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Original Proposed letter to Traffic Dept.
email 1Brownlee, Kevin
email 2 Tom Hemken
email 3 John Downes
email 4 John Simanton
Proposed 2nd Draft
Final Draft

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Spickard [mailto:steves@iea.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 05, 2002 1:47 PM
To: Sue Marion; Strom, Dale; Dale Strom; John Downes; Steve Spickard;
Tom Hemken; Laura Mincks; Mike Adolfae; Brownlee, Kevin; John Simanton
Subject: Proposed letter to Traffic Department
 

To Whom it may concern:

Our committee has determined we would like to make certain
repairs to provide a more safe environment for our
neighborhood. Please follow this link to review the proposed
letter and see the pictures of areas we wish to improve.

http://cannonsaddition.tripod.com/trafficlet.html

You are receiving this note as you are involved in The
Historic Cannon's Addition CD Neighborhood. To be removed
please email me.

We will accept suggestions until Sept. 15th and will submit
the letter as per your suggestions.

Thank you,

Steve

Historic Cannon's Addition Steering Committee
A Community Development Neighborhood
S.  918 Cedar
Spokane, WA 99204

Bob Brueggeman
City of Spokane
Traffic Dept.
W.1116  Broadway PWK-2
Spokane, WA 99260

Dear Bob Brueggeman,

 The South Hill of Spokane has a public safety issue with the Maple/Walnut corridor, especially in the area of 9th 10th and 11th Ave.  Because of excessive speed and a blind corner pedestrians crossing these streets or in cars take there life in there hands when they cross the street.  The corner of 10th and Maple is especially dangerous.  There are school children in the area.

The problem will be exacerbated with the closing of the Monroe Street Bridge.

Enclosed are pictures of the cross walks in question.  The cross walks need repainting, florescent cross walk signs should installed ( the light post that has the no parking sign on it would be visible from 8th Ave. would be a wise position) and the fence removed from the corner of Maple and 10th so as to provide visual access to oncoming southbound traffic. We will contact the owner/s to see if we can remove part if not all of the fence.

Please note the last picture with the no parking sign. This is where we feel a florescent sign would be appropriate.
 

If  funding is an issue,  our committee  will submit a proposal to the neighborhood council to secure an amount equal to your costs.

Please respond to us a.s.a.p. about what will be done.  A florescent crosswalk sign, and the repainting of the crosswalks are our initial requests.

After reviewing, these issues you may want to install a flashing warning light.

Sincerely,
 

Sue Marion
Secretary of Cannon's Addition Steering Committee

Subject:
        RE: Proposed letter to Traffic Department
   Date:
        Thu, 5 Sep 2002 14:11:53 -0700
   From:
        "Brownlee, Kevin" <KBrownlee@SpokaneCity.org>
     To:
        'Steve Spickard' <steves@iea.com>, "'LaurM@aol.com'" <LaurM@aol.com>

Steve,
To clarify a couple of things from the CD perspective, HUD funds can't be
used to supplement a municipal government's budget, i.e. pay for ongoing
maintenance of what would otherwise be supported by the city.  Painting
crosswalks falls into this category, in HUD's opinion.  Repairing or
replacing a crosswalk sign would also fall into this category.  However,
installing a new sign or signs should be possible.  The difference, in HUD's
opinion, is that these new signs provide a level of service beyond what
would be possible through the City's budget.

As always, this info might clarify or cloud your question.  Feel free to
call (625-6816) or email with further questions.
Kevin

Subject:
            Re: Proposed letter to Traffic Department Steve, Mention possibly in the letter about the necessity of maintaining pedestrian
            corridors.
       Date:
            Sat, 07 Sep 2002 09:33:46 -0700
      From:
            tom hemken <htom@qwest.net>
        To:
            Steve Spickard <steves@iea.com>

Re: Proposed letter to Traffic Department
   Date:
        Thu, 5 Sep 2002 19:39:58 EDT
   From:
        JOHNDOWNES@aol.com
     To:
        steves@iea.com

(Suggested changes in letter from John Downes
Proposed letter to Traffic Dept.
Historic Cannon's Addition Steering Committee
A Community Development Neighborhood
S. 918 Cedar
Spokane, WA 99204

Bob Brueggeman
City of Spokane
Traffic Dept.
W.1116  Broadway PWK-2
Spokane, WA 99260

Dear Mr. Brueggeman;

    The lower South Hill of Spokane has a public safety issue with the Maple/Walnut corridor, especially in the area of 9th 10th and 11th Avenues.

    For the past 90 days our Steering Committee has had a sub-comittee compiling information and recommendations for this letter, and it was
unanimously approved at our meeting held on September 3, 2002.

    Because of excessive speeding, a blind corner, and increased traffic that is expected to become even worse due to the imminent closure of the Monroe
Street bridge (as motorists seek new routes up the South Hill), we believe great peril confronts pedestrians, school children,  and vehicles attempting
to cross any of the above-mentioned streets, and in fact, take their lives in their hands when they do.

    The intersection at 10th and Maple is particularly dangerous.  Your own and the Police Department's records will show it to be one of the worst
collision intersections in the city.

    This letter not only calls attention to a neglected, high traffic arterial, but offers several low-cost suggestions from area residents that we
would like to believe will get your immediate attention and cause your immediate action.

    Enclosed are pictures of the cross walks in question.
 
 

    (Insert photos)

    LOCAL RESIDENTS RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDE:

    *   The cross walks need repainting;
    *    High visibility florescent cross walk signs should be installed;
    *    The light post with the No Parking sign that is visible from 8th Avenue would be a good position for a flourescent traffic sign. (See the fourth picture)
    *   A flashing caution light at 10th and Maple.
    *   The private fence should be removed from the corner of Maple and 10th so as to provide visual access to oncoming southbound traffic. (We realize that private fences are beyond your jurisdiction, so we ourselves plan to contact the property owner about this specific item).

    Please respond to us as soon as possible about what action will be taken.  We are very concerned about this and are hopeful that work can be
completed before the Monroe Street bridge is closed.

Sincerely,

Steve Spickard, Chairman
Mailing address so that you can get (and expect to receive) a written
response.
Historic Cannon's Addition Community Development Steering Committee

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(Additional notes from John Downes:
1. Letter must be signed by the Chairman, not the secretary
2. Each picture should be oriented -- i.e. Eastbound  -- Looking South Looking Eastbound across Maple Street from the West side of 10th -- etc.
3. Crosswalks could be painted on 6th, 7th, 8th on Maple and Walnut Streets; and 12th, 13th, and 14th on Cedar Street as well.
4. Speed Limit strictly enforced sign at 5th and Maple (Southbound) and 15th and Cedar (Northbound).
5. Consider sending letter to City Councilman Dennis Hession and other political leaders including the mayor.  The Traffic Department has little clout in decision-making.

    Sorry that Susan and I missed the September meeting.  We were returning from a 9 day vacation from the Coast and arrived home Tuesday evening.

                                /s/ John Downes


Subject:
        Re: Proposed letter to Traffic Department
   Date:
        Tue, 10 Sep 2002 19:24:25 EDT
   From:
        Simanton@aol.com
     To:
        steves@iea.com

Attached is my proposal for the letter.

Thanks!

John Simanton

  Letter to City Traffic Dept.Proposed letter to Traffic Dept.
  Historic Cannon's Addition Steering Committee
  A Community Development Neighborhood
  S.  918 Cedar
  Spokane, WA 99204

  John P. Simanton
  1909 W. 9th Avenue
  Spokane, WA 99204

  509 939-5178
  simanton@aol.com

  September 15, 2002

  Mr. Bob Brueggeman
  City of Spokane
  Traffic Dept.
  W.1116  Broadway PWK-2
  Spokane, WA 99260

  Dear Mr. Brueggeman,

  My name is John Simanton, I am a member of the Historic Cannon's Addition
  Steering Committee, and I have volunteered to act as liaison/point of contact
  for the Committee to work with the City of Spokane Traffic Department so that
  we can work with the City most effectively in support of our mutual goal of
  traffic and pedestrian safety.  My address, telephone and email information
  are posted above, and I will be happy to discuss these matters with you or
  with any designated representative of the Traffic Department at any mutually
  convenient time.

  The Steering Committee is especially concerned over the Maple/Walnut
  corridor, especially in the area of 9th 10th and 11th Ave.  The convergence
  from Maple to Walnut in this vicinity appears to create a blind corner
  especially hazardous not only for vehicles crossing on 9th, 10th and 11th
  avenues but particularly for pedestrians.  The corner of 10th and Maple seems
  especially dangerous.  With the start of the school year, we are concerned for
  the safety of the children of the area, especially as the problem will be
  exacerbated with the closing of the Monroe Street Bridge.

  We note that several crosswalks in the vicinity appear to need repainting
  (photographs attached).  Additionally, we have observed the City's initiative
  in posting high-visibility crosswalk signs in many locations and would
  appreciate any information you can furnish us regarding the criteria for
  posting such signs, as we believe that there are suitable locations along the
  Maple/Walnut corridor.  For example, one of the attached photos shows a light
  post with a no parking sign on it which would be a suitable location for a
  crosswalk sign that would be visible from 8th Ave. Additonally, it appears that
  a fence on the corner of Maple and 10th impedes visual access to oncoming
  southbound traffic. We will be happy to contact the owner/s to see if part or
  all of the fence could be removed.

  If  funding is an issue,  our committee  will submit a proposal to the
  neighborhood council to secure an amount equal to your costs.  I will be happy
  to work with you on this aspect as well.  We are eager to assist you in
  promoting traffic and pedestrian safety in Cannon's Addition.

  Sincerely,

  John P. Simanton
 
 


Revised Letter as per your suggestions:

Historic Cannon's Addition Steering Committee
A Community Development Neighborhood
S.  918 Cedar
Spokane, WA 99204

Bob Brueggeman
City of Spokane
Traffic Dept.
W.1116  Broadway PWK-2
Spokane, WA 99260

Dear Mr. Brueggeman;

    The lower South Hill of Spokane has a public safety issue with the Maple/Walnut corridor, especially in the area of 9th 10th and 11th Avenues.

    For the past 90 days our Steering Committee has had a sub-comittee compiling information and recommendations for this letter, and it was
unanimously approved at our meeting held on September 3, 2002.

    Because of excessive speeding, a blind corner, and increased traffic that is expected to become even worse due to the imminent closure of the Monroe Street bridge (as motorists seek new routes up the South Hill), we believe great peril confronts pedestrians, school children, and vehicles attempting to cross any of the above-mentioned streets, and in fact, take their lives in their hands when they do.

    The intersection at 10th and Maple is particularly dangerous. Your own and the Police Department's records will show it to be one of the worst collision intersections in the city.

    This letter not only calls attention to a neglected, high traffic arterial, but offers several low-cost suggestions from area residents that we
would like to believe will get your immediate attention and cause your immediate action.

    Enclosed are pictures of the cross walks in question.
 
 

    LOCAL RESIDENTS RECOMMENDATIONS INCLUDE:

    *   The cross walks need repainting;
    *    High visibility florescent cross walk signs should be installed;
    *    The light post with the No Parking sign that is visible from 8th Avenue would be a good position for a flourescent traffic sign. (See the
fourth picture)
    *   A flashing caution light at 10th and Maple.
    *   The private fence should be removed from the corner of Maple and 10th so as to provide visual access to oncoming southbound traffic. (We realize that private fences are beyond your jurisdiction, so we ourselves plan to contact the property owner about this specific item).

    Please respond to us as soon as possible about what action will betaken.  We are very concerned about this and are hopeful that work can be completed before the Monroe Street bridge is closed.

Sincerely,

Steve Spickard, Chairman

Historic Cannon's Addition Community Development Steering Committee
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 

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