UPCOMING PUBLIC MEETINGS TO DISCUSS TRAFFIC CALMING MEASURES – SEPTEMBER 14 & 20
Speeding on District roads has been a major concern of many residents and the Board of Directors for many years. Your voice can now be heard on this important issue. Two public workshops are scheduled for September 14 and September 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Fire Station, 1050 Wilson Boulevard, to provide the public an opportunity to discuss their concerns.
Conversations between the District and the Fire Department have been ongoing for many years. To date the Fire Department has stood by its policy that no vertical surfaces be allowed to slow traffic. The Fire Department has finally agreed to hire a traffic study firm to study the issue. One solution is a recommendation for speed calming measures in local neighborhoods to address the speed problem and potentially revise the department’s policy against vertical speed control measures.
The District has taken steps to attempt to reduce speed within the Stonebriar development while complying with the El Dorado County Fire Department’s standards. Double yellow lines were added down the middle of Stonebriar Drive and white fog lines added along the right side of the road to reduce lane width as suggested to reduce speed. This proved ineffective to solve the problem. After many complaints about the safety of pedestrians, the District purchased two radar speed signs which is an alternative believed to aid in speed control. This system captures specific data for current traffic speeds which information was presented to the Fire Department to demonstrate the excessive speeds on the District roads and in an attempt to convince the Fire Department to alter its stance regarding no vertical speed measures. In addition, the District presented the Fire Department with specific vertical speed measures used by many other County/City Fire Agencies that are acceptable and which have proven results, specifically speed cushions. Speed cushions are different than speed bumps in that they are specifically designed for the posted speed limit and as long as the vehicle is abiding by that speed limit, there is little effect on the vehicle. The benefit for the Fire Department’s emergency vehicles is that speed cushions are designed for the emergency vehicle axles to straddle the cushion, therefore, not affecting the equipment or response times. The District was discouraged that the Fire Department still pushed back against the use of speed cushions.
Trafficworks was awarded the contract to conduct a survey into these issues and will be holding two public workshops on September 14 and September 20 at 1050 Wilson Boulevard (El Dorado Hills Fire Station) at 6:30pm. These Workshops are being held to provide the public with the opportunity to discuss their concerns and provide input to Trafficworks prior to it providing recommendations to the Fire Department Board of Directors. It is imperative that we have as many voices as possible to share feedback regarding speeding issues and resident safety, so please plan on attending one of the planned meetings.
2nd ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF & MOVIE NIGHT – SEPTEMBER 24
Please join the District for a fun filled event. We will start off with a resident chili cook-off. The District will be providing hot dogs, chips, and the final version of the RHCSD Master Plan for review and comment.
Following the presentation of best chili award, a family friendly movie will be shown in the park at the baseball field and popcorn will be served. Event Details:
- Saturday, September 24, 2016
- Bring Chili Entries at 5:30 pm
- BBQ Starts at 6:00 pm
- Judging Begins at 6:15 pm
- Master Plan Presentation
- Award Presented at 7:00 pm
- Movie to follow at dusk