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Traffic Rules and Regulations Committee, November 7, 2006
TRAFFIC RULES AND REGULATIONS COMMITTEE
NOVEMBER 7, 2006
MEMBERS PRESENT: Dorothy Cook, Chairman; Tom Nash; John Murphy; Arthur Wood. ALSO PRESENT: Al Bangert, MBTA Ombudsman; Mavis Nash, Scituate resident
1. Chairman Dorothy Cook called the meeting to order at 7:10.M. in the copy/coffee room of the Town Hall.
2. On a MOTION by Mr. Wood, SECONDED by Mr. Murphy, the Minutes of the August 6, 2006 meeting were unanimously approved as written (4-0). On a MOTION by Mr. Wood, SECONDED by Mr. Murphy, the Minutes of the September 19, 2006 meeting were unanimously approved as written (4-0 On a MOTION by Mr. Nash, SECONDED by Mr. Wood, the Minutes of the October 17, 2006 meeting were unanimously approved as written (4-0).
3. Review of Correspondence. Ms. Cook read a letter from Pebble Beach Inc (Jamie’s Pub) in response to the TRRC’s October letter regarding issues. The response from Jamie’s was very favorable. It was agreed to send a response to this letter: Thank you for your letter of October 26, 2006. We appreciate your prompt and thorough attention to our concerns stated in our letter of October , 2006 regarding traffic congestion on Mordecai Lincoln Road adjacent to your property. It appears you have taken appropriate remedial action, for which the committee thanks you. We wish Mr. Constantine a full and fast recovery. Members also suggested sending a copy of the Jamie’s letter to the citizen who made the original complaint. All were in agreement to send this letter.
4. PLANS SUBMITTED FOR REVIEW. A) 25 Fay Road/Accessory Dwelling Special Permit. The TRRC reviewed the plans which did not indicate clearly where the parking area is. It was agreed to send a memo to the Planning Board saying that the plan does not show detail for parking; we ask that you ensure that there is adequate offstreet parking for the number of bedrooms on the property.
5. OLD BUSINESS. A) Parking Signage MBTA Areas; B) Acorn St./Spring Lane/C)School Zone Cushing School. All these items were tabled until the next meeting.
6. NEW BUSINESS. A) Greenbush Roundabout 90% Design. The plans for this have not been received by the TRRC B) N. Scituate Parking; C) Crosswalk Safety. All these items were tabled until the next meeting.
In other new business, Mr. Nash mentioned that a memo should have been sent to the Selectmen and Advisory Committee (cc) in support of the Traffic Enforcement Officer. . On a MOTION by Mr. Nash, SECONDED by Mr. Murphy, with an abstention by Mr. Wood, it was voted (3-0-1) to send a memo to the Selectmen regarding a Traffic Enforcement Officer (TEO). The memo will contain the following: We have recommended in the past a TEO and reiterate support for a TEO. With changes in the Town such as increased building and the advent of the Greenbush Line commuter rail, it seems ever more urgent to have a TEO Many issues are traffic enforcement related and we foresee an increase in traffic problems in Town due to the train. Concern for pedestrian and vehicular safety. We anticipate many more traffic issues in the future. We have had concerns in the past and these concerns are increased with the advent of multiple train stations in Town. High priority; there is now an urgent need. Etc.
Mr. Bangert arrived at the meeting and said that the roundabout plans should arrive next week. He also said that he will hold public sessions for review and comments. He said that the roundabout will not be able to handle as much traffic as there will be when the rush hour pm trains come in; but that it will be able to handle the rest of the traffic better than what is now in place. He also said that it is designed to handle long wheelbase vehicles such as fire trucks, buses etc. Mr. Wood said that he thought that Old Oaken Bucket Road coming out onto Route 123 would create problems with the roundabout.
Ms. Cook also asked about the signage in the MBTA station areas. Mr. Bangert said that he needs a price so that he can put it into the budget.
Mr. Bangert also said that there will not be a raised island at Stockbridge Road.
Mr. Bangert talked about the sidewalks proposed for the roundabout. He said that the MBTA is planning to use bituminous while they agreed to concrete with the Town; he said that he will see if the difference in cost can be absorbed by additional sidewalk footage, and perhaps the TRRC could help determine where the additional sidewalk would run, perhaps to the playing field.
There was a brief discussion on how to go about requesting Minutes of the Planning Board meetings.
7. ADJOURNMENT. The next meeting was scheduled for Monday December 4, 2006. MOTION to adjourn by Mr. Murphy, SECONDED by Mr. Wood, all were in favor and the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 PM.
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