TROY — On Monday, following regular council business, council member Robin Oda asked city staff questions about the new bike lane on Adams Street from Staunton Road to Shaftsbury Road.
“I know people are wondering what the point of it is, where does it go to on either end since it doesn’t seem to hook up to any other bike paths,” Oda asked.
Oda also asked questions concerning the right-of-way at the four-way stops in the area.
Director of public service and safety Patrick Titterington said all the signage for the bike lane is in place and the bike lane was placed in less than a week.
“First of all, recognize that this has been in place for less than a week so it does take some getting used to,” Titterington said. “It is a fairly radical change from what we know in Troy. This is a concerted effort we’ll be making over the next few years as one of our obligations as a bike-friendly community.”
Titterington said as the city updates its comprehensive plan, more bike lanes will be added to the city streets and the city will continue exploring alternative forms of transportation in the future.
Titterington said the single “double wide” 10-foot bike lane on Adams Street was due to the Troy Junior High School traffic.
Normally, a bike lane would consist of two 5-foot wide lanes, but with the school traffic, the traffic engineer supported the extra wide lane, which they believed would be more safe, forgoing the two lanes of traffic on that portion of Adams Street, Titterington said.
Titterington said the city would continue to monitor the traffic — both bike and motorists — to determine its functionality and “make tweaks as necessary.”
The bike lane connects Archer Park to the bike paths on the Great Miami River levee and Community Park to Duke Park’s bike paths, he said.
“It’s a brand new concept. We understand that. It’s going to take some time,” he said. “We are trying to encourage more bike friendliness.”
Oda commented that the new configuration impedes traffic during the school peak traffic times.
Titterington said city will continue to monitor the traffic and noted that “some people’s habits may change.”
Oda said the city helped the school streamline the traffic at the junior high entrance and exit and now the bike lane has added another complication to its traffic.
Oda said she travels in the area each morning and now has to consider traffic on either Adams Street or on North Market Street with its traffic at the high school and the railroad crossing.
President Marty Baker asked if a student was riding their bike to the junior high, where would be the safest place to cross the road to get to the school.
Titterington said the city has not yet installed a crosswalk to the junior high school, which would be in the area north of the south entrance to the school.
Despite school zones being 20 miles per hour, Oda asked if a flashing pedestrian crossing sign could be installed in the middle of Adams Street. Council member Lynne Snee said she has never seen a student on the opposite side of the street to cross to the junior high school.
“I can’t imagine that even a bike lane would alter their traffic patterns at the junior high,” Snee said.
Oda said she often sees parents dropping their students off on Adams Street to cross into the school entrance area.
Council member Alan Clark said the area would be monitored by city police staff and signage would be needed for the crosswalk area.
Council member Bobby Phillips said a crosswalk in the middle of a street is “the most unsafe place to have a crosswalk” and pedestrians should use the intersections for the safest place to cross.
Phillips then invited the public and city officials to the Miracle League campaign kickoff at 11 a.m. Friday at Duke Park. The Miracle League field is a special surface for disabled children and adults to play with accessible dugouts and other features. Phillips is on the committee to raise funds for the project.
Council member Bill Twiss recognized local Vietnam War veteran Mick DeHart for being entered into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame for his work with other veterans.
Resident Lester Conard also commented that council should consider the residents of Troy’s opinions before passing issues, noting the recent part-time firefighter referendum on the ballot.
“I think since they are paying your wages and they are electing you, you might want to get out and talk to some of these people instead of coming up here and talking among yourselves and listening to just a few people to make your decisions,” Conard said. “You are rubber stamping everything and I don’t think you take into consideration the citizens of Troy on how they feel on any issue.”
In other news:
Hobart Arena Executive Director Ken Siler introduced David Kerg, the new concessions/food and beverage manager for the arena and Troy Aquatic Pool.
“Dave comes to our staff with extensive background in the food service industry — he’s been in the industry for about 10 years,” Siler said. “He started four weeks ago and we’ve had several events since he got on board with us and a couple more events coming up this weekend. He’s done a great job and I just wanted to take the opportunity to introduce him to you. We’re very excited about all the experience he brings to us and all the things he’s going to be able to do for us in the future.”
On Monday, Troy City Council’s agenda listed a variety of projects including to seek bids for the Washington Road water line extension project, 2016 fuel supply bids and a traffic signal project on State Route 55 and Fenner Road.
• R-59-2015 Washington Road water line project
Council unanimously approved to authorize the director of public service and safety to advertise for bids and enter into contracts for the Washington Road water line extension. The project is not to exceed $760,000.
• R-57-2015 and R-58-2015 Authorize bids for fuel, asphalt and water meter bids
Council unanimously approved to seek bids for the purchase of fuel in the open market, contracts for 2016 supply of asphalt and water meters. The city estimated cost for asphalt materials is $59,500 and water meters and appurtenances is $178,500.
• R-60-2015 State Route 41 traffic signal interconnect funding assistance
Council unanimously approved this resolution to authorize to submit an application to MVRPC for funding assistance of $105,815 for the State Route 41 traffic signal interconnect project. The project estimate is $341,806.
• R-61-2015 State Route 55 & Fenner Road traffic signal project
Council unanimously approved to move forward with the State Route 55 and Fenner Road traffic signal project at a cost not to exceed $275,000.
• O-40-2015 Amend Income Tax Provisions
Council unanimously passed an ordinance to amend income tax code for new tax laws effective Jan. 1, 2016. The changes were part of substitute House Bill 5, which was passed in 2014.
• O-41-2015 Amend General Plan of Stonebridge Meadows planned development
Council will have a second reading to amend the general plan of Stonebridge Meadows planned development.
Troy Planning Commission approved the proposed revision to Stonebridge Meadows’ general plan on Oct. 14. The changes include to reconfigure the lots in Phase Four of its development from 22 to 26 lots and to remove existing structures on lot 76. A public hearing has been set for Dec. 7.
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