The VTrans Class I paving project calls for removal of the black cantilevered poles with the flashing yellow lights.
Excerpt from March 25, 2020 Selectboard Meeting Minutes:
Seeley then moved to authorize DPW Planning Director Dan Werner to convey the following requests to VTrans on behalf of the Selectboard regarding desired pedestrian safety improvements on Court Street:
Remove the mast-arms at the Mary Hogan North entrance;
Remove the crosswalk at the Mary Hogan North entrance;
Include in the contract bid an Add Alternate for Rapid Flashing Beacons if the Town chose to consider
this prior to start of construction;
Install a “no right turn on red” sign at the Court St./Cross St. intersection for southbound Court Street
Adjust the traffic signal at Court St. and Cross St. to stop all traffic during the pedestrian phase.
Artim seconded the motion. The motion carried with 7 in favor. MOTION PASSED.
Amended: An Ordinance to Regulate Commercial Activity on Public Property
1. Amended to anticipate the potential for transportation devices such as commercial scooters and private ride- shares using public property eventually coming to town and enables town authority to regulate these if necessary.
Amended: An Ordinance for the Safe Operation of Bicycles and Other Rideable Devices
Some minor amendments primarily for clarity. Definitions of bicycles, other rideable devices, and personal mobility aids clarified and made more generic to better deal with the variety of new wheeled devices out there. There was some reformatting done of the ordinance as well and some language clarification.
Printers Alley was added back into the amended ordinance. Another section classifying Main Street between Seymour Street and South Street a shared roadway to be marked as such.
The ordinance was simplified with respect to the amount and variety of devices being used on the road and sidewalks downtown:
Redefined Bicycle for the purposes of the ordinance:
Rideable, mountable device
2 or more wheels
Motive power – human muscle
Drive mechanism – pedals or mechanical linkage manipulated to propel the device
Includes motor-assisted bicycles as defined by Title 23, VSA 4 (45) (B).
Redefined Other Rideable Device
Motive power – equipped for human muscle power with or without a motor
Excludes bicycles, neighborhood electric vehicles (golf carts, etc), rideable personal mobility aids, motor-
driven cycles, and other devices classified as motor vehicles per Title 23 VSA 4 (21).
Some examples – roller skiis, roller blades, roller skates, unicycles, hoverboards, self-balancing transport
devices, skateboards, kick scooters, electric scooters.
Defined Rideable Personal Mobility Aid:
Devices used as a person conveyance for those with ambulatory disabilities.
Rideable personal mobility aids are considered pedestrians and follow pedestrian laws.
Bicycles and other rideable devices must follow motor vehicle laws.
Dismounted bicycles or other rideable devices are considered pedestrian and follow pedestrian laws.
A conflict in the ordinance was removed that in one section allowed bikes to operate on certain sidewalks and another which prohibited it. The enabling clause was removed.
The age on which a child could ride was raised from 7 to 10, the responsible person was changed from a parent to a caretaker, which includes childcare person, relative, etc.
Amended: An Ordinance for the Regulation of Speed
Adopts by ordinance the recently amended state speed limits on Routes 116 (Case St) and Rt. 125E (East Main St) in East Middlebury consistent with T.23 VSA 1007(f).
Amends Section IV – Thirty-Five Mile Speed Limit and Section V – Forty Mile Speed Limit to reflect the revised speed limits.
Amended: An Ordinance for the Regulation of Traffic Lights and Signs
Establishes by ordinance changes to Merchants Row: One-way street eastbound; eliminate the stop sign west bound on Merchants at Main St; eliminate the Yield signs for west bound traffic on Merchants Row off of South Pleasant St; eliminate the Yield sign eastbound on Merchants at Court Square and replace with a stop sign. These changes are consistent with the reconfiguration and re-posting of traffic control devices on Merchants Row.
Amends Article IV – Section 1 – Designation of Stop Signs at Intersections and Article V – Section 1 – Designation of Yield Right-of-Way Signs at Intersections