PURPOSE:

The Traffic Advisory Committee (TAC) meets when necessary to evaluate citizen requests as they relate to traffic concerns and possible changes in signage or traffic regulations.

ABOUT THE COMMITTEE:

Requests are only accepted in written form (letter or email) and addressed to the Mayor and City Council. The City Council then decides if the request is only for information or requires evaluation and referral to the TAC. If review is necessary Council will, by motion, receive and file the item and refer it to TAC.

The TAC evaluates the requests based on several criteria including the following:

  • Traffic counts, speed, vehicle type, and overall volumes provided by staff and traffic data collectors
  • Vehicle and pedestrian accident rates provided by the Police Department
  • Site visibility and stopping distances based on engineering standards
  • Emergency vehicle, snow removal, and garbage pickup accessibility
  • General public use versus individual owner needs
  • Input by the requester and the public

TAC then uses the criteria to discuss, evaluate, and provide a recommendation to City Council at a regular Council Meeting. The requester is notified of the date that the report recommendation will be presented and provided a time to address City Council regarding the request. Once Council has acted on the request notice is sent to the requester and appropriate action is taken by staff.

PROCEDURE:

  1. Provide a petition with your detailed request that meets the conditions of the Correspondence Policy (Number 5),  [It is recommend to have more  than the minimum amount of signatures]
  2. If you would like to send your request and petition addressed to the Mayor and City Council by email please send the email to Council@cityofmarion.org otherwise mail your request or drop it off at City Hall, 1225 6th Avenue, Marion, IA 52302.
  3. The Petition is then received and filed by City Council and referred to TAC.  If City Council feels no action is required the process stops.
  4. TAC performs a traffic study generating a report with recommendations
  5. Staff notifies the petitioners and effected property owners [IE: for a no parking request staff will notify citizens that live on that street] of the TAC recommendation and when it will be presented to City Council
  6. Staff reports the findings back to City Council [There is a public comment period for the public]
  7. City Council then directs staff of action or non action [City Council does not always concur with TAC recommendations]
  8. When directed by Council staff takes recommended action. Depending on the changes funding may need to be allocated in future years.

STAFF CONTACT:

Mike Barkalow
City Engineer
Ph. 319-743-6340
Email Mike

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

MEMBER
 TITLE
 Mike Barkalow  City Engineer
 Lon Pluckhahn  City Manager
 Mike Kitsmiller  Police Chief
 Mark Kjormoe  Corporal
 Deb Krebill
 Fire Chief
 Tom Treharne  Planning Director
 Ryan Miller  Public Services Director
 Jason Schamberger  Operations Sergeant
 Mike Cimprich  City Arborist