Transportation Advisory Committee
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
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. NEW BUSINESS
4.1 Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) By Laws Update
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.
5. UNFINISHED BUSINESS5.1 County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) Status Report
Mrs. Dhoot introduced the item.
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.
5.2 Active Residential Traffic Calming Streets Status Report
Mrs. Dhoot reported on the item.
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.
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
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:
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
6.3 Planning Commission Liaison Items
6.4 Teen Council Liaison
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.