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TCC Minutes August 4, 2003

City Council Chambers---------City Hall
Monday, August 4, 2003---------4:00 p.m.

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT David Bailey
J. Michael Cochran, Chairman
Brent Hardwick
Angela Lindstrom
Rosa Nowels
John Olmsted
Patrick Robeson, Vice-Chairman
COMMISSIONERS ABSENT
STAFF PRESENT Robert Hodson, Director of Engineering
Mark Miller, City Traffic Engineer
Dave Langstaff, Traffic Engineering Analyst
Teri Carlson, Senior Traffic Engineering Aide
Lieutenant Stanko, Police Department
Sergeant Matson, Police Department
Amy Inzunza, Recording Secretary

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Cochran called the meeting to order at 4:03 p.m.

MINUTES

Commissioner Hardwick made a motion to accept the July 7, 2003 minutes. Vice-Chairman Robeson seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

  1. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO REMOVE THE OVERNIGHT PARKING AND 2-HOUR PARKING RESTRICTION ON WALDO AVENUE BETWEEN CAROL DRIVE AND COMMONWEALTH AVENUE.

    Mark Miller, City Traffic Engineer, presented staff's report. Jeff Buchanan, the business owner at 3730 W. Commonwealth Avenue made the request.

    Staff requested additional time to reconsider its recommendation of the request at the July 7, 2003 meeting.

    Sixty-seven percent of the property owners on the west side of the street and seventy-one percent of the property owners on the east side of the street signed the petition satisfying the majority requirements for overnight parking.

    The majority of the homes on the west side of the street are considered parking deficient. The majority of the homes on the east side of the street are also considered parking deficient.

    Staff recommends that the T&CC approve the request to allow overnight parking on both sides of Waldo.

    In regard to the removal of the 2-hour parking restriction, it is staff's position that the restriction may still be required. Staff recommends that the 2-hour parking restriction not get repealed.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked how the 2-hour restriction would work with the overnight parking request. Mr. Miller stated that the 2-hour restriction is only enforced from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday thru Saturday, exempt Sunday and Holidays.

    The public comment segment was opened.

    Jim Cain, 114 Waldo, asked if the overnight parking hours could be extended due to his roommate coming home late.

    Commissioner Lindstrom stated that the overnight parking hours are generally from 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.

    Commissioner Olmsted made a motion to accept staff's recommendation as presented. Commissioner Hardwick seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

  2. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO REMOVE THE OVERNIGHT PARKING RESTRICTIONS ON BOTH SIDES OF SYCAMORE AVENUE BETWEEN THE EAST/WEST SEGMENT OF SYCAMORE AVENUE AND ITS SOUTHERLY TERMINUS.

    Mr. Miller presented staff's report. Ms. Jennifer DeGon, the property owner at 541 N. Sycamore Avenue requested and exemption from overnight parking on Sycamore.

    A combined fifty-three percent of the property owners on both sides of the street signed the petition satisfying the majority requirements.

    Based on staff's observations, Sycamore Avenue is not considered parking deficient based on the typical single family R1 zoning requirements.

    Staff recommends that the T&CC deny the request.

    The public comment segment was opened.

    Jennifer DeGon, 541 N. Sycamore Avenue, stated that parking has always been an issue on there street. Students from Cal State Fullerton take up their parking during the day and they cannot park in front of their home at night due to the overnight parking restriction.

    Commissioner Bailey mentioned to Ms. DeGon that if the overnight parking is allowed anyone can park on their street. Ms. DeGon does not think people will find out about the overnight parking exemption and park on Sycamore Avenue.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked Ms. DeGon if there are any special circumstances that she is finding in her situation where she can't park with a two car garage and a driveway. Ms. DeGon stated that there are three cars at her home. She stated that other homes in her neighborhood have four to five cars and have a problem with parking as well.

    Lynn Downing, 500 N. Sycamore Avenue, stated that she has a one car garage and has two cars parking on her driveway. There are five adults in her home. She either has to wake up her roommates in the middle of the night or take a chance and park on the street.

    Commissioner Olmsted mentioned that he looked at the street and noticed many cars parked on the street. Ms. Downing stated that her home has five cars and that the homes are large.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked where she is currently parking. Ms. Downing stated she parks in the garage and her husband on the street. She said the other cars get ticketed.

    Michael Rowland, 520 N. Sycamore Avenue, stated he has lived there for 15 years. They have had as many as five cars. He stated that they have systematically been ticketed. Mr. Rowland stated that he does not feel the overnight parking restriction is protecting the neighborhood from anyone. He spoke to a police officer that lives in the neighborhood and asked him if the overnight parking restriction gets exempted if they would have a problem. The officer told him they should not have a problem.

    Al Hensburger, 504 N. Sycamore Avenue, commented that the thirteen homes south of Concord Avenue have only two long driveways. He stated that he has four cars. Mr. Hensburger stated that he can only fit one car in his garage because he uses his garage for storage.

    Commissioner Hardwick asked if they have sidewalks in their neighborhood and if he his cars park over the sidewalk. Mr. Hensburger said that they do have sidewalks and that their cars do hang over the sidewalks.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Commissioner Olmsted stated that based on his own observations of Sycamore Avenue they are short of parking. He asked if they can approve the request from Concord Avenue south.

    Mr. Hodson stated that they usually try to post the exemption from block to block. He stated that the petitioner would be left out if they exempt the restriction from Concord South.

    Commissioner Lindstrom stated that the residents have provided good testimonies. She supports the overnight parking exemption.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson stated that the residents of the City of Fullerton have voted three times to have overnight parking in the City of Fullerton for various reasons. He stated that crime does go up without the restriction. He supports staff recommendation to deny the overnight parking exemption.

    Commissioner Hardwick stated that the law that was passed in the past was passed in a different situation. He supports the residents request for the overnight parking exemption.

    Commissioner Bailey supports the residents request for overnight parking exemption.

    Commissioner Olmsted made a motion to recommend to Council that the west side of Sycamore Avenue and the east side to Concord Avenue be exempt from overnight parking. Commissioner Hardwick seconded the motion.

    AYES: Bailey, Cochran, Hardwick, Lindstrom, Nowels, Olmsted
    NAYES: Robeson

    The vote was 6 to 1 and the motion passed.

  3. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO REMOVE THE OVERNIGHT PARKING RESTRICTIONS ON BOTH SIDES OF PORTER AVENUE BETWEEN MAGNOLIA AVENUE AND VINE AVENUE.

    Mr. Miller presented staff's report. Ms. Michele Rosales, the property manager at 1100 Magnolia Avenue requested an exemption from overnight parking.

    All three apartments were built between 1960 and 1965 and met the minimum requirements at that time. However, the majority of the families now have more than one vehicle which contributes to parking deficiencies in multi-family living neighborhoods. Based on today's R-3 property requirements, there is an off-street parking deficiency for the two apartment properties at 1100 Magnolia Avenue and 2700 Porter Avenue. As such, it is staff's opinion that there is sufficient hardship that is not subjective to other forms of relief and support from the adjoining property owners to recommend approval for a portion of the request.

    This same request was heard by the T&CC in September 1994 with opposition from the then property owners at 2712 Porter Avenue and 113 Vine Avenue. The property owner at 2712 Porter Avenue stating that, "I have worked very hard at making sure there is sufficient parking onsite for our residentsthat when overnight street parking is allowed, there is a marked increase in abandoned or inoperative vehicles left on the street, reduced available parking for guests, increased street crime, and a general deterioration of the neighborhood".

    Based on complete support for the request on the north side of the street and only fifty-percent support plus significant opposition to the request on the south side of the street, staff recommends that only the north side of Porter Avenue be approved at this time.

    Chairman Cochran asked how many parking spaces would be free for parking in front of 1100 Magnolia Avenue. Mr. Miller stated about five to six spaces.

    Commissioner Olmsted stated that 1100 Magnolia Avenue is a big property. He asked if there are additional parking spaces. Mr. Langstaff, Traffic Engineering Analyst, stated that there is parking in the alley and there are carports as well.

    Commissioner Olmsted asked if the property owner at 2712 Porter Avenue has contacted staff. Mr. Langstaff stated that staff received a phone call from the owner at 2712 Porter Avenue.

    The public comment segment was opened.

    Richard Duran, 1113 S. Vine, spoke on behalf of her husband and herself. Mrs. Duran would like the cars to park on Porter so that her street could be swept. She stated that her husband sweeps there part of the street.

    Commissioner Bailey asked if she believes that by opening up the handful of parking spots will alleviate her parking issue in front of her home. Mrs. Duran replied no.

    Michele Rosales, property manager at 1100 Magnolia Avenue, stated that there are no carports in the back of the property. Ms. Rosales stated that the majority of the families have more then two cars.

    Commissioner Nowels asked how many apartments she has. Ms. Rosales stated that there are 24 units.

    Commissioner Olmsted asked where all the residents park when the garages are taken. Ms. Rosales said they park on Porter and some get ticketed.

    Stuart L. Johnson, property owner at 1100 Magnolia Avenue, stated that he would be in favor of posting a sign for the days that the street sweeper comes by there street. The cars are parked on the street whenever they come by to sweep the street.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson stated that there is an apparent parking deficiency. He supports the exemption for overnight parking.

    Commissioner Nowels stated that even back then it seems as if they had a parking deficiency. She supports the exemption for overnight parking.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson made a motion to amend the recommendation to include the south side also. Commissioner Nowels seconded the motion.

    AYES: Bailey, Cochran, Hardwick, Nowels, Olmsted, Robeson
    NAYES: Lindstrom

    The vote was 6 to 1 and the motion passed.

  4. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO REMOVE THE OVERNIGHT PARKING RESTRICTIONS ON THE EAST SIDE OF PRITCHARD AVENUE BETWEEN COMMONWEALTH AVENUE AND ITS SOUTHERLY TERMINUS.

    Mr. Miller presented staff's report. Ms. Bee Sun, the property owner at 132-134 Pritchard Avenue, requested an exemption from the overnight parking restriction.

    Overnight parking was permitted on the west side of Pritchard in 1979 as part of a citywide exemption of 143 street segments within the City where off-street parking deficiencies existed.

    Sixty percent of the property owners on the west side of the street and sixty percent of the property owners on the east side of the street signed the petition satisfying the majority requirements.

    The west side of Pritchard Avenue is comprised of four multi-family apartment complexes and one single-family property. The east side of Pritchard Avenue, and the side being requested, consists of three multi-family apartment complexes, one single-family property, and one commercial property. A majority of the multi-family properties were built between 1925 and 1965 and met the minimum parking requirements at that time.

    It is staff's opinion that there is sufficient hardship that is not subjective to other forms of relief to recommend approval of the request.

    Staff recommends to Council a request to rescind the overnight parking restriction on the east side of Pritchard Avenue between Commonwealth Avenue and its southerly terminus.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked if staff informed the petitioner that the west side of Pritchard is overnight exempted. Mr. Miller replied yes.

    The public comment segment was opened.

    Ms. Bee Sun, property owner of 134 S. Pritchard, stated that she bought the building in 1989. At the time they had extra parking spaces however, the families own more then two cars now. Ms. Sun stated that her tenants are getting upset because they are getting ticketed. She said that inside her apartment complex is very narrow.

    Commissioner Nowels asked Ms. Sun if her tenants park on the other side of the street. Ms. Sun stated that she told her tenants to park there for the meantime.

    Michael Nielson, property manager of 132 & 134 S. Pritchard, stated that the problem is also the fire hydrant that takes up a couple of parking spaces. He stated that they have 16 apartments and most of the families have more then two cars. He said that they need to have 20 parking spaces for the 16 apartments that they have. Mr. Nielson stated that they are short seven to eight parking spaces. The tenants are getting upset because of the parking situation.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Commissioner Hardwick supports staff's recommendation.

    Chairman Cochran supports staff's recommendation.

    Commissioner Olmsted made a motion to accept staff's recommendation. Commissioner Hardwick seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

  5. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST FOR 3-WAY STOP AT THE INTERSECTION OF HOUSTON AVENUE AND ROYER AVENUE.

    Mr. Miller presented staff's report. Mr. Larry Alves, the property owner at 1206 Houston Avenue, requested that staff consider installing a 3-way stop at the intersection of Houston Avenue and Royer Avenue.

    Mr. Alves and his neighbors are concerned about the speed and volume of the traffic on Houston Avenue and the number of near miss accidents they have witnessed at the intersection as a result of drivers failing to stop or yield the right-of-way.

    Staff conducted a speed survey on several segments of Houston Avenue which contradicted the residents assertions that speeds were elevated above the norm for what it is viewed as acceptable speeds for residential streets. The survey indicated that the average eighty-fifth percentile speed on Houston Avenue was approximately thirty-four miles per hour. Staff conducted a similar study in July 2000 which indicated that the average eighty-fifth percentile speed was thirty-one miles per hour. Unfortunately, there is no identifiable pattern as to when the violations typically occur, which makes enforcement of the basic speed law difficult.

    Staff also conducted the necessary studies to determine if the 3-way stop sign was warranted at the intersection of Houston Avenue and Royer Avenue. The minimum guidelines for the installation of 3-way stop at Houston Avenue and Royer Avenue were not satisfied.

    In anticipation of low vehicle volumes on Royer Avenue and the unlikelihood of satisfying the warrants, other locations on Houston Avenue were considered for the installation of stop signs. Staff studied Houston Avenue and Basque Avenue and Houston Avenue and Orchard Avenue. The minimum guidelines for the installation of 3-way stop control have not been satisfied at any of the locations studied.

    Staff recommends that the Police Department target this segment of Houston Avenue for increased enforcement of the prima facie speed limit and that this request be reviewed in 6-months to determine the effectiveness of enforcement.

    Staff recommends that the T&CC deny the request for a 3-way stop at the intersection of Houston Avenue and Royer Avenue.

    Commissioner Nowels asked if the recommendation would be extended to place the reverse undulation recommendation. Mr. Miller stated that the dips that are currently in place are there for drainage.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked if there are speed limit signs clearly posted on Houston Avenue. Mr. Miller stated that there are signs posted.

    Commissioner Olmsted asked if a speed bump could be considered. Mr. Miller stated that the City of Fullerton has not yet approved speed bumps.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked if there are other things that can be done to slow people down. Mr. Miller stated that stop signs do not necessarily slow people down instead the speed increases in between the stop signs.

    Mr. Miller stated that he does believe that speed bumps are a viable traffic control device that has proved to slow traffic down physically. The main issue with the speed bumps is the Fire and Paramedic getting to an emergency situation.

    Commissioner Bailey asked how effective a flashing yellow light in conjunction with the speed indication in the middle of the street. Mr. Miller stated that studies have shown that they work really well for the first months and after that people just do not see them.

    The public comment segment was opened.

    Larry Alves, 1206 Houston Avenue, stated that he started the petition solely because they have 20 to 30 children in that neighborhood and he is concerned for there safety. He said that the young adults with children in there cars are the ones that are speeding. The only time he has seen that people slow down is when there is enforcement out there. Mr. Alves stated that he is trying to protect the children in the neighborhood.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson stated that he thinks speed bumps would be an asset to the City of Fullerton.

    Martin Williams, 1506 Royer Avenue, stated that he goes through Houston Avenue. He stated that he starts to go fast because there are no stop signs but does slow down.

    Doug Fleming, 1479 Houston Avenue, stated that he has a small son and is concerned for his safety. He remembers a young girl getting killed a couple years ago on Eadington. He stated that this is a street that people know they can speed on.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson stated that he supports the residents but he knows that stop signs do not work to slow down people. He thinks something should be done.

    Commissioner Lindstrom stated that she supports staff recommendation. She stated that although she supports staff's recommendation, she feels that another solution ought to be discussed.

    Chairman Cochran asked when the speed bumps were last heard by Council. Mr. Hodson stated that it has roughly been about 3 to 4 years ago.

    Commissioner Hardwick made a motion to amend the recommendation to revisit the item in 3 months with additional data from staff and the Police Department; to support staff's recommendation to not install the 3-way stop. Vice-Chairman Robeson seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

  6. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST FOR STOP SIGNS ON VALENCIA MESA DRIVE AT RAINTREE ROAD/MIRAMONTE DRIVE.

    Mr. Miller presented staff's report. Mr. Rito Delgadillo, the property owner at 620 W. Valencia Mesa, requested the installation of stop signs on Valencia Mesa Drive at its intersection with Raintree Road/Miramonte Drive.

    Mr. Delgadillo expressed his concerns regarding the speed and volume of traffic on Valencia Mesa Drive. This item was heard by the T&CC on May 1, 2000.

    Staff recommends that the T&CC deny the request for a four-way stop at the intersections of Valencia Mesa Drive at Raintree Road/Miramonte Drive.

    Commissioner Olmsted asked if there are stop signs both east and west on Valencia Mesa Drive. Mr. Miller stated that there are some stop signs one block to the east and several blocks to the west.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson asked how many feet away the stop sign is from the intersection. Mr. Miller stated that it is approximately 500 feet.

    The public comment segment was opened and closed.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson made a motion to accept staff's recommendation. Commissioner Bailey seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

  7. CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO INSTALL "2-HOUR PARKING" ON THE EAST SIDE OF POMONA AVENUE BETWEEN AMERIGE AVENUE AND WILSHIRE AVENUE.

    Mr. Miller presented staff's report. Mr. Paul Berkman, the business and property owner of Rutabegorz Restaurant at 211 N. Pomona Avenue, requested "2-Hour Parking" on the east side of Pomona Avenue between Amerige Avenue and Wilshire Avenue. Mr. Berkman request is due to the unavailability of short-term parking for customers adjacent to his restaurant.

    Parking on the east side of the street between Commonwealth Avenue and Wilshire Avenue is unrestricted with the exception of one space designated as 15-minute parking. Parking on the west side of the street between Amerige Avenue and Wilshire Avenue is restricted to 2-hour parking from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., except Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays.

    Based on the current long term occupancy of available parking spaces on Pomona Avenue, staff is supportive of any recommendation which provides additional spaces for the benefit of the businesses in the immediate vicinity. The Business Office of Transitional Living facility at 210 N. Pomona Avenue is opposed to implementing any time restricted parking in front of their facility.

    Staff recommends the installation of a "2-hour Parking" between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., except Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays, on the east side of Pomona Avenue between Amerige Avenue and Wilshire Avenue.

    Commissioner Olmsted asked where the transitional living employees will be parking. Mr. Miller stated that he is unaware of where they are currently parking.

    Commissioner Lindstrom stated that the transitional living facility is staffed all day and there employees arrive early. She stated that because there are cars parked there it does not mean that they are commuters. She is concerned that there may be a change on one side of the street when the other side of the street is opposed to it for valuable reasons.

    Commissioner Bailey asked if there is a way to implement the Downtown parking passes for this street. Mr. Hodson stated that the Downtown parking passes were implemented as part of the parking district lots. There is an issue of placing it on public streets.

    Commissioner Olmsted asked staff if permits can be issued to park in the Wilshire Structure. Mr. Hodson stated that the structure is for parking district spaces and therefore they are only issued to businesses that are joined to parking district lots.

    The public comment segment was opened.

    Paul Berkman, property owner at 211, 213, 215 Pomona Avenue, stated that the Transition Living are two blocks away from him and does not understand why there is a problem with them because they are far away. The Transition Living is supposed to park there employees in the structure but the parking situation have been abused. He stated that there are five churches that use the structure on a daily basis.

    Commissioner Nowels asked if he knows if there are places near him where he could lease parking. Mr. Berkman said that they are in the parking district and he has been paying a fee to park in the parking structure.

    The public comment was closed.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson stated that he is in favor of the recommendation because it will be good for the Downtown businesses.

    Commissioner Nowels stated that she is also in favor of the recommendation because the nature of the business is there.

    Commissioner Hardwick made a motion to accept staff's recommendation. Vice-Chairman Robeson seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

  8. CONSIDERATION OF A STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO DESIGNATE THE NORTH SIDE OF ORANGETHORPE AVENUE BETWEEN BROOKHURST ROAD AND EUCLID STREET; THE SOUTH SIDE OF ORANGETHORPE AVENUE BETWEEN BROOKHURST ROAD AND CITRUS AVENUE; AND THE SOUTH SIDE OF ORANGETHORPE AVENUE BETWEEN EUCLID STREET AND 280-FEET WEST OF EUCLID STREET, AS LOCATIONS WHERE THERE SHALL BE "NO STOPPING ANYTIME".

    Mr. Miller presented staff's report. Staff is recommending the installation of the "No Stopping Anytime" restriction in an effort to install striped bike lanes on Orangethorpe Avenue between Brookhurst Road and Euclid Street as part of a planned reconstruction project.

    Orangethorpe Avenue is designated as a future Class II Bike Lane on the City's Master Plan of Bikeways. Both sides of Orangethorpe Avenue between Brookhurst Road and Euclid Street consist of mixed use commercial, single family residential, multi-family residential and church owned properties.

    Semi-trucks continue to park on the arterial streets. Parking will be allowed in front of the Dodge Dealership.

    Commissioner Nowels stated that this would cause a problem for the dealership because the trucks would park in front of their dealership.

    Commissioner Lindstrom stated that the letter from the Retail Center owner stated he didn't want to have a "No Stopping Anytime" implement in front of his Retail Center. She noticed that staff still drew the proposed "No Stopping Anytime" right through the Retail Center. Mr. Miller stated that they are carrying three lanes from the east side of Euclid through the Euclid intersection. We need the curb lane for the three lanes as they come through Euclid.

    Mr. Miller said that the letter also stated that customers frequently park there for convenience. The Retail Center has sufficient off-street parking. The Dodge Dealer has no off-street parking. Staff does not feel that they are making a negative impact on the Retail Center.

    The public comment segment was opened.

    Ken Fox, owner of the Fox Service Center at 1018 W. Orangethorpe Avenue, stated that they have two parking spaces for their customers and the rest of the parking is on the street. He would not like loose the parking on the street.

    Commissioner Nowels asked how many customers he gets per day. Mr. Fox stated that it varies between ten to two people a day.

    Vice-Chariman Robeson asked if his driveway is on the east or west side of the property. Mr. Miller said it is on the east side.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson made a motion to accept staff's recommendation with the amendment of sixty feet. Commissioner Hardwick seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

  9. CONSIDERATION OF A BICYCLE USERS SUBCOMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION TO INSTALL "NO STOPPING ANYTIME" ON VARIOUS SEGMENTS OF HIGHLAND AVENUE BETWEEN COMMONWEALTH AVENUE AND WHITING AVENUE.

    Mr. Miller presented staff's report. The request is being made in an effort to reconfigure the lane configuration of Highland Avenue.

    The BUSC is making a recommendation to post Highland for "No Stopping Anytime" on the east side of the street and also on the west side of the street. A significant amount of red curb exists on both sides of the street as a result of limited visibility when exiting driveways and/or alleys.

    Ten parking spaces would be removed among the entire lane of Highland Avenue. Staff does not believe this will create a hardship for any of the residence because of available on-street parking on Wilshire Avenue, Whiting Avenue, and Amerige Avenue; or for the Korean Methodist Church which has sufficient off-street parking. It should also be noted that staff is making allowances in its design for the retention of three on-street parking spaces on the west side of Highland Avenue between the east/west alley north of Amerige Avenue and Wilshire Avenue.

    Staff recommends that the T&CC approve and recommend to Council that the west side of Highland Avenue between Commonwealth Avenue and the east/west alley north of Amerige Avenue; the west side of Highland Avenue between Wilshire Avenue and Whiting Avenue; and the east side of Highland Avenue from 175-feet north of Commonwealth Avenue to Whiting Avenue, be designated as locations where there shall be "No Stopping Anytime".

    The public comment segment was opened.

    Cathy Zimmerman, property owner at 303 & 307 Highland, stated that there is very little parking. Her unit has a two car garage and the back unit has a small space for one individual. She is here to represent her property but also the rest of the tenants as well.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked how many spaces are along her property. Ms. Zimmerman said there are two spaces.

    Commissioner Olmsted asked if the overnight parking restriction were lifted on Wilshire if that would help the parking situation or if she is more concerned of parking during the day. Ms. Zimmerman said that parking during the day on Highland is necessary because there are people there all the time on Highland.

    Ms. Zimmerman thinks that the north part of Wilshire and Highland should be exempted from overnight parking. She feels the "No Stopping Anytime" would create a problem.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked staff if the three additional parking spaces would be the maximum that can be fit in the stretch where there is proposed "No Stopping Anytime". Mr. Miller stated that they want to keep ten to fifteen feet from the alley north and on Wilshire ten or fifteen feet on the corner.

    Heidi Warrell, 315 N. Highland, stated that since the stop sign has been installed on Wilshire and Highland there have not been many of the accidents. She stated that they need parking on Highland because they have a one car garage that is being used and her husband's truck is too long to park on their driveway.

    Commissioner Bailey asked if she has received parking citations on Whiting. Ms. Warrell replied yes.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked if her problem would be alleviated if one of the surrounding streets would be overnight exempted.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked if it would be completely unusable to have a break in the bike lane. Commissioner Olmsted stated that there are many places in the City where the Bike Routes are interrupted for many reasons.

    Commissioner Olmsted asked what the situation north of Whiting is. Mr. Miller stated that there is "No Stopping Anytime" on the west side and on the east side parking is allowed after 4:00 p.m.

    Commissioner Bailey asked if traffic has increased going through Highland because of the grade separation. Mr. Miller stated that it has increased 50 percent.

    Mariana Fischer, property owner at 316 & 318 N. Highland, stated that they have provided garage spaces for there tenants. She does not know how parking will affect her tenants. Ms. Fischer stated that as a property owner it can affect her because she needs to have access to the property when tenants call her. Also, it is difficult to show an apartment if she cannot stop in front of the property to show post and show an apartment.

    The public comment segment was closed.

    Commissioner Nowels asked what brought this issue to the BUSC. Commissioner Olmsted stated that Highland has been a Class II Bike Route for a while and the BUSC has been trying to get it upgraded. This arose because of the reconstruction of the street at the police facility.

    Commissioner Hardwick supports staff's recommendation. He would like to look at this item again to look at how to mitigate the impact because it affects the residents.

    Vice-Chairman Robeson does not agree with staff's recommendation because he feels we need the parking spaces.

    Commissioner Lindstrom thinks an analysis should be done to see what could be made up for some of the parking spaces to make the bike lane possible.

    Commissioner Lindstrom asked if more parking spaces could be found for the residents. Mr. Miller stated that they currently cannot park on Highland. If a commercial vehicle is parked on Highland, they will get cited. Existing red curb goes up from Commonwealth Avenue to Wilshire Avenue except for one space at the Korean church.

    Commissioner Olmsted stated that there seems to be two segments from Commonwealth to Wilshire on both sides of the streets looks ok to have "No Stopping Anytime" with the three spaces. Wilshire to the alley on the east side can also be ok to be "No Stopping Anytime".

    Vice-Chairman Robeson made a motion to accept staff's recommendation except from Wilshire to Whiting. Commissioner Nowels seconded the motion.

    AYES: Bailey, Cochran, Hardwick, Lindstrom, Nowels, Robeson
    NAYES: Olmsted

    The vote was 6 to 1 and the motion passed.

  10. DISCUSS THE SEPTEMBER 1, 2003 MEETING.

    Robert Hodson, Director of Engineering, commented that the September 1, 2003 meeting has been cancelled due to the Labor Day Holiday. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be Monday, October 6, 2003.

NON AGENDA ITEMS

None

COUNCIL REVIEW

Mr. Hodson stated that Council will be hearing the Chapman Park and the one-hour parking on Balfour on August 5, 2003.

PUBLIC COMMENT

None

ADJOURNMENT

The regular meeting of the Transportation & Circulation Commission adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

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