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What is the Public Works Committee?

The Public works Committee is a place where the neighborhood can bring and discuss issues that affect public property in the neighborhood (as opposed to Zoning issues that predominately affect private property).


Public Works Committee Items:

The current focus is on two general areas:

1. Finding out which City departments and/or specific people can inform BRUN as to how the City goes about planning for growth in terms of traffic, pedestrians, and (non-commercial) parking. 

2. Finishing up the survey of where we have standing water that seems to have been a result of paving and new pedestrian ramps


NOTE:  The items below represent issues that have been brought to BRUN's attention from neighborhood residents.  As an organization of volunteers, there are limits as to the time folks can devote to the issues.  We have tried to put the items below in a loose priority (based on our understanding of the neighborhoods concerns).  But that does not mean items will be addressed strictly in that order.  BRUN will also pursue items, perhaps, as timely access to City officials presents itself, or as committee members have time available for a certain issue.


If you have some time or have a particular interest in a topic below, please join us!  Contact us at info@berkeleyregisneighbors.org.


   Public Works Item and Description  Current Action / Overall Plans and Approaches
1  

Pedestrian Safety / Crosswalks

 

Description:

Concerns have been raised  by BRUN residents as to the safety of pedestrians and general neighborhood and park accessibility (safe crossings of streets) such as 44th, Tennyson, Lowell, and 46th.

 

Current Actions: First need to run by BRUN Board in Jan Mtg - possibility of working toward a larger Spring meeting with City officials invited to ask specifically how they go about planning for the growth in density that is happening in terms of traffic, parking, pedestrian safety.


Possibly use February General Meeting to put up poster boards asking about issues such as crosswalk needs to get neighborhood feedback
2  

Pedestrian Ramps – Storm Drainage – General Standing Water Issues

 

Description:

After the City built the new pedestrian ramps and paved the streets, some intersections in BRUN have pedestrian ramps that do not drain and are standing water in warm weather and large frozen areas in cold weather.  Additionally, the re-paving created some new areas where water never reaches the drains

 Current Actions: Finish up the survey of all known standing water trouble spots.  Mainly on newly installed pedestrian ramps and any trouble areas that may have been created in the re-paving.

Use Next Door and other electronic media to find water trouble spots as well as possibly putting up poster boards at BRUN Annual meeting to allow folks to comment and/or point out trouble spots as well.
 3  

Parking (Non-Commercial)

 

Description:

Concerns have been raised by BRUN residents as to the growing density of housing in BRUN and how that will effect neighborhood parking.  These concerns also include concerns of the influx of construction workers and how that effects parking and quality of life.  Issues of business parking will be handled via the BRUN Commercial District Committee

 

Current Actions: First need to run by BRUN Board in Jan Mtg - possibility of working toward a larger Spring meeting with City officials invited to ask specifically how they go about planning for the growth in density that is happening in terms of traffic, parking, pedestrian safety.

 4  

Traffic Speeds/Traffic Control

Description:

Residents have wondered if the City is actively thinking about the increase in traffic in the neighborhood.

- 44th & Tennyson traffic building up and pedestrian safety

- 41st and Sheridan - light timing, sensor working?  Traffic build up.
 

Current Actions: Overlap with approach to working with City of Denver on pedestrian safety and crosswalks items above.  Would perhaps be part of same study request.  

 


 5  

Sidewalk Conditions

 

Description:

Neighborhood residents have noticed poor conditions of sidewalks (both from chipping/weathering and heaving from tree roots.  City policy is to get improvements by requiring any significant homeowner builds/alterations to include new sidewalks.  Residents wondered if there is some other mechanism/solution we could pursue

 

Current Actions: None Currently

 6  

Bicycle Safety

 

Description:

Concerns have been raised around bicycle safety on our streets as they get busier and busier.

 

Current Actions: None Currently

 7  

New Construction Gas/Water Line Excavation and Street Patching

 

Description:

The understanding was the after the City paves streets that a better quality of patching is mandated after tearing through the new pavement.  With the amount of new construction and gas and water lines being dug into our streets and the patching being not so great, the quality of the streets will be back to their old condition quite soon.

 

Current Actions: None Currently

 

Overall Approach/Plans:

Look into the codes/rules around patching of newly paved streets.

 8  

Basement Sumps Pumping onto Public property and into storm drains

 

Description:

Many new houses are digging basements that are much deeper than previous foundations.  BRUN has a high water table and digging this deep ensures regular pumping of ground water into alleys and other public facilities.  Has the city planned for this increase in drainage and

 

Current Actions: None Currently

 

Overall Approach/Plans:

Look into the codes/rules around the pumping of ground water onto/into public facilities

 9  

New construction density and roof storm drainage

 

Description:

The new building density reduces the amount of land on private property that can soak up water and will have some effect on public facilities.  Residents have wondered if the City has plans/studies concerning this

 

Current Actions: None Currently

 10
Construction Safety/Staging Duplex Construction on Streets and Over Sidewalks


Description:

With duplex units being built on small sites, there is often no room to stage the construction on the site itself.  Often the street and sidewalk are used with dangerous materials being handled through the air without safety precautions (closing sidewalk, using flag people and cones).  There is no current process for handling this as the catch-and-ticket paradigm does not work and the construction crews know this.
 

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