Streetscape Steering Committee
Minutes of Regular Meeting
Wednesday, August 20, 2008, 6:30 pm
East Hampton Town Hall Meeting Room
Agenda Item #1: Call to Order
Streetscape Steering Committee Chairperson Elizabeth Harris called the meeting to order at 6:35 pm. Other committee members present were Kevin Burnham and Ralph Stoeckle.
Agenda Item #2: Approval of minutes of July 16, 2008 Regular Meeting
Motion to approve the minutes of the July 16, 2008 Regular Meeting was made by Kevin Burnham and seconded by Ralph Stoeckle. Motion was approved unanimously.
Agenda Item #3: Communications and Announcements
Kevin Burnham reported on Design Review Board topics. In formulating guidelines, the DRB has considered setting physical boundaries for the implementation of streetscape design vocabulary; this topic can be addressed further at the next DRB meeting. The Main Street bridge replacement project has seen significant cost elevation above estimates; although the design has been scaled back, some of the changes are in conflict with DRB recommendations. Although DRB recommended the full SSC-style sidewalk, the current design has eliminated the colored band; 15-foot travel lanes leave sufficient room for the full design. Potential cost under-run in the streetscaping project could provide some extra funds to complete the bridge sidewalk as originally planned. Plans for natural stone on the new bridge have also been
replaced by stamped, stained concrete. Committee members plan to attend the next DRB meeting, planned for September 10, 2008.
The SSC considered formulating a master plan for pedestrian and bicycle access. Such a plan has implications for economic development potential and quality of life benefits for the community.
Liz Harris reported on communities in the Kansas City, MO area which are eliminating asphalt in order to expose old brick streets. The question of durability in heavy traffic was raised, along with concern that loose bricks have the potential to act as missiles.
Agenda Item #4: Streetscape plans
The DOT has begun work on the Main Street/East High Street intersection with tree trimming and removal. Bob Drewry, Interim Town Manager, is anticipating arrival of a signed contract from Morais Construction for the streetscaping project. The committee decided to defer installation of the single pedestrian lamp in favor of investigating the possibility of LED pedestrian lights. LEDs are more efficient with very bright, clean illumination. This topic can be discussed with the DRB at their next meeting.
Agenda Item #5: Consideration of signage plan and Town features/destinations
Sue Weintraub reported on signage materials and options obtainable through W. S. Sign Design Corporation, the company responsible for Hartford’s wayfinding signage program. The company has extra materials which could be utilized for a Town signage program at much reduced cost, roughly $2300 per unit. The double-sided units could feature a flag design with a Town logo, along with a group of several smaller wayfinding signs, all mounted on a color-coordinated pole; the individual signs would be interchangeable and replaceable.
Agenda Item #6: Middle Haddam Road
The committee is anticipating a response by the DOT to Tighe and Bond’s initial recommendations.
Agenda Item #7: Next Steps
Committee members will plan to attend the next DRB meeting on September 10, 2008, 7:00 pm, Town Hall Meeting Room.
Agenda Item #8: Public Comments
Agenda Item #9: Adjournment
The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 pm. The next SSC meeting is anticipated for September 17, 2008, 6:30 pm in the Town Hall Meeting Room.
Respectfully submitted by Elizabeth Harris.