Last night there were a few significant items discussed:
We heard from each of the six candidates that are running for the three city council positions this November. The four new candidates had a chance to introduce themselves, and the two incumbents had a chance to go over why they should be re-elected.
We discussed the latest Traffic Survey over the collector and arterial roads in Clayton. As required by law, a traffic survey is needed every 5 years, though there is allowable one 5 year extension. Our last was conducted just over 10 years ago so we are overdue. Without a valid traffic survey, our police would be unable to utilize radar to measure and enforce speed limits on the collector and arterial roads in the city.
Based on the results of the traffic survey, the law will dictate the minimum speeds that are allowed to be set. I found it quite incongruous the circumstances that result in increasing speeds. Courts tend to dismiss speeding tickets for small amounts over. This results in people driving faster, which results in the average speed increasing, which results in a traffic survey that shows faster speeds, which then means the speed limits need to be raised. It's like the worst game of 'if you give a mouse a cookie' and the result is we are less safe.
Overall there were three roads in Clayton that were slated for increased speed limits:
- Eagle Peak Dr from Oakhurst Dr (east) to Keller Ridge Dr - from 30 mph to 35 mph
- Clayton Rd from Washington blvd to Oakhurst Dr. - from 40 mph to 45 mph
- Mountaire Pkwy from Marsh Creek Rd (south) to Mountaire Cir - from 30 mph to 35 mph
- We could conduct a new traffic survey at a small cost.
- Police typically don't pull people over for speed unless they are a requisite amount over the actual limit
- On Clayton Rd, nearly 75% of the citations issued are to individuals that do not live in Clayton
- Other methods of obtaining reasonable suspicion in order to effect a traffic stop such as vehicle pacing, or visual speed estimation, have their own challenges and are not feasible in our environment
- Additional police resources for more dedicated traffic enforcement would assist the police in lowering overall speeds
- Plan for reperforming the traffic survey
- Plan to educate our residents and other passive measures to reduce speeds
- Informing and inquiring with the residents of Dana hills regarding a plan to reduce the number of lanes on Moutnaire Parkway
- Active measures to reduce the use of Clayton Rd. as a through way for those outside of Clayton - since most of the speed violations are from folks that don't live in town, finding ways to discourage the use of Clayton as a pass through would reduce overall speeds and traffic.
- Currently users must register to join our Zoom meetings. As we are required to allow anonymous commentary from any member of the public, I asked that the registration requirement be removed. This should make it easier for people to join our meetings and comment if they wish.
- I also requested that we advance the timeline on the pilot program for preferential parking near Regency Gate. This has been in pilot for quite some time, and with the uncertainty of COVID-19 and its impacts, I thought adding one element of certainty for the residents there would give them additional peace of mind and improve quality of life. I asked for this to come back to the Council as soon as possible.