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Posted on September 16, 2021 at 8:17 AM by grodericks grodericks
Item No. 14 was review and consideration of revisions to the Resolution Governing Town Committees and Commissions to reduce members on the Rail Committee and merging the Bicycle and Pedestrian and Transportation Committees. After a brief staff report and public comment, the Council discussed the items. The Council supported a reduction in size of the Rail Committee from 9 members to 7 members and ultimately adopted a Resolution to do so. However, after discussion, the Council opted not to make any changes to the Bicycle and Pedestrian and Transportation Committees. The Council discussed issues related to issue focus, issue overlap, community engagement, committee membership and participation, and information sharing. The Council directed that staff consider Joint Meetings of the two committees at least twice per year to facilitate improved communication between the two committees on issues of common concern.
Item No. 15, modification of the hours for the right-turn on red restrictions at the Middlefield Road/Oak Grove Avenue Intersection. (6:55 pm) Following a brief staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to school schedule timing, pedestrian and bicycle users of the intersection, signal timing, engineering adjustments to the intersection, hours of restrictions, type of signage, and neighborhood impacts. Following discussion, the Council directed that staff conduct a survey of the users of the intersection for type of user and timing over the period of a week, evaluate the possibility of alternate signage to include an analysis of using "When Pedestrians are Present" versus hourly restrictions, and evaluate the potential engineering changes to the intersection to include signal synchronization improvements along the corridor and the use of red arrows to allow turning movements. Once this has been evaluated, the Council asked the the item return to the Council for reconsideration.
Next up was Item No. 16, discussion and direction regarding median street tree replacement options for Mt. Vernon Lane and Tuscaloosa Avenue. (7:30 pm) Following a staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to size of trees, options for replacement, cost, impacts on roadway safety and design, as well as tree type and condition. Following discussion, the Council directed that the Town replace the Mt. Vernon Lane tree with the tree type selected by the adjacent neighborhood at the 60" box size, purchased pursuant to the Town's purchasing policy requirements. The neighborhood will be provided with the option to increase the size of the tree for the space. The Town Arborist was directed to work with the neighbors to facilitate the purchase, potential upsizing, and installation of the tree. The Council directed that with respect to the replacement options on Tuscaloosa that staff investigate the potential to widen the roadway around the tree by encroaching into the adjacent rights-of-way and engage the neighbors in the discussion. Staff was directed to investigate the widening in order to accommodate more width around the base of the tree with the need for median installation as well as to allow the neighborhood to consider upsizing the tree at their cost. Following this investigation, staff was directed to return to Council for reconsideration of the installation.
Item No. 17 was consideration of a preliminary budget for the Town Center Grand Opening. (8:22 pm). Following a brief staff report and public comment, the Council discussed issues related to project timing, size of event, potential dates, separation of the events into a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening, and postponing the Grand Opening until the Spring for better weather and project maturity. The Council provided general feedback to the City Council Ad Hoc Subcommittee and approved a preliminary budget of $25,000.