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BURLINGTON PUBLIC WORKS COMMISSION MEETING 645 Pine Street Minutes – November 2, 2005 Commissioners Present: Commissioners Absent: Alberry, Bob Cicchetti, Margaret Baker, Jason Shenton, Jonathan Drescher, Michael Dugan, Donald Padgett, Jeffrey 1 Agenda Agenda was accepted. 2 Public Forum None. 3 Red Light Photo Enforcement Cpl. Philip Small, Traffic Enforcement Office for the Burlington Police Dept. is to introduce a pilot program a concept of enforcement, talk about possible solutions and receive feedback. The Streets of Burlington: Thousands of cars and trucks 7 main arteries to Burlington Leading to approximately 375 streets 40 major intersections Results from a survey of Burlington citizens’ indicated that the #1 concern is traffic safety and enforcement. In response to the survey B.P.D has increased traffic patrols, conducted public awareness campaign, and increased enforcement. The result is that the speeds have decreased as well as the number of accidents. Automated Video Enforcement is an additional tool to make the intersection safer with: 24/7 remote system monitoring Collision Avoidance safety features Deterrent against traffic violations The view of the approach angle (using high resolution video) and the departure of the intersection which includes the color of the traffic light. This system will be used as a deterrent to bring down the accidents rates at problem intersections. City Council would have the option to cancel or authorize the development the program. Baker commented about seeing a timer at the traffic lights that counts down the time it will take to turn red and also counts down to green. Also expressed concern about privacy issues. Cpl. Small responded by saying that this would be used for enforcement only, instead of having an officer at the intersection there would be cameras instead. 4 Proposed Amendments to Chapter 12 Baldwin, Assistant Director Technical Services and Burlington Electrical Inspector Shelley Warren, stated that they would like to propose four amendments to Chapter 12 of the Burlington Code of Ordinances. The amendment to Sec. 12-60 is being proposed at the request of the Public Works Commission to clarify that a Journeymen electrician may wire a single family owner occupied home. The amendment to Sec. 12-38 is being proposed to provide a written requirement that reflects our enforcement that a licensed representative of the contractor attends electrical inspections. The amendment to Sec. 12-58 is being proposed to provide a written statement regarding the electrical licensing requirements to perform electrical installations in all buildings in the City. Currently, Chapter 12 adopts the State licensing requirements, which do not apply to single family and two family homes. Chapter 12, Sec. 12-24 requires a license to apply for a permit, but there is no language that applies to who may do the work other than the adoption of the State licensing requirements. Sec. 12-4 is a new section, which is being proposed to reflect the wiring requirements for the inner fire district. Currently, we only have the requirements of Chapter 8, sec. 8-10 which doesn’t specifically address non-combustible wiring methods, but only refer to non- combustible construction. This requirement for non-combustible wiring methods (metal conduit, metal clad cables, etc.) has historically been enforced based on the requirements of Chapter 8, but it would be helpful to clarify its application to wiring in Chapter 12. Clarification regarding Sec. 12-58 and the current acceptance of non licensed people, wiring buildings: Staff proposed enforcing the section as written or deleting it from Chapter 12, and continuing to allow helpers the way the State does. The Commission supported enforcing this section as written. The commission stipulated the condition that the contractors would be given adequate notice and the change would only affect work done on permits drawn after the date on the announcement. Commission also requested clarification that Journeymen electricians may obtain permits for work done in owner occupied, single family homes. Dugan stated that section 12-22b (the ordinance exempted the permitting and licensing requirements for wiring under 50 volts) should be eliminated because it’s in conflict of the State code. Padgett moved to accept staff recommendations. Baker second. Unanimously approved. 5 Transportation Projects Update Bradley, DPW Transportation Planner stated that he would like to update the commission of 3 transportation projects. Hydrogen Fueling Facility – The City is partnering with EVermont on a demonstration project exploring the use of Hydrogen as a renewable transportation fuel. This station will use electricity – generated by Burlington Electric Department’s wind turbine – to split purified water into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen will then be compressed and stored on site, and dispensed into a vehicle modified to run on hydrogen. The vehicle, a Prius, can be described as running entirely on wind power, using hydrogen as an energy carrier. The project has received zoning permits. EVermont and its partner, Northern Power, have engaged a contractor and are pursuing their construction permits. The DPW agreement with EVermont will be in the form of a three year lease valued at ~10,000.00. Construction will commence as soon as weather permits and should last approximately six weeks. If that were not possible, they would just do the site work and come back in the Spring to install and begin the demonstration project. Natural Gas Fueling Facility – The original RFP went out and the responses came back a higher dollar amount than anticipated. Made some changes and reissued a RFP. Proposals are due November 28th, and hope to award a contract by mid-December. The target date of commissioning this facility is June 1, 2006. UVM has submitted their purchase orders for the initial two vehicles and sometime this summer determine what level of capacity is needed for the remaining six vehicles. In the near future we will be back for approval to proceed with the project. South End Neighborhood Transit Center – This will be a park and ride located behind Sears Lane. The City’s consultants, Vanasse Hangen and Brustlin (VHB) are finishing work on the feasibility study and environmental documentation for this proposed structured parking and transit facility and associated amenities – site improvements, site organization, and streetscape improvements. The City is partnering with the Campus Area Transportation Management Association (CATMA) and the CCTA in the planning and development of this facility. We anticipate utilizing earmarked funds administered by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and matched locally by CATMA to complete this project. There have been two very well attended neighborhood meetings and a presentation to the City Council is scheduled for November 21st. V.H.B. is scheduled to finish their work in early December. Then return to the City Council for approval to draw down Federal Transit funds and to contract the design for the facility. Goodkind explained the latest possible changes to the Southern Connector project. It will be presented at the City Council Meeting on November 21st. 6 North St & North Willard St – 4 Way Stop Bradley, DPW Transportation Planner, stated that in response to the Commissions request to review neighborhood communication regarding the 4-way stop conversion from a signalized intersection. Included in the memo to commissioners: A timeline of events (neighborhood and staff meetings, Commission approvals and directives) Copies of the notifications and communications to residents Staff recommendations and warrant studies The petition signed by residents of the affected streets, including corner households and intersected affected. Alberry suggested that the appropriate City Councilor of the affected ward be notified of any proposed changes. 7 Blanket Ordinance Driveway Parking Prohibition Baldwin, Assistant Director Technical Services, reminded the commission that there is an issue of people parking too close to driveways. There is an associate risk for those exiting their driveways, and attempting to enter the traffic stream of the adjoining street section. Additionally, many of the residential parking requests we receive are precipitated by the real need to gain safe reasonable access to the person’s property. After examining and researching this issue, staff would propose that the department pursue the 5 foot driveway prohibition, and that staff enter into a dialogue with the police department and the city attorney’s office. In addition present this proposal to all of the NPA’s and the City Council Transportation, Energy, and Utilities Committee, seeking their input and comments. At the end of that process, report back to the commission (within 90 days) seeking a decision by the DPW Commission to amend, accept or reject the proposal. Padgett suggested that enforcement be complaint driven. Dugan also expressed concern with the cost of striping the parking spaces. Baldwin explained that striping could occur only in the areas where parking demand is excessive and that striping would only be a supplement of signs, the ordinance, etc. 8 Snow Fighting Program Goodkind, DPW Director stated that each year staff provides the City Council with a report on the upcoming snow-fighting program. In the last 4 years the communication consists of an explanation of the practices and policies as well as a listing of equipment and personnel involved. After undertaking the a comprehensive review of the program, the changes are as follows: 1. Nine additional snow lights will be added to the system, targeting chronic areas. 2. Deal with the problem of understaffing, keep 6 temporary employees from the summer program, and offer over-time to other City employees. 3. Have more spare vehicles available as back up. 4. Attempt to reduce the route cycle times from 5 –7 hours to 4-6 hours. 5. Pre-salting using treated salt designed to stay on the road longer. 6. Managing storms by 2 person teams rather than 1 manager. 7. Upgrade weather forecasting software. 8. Improve accident-reporting procedures. 9. Training the first week of November. 9 Street Capital Program Goodkind stated that the current Street Capital Program, while doing good work, is under-funded. This means that at the rate of spending, we are not keeping up with the overall rate of deterioration of the system. It also means that if we set the priority as streets with the most traffic, with our limited funds, we may never get to the many neighborhood streets that need attention. In the presentation there is a 5-year plan/5-Year Future/Problem Side Streets map, a Pavement Life Cycle chart, Pavement Commission Index (PCI) Chart. Various revenue options were discussed; ranging from a bond specifically to pay for neighborhood street repairs to be paid back by the Street Program over 20 years, another increase in the dedicated tax or a shift in policy allowing all paving money to be spent on the neighborhood streets for x years until that demand is met. This proposal will be presented to the City Council Transportation, Energy and Utilities Committee. Alberry suggested presenting the Commission with a chart showing the funding and spending for each program within the Street Capital Program. 10 Update on Siphon Replacement Program Goodkind stated that the original schedule did have some slack in it and that the project construction would be further along by now. There was some unexpected archaeological finds on the site. G.W. Savage, the general contractor has been doing some site work, but Michaels which is the company that will do the directional boring, will do the majority of the work. They will drill/bore under the river a minimum of 20 feet beneath the riverbank and install a high-density polyethylene pipe. They will start work on-site on November 7th, drilling will last 3-4 weeks providing no problems arise. Meanwhile, the general contractor will be preparing the connections on both sides of the riverbanks by which this bored pipe will be connected to the original siphon. Construction will continue with schedule completion by the end of the year. Presented was a price comparison of the basic elements of the project showing the engineers estimates, contractors bid and quantities. 11 October Monthly Budget Reports were just received and handed out at the meeting. Goodkind is watching the Street Dept. budget – revenue vs. expense not doing as well as last year. 12 Minutes of 10/5/05 Cannot approve the minutes, due to attendance of the commissioners. 13 Chairs’ Report None. 14 Directors’ Report Leaf pick-up postponed one week. Leaves haven’t completely fallen yet. Bid proposal was advertised for repairs on the Wyndham garage with bids due on December 1, 2005 and a project start date of April 2006. 15 Commissioner’s Communication Padgett asked if staff is still working on traffic calming on Prospect Pkwy. Baldwin stated that a neighborhood meeting is scheduled to get a decision/direction of how they want to proceed. Alberry asked if the Lakeview Garage will open on time. Goodkind stated that there are problems with the electrical systems – and the garage should open before Thanksgiving or shortly after. 16 Committee Reports None. 17 Policy Update None. 18 Adjournment Padgett moves to adjourn. Dugan second, unanimous.
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