Leon Valley
TX

Ordinance

Consider, Discuss, and Approve the Implementation of a “Don’t Block the Box” Campaign and Approve an Ordinance Authorizing a Budget Adjustment in the Amount of $7400 From the General Fund Reserve

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Department:Public WorksSponsors:
Category:Budget

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  3. PPT Dont Block the Box Campaign 5-16-17

Item Discussion

PURPOSE

 

To discuss and consider approval of a “Don’t Block the Box” Campaign, and to approve an Ordinance authorizing a budget adjustment, in the amount of $7,400, to fund signage for the campaign.

Over the past several years, the City has received numerous complaints regarding motorists blocking pedestrian crosswalks and impeding oncoming traffic at intersections along Bandera Road. “Don’t Block Intersection” signs were placed at the intersection of Bandera and Linkwood, but not at the intersections with traffic signals. It is believed that a “Don’t Block the Box” campaign would bring awareness to motorists. The cities of San Antonio and Austin have both introduced this campaign in their areas of concern.

The signs would be installed on all 3 or 4 traffic signal mast arms at 6 intersections along Bandera Road:

·              Seneca

·              El Verde (3 way)

·              Grissom (3 way)

·              Poss

·              Huebner

·              Reindeer Trail (3 way)

 

A Public Service Announcement would be placed on the City’s website and Facebook pages and City Police Officers would start enforcement of this message at least 30 days after installing the signs. City staff would monitor program for 6 months to evaluate its effectiveness.

SEE LEON VALLEY

 

Social - Providing access to pedestrian crosswalks improves mobility for all citizens and clearing intersections for oncoming traffic may reduce accidents caused by road rage and generally frustrated motorists

Economic - This project may enhance the City’s image as a progressive, walkable community, which might entice new residents and businesses

Environmental - Encouraging people to walk and providing safe passageways reduces the public’s dependence on vehicles, which reduces the amount of vehicle emissions polluting the air

FISCAL IMPACT

 

Funding for the signs would come from the General Fund reserve.

 

 

Document Comments

RECOMMENDATION

 

Approve the campaign; and approve an Ordinance authorizing a budget adjustment in the amount of $7,400 from the General Fund Reserve, to fund the manufacture and installation of “Don’t Block the Box” signs at six intersections along Bandera Road.

 

Body

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING A BUDGET ADJUSTMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $7,400 FOR THE PURPOSE OF MANUFACTURING AND INSTALLING “DON’T BLOCK THE BOX” SIGNAGE AT INTERSECTIONS ALONG BANDERA ROAD (STATE HIGHWAY 16).

 

WHEREAS The City of Leon Valley recognizes the dangers of motorists blocking intersection along crowded highways in Leon Valley; and

 

WHEREAS the City actively promotes walkability and connectivity in Leon Valley and desires all intersections to be passable by the walking public; and

 

WHEREAS a campaign to promote public awareness of the dangers of blocking intersections in the City has been developed, but requires funding for signage in order to launch the campaign; and

 

WHEREAS on September 20, 2016 the City Council of the City of Leon Valley adopted the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget; and

 

WHEREAS Texas Local Government Code Section 102.010 provides that a municipality is not prohibited from making changes to a budget for municipal purposes; and

 

WHEREAS the Leon Valley City Council hereby finds and determines that the amendments adopted under this ordinance are for a municipal purpose;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LEON VALLEY, TEXAS, THAT: 

 

Section 1.              The FY 2016-2017 Budget of the City of Leon Valley is hereby amended as provided for in Exhibit “A”, attached hereto and incorporated herein for all purposes.

 

Section 2.              The financial allocations in this Ordinance are subject to approval by the Director of Finance. The Director of Finance may, subject to concurrence by the City Manager or the City Manager's designee, correct allocations to specific accounts as necessary to carry out the purpose of this Ordinance.

 

Section 3.              This ordinance is effective immediately upon passage by four (4) affirmative votes; otherwise it is effective on the tenth day after passage hereof.

Meeting History

May 2, 2017 7:00 PM  City Council Regular Meeting

Public Works Director Melinda Moritz presented this item seeking City Council consideration of a “Don’t Block the Box” Campaign, and to approve an ordinance authorizing a budget adjustment, in the amount of $7,400, to fund signage for the campaign. Public Works Director Moritz added that over the past several years, the City has received numerous complaints regarding motorists blocking pedestrian crosswalks and impeding oncoming traffic at intersections along Bandera Road. “Don’t Block Intersection” signs were placed at the intersection of Bandera and Linkwood, but not at the intersections with traffic signals. It is believed that a “Don’t Block the Box” campaign would bring awareness to motorists. The cities of San Antonio and Austin have both introduced this campaign in their areas of concern.

Public Works Director Moritz said the signs would be installed on all 3 or 4 traffic signal mast arms at 6 intersections along Bandera Road: Seneca, El Verde (3 way), Grissom (3 way), Poss, Huebner, and Reindeer Trail (3 way). A Public Service Announcement would be placed on the City’s website and Facebook pages and City Police Officers would start enforcement of this message at least 30 days after installing the signs. City staff would monitor program for 6 months to evaluate its effectiveness.

· David Smith 7034 Mill Stream read aloud a letter in support of this initiative.

A motion was made by Council Member David Edwards and seconded by Council Member Monica Alcocer to approve the ordinance authorizing a budget adjustment, in the amount of $7,400, to fund signage for the campaign as presented.

RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:David Edwards, Council Place 1
SECONDER:Monica Alcocer, Council Place 3
AYES:David Jordan, David Edwards, Belinda Ealy, Monica Alcocer, Benny Martinez

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