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MINUTES

SAN RAMON TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

October 20, 2011

Community Conference Room

2401 Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon

1.         CALL TO ORDER

Committee Members Attending:      Victoria Harris, Harvey Riggs, Greg Schniegenberg, and Steve Filson

Committee Members Absent:          Jim McVay and Peter Rathmann                  

Council Members Attending:           None

Planning Commission Liaison:           Jeanne Benedetti

Teen Council Liaison:                     None

Guests Attending:                          None                                                                      

Staff Members Attending:               PJ Dhoot, Amy Sekhon

The meeting was called to order by Vice Chair Victoria Harris at 6:30 pm.   

2.         REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

M/S/C/U (Riggs/Schniegenberg) to approve the August 18, 2011 meeting minutes as written (4-0). M/S/C/U (Riggs/Harris) to approve the September 15, 2011 meeting minutes as written (4-0).

3.          PUBLIC COMMENT

None.

4.          NEW BUSINESS

4.1       Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) By Laws Update

PJ Dhoot, Transportation Specialist, reported on the item.

Mrs. Dhoot inquired if TAC committee members reviewed the proposed changes, and if there were any questions or comments pertaining to the By Laws.

Questions/Comments

In summary, Harvey Riggs had the following concerns:

  • Objected to the addition of TAC Alternates. He stated that having Alternates does not guarantee that they will be coming in for meetings, nor does he feel they should have the ability to vote on agenda itms.
  • Recommends the addition of two committee members.
  • Recommends committee members be chosen by geographical region in San Ramon.
  • Recommends the removal of Article VI section C of the City Council approved TAC By Laws from April 25, 2006, which states that “three absences in any twelve month period shall constitute voluntary resignation from being a Committee member.”

The committee members agreed and Planning Commissioner Jeanne Benedetti with Mr. Riggs’ concerns regarding the TAC By Laws.

Greg Schniegenberg stated that he agrees with Mr. Riggs’ first concern. Mr. Schniegenberg stated that Alternates do not serve a purpose, and does not feel they should have the ability to vote on a topic discussed by TAC members.

Ms. Harris said she does not agree with the proposed changes to the TAC By Laws. She stated that it appears difficult to manage because she does not know who would track what members showed up to a TAC meeting. Ms. Harris believes the tracking would make everything more complicated. She recommended not adopting the TAC By Laws as proposed.

Steve Filson said he has not seen the TAC By Laws before today, and should add that one of the members is a Chamber of Commerce Representative to the TAC By Laws.

Mr. Riggs asked who developed the proposed changes. Amy Sekhon, Office Specialist, stated that the proposed changes had been generated by the San Ramon Parks and Community Services Division. The City Council Policy Committee had reviewed the proposed additions and recommended the changes to all City committees and commissions. The By Laws will be presented to the City Council at an upcoming meeting.

Mr. Riggs suggested a complete review of the TAC By Laws.

M/S/C/U (Riggs/Filson) (4-0) recommended “no” support of the proposed TAC By Laws.

5.         UNFINISHED BUSINESS

5.1 County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) Status Report

Mrs. Dhoot introduced the item.

Mr. Riggs stated that he and City of San Ramon staff participated in the legislative process, the budgeting process, and outside marketing activities to create transit interest—that is now gone with the joint committee in place.

Miranda Shakes, Teen Council Representative, asked how the County Connection decides to terminate routes. Ms. Shakes stated that she left the country to be a foreign exchange student, and a few months later when she came back her route was gone. Mr. Riggs stated that it all depends on the ridership, cost, and management.

Ms. Harris moved on to the next item.

5.2 Active Residential Traffic Calming Streets Status Report

Mrs. Dhoot reported on the item.

Albion Road at Silva Way: Mrs. Dhoot said she has received four complaints from residents regarding speeding by parents of children at Hidden Hills Elementary School and students of Dougherty Valley High School. Over the course of the past four months staff has requested that the traffic patrol officers conduct selective enforcement; to date the officers have issued 16 citations for speeding, and four citations for seatbelt violations. In order to help alleviate the congestion at Hidden Hills Elementary, staff plans to implement a one way circulation that will ease traffic congestion. The new circulation plan will go into effect on November 14, 2011. The new circulation plan will be implemented on a two week trial period basis and be evaluated to determine if it is successful at reducing congestion. Parents have been notified via email and flyers 4 weeks in advance to ensure proper notice. Staff is also going to conduct a Stop Sign Warrant Analysis at the intersection of Albion Road and Silva Way to determine if a stop sign is warranted given the growing population in the area.

Sleeping Meadow Way: Mrs. Dhoot stated that a resident of Sleeping Meadow Way called and requested that speed humps be placed along her street to curb speeding; Mrs. Dhoot explained the RTC process to the resident and initiated Phase I of the RTC program which includes selective police enforcement.

Questions/Comments:

Commissioner Jeanne Benedetti asked if it is local residents who are speeding in the area. Mrs. Dhoot replied that the complaint assumed it was local residents.

Mr. Riggs said that the Residential Traffic Calming (RTC) maps Mrs. Dhoot developed are very helpful, and asked if the lines that are drawn on the streets can be drawn on the houses instead because it makes it difficult to read the street’s names. Mrs. Dhoot responded that she will work on making the street name more visible by the next TAC meeting.

Ms. Harris asked if there was a way to increase traffic fines in school zones to increase compliance. Mrs. Dhoot responded she will research that and present information to the TAC because she is aware of other cities that have successfully implemented such a program in school zones.

6.         COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS

6.1       Committee Member Items

Mr. Riggs stated that he noticed the red light fines were increased to $446.00 on Bollinger Canyon Road, Crow Canyon Road, and Bishop Drive. Mr. Riggs stated the sign is hard to see because of other signage on the mast arms. Mrs. Dhoot informed the TAC that she submitted a work order because the State of California had increased the fine amount, and the fines should be universal for every city and county in California; therefore San Ramon had to change the signs to reflect the statewide increase.

Mr. Riggs said that the signs should be more legible as they are hard to see from a distance.

Greg Schniegenberg brought up the signage on Canyon Lakes Drive and Canyon View Drive. Mr. Schniegenberg stated that he goes to Club Sport and when he goes to the different businesses in that shopping center there seems to be a lack of signage, so he suggested adding additional signage for the shopping center.

Mrs. Dhoot said that one of the business owners came in during August, and requested additional way-finding signage for this location as well. As a result, the City has proposed the following:

1. Relocate the existing street name signage to a more visible location along eastbound Bollinger Canyon Road.
2. Install an additional street name sign on the opposite side of the roadway along eastbound Bollinger Canyon Road.
3. Include both Canyon Lakes Drive and Canyon View Drive  on the illuminated mast arm sign.

The item will be forwarded to the Finance Committee.

Steve Filson stated that improving the signage at this location should be a priority because this affects sales tax revenue for the City. Committee members concurred.

6.2       City Council Liaison Items

None.

6.3       Planning Commission Liaison Items

Ms. Benedetti stated that no meeting was held in September. The next meeting on November 1, 2011 has one item on the agenda, the Islamic Center. Commissioner Benedetti stated that a Temporary Use Permit was given to increase their seating capacity from 320 to 540, and there is an issue regarding parking at the Islamic Center.  Commissioned Benedetti stated that Staff did a good job addressing Traffic Mitigation Measures, and issuing the permit allowed the extra seating capacity during Ramadan; however parking was not monitored during that time. The business tenants in the area are allowed to have a certain number of parking spaces, so parking would be a problem.

6.4       Teen Council Liaison

None.

7.         ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.  The next Transportation Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled for November 17, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Conference Room.

 

 

 

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