I often try to attend these meetings, and find them very informative. This meeting had some very exciting news, and thought it would be good share.
1. Attending meeting was advocates from bayside who are pushing for a radar feedback sign on Old Arcata road. It was nice to see the city was very receptive to the advocates, and supportive. The impression I got was the public works was hopeful for budgeting this for the next fiscal year. A suggestion public works, and the police department representatives also made to the bayside advocates, attend the upcoming city study sessions. This time could be used to try to influence how council directs budget spending. Currently Arcata has no primary traffic officer as it is not in the current budget. I would hope next fiscal year this could be included as I feel we really need an officer to staff this position. If you are not able to attend this meeting, and would like to submit comments electronically do so by 2/26 – by 8am(for the first session).
While still on the subject of radar feedback signs, speaking of Buttermilk Lane now. I spoke with Morgan Kessler(deputy director of public works) after the meeting about this location. Two signs were originally scheduled for installation on Buttermilk some time ago. Apparently some difficulties with the mounting system, and so the signs could not be installed. The city has a local person who is fabricating a new mounting system, and it has just taken longer then expected. Buttermilk residents should know that the radar feedback signs are still coming!
2. Other exciting news brought up at this meeting was green paint! That’s right the magic green paint being used around the country for bicycle infrastructure.
photo credit – bike nopa
Morgan Kessler stated that he found street bond 150 as a product that they could buy. Other options hiring contractors were far too expensive, and so the street bond 150 option would allow the city much more control. The city would need to buy a special spray gun, and a compressor. So this is something else that could be reinforced during the upcoming city study sessions. Morgan estimates 5,000-6,000 dollars for the equipment. Public works seem very interested in using the paint in Arcata!
3. 8th and I Street residents are apparently pushing hard for stop signs at this
8th and I Streets. Looking up I St. – Arcata
intersection. This is the intersection right by the food co-op, and the new retirement building. It does not seem like a stop sign would be warranted for this intersection, but a lot of public pressure to install these signs does exist. The Transportation safety committee members all supported the idea of installing the signs at this point – more to come.
4. Arcata receives grant from Humboldt Area Foundation, and the city has the check! This grant was for just over 1360.00 dollars, and will help with bicycle parking at special events. The money will include 3 canopy tents for coverage of bicycles while parked, and 3 A frame racks. The money will also allow to have the tents stenciled with the city logo. The equipment could be used at special events such as the farmers market, north country fair, and many more events! Thanks so much to Anna Schwarzbach for writing, and submitting this grant application! You did an awesome job Anna, and we all really appreciate it.
So good times at this transportation safety committee meeting, and the public is always welcome to attend.
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