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TCC MINUTES FEBRUARY 5, 2007

TRANSPORTATION AND CIRCULATION COMMISSION
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2007 - 5:00 P.M.
City Council Chamber - City Hall

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT:
J. Michael Cochran, Chairman
Stephen Hall
John Olmsted
Angela Lindstrom, Vice-Chairman
Rosa Nowels

STAFF PRESENT:
Donald K. Hoppe, Director of Engineering
Lt. Alex Bastreri, Fullerton Police Department
Dave Langstaff, Traffic Engineering Analyst
Teri Carlson, Engineering Aide III
Susan McGraw, Recording Secretary

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Commissioner Nowels made a motion to approve the minutes of November 6, 2006. Vice-Chairman Lindstrom seconded the motion which passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

1.CONSIDERATION OF DISABLED PERSONS PARKING IN FRONT OF 341 NORTH WOODS AVENUE.

Director Hoppe stated that this request was received from Mr. Rice, resident at 341 North Woods, who recently became disabled and is unable to utilize his driveway due to its steepness.

The hearing was opened to public comment.

Director Hoppe stated that Mr. Rice was notified that it would not be necessary for him to attend this meeting due to his medical condition.

There was no one else present to address this item.The public comment segment was closed.

Commissioner Olmsted motioned to accept staff’s recommendation and recommend to the City Council the installation of blue-painted curb indicating disabled persons parking at the above-referenced address.Commissioner Nowels seconded the motion which passed unanimously.

2.CONSIDERATION OF A STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO INSTALL “NO STOPPING ANYTIME” ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF ARTESIA AVENUE ADJACENT TO THE FULLERTON AIRPORT.

This request was made by the City’s Airport Manager.Because it is difficult to maneuver large trucks in this area along Artesia on the north side of the airport, fencing is recurrently being damaged, requiring repair by Airport staff.

No one was present to address this item during public comment.

Commissioner Hall motioned to approve staff’s recommendation for “No Stopping Anytime” on the south side of Artesia Avenue adjacent to the Fullerton Airport.Vice-Chairman Lindstrom seconded the motion which passed unanimously.

3.CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO INSTALL DIAGONAL PARKING ON BOTH SIDES OF HIGHLAND AVENUE FROM BAKER AVENUE TO ITS SOUTHERLY TERMINUS.

Director Hoppe stated a request was received from the Pinetree Apartments for additional parking in this vicinity.Staff stated that the installation of diagonal parking will increase available parking by 24 additional spaces on west side of Highland and 33 additional spaces on the east side.Two property owners on the west side of the street are in favor of this request; one property owner on the east side of the street is opposed.Staff is supportive of the request.The street width is approximately 58 feet and diagonal parking does meet code requirements.

The item was opened for public comment.

Victoria Radu, property manager for the Rosepoint Apartments, 1474 South Highland Avenue, stated that this complex does not have a parking problem and is opposed to the diagonal parking suggestions.The Rosepoint Apartments is in fact struggling with the apartments across the street, i.e., trash, loitering speeding, using this property to park and cut through.The curb appeal will be lost.

Mr. Paul DeGraff, leasing agent for the Rosepoint Apartments, stated the owner is trying to keep the appeal of the complex.He believes diagonal parking on both sides will cause a potential problem.

The public comment segment was closed.

Chairman Cochran was unsure of the correlation between diagonal and/or parallel parking and the speeding issue.Lt. Bastreri stated that he is unaware of a speed issue, but an acceleration issue possibly exists; and that diagonal parking would possibly reduce the acceleration problem.He further commented that he has actually lived in the Rosepoint Apartments and speeding was never an issue.

Vice-Chairman Lindstrom inquired about additional parking in the cul-de-sac.Director Hoppe stated that parking in the cul-de-sac would impede the ability of emergency vehicles to turn around.

In response to Commissioner Olmsted, Director Hoppe stated that the Commission could recommend a parking change on just the west side of Highland at this time.The area would be monitored and if necessary brought back before the Commission for further discussion.

Commissioner Olmsted made a motion to amend staff’s original recommendation and allow diagonal parking on the west side only, retaining parallel parking on the east side.Commissioner Nowels seconded the motion which passed unanimously.

4.CONSIDERATION OF A STAFF RECOMMENDATION TO INSTALL “NO STOPPING ANYTIME” ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF BARRIS DRIVE ADJACENT TO GOLDEN HILLS SCHOOL; AND THE NORTH SIDE OF MONTE MAR VISTA FROM WOODS AVENUE TO ITS WESTERLY TERMINUS.

This is an updated recommendation for this issue, which was previously presented to the Commission.A further modification is being advised, which calls for posting of standard no stopping signs on the south side of Barris Drive and the north side of Monte Mar Vista.

The hearing was opened for public comment.

Mr. Johnson, Principal of Golden Hill Elementary School, stated the school is still trying to alleviate its congestion problem.The property owner on the north side of Monte Mar Vista has consented to the proposal.The property owners on south side did not consent.Mr. Johnson further stated that the current situation is working well, but some problems still exist.

Jennifer Liley, PTA president, stated that the resident on the south side would support prohibiting parking on the south side of Monte Mar Vista if he could be exempted from the day time parking restriction and be able to park his van overnight on Monte Mar Vista or in the schools parking lot. The teachers have hang tags.If residents could have a hang tag he would consider.He would also agree to cones being placed at the end of Monte Mar Vista at Woods.

The hearing was closed to public comment.

Director Hoppe stated that it would not be permissible to allow the resident on the south side of Monte Mar Vista to park his van overnight or be exempted from the daytime restrictions; and cones could not be used to block a public street.

Commissioner Olmsted motioned to accept staffs’ recommendation for “No Stopping Anytime” on the south side of Barris Drive adjacent to Golden Hills School, and on the north side of Monte Mar Vista from Woods Avenue to its westerly terminus.Vice-Chairman Lindstrom seconded the motion which passed unanimously.

5.REVIEW OF AIRPORT HANGAR WAITING LIST AND PARTNERSHIP POLICY.

Airport Manager, Rod Propst, presented a revision to the Hangar Waiting list and Partnership Policy, which creates a single list based on date of application.Currently, a $21 non-refundable deposit is required with an application.Staff is requesting that the new policy require a $500 deposit, including a $100 non-refundable fee.Two opportunities would be offered upon availability.If no response is received upon a third notice, the entire deposit of $500 would be non-refundable.

Vice-Chairman Lindstrom motioned to forward this request to the City Council for its approval.Commissioner Olmsted seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved.

COUNCIL REVIEW

Director Hoppe stated that the City Council voted to remove Mr. Patrick Robeson from the Transportation and Circulation Commission.

COMMISSIONER COMMENTS

Commissioner Olmsted advised that he would be serving on the Commission for only two more months and is no longer available to the parking board.

After discussion, it was unanimously approved to return the Commission to its previous starting time of 4:00 p.m.Staff was asked to notify the appropriate individuals regarding this change.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Public comments will be allowed on matters not appearing on the agenda but within the Commission's jurisdiction.

ADJOURNMENT

The Transportation and Circulation Commission adjourned at 6:05 p.m. until the next regularly scheduled meeting of March 5, 2007, at 4:00 p.m.

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