Logo


Menlo Park City Council Email Log

[ Home ] [ City Council ] [ Search ] [ 05/06 Archive ] [ 07/08 Archive ] [ 09/10 Archive ] [ 2011 Archive ] [ 12/13 Archive ] [ Watch City Council Meetings ]


RE: Hazard at 3723 Haven Avenue

From: Quirion, Jesse T <"Quirion,>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:45:12 -0700

Gary,

Per my email response to you on September 22nd (please see email text below), Caltrans has confirmed that Haven Avenue through the curve is Caltrans right of way and not Menlo Park. Therefore, the City does not have the jurisdiction to make changes or improvements to the area without Caltrans’ review and approval. As Mark Weaver stated in his email, he is willing to work with you for the application process of an encroachment permit through Caltrans if you would like to design and construct a guardrail in front of your property.

In addition, as I previously mentioned the developers for the new apartments on Haven Avenue will be completing some striping and signage improvements in the area which requires a Caltrans encroachment permit. It may be possible for you to add in a guardrail with that encroachment permit if that is something that you are interested in. Also, we will be working with the developer to suggest some other striping and signage improvements that if approved by Caltrans the City would fund and we believe that they may help you with your concerns.

I will give you a call to discuss further.


From: Quirion, Jesse T
Sent: Monday, September 22, 2014 10:59 AM
To: gary williams; Erin Glanville; Nagaya, Nicole H; John Freier; _CCIN
Cc: Navarro, Gidget R_at_(domainremoved) Yim, Katie_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: RE: Hazard at 3723 Haven Avenue


Gary,



To confirm Menlo Park’s position on the ownership/jurisdiction of the right of way on Haven Avenue, I spoke with Mark Weaver who is the Deputy District Director of Right of Way and Land Surveys for Caltrans. Mark has the final oversight responsibility and plat maps for all of Caltrans Right of Way’s and Mark confirmed that Haven Avenue is in fact Caltrans Right of Way and not the City of Menlo Park. I have cc’ed Mark on this email and included his email response below as confirmation of the ownership of this Right of Way.





Our records indicate that we acquired the area by Section 83 of the Streets and Highway's code in 1979. I can certainly understand the property owner's frustration. I cannot speak to the Department's design standards for curves like the one on Haven, but typically we only place guardrailing at structure approach and departures, and at fixed objects.



I would suggest that if the property owner is willing to do the work himself, I could assist them in their application for an encroachment permit and they could place the guardrail in the planting strip between the curb and sidewalk.



Mark L. Weaver

Deputy District Director

Right of Way and Land Surveys


As Mark indicated in his email he would be able to assist you in the encroachment permit process for improvements that you would like to make and to prevent any conflicts with construction activities we would ask that you coordinate any improvements with St Anton who will also be working in the Caltrans right of way on Haven in the near future.

Jesse T. Quirion
Interim Public Works Director
City of Menlo Park
E: jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)rg>
P: 650-330-6744


Jesse T. Quirion
Interim Public Works Director
City of Menlo Park
E: jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)ark.org<mailto:jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)
P: 650-330-6744

From: gary williams [mailto:gilliams_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2014 11:58 AM
To: Navarro, Gidget R_at_(domainremoved)
Cc: Yim, Katie_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: Re: Hazard at 3723 Haven Avenue

Can you give me an update on this situation with our property at 3723 Haven Avenue, Menlo Park. We always seem to drop off the radar for the past twelve years that we have been suffering these losses.
Thank you,
Gary Williams
Haven Property Management

________________________________
From: "Navarro, Gidget R_at_(domainremoved)v<mailto:gidget.navarro_at_(domainremoved)
To: "Caldwell, Dwight_at_(domainremoved)
Cc: "Yim, Katie_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Friday, September 19, 2014 11:27 AM
Subject: RE: Hazard at 3723 Haven Avenue

Good morning All,

I am requesting pertinent documents from Caltrans Right of Way department and will let you know as soon as I receive them.

Thank you for your patience.

Gidget Navarro
Caltrans Public Affairs
Public Information Officer
San Mateo County
510-286-5574 (office)

"We Are Guardians Of The Freeway, Servants Of The Public and Road Warriors"
Patty Williams


-----Original Message-----
From: Caldwell, Dwight_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Friday, September 19, 2014 10:33 AM
To: Quirion, Jesse T; gary williams; Erin Glanville; Nagaya, Nicole H; John Freier; _CCIN
Cc: Navarro, Gidget R_at_(domainremoved)OT<mailto:Katie_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: RE: Hazard at 3723 Haven Avenue

Hi all,

This issue came up some 15 years ago when the MBGR on the bridge on Haven before the curve was damaged. Haven Avenue was relinquished to the City back in the 1970's. Gidget.... Please contact ROW for a copy of the relinquishment document.


Dwight Caldwell
Caltrans Traffic Investigations

-----Original Message-----
From: Quirion, Jesse T [mailto:jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)mailto:jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2014 10:37 AM
To: gary williams; Erin Glanville; Nagaya, Nicole H; John Freier; _CCIN
Cc: Caldwell, Dwight_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: RE: Hazard at 3723 Haven Avenue

Gary,

I contacted Caltrans yesterday and spoke directly with Gidget Navarro and Dwight Caldwell (who are both cc'ed on this email) and they are looking into the right of way ownership.

As previously discussed with you and as I explained to Gidget and Dwight, everything that City has indicates that this area is not Menlo Park and is Caltrans right of way. I have reattached the Caltrans right of way map that was provided to Menlo Park from Caltrans which shows this area as Caltrans right of way and I have attached a screen shot from the Caltrans Right of Way website which also shows this area as Caltrans right of way. You can view the Caltrans Right of Way website at the following link: http://earth.dot.ca.gov/d4row/multi_sm.html

When I spoke with Gidget and Dwight yesterday they both understood the importance of this situation and I know that they will be back in touch with us as soon as possible. We will keep you updated with the outcome.

Jesse T. Quirion
Interim Public Works Director
City of Menlo Park
E: jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)g>
P: 650-330-6744

-----Original Message-----
From: gary williams [mailto:gilliams_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 3:21 PM
To: Quirion, Jesse T; Erin Glanville; Nagaya, Nicole H; John Freier; _CCIN
Subject: Re: Hazard at 3723 Haven Avenue

Jesse,
I just talked with Dewight from Caltrans who was sent out to 3723 Haven Avenue to check on your claim of Caltrans responsibility. He was adamant that Caltrans responsibility ends at Marsh Road. In fact, the City of Menlo Park somehow talked a Caltrans crew into repairing the guard rail by the bridge and Caltrans billed the City of Menlo Park for same.
I am fed up with the lies that have been coming from the City of Menlo Park concerning responsibility for resolving the extreme safety issue on the curve in front of 3723 Haven Avenue and demand answers. If the City of Menlo Park is refusing to rectify the situation, I need it in writing so I can have grounds for a law suit when someone dies or is seriously injured.
Sincerely,
Gary D. Williams
Haven Property Management
owner of 3723 Haven Avenue




On Tuesday, September 9, 2014 10:11 AM, "Quirion, Jesse T" <jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)
Gary,

The curve on Haven is within the jurisdiction of Caltrans, please see attached Caltrans right of way map.

I apologize for the previous confusion, I circled back with my Maintenance Division again this morning and I stand corrected that they did refresh the curb earlier this year under normal maintenance throughout the City as they were not aware that the area was not under the jurisdiction of Menlo Park. This was an error on our part and I apologize for the confusion.

As I mentioned previously, we will reach back out to Caltrans and discuss options with them, additionally we are working with the developers along Haven and applying for grants to make improvements in the area.

Jesse T. Quirion
Interim Public Works Director
City of Menlo Park
E: jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)ion_at_(domainremoved)
P: 650-330-6744



-----Original Message-----
From: gary williams [mailto:gilliams_at_(domainremoved)com<mailto:gilliams_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Monday, September 08, 2014 5:26 PM
To: Quirion, Jesse T
Cc: _CCIN; erin.glanville_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: Re: Hazard at 3723 Haven Avenue

Jesse,
I will contact Caltrans, however, my last conversation with Nicki in the City of Menlo Park Transportation Department she assured me that she would find out for sure whose responsibility that curve really is. That was a month ago and she never got back to me.

Also, when the two guys were painting the curb and installing the reflectors, I asked them who they worked for and they said the City of Menlo Park. I find it interesting that the City of Menlo Park is still denying this.

Gary Williams
Haven Property Management




On Monday, September 8, 2014 4:20 PM, "Quirion, Jesse T" <jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)



Gary,

We are sorry to hear of the damages and frequency of incidents you have experienced.

As previously explained to you in emails earlier this year, this section of Haven Avenue is under the jurisdiction of Caltrans, and any changes, improvements or modifications to striping or hardscape such as guardrails and provision of street lighting would fall under their jurisdiction. You can submit a Maintenance Service Request through their website at; http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/maint/msrsubmit/. <http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/maint/msrsubmit/> The City of Menlo Park does not own or maintain the right of way in that area and the City does not have the authority to change, improve or modify the intersection without the City applying for an encroachment permit which requires a full project design to be completed in advance and approved by Caltrans.

However, as you noted, there are plans for new residential units farther northwest on Haven Avenue, which were identified in the Haven Avenue Waterfront Plan and City of Menlo Park Housing Element. The developer of these residential units is required to improve Haven Avenue from Marsh Road to near your southerly property line (with 3715 Haven). These improvements include new striping, signs, sidewalk completion, and the addition of bicycle facilities in the area. The City is separately pursuing grant funds through the San Mateo County Transportation Authority to extend the limits of these improvements to the City of Menlo Park boundary with Redwood City (near the mobile home park at 3499 East Bayshore Road).


Additionally, as you noted with the red curb and reflectors, the City previously contacted Caltrans about this issue and Caltrans painted the curbing red and installed additional reflectors.

We will reach back out to Caltrans and discuss your concerns with them and ask that they look into other improvements in the area.

Jesse T. Quirion
Interim Public Works Director
City of Menlo Park
E: jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)nlopark.org>
P: 650-330-6744

-----Original Message-----
From: gary williams [mailto:gilliams_at_(domainremoved):gilliams_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Monday, September 08, 2014 10:49 AM
To: _CCIN
Subject: Hazard at 3723 Haven Avenue

I am the owner of an office building at 3723 Haven Avenue, Menlo Park. I purchased the building in 1999 when it was in dire need of renovation. I invested over a million dollars to restore it to usable condition. In 2002 we had our first drunk driver miss the 90 degree turn in front and crash all the way into the building doing over $40,000 worth of damages.

We placed 25,000 pounds of boulders our front and sunk four eight inch steel "I" beams into six feet of concrete to restore the sign post. The new sign was framed in wood and lasted nearly seven years while being crashed into four separate times. We finally removed the wood and poured a concrete wall over the steel beams to form a three foot high, three foot deep and 10 foot long, steel reinforced wall to protect the building.
Cars continued to crash onto our property and do landscape damage until Valentine's Day this year when a drunk driver missed all our our protection barriers and took out the water valves and crashed through a large glass window into an office and into the adjacent office. The occupant had just left an hour prior to this crash or he would have been killed. The City of Menlo Park's answer to the problem was to paint the curb red and place some reflectors on the top of the curb although they deny doing so.

I have contacted various departments in the City of Menlo Park for 12 years and nothing has been done to remove this hazard such as simply installing a guard rail.
I erected another concrete wall to protect my water valves but on July 10 this year a local attorney while passing a Comcast van on this blind 90 degree turn at 5:00 PM in broad daylight caused another crash taking out my newest wall and all the water valves doing another $30,000 worth of damage.
Soon Anton/Menlo development will be occupied and hundreds more people will be driving, walking and bicycling around this corner and someone is going to die.

I am putting the City of Menlo Park on notice that this is a major problem and will only get worse.
Sincerely,
Gary D. Williams
Haven Property Management
(650)575-6576

Received on Mon Oct 27 2014 - 10:40:21 PDT

[ Search ] [ By Date ] [ By Message ] [ By Subject ] [ By Author ]


Email communications sent to the City Council are public records. This site is an archive of emails received by the City Council at its city.council_at_(domainremoved)