MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE
<br />EDINA CITY COUNCIL HELD AT CITY HALL ON MONDAY,
<br />JULY 15, 1974
<br />Answering roll call were Council members Courtney, Johnson, Schmidt, Shaw
<br />and Mayor Van Valkenburg.
<br />MINUTES of June 17 and July 1, 1974 were approved as presented by motion of
<br />Councilwoman Schmidt, seconded by Councilman Shaw and carried.
<br />WESTERN EDINA TRAFFIC CIRCULATION ISSUE AREA 2 -- APPROPRIATE SIGNAGE BY
<br />CITY TRAFFIC ENGINEERS.
<br />by Parkwood Knolls' residents for a STOP sign for eastbound Stauder Circle
<br />traffic at 90' bend and a three-way STOP at Continental Drive and Stauder
<br />Mr. Fran Hoffman, City staff, presented the request I
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<br />Circle, also the proposal by Mr. Cherne and Mr. Pearson, View Lane, for new
<br />barricades located (1) View Lane as originally barricaded; (2) Schaefer Road,
<br />mid-block between South Knoll Drive and Stauder Circle; and (3) Stauder Circle,
<br />immediately east of the Stauder Circle and Londonderry Road intersection.
<br />Mr. Hoffman gave the accident picture and a summary of the discussions as
<br />outlined in the Minutes of the Traffic Safety Committee Meeting of July 10.
<br />In answer to a Parkwood Knolls' resident inquiry if the barricades had been
<br />evaluated on the basis of temporary or permanent reimplementation or both,
<br />he replied that both had been considered. Mr. Erickson, City Attorney, sum-
<br />merized his written legal opinion stating that "permanent blockades would be
<br />tantamount to a vacation of the street which can only be done pursuant to
<br />statutory procedures for hearing and finding that the streets no longer are
<br />necessary to advance public interest".
<br />barricades are within the police power of the City if they are in the interest
<br />of public health, safety and welfare, but that permanent barricades are not
<br />within the police' powers. Mr. Dick Wolsfeld remarked that closing streets
<br />as proposed will do a better job of reducing volume on View and Schaefer than
<br />the previous plan. Mr. Bill Chandler, 5713 Camelback Drive (President, Park-
<br />wood Knolls Traffic Association) said the vast majority of people, 100-200
<br />families, in Parkwood Knolls object to the barricades, either temporary or
<br />permanent; and the people who support the barricades, approximately nine
<br />families, live very near View and Schaefer. Mr. David Taft, 5606 Schaefer
<br />Road, remarked that the petition signed earlier is not relevant as a statistic;
<br />the proposed barricades give people access to the park, as well as emergency
<br />vehicles, etc. He continued to say that traffic is excessive in this area
<br />and unless barricades, STOP signs or some type of slow-down is effective,
<br />there will be real problems. In answer to Councilman Johnson's questions,
<br />Mr. Chandler stated that his Association did consider the matter and the vast
<br />majority of the people in their Association do oppose the new version as well
<br />as the old version. He also replied that there is no unanimity of the members
<br />on View as to pro or con barricades; and the people in the Camelback, DeVille,
<br />Continental area feel the barricades are a major restriction to emergency
<br />vehicle access.
<br />by the City if barricades slow response time of emergency vehicles. Mr. Erick-
<br />son replied "no" , as there is still access to the area. Ms. Sara Taft, 5606
<br />Schaefer Road, member of the Parkwood Knolls Ass'n, remarked that she feels
<br />misrepresented as they are not against barricades and were not consulted.
<br />also stated that instead of striving for an equitable solution for the whole
<br />area, everyone is trying to protect his own interests. Mr. Chandler restated
<br />that the majority reject barricades as it causes major problems.
<br />McClelland, 5717 Continental Drive, (Vice-president of the Parkwood Knolls
<br />Traffic Association) commented that five houses on the lower part of View are
<br />against or question barricades; 1/4 to 1/3 of the total membership is on View
<br />and Schaefer.
<br />to the park, emergency vehicles, school bus routes, etc., and the Parkwood
<br />Knolls Traffic Ass'n group agrees with them.
<br />they may request barricades again.
<br />to receive the brunt of 400 cars per day, and traffic did not disperse as ex-
<br />pected. In answer to Councilwoman Schmidt's question about speed limits, Mr.
<br />Erickson replied there is a specific State Statute of 30 miles per hour for
<br />residential streets. Mr. Cherne remarked that there is a big difference of
<br />opinion, and the whole issue should be reviewed and petition the people who
<br />are affected.
<br />tion, such as turning restrictions at Blake Road-Excelsior and County Road 18
<br />in Hopkins. Mr. Dunn stated he was not sure such signing would work, and
<br />that one-way streets have not been thoroughly investigated. Mr. Taft remarked
<br />that the topography makes 30 miles per hour too fast, and he is concerned about
<br />the children and feels STOP signs will remind people to drive the speed limit.
<br />He further stated that temporary
<br />Councilman Johnson asked Mr. Erickson if there is any liability
<br />Ms. Helen
<br />She stated that the northern group's primary concern was getting
<br />I If Alternate 3 is held up, however;
<br />The previous barricades caused South Knoll
<br />Councilwoman Schmidt asked about peak traffic periods regula-