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TCC Minutes October 6, 1997

MINUTES

TRANSPORTATION AND CIRCULATION COMMISSION

City Council Chambers- - - - - City Hall
Monday, October 6, 1997 - - - - - 4:00 P. M.

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT:
Vince Buck (Arrived 4:05 p.m.)
Michael DiCostanzo
LeAnn French
Lou Grushen
Brent Hardwick, Vice-Chairman
Al Hawkins, Chairman
John Seminara
COMMISSIONERS ABSENT:
None
STAFF PRESENT:
Robert Hodson, Director of Engineering
Mark Miller, City Traffic Engineer
David Langstaff, Sr. Traffic Technician
Lt. Al Burks, Fullerton Police Dept.
Jeanie Mitterholzer, Recording Secretary

CALL TO ORDER:

Chairman Hawkins called the regular meeting of the Transportation and Circulation Commission to order at 4:00 p.m.

MINUTES:

Vice-Chairman Hardwick made a motion to approve the August 4, 1997 minutes. Commissioner Grushen seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS:

1. REQUEST FOR STOP SIGNS ON ASH AVENUE AT THE INTERSECTIONS OF LEE AVENUE AND CITRUS AVENUE.
City Traffic Engineer Mark Miller stated this request came from the property owner at 625 Delphi Place concerning the speed of vehicles on Ash Avenue between Basque Avenue and Euclid Street. The property owner requested that stop signs be installed at the intersections of Ash Avenue and Lee Avenue and Ash Avenue and Citrus Avenue.

Staff performed 24-hour volume counts as well as a speed survey on Ash Avenue between Euclid Street and Basque Avenue. The criteria used by the City to warrant stop signs at an intersection are based upon the volume entering the intersection, the intersection accident history for 12 months, and the prevailing speed of traffic. The California Traffic Manual requires an average of 500 vehicles per hour for eight hours entering the intersection from all approaches. State warrants were not satisfied with regard to vehicle volumes at the intersection of Ash Avenue and Citrus Avenue and Ash Avenue and Lee Avenue. Staff reviewed the accident history for both intersections and confirmed that there were no reported accidents attributed to the intersection over the preceding five-year period.

Based on State warrants not being met and a favorable collision history, no additional traffic control are mandated for the intersection of Ash Avenue and Lee Avenue or at the intersection of Ash avenue and Citrus Avenue at this time. Staff recommends this request be denied.

Chairman Hawkins asked if both of these intersections have stop signs at the minor streets. City Traffic Engineer Miller stated both have a 2-way stop. Commissioner Buck asked what justified the stop signs on the cross streets and were their warrants to justify them. City Traffic Engineer Miller stated he did not have the history on the prior stop signs but assumes there were warrants met for the 2-way stop. City Traffic Engineer Miller stated there are a number of intersections that are uncontrolled 4-way intersections. Commissioner Buck asked if it would be possible to switch the design of the stop signs. City Traffic Engineer Miller said it is possible but not recommended because you would be stopping a greater volume of traffic to the minor streets.

Commissioner DiCostanzo asked if the tests they conduct for speed are actually reliable. City Traffic Engineer Miller stated they do not use the speed trailers to measure speeds for our report. The traffic counters are set for 24-hour period or by a radar gun is used for a hundred samples.

Public Comment was open.

Dave Kiesselbach, 612 Delhi Place, wrote one of the letters stating the problems of the speeding vehicles on Ash Avenue and is very concerned for his family's safety. Mr. Kiesselbach did not know if the stop signs would solve the situation and asked for an alternative to this problem.

Public Comment was closed.

Commissioner Seminara stated stop signs are not speed control devices but traffic control devices and could not support the stop signs at these intersections. Commissioner Grushen asked if there were state warrants for the installation of speed humps. City Traffic Engineer Miller stated there are not state warrants for speed humps and it is an individual City decision. Currently there are no policies in the City of Fullerton. Director of Engineering Hodson stated at this particular time we have no direction by City Council for citywide policy to proceed with a speed hump study. Director of Engineering Hodson stated the Transportation and Circulation Commission should agendize the item of studying speed humps for discussion before recommending it to City Council. Director of Engineering Hodson stated we currently have speed humps on private streets but not public streets. Chairman Hawkins asked if the Transportation and Circulation Commission members wanted to see speed humps as an item of study. Director of Engineering Hodson asked the Commissioners to agendize this study for January and in the meantime staff can provide the Commissioners with other city policies.

Commissioner French asked if we could post an additional speed limit sign at Ash and Lee proceeding eastbound. City Traffic Engineer Miller stated we could post another speed limit sign.

Commissioner Seminara then made a motion to accept staff's recommendation to deny the request for stop signs on Ash Avenue at the intersections of Lee Avenue and Citrus Avenue. Vice-Chairman Hardwick seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

2. REQUEST TO EXEMPT ELM AVENUE FROM THE 2:00 A.M. - 5:00 A.M. OVERNIGHT PARKING RESTRICTION BETWEEN BASQUE AVENUE TO LEE AVENUE.
City Traffic Engineer Miller stated staff received a petition from the property owners on Elm Avenue that live between Basque Avenue and Lee Avenue requesting the exemption of overnight parking from 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Section 8.44.080 of the Fullerton Municipal Code, which provides for overnight parking exceptions, stated that with a majority of the property owners on both sides of the street in favor "Exceptions may be granted for an area having off-street parking deficiency. The smallest area which may be excepted is one city block, either one side or both sides". The procedure adopted by Council in December 1993 defines a parking deficiency as "not meeting current minimum parking requirements for the same type of land use". In the case of a single-family residential property, the minimum off-street parking requirement is a two-car garage.

Although a majority of the property owners favor allowing overnight parking on Elm Avenue between Basque Avenue and Lee Avenue, it should be noted that off-street parking consists of two-car garages and long driveways. It is staff's opinion that the area is not deficient in off-street parking as defined by the City Council and denies the request to allow overnight parking on Elm Avenue.

Public Comment was open.

Joanne Scanlon, 1301 West Elm Avenue, was not notified of this circulated petition and stated there is adequate parking for everyone on Elm Avenue.

Public Comment was closed.

Vice-Chairman Hardwick made a motion to accept staff's recommendation to deny the request to allow overnight parking on Elm Avenue. Commissioner Grushen seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

3. REQUEST TO REMOVE 150 FEET OF RED CURB ON THE NORTH SIDE OF KIMBERLY AVENUE EAST OF STATE COLLEGE BOULEVARD.
City Traffic Engineer Miller stated a request from the owners of Kaynar Technologies Inc., 800 South State College Boulevard, was received to remove the existing red curb on the north side of Kimberly Avenue east of State College in order to provide additional on-street parking.

Kaynar Technologies Inc. has experienced an increase in employment causing a deficiency in existing off-street and on-street parking for their employees in attempt to improve the situation by staggering their work shifts, creating flexible hours, promoting carpools and re-striping their existing parking lot have been made.

City Traffic Engineer Miller stated Kimberly Avenue is zoned industrial with service driveways on the south side of the street, railroad tracks on the north side and heavy truck transport use. An existing resolution determined the south side of Kimberly Avenue, from State College Boulevard to Placentia Avenue, as a place where there shall be "No stopping anytime". Kimberly Avenue on the north side from State College Boulevard to 250 feet east of the centerline of State College Boulevard is posted for "No parking anytime". The north side of Kimberly Avenue is exempt from the prohibition of Section 8.44.080 of the Fullerton Municipal Code dealing with overnight parking and Section 8.44.210 of the Fullerton Municipal Code dealing with parking of commercial vehicles longer than three hours.

It is staff's opinion that the removal of 150 feet of red curb on the north side of Kimberly Avenue east of State College Boulevard would not negatively impact the intersection and/or business in the area. Staff is further of the opinion that the removal of red curb would provide additional off-street parking for Kaynar Technologies Inc. during the early morning hours when parking spaces are in demand.

Public Comment was open.

Al Gerbracht, 1924 Brentwood Drive, Plant Engineering Manager for Kaynar Technologies Inc., asked the Commission to accept staff's recommendation to remove the 150 feet of red curb on Kimberly Avenue due to tremendous growth in their business over the last few years. Mr. Gerbracht stated the company has just leased another building across State College to be used for parking and would like to lease some other facilities in order to gain additional parking. Public Comment was closed.

Vice-Chairman Hardwick made a motion to accept staff's recommendation to remove 150 feet of existing red curb on the north side of Kimberly Avenue east of State College Boulevard. Commissioner French seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

4. REQUEST FOR STOP SIGNS AT THE INTERSECTION OF COURTNEY AVENUE AND CHERRY AVENUE.
City Traffic Engineer Miller stated this request was received from the property owner at 916 Courtney Avenue concerning the speed of vehicles on Courtney Avenue between Valencia Drive and Orangethorpe Avenue. The property owner requested that stop signs be installed at the intersection of Courtney Avenue and Cherry Avenue. Courtney Avenue is exempt from the provisions in the California Vehicle Code requiring that the speed limit be established on the basis of a traffic engineering survey. However, staff has conducted an engineering study and found that the 85th percentile speed is 30 miles per hour from Valencia Drive to Orangethorpe Avenue.

The criteria used by the City to warrant stop signs at an intersection are based upon volume entering the intersection, the intersection accident history for 12 months, and the prevailing speed of traffic. All criteria requirements must be met to warrant stop controls. Based on state warrants not being met and a favorable collision history, it appears that additional traffic controls are not warranted at this time. Staff recommends this request be denied.

Commissioner DiCostanzo asked staff to put something together for the public explaining that stop signs do not control speed for future reference and putting something on our City Website page. City Traffic Engineer Miller stated he could put a packet together and also the Automobile Club of Southern California has publications explaining the purpose of stop signs to control right-of-way rather than controlling speed. Commissioner Grushen suggested sending this type of packet out to anyone requesting stop signs at their location, which might discourage citizens requesting stop signs and coming to the Commission.

City Traffic Engineer Miller stated we put stop signs up where accidents occur or where there is sight distance problems. Vice-Chairman Hardwick made a motion to accept staff's recommendation to deny the request for stop signs at the intersection of Courtney and Cherry. Commissioner Grushen seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

5. REQUEST FOR 4-WAY STOP SIGNS AT THE INTERSECTION OF GILBERT AVENUE AND OLIVE AVENUE.
Chairman Hawkins stated staff was directed to investigate and determine if the intersection of Gilbert Street and Olive Avenue warranted 4-way stop signs. Two-way stop controls currently exist on Olive Avenue at Gilbert Street. This request is in response to Council's approval of the proposed neighborhood park on the southwest corner of Gilbert Street and Olive Avenue. Residents of the area have expressed concerns regarding the volume of traffic and the prevailing vehicle speeds on Gilbert Street.

Criteria was met on Gilbert Street in reference to volumes of vehicles but not on Olive Avenue. Both streets must be met. Staff reviewed the accident history and confirmed there were no reported accidents at the intersection over the preceding five-year period. State warrants were not met with regard to accidents. Staff also performed a sight visibility study and determined that visibility at this intersection is unimpeded. Based on State warrants not being met and a favorable accident history, it appears that additional traffic controls are not indicated at this time. Staff recommends the request be denied.

Vice-Chairman Hardwick asked if there were any other plans after the park was developed to look at the traffic counts to justify a 4-way stop there. Director of Engineering Hodson stated this park will be a neighborhood park and will not be a traffic-generated park. Staff does not intend to take another look unless the Transportation and Circulation Commission directs them to.

Commissioner Grushen made a motion to accept staff's recommendation to deny the request for a 4-way stop at Gilbert Street and Olive Avenue. Vice-Chairman Hardwick seconded the motion and the motion passed with a 6-1 vote (Commissioner Buck opposed). Chairman Hawkins stated he would like this intersection revisited after the park is developed.

6. REQUEST FOR "1 HOUR PARKING IN FRONT OF 410 EAST CHAPMAN AVENUE.
City Traffic Engineer Miller stated staff was approached by the property/business owner at 410 East Chapman Avenue requesting that the curb on the south side of Chapman Avenue, directly in front of their business, be posted for "1 hour parking". Daytime parking in front of 410 East Chapman Avenue is currently unrestricted except for one space marked for 15 minute green curb. If approved, the "1 hour parking" restriction would be in effect during the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. During the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays the location would revert to unrestricted parking with exception to the 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. overnight parking restriction.

Staff conducted a study of the parking utilization during a period of two days. During that time staff observed the majority of vehicles parked on Chapman Avenue were there longer than two hours due to student parking. Installation of a "1 hour parking" restriction would provide approximately 4 spaces (75 feet) for short term customer parking in addition to the existing space for 15-minute parking.

Staff recommends the Transportation and Circulation Commission approve the request for "1 hour parking" in front of 410 East Chapman Avenue from 250 feet west of Newell Place to 325 feet west of Newell Place. Vice-Chairman Hardwick made a motion to accept staff's recommendation for "1 hour parking" in front of the business at 410 East Chapman Avenue. Commissioner Grushen seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

7. SET FUTURE MEETING DATES AND TIME.
After a brief discussion, a special meeting was set for Thursday, October 30th at 6:30 p.m. regarding Dorothy Lane Bike Lanes (Troy High School) and the Commonwealth/Lillie traffic study, school pedestrian crosswalk. The Transportation and Circulation Commission meeting of November 3, 1997 will remain at the same time (4:00 p.m). The November 3rd session will include Riverside Drive traffic study and Acacia Street school crosswalks. Commissioner Buck stated he would like bicycle riders to be notified of the October 30th special evening session.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned to at 5:40 p.m. to the special meeting of October 30, 1997 at 6:30 p.m.

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