April 12, 1994
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS' WORK SESSION
Commissioners' Conference Room - 1:30 p.m.
Chair Jerry Rust presided with Steve Cornacchia, Ellie Dumdi and Jack Roberts present. Marie Frazier excused. Sharon Giles, Recording Secretary.
13. PUBLIC COMMENT
Floyd Scott, 2423 North 19th, Springfield, commented that he had testified at the last meeting. He indicated that the majority of property owners are opposed to anything outside of the 60 foot right-of-way. Scott also stressed that Hayden Bridge Road should not be encouraged as a bike route as it is unsafe because it is so narrow. He distributed a letter to the Board which he read into the record.
Chris Voutsikakis, 2463 North 19th, Springfield, remarked that he welcomed the new road and sidewalks, but his only concern was that there would be no place to park kids' cars or guests' cars on the street if there were bike lanes in front of homes, noting that it is against the law to park in a bike path. He emphasized that bikes do not require special lines to be part of traffic.
Jack Kuhn, 2315 North 19th, Springfield, asked for, and received, an explanation of the survey stakes with blue ribbons. He indicated that the sidewalks, as laid out, would be 23 feet from his front porch. Kuhn emphasized that the program is unacceptable. He stated that there is barely room to park his car in his driveway now and questioned where his friends and relatives would park when visiting. Kuhn also remarked that he was not in favor of the center turn lane. He stressed that the project will devalue property and asked if the assessor would take that into consideration. Kuhn observed that he did not want traffic 30 feet from his front porch and asked that the speed limit be reduced to 25 miles per hour.
15. PUBLIC WORKS
a. REPORT BACK AND ORDER 94-4-12-9/In the Matter of Approving a Project Design Concept for Improvement of North 19th Street and Yolanda Avenue.
Snowden reviewed the packet material, noting that the Board had directed staff to return with a design following directions to construct the project within a 60 ft. wide right of way and construct a 3-lane urban roadway only on North 19th Street between the Springfield city limits and Hayden Bridge Road. Based on those parameters, Snowden added that staff recommends:
1. Reducing the bicycle lane width from 6' to 5', placing utility poles at the right-of-way line and installing 2 ft. sidewalk cut-outs at the utility pole locations on North 19th Street between the Springfield city limits and Hayden Bridge Road;
2. Constructing a 2-lane urban roadway including 11' wide travel lanes, two 6' wide bicycle lanes, concrete curb and gutter, and 7' wide sidewalks along the remainder of North 19th Street and along Yolanda Avenue, between North 19th and 23rd Streets; and
3. Reconstructing North 19th Street to meet Yolanda Avenue at a 3-legged urban intersection. Snowden stated that an analysis of projected land development leads staff to recommend construction of a left turn pocket for movements from northbound 19th Street to westbound Yolanda Avenue.
Snowden stated that the Findings reflect direction from February 15.
With regard to the Yolanda turn lane, Cornacchia stated that accidents occur against traffic, not from the rear, and that a turn lane was a "nice to have." He remarked that he is less than convinced that there is a good reason to do this. Responding to Cornacchia, Snowden stated that the intersection would be redesigned to be a true urban intersection, decreasing the radius on the curve. He remarked that at build out, this will be needed for capacity, as much as for safety, and will have the potential for a future traffic signal. Snowden indicated that staying within the 60-foot right-of-way reduces the number of parcels to be acquired from 45 to 17.
Cornacchia observed that he would vote "no" on assessing abutting property owners for the construction of curbs, gutters and sidewalks, as these improvements do not benefit the property owners. Dumdi commented that she was inclined to leave off the turn lane as it doesn't sound like it is necessary at this time. Snowden listed his recommendations, in order of priority, as: 1) three lanes the whole way; 2) three lanes from the Springfield city limits to Hayden Bridge Road, then two lanes the rest of the way except for a 3-legged urban intersection at the intersection of North 19th and Yolanda; 3) three lanes to Hayden Bridge, continuing with two lanes the rest of the way.
Roberts observed that if a turn lane can be achieved with only 60 feet of right-of-way, he was inclined to defer to the engineers and was inclined to agree with the 3 lanes at Yolanda. Rust concurred with Roberts. Snowden also stated that there is a possibility that 19th will be "punched through" in the future. Cornacchia indicated his support of bike lanes. It was observed that Frazier's preferences were unknown.
MOTION: Approval of the Order, following the "3/2/3" design concept, as outlined by Snowden above and described in the "Findings" attached to the Order (see material on file). Roberts MOVED, Dumdi SECONDED. Cornacchia stated that he would vote "no" due to his objection to assessments on collectors. Roberts remarked that the issue of assessments on collectors could be revisited, suggesting that it be done at a time when a specific project is not being considered. Rust noted that this had been analyzed previously, with a decision to keep the policy as it is. There was consensus to revisit the assessment issue at a later time, with no date being assigned.
VOTE: 3-1, Cornacchia dissenting.
This meeting recessed at 2:27 p.m. to reconvene at 2:39 p.m.
14. COMMISSIONERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS
Rust presented a letter from Art Pope, Executive Director of the Northwest Youth Corps, observing the celebration on April 19 of National Youth Service Day.
Rust also mentioned that the NAACP Convention was being held in Eugene this week.
16. OTHER BUSINESS
There being no further business, this meeting adjourned at 2:40 p.m.
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