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<br />- <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />M I NUT E S <br /> <br />Eugene City Council <br />City Council Chamber <br /> <br />May 14, 1984 <br />7:30 p.m. <br /> <br />COUNCILORS PRESENT: Brian Obie, Cynthia Wooten, Richard Hansen, Freeman <br />Holmer, Emily Schue, Joyce Nichols, and Betty Smith <br /> <br />COUNCILORS ABSENT: John Ball <br /> <br />Adjourned meeting of the City Council of the City of Eugene, Oregon, was <br />called to order by Council President Brian Obie in the absence of His Honor <br />Mayor Gus Keller. <br /> <br />I. PUBLIC HEARINGS <br /> <br />A. Removal of Cheshire Street Diverter (memo, maps distributed) <br /> <br />City Manager Micheal Gleason introduced the agenda item. City Traffic <br />Engineer Jim Hanks presented the staff report, stating that the issue before <br />the council was the approval of the City Manager's administrative order to <br />remove the Cheshire Street Diverter and to install four specially designed, <br />raised crosswalks in the Skinner Butte Park. He said the issue symbolized the <br />maturation of the relationship between the City and the neighborhood group <br />process. Mr. Hanks stated that the council passed the Whiteaker Refinement <br />Plan in 1978 which directed staff to explore traffic control measures in <br />Skinner Butte Park and on Chesire Street in particular. In 1980 the City <br />Council approved a trial diverter on Cheshire Street; in 1981 the council <br />directed staff to continue the trial and to explore other options. He said <br />that staff has worked with the neighborhood group to develop a plan which <br />would meet the desires of those concerned. He said the proposed project was <br />the result of those meetings, a collective measure that worked to the best of <br />those concerned. Mr. Hanks displayed a cross section of the raised crosswalk <br />which would include a nine-foot asphalt ramp on both sides of a raised con- <br />crete crosswalk. He said the cross walk was similar to that constructed on <br />Agate Street at the University of Oregon and had been the object of study in <br />California and Great Britain. He said the crosswalks have resulted in reduced <br />traffic speeds on low-volume streets and should enhance the pedestrian envi- <br />ronment in the park. While it was an experimental design, Mr. Hanks felt that <br />it would prove effective. Mr. Hanks said the crosswalks would be constructed <br />prior to the end of the schoolyear by City crews using Community Development <br />Block Grant funds if the project were approved. <br /> <br />In response to a question, Mr. Hanks stated that this type of crosswalk could <br />possibly be used in limited numbers to contr.ol traffic in some neighborhood <br />streets. He clarified that the crosswalks could not be used on high-volume <br />streets. <br /> <br />MINUTES--Eugene City Council <br /> <br />May 14, 1984 <br /> <br />Page 1 <br />