May 2013 Safety Report
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Here is what we have been able to find out from our City Council office:
1. Critical Zone parking car count:
Staff plans to conduct the study during lunchtime 11:00a to 1:00p and the evening hours 4p to 10p. They plan to use summer interns to conduct this study and they will begin their work on May 20th. The study will take approximately 2 weeks.
2. 30’ No Parking signs:
Staff has agreed to install these signs at 49th & Chowen and Drew to improve pedestrian safety at those corners.
3. Driveway signs:
Red Cow owner Luke Shimp needs to call 311 to request these signs for the driveways on Chowen and Drew. After they are requested and paid for (and the ground thaws), Traffic will install driveways signs at a cost of $200/per sign.
The owner of Red Cow has contacted us (FNA) asking for help in identifying the contact info for the three houses on Drew and Chowen that have driveways. We are trying to find that information, but if anyone can help us with names and contact info for those three properties, we would greatly appreciate it! Just send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help get those property owners connected with Red Cow for the signs.
4. Crosswalk markings @50th & Drew:
The criteria for painted crosswalks are:
· A signalized intersection (like 50th & Chowen)
· A school patrolled intersection
· Mid-block with and overhead flasher
The intersection of 50th & Drew does not meet the criteria for crosswalk markings. For their safety, pedestrians are encouraged to cross 50th Street at the signalized intersection of 50th and Chowen.
Council Members Hodges (Ward 13) and Quincy (Ward 11) provided an overview and update on the proposed changes to flight paths at MSP airport at the 1/9/2013 FNA meeting. The FAA wants to change the rules by which planes take-off. They would like to implement Performance Based Navigation (PBN) and developed Radar Navigation (RNAV) paths that concentrate flight take-offs into narrow paths. The City felt that there was not sufficient community engagement or environmental study on this issue and asked the FAA to slow down the process. In an unprecedented move, the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) supported the City in its request and approved a partial implementation of the proposed routes over the southern metro area, but not for those routes going over south and southwest Minneapolis. Many thanks go out to MAC Chair Dan Boivin, Governor Dayton, Senators Franken and Klobuchar, State Senator Dibble and State Representative Hornstein (Chairs of Senate and House Transportation Committees, respectively.) The City of Minneapolis does not have a voice in these decisions.
It is possible that the proposal may still be implemented, but the City would like input on what the routes will look like. It also wants more community engagement and environmental study. The results may show that RNAV isn’t right for Minneapolis- the flight tracks are not following Compatible Land Use criteria. The City is not interested in adding noise to areas that did not have if before, nor are they interested in focusing noise in fewer areas. The impact of the noise should be a shared burden with fair and equitable distribution.
Council Member Quincy recommends that residents and neighborhoods stay informed and involved. The City can be an organizer, but it is our Federal Representatives who have direct impact with the FAA. An advisory group of many southwest neighborhoods, Southwest Airport Advocacy Team (SWAAT), is in the process of forming. This group can provide a cohesive voice and provide feedback to our representatives. They will keep tabs on current actions and provide information back to neighborhoods. The FAA is expected to have some sort of response at the next Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) meeting on 1/16. The City will support giving consideration to state-wide transportation issues and developing the use of smaller, regional airports (Rochester, St. Cloud, etc).
Council Members Betsy Hodges (Ward 13) and John Quincy (Ward 11) will be our special guests at the January 9, 2013 meeting. They will jointly discuss the current status of the proposed changes to the flight paths at MSP Airport, what’s next, what Fulton residents can do and how neighborhoods can start working together to present a united voice. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Pershing Park. All are welcome.
All FNA meetings are accessible events and requests for accommodations are welcome. Please make requests at least ten days before meeting date by calling 612-922-3106.