Leon Valley
TX

Staff Report
17-39

Discuss and Consider Possible Action of the Recommended Action in Response to a Request to Remove Speed Humps on Timberhill Street.

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Category:Report

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Item Discussion

PURPOSE

 

To consider a request by a property owner to remove the speed humps located in the 6700 block of Timberhill.

 

Staff received a call on 4-19-17 from a property owner regarding the excessive noise caused by vehicles and vehicles with trailers hitting the speed humps on Timberhill. The complainant was upset and stated that the noise was loud and constant from this action, and that he wanted the speed humps to be removed. His home is two houses down from the speed humps on Timberhill.

 

These speed humps were installed in July of 2014 at the request of the City Manager. This was in response to numerous complaints received by one of the property owners in that same block of Timberhill, and occurred after the complaints had been discussed with the City Council at the June 2014 Coffee with the Council meeting.

 

A Speed Hump policy was created in August of 2014 that, among other requirements, mandates that 90% of the property owners along the subject street must sign a petition asking for such installation, and then traffic counts must be taken that demonstrate the street is being used by over 400 vehicles per day. The policy was developed by the Fire Chief, in conjunction with the Police and Public Works Departments, as the Fire Chief was concerned that the humps would hinder Emergency vehicle travel. He researched policies developed by several other cities in the creation our current policy.

 

The policy does have a provision for the removal of the speed humps, by stating that if 90% or more of the property owners along that street will sign a petition requesting the removal, the City will remove the humps. It also gives the City Manager the power to remove the humps "if it is deemed necessary". These speed humps were not installed by virtue of a petition.

 

SEE LEON VALLEY

 

Social - Providing clear policies and procedures for traffic calming measures assures that all property owners have the same voice in such matters.

 

Economic - Having a consensus from the property owners on traffic calming devices assures that City employees are not duplicating efforts in the removal and installation of such devices, resulting in extra labor hours. The speed humps and signage are reusable, but not the poles or bolts.

 

Environmental - Noise pollution affects both health and behavior and should be taken into consideration when traffic calming devices and procedures are undertaken.

 

 

 

 

FISCAL IMPACT

 

Speed humps can be reused, poles and bolts are already budgeted, labor for removal is approximately two to four hours.

Document Comments

RECOMMENDATION

 

Staff recommends the speed humps and related signage be left in place for now and the original complainant be notified that he will be required to follow the requirements of the Speed Hump policy in full and be given a time period of 60 days for such compliance. If he is able to fulfill the requirements of the Policy, the speed humps should then be removed. Additionally, other traffic calming measures should be researched for this neighborhood, as Timberhill has become a pass-through street from Grissom to Bandera Road.

 

Meeting History

May 16, 2017 7:00 PM  City Council Regular Meeting

Public Works Director Melinda Moritz presented the item in response to a request by a property owner to remove the speed humps located in the 6700 block of Timberhill.

Staff received a call on 4-19-17 from a property owner regarding the excessive noise caused by vehicles and vehicles with trailers hitting the speed humps on Timberhill. The complainant was upset and stated that the noise was loud and constant from this action, and that he wanted the speed humps to be removed. His home is two houses down from the speed humps on Timberhill. These speed humps were installed in July of 2014 at the request of the City Manager. This was in response to numerous complaints received by one of the property owners in that same block of Timberhill, and occurred after the complaints had been discussed with the City Council at the June 2014 Coffee with the Council meeting.

A Speed Hump policy was created in August of 2014 that, among other requirements, mandates that 90% of the property owners along the subject street must sign a petition asking for such installation, and then traffic counts must be taken that demonstrate the street is being used by over 400 vehicles per day. The policy was developed by the Fire Chief, in conjunction with the Police and Public Works Departments, as the Fire Chief was concerned that the humps would hinder Emergency vehicle travel. He researched policies developed by several other cities in the creation our current policy. The policy does have a provision for the removal of the speed humps, by stating that if 90% or more of the property owners along that street will sign a petition requesting the removal, the City will remove the humps. It also gives the City Manager the power to remove the humps "if it is deemed necessary". These speed humps were not installed by virtue of a petition.

Public Works Director Melinda Moritz said staff recommends the speed humps and related signage be left in place for now and the original complainant be notified that he will be required to follow the requirements of the Speed Hump policy in full and be given a time period of 60 days for such compliance. If he is able to fulfill the requirements of the Policy, the speed humps should then be removed. Additionally, other traffic calming measures should be researched for this neighborhood, as Timberhill has become a pass-through street from Grissom to Bandera Road.

A motion was made by Council Member Benny Martinez and seconded by Council Member David Edwards to table the item until a future date and direct staff to contact the resident and come up with a plan of action.

RESULT:TABLED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Benny Martinez, Council Place 4
SECONDER:David Edwards, Council Place 1
AYES:David Jordan, David Edwards, Belinda Ealy, Monica Alcocer, Benny Martinez

Discussion