The intersection of Elk and 99 is an unsignalized T-intersection, where Elk Street is stop controlled.  The intersection of Elk and Connell is an unsignalized T-intersection, where Elk Street is stop controlled.  The area is zoned heavy commercial, but is bordered by residential zoning.
 
Site visits indicate sight distance from the Valley Motel driveway on Elk Street could be obstructed by a parked vehicle.  Sight distance is currently obstructed by an existing fence along Elk Street, bordering the business.  The requestor has been informed that correction of this issue would also correct visibility and they are willing to do so if directed.  Medford Municipal Code (MMC) 10.735 Clear View of Intersecting Streets provides boundaries of clear view triangles at stop-controlled intersections.
 
Solutions include installation of NO PARKING signs on south shoulder of Elk Street, along the side of the Valley Motel, have the business address the visibility issue caused by existing fence, or do nothing.
 
Jeff Morejohn MOVED to install no parking signs and direct the business owner to remove or modify the existing fence.  Cheryl Noles SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
40.       Reports
The committee reviewed this month’s Oregon Impact newsletter. 
 
50.       Non-agenda Items
 
Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 12:43 p.m.
 
Respectfully Submitted,
 
Sheila Giorgetti
Administrative Support Technician
 
 

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