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Re: Sidewalk alternative for Santa Cruz Ave

From: domainremoved <Paul>
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2015 09:51:28 +0100

Dear Ray:

Thank you for your prompt informative reply. We agree with the Preferred
Alternative
that allows for a five foot sidewalk on both sides of Santa Cruz Ave and a
buffered bicycle lane on both sides. We also agree that some heritage trees
can be considered
removable to preserve continuity of the bike lane buffer. The Preferred
Alternative avoids much
 invasive scraping that can be damaging in many ways and relatively costly.

I know that Ingrid and I will need to have some detailed sidewalk
design discussions regarding
the Hillview School end of our property that borders Santa Cruz Ave. It is
a busy area with an important street drain and we now have opportunity to
improve it to make it safe for
cyclists and pedestrians. As part of the solution, our preference is to
remove the AT & T service box that is very poorly located.

Best Regards,
Paul

On Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 12:55 PM, Paul Bolton <boltonpr_at_(domainremoved)

> Dear Council Members, Commission Members and Menlo Park Neighbours:
>
> We live at 1105 Hillview Drive in Menlo Park. I email my comments today
> because I am currently in Munich, Germany. My wife, Ingrid has forwarded to
> me some recent March emails relevant to the sidewalk issue along Santa Cruz
> Ave and to tomorrow's March 10 meeting.
>
> I have read the summary report document # 6645. We support the
> elimination of all parking and provision for sidewalks on both sides of
> Santa Cruz Ave that are presented in the Preferred Alternative shown in
> attachment F of your report (this new alternative also appears to be closer
> to Alternative 7 than 3). Being at the corner of Hillview Drive and Santa
> Cruz Ave, parking has been a serious problem for us over the years (we have
> lived there since 1987). In the course of responding to previous surveys on
> sidewalk alternatives I have had detailed discussions with Jesse Quirion
> (by telephone) and Richard Angulo (in person at my home) about these
> parking problems.
>
> On parking I make two more brief comments here. It is very important to
> enforce a no parking law. Residing where we do, my wife and I have seen
> desperate motorists park their cars in odd places; including our driveway.
> I also wish to draw attention to keeping the intersections clear (for high
> visibility and safety) along Santa Cruz Ave. With no parking allowed along
> Santa Cruz Ave motorists will be parking on side streets such as Hillview
> Drive and Olive. Can we please prevent them from parking right up to the
> edge of Santa Cruz Ave ? I think we need an open (no parking) area that is
> perhaps two car lengths from where the side streets meet Santa Cruz Ave in
> order to have safe, obstruction-free intersections. This policy would also
> facilitate turns onto and off of Santa Cruz Ave.
>
> I agree also with the comments recently emailed to some of you from our
> neighbor, Grace Cheng at 1100 Hillview Drive. This concerns potential
> disruption/damage of the sewer system lines that can be associated with
> sidewalk construction. In that part of Menlo Park, we had city clean-outs
> installed at our own expense years ago. Following inspection these
> clean-outs were also approved and accepted for use by the Sanitary
> District. First, we need to be sure that, as residents, we are not held
> liable for any damage to these lines (and clean-outs) that is due to any
> city construction. Second, the city should have a explicit plan to maintain
> the city sewer lines in this awkward part of the system. When I had our
> clean-out installed years ago, I was told that, with the
> acceptance/approval of the sanitary district, we were/are responsible for
> house sewer issues up to the city clean-out and not beyond it. Third, the
> city should take advantage of any opportunity to upgrade sewer lines along
> Santa Cruz Ave.
>
> We will need some discussion in the future regarding
> sidewalk design considerations for the part of our property that borders
> Santa Cruz Ave and is adjacent to the Hillview School. In that location
> there is a street drain and an AT&T service box. In that area, we do not
> wish for any further encroachment (beyond the approximate two feet which is
> specified in the Preferred Alternative) into the city's ROW . Perhaps this
> section along our property would be treated in a manner similar to what the
> Preferred Alternative has already suggested for protecting heritage trees
> (and addressing other obstacles, etc...) by sacrificing the two-foot
> painted buffer section along the bicycle path. This might also be a good
> opportunity to have that AT & T service box relocated to a place that would
> facilitate safer servicing. I have raised this issue before. We were not
> consulted by anyone when that box was installed years ago. There are
> frequent service vehicles parked there during the day. These vehicles are
> an obstacle to cyclists and pedestrians (notably school kids walking to and
> from school) and they can block the open view that we need at that
> intersection.
>
> I much appreciate your consideration of my comments. I hope they are
> helpful. We support your Preferred Alternative. The above highlights some
> associated issues that we think are very important as we proceed to make
> Menlo Park more functional, more beautiful and safer for everyone.
>
> Best Regards,
> Ingrid and Paul Bolton,
> 1105 Hillview Drive
>
>
>
>
Received on Wed Mar 11 2015 - 01:46:28 PDT

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