Sixth Avenue residents met with local businesses in early October to try to iron out traffic concerns in their neighborhood, with Mayor Jay Barber attending.
The issues were mainly about speeding on Sixth Avenue and commercial trucks blocking traffic on the narrow street off U.S. Highway 101.
A speed study, signage and an agreement by Seaside Vacation Homes to establish a loading zone on the south side of Sixth Avenue became the first steps to resolution, Barber said at the Monday, Oct. 28, City Council meeting.
Public works director Dale McDowell presented a traffic study, indicating in a two-week period, there were four instances of speeding in the Sixth Avenue study zone.
Mark Tolan of Seaside Vacation Homes, and Dave Koller, general manager of Cleanline Surf, confirmed a plan to share the loading zone area at the side of the vacation rental building to prevent road blockages.
The issue arose more than a year ago when Sixth Avenue residents approached council with complaints about speeding cars and businesses that they said failed to comply with the residential commercial zone.
In September, the residents returned to City Council again seeking to address the issue.
Holding a petition with the names of 17 residents, resident Dennis Brodigan said that local businesses, including Seaside Vacation Homes and Cleanline Surf, do not comply with the llmits of the residential commercial zone.
Since that time, Barber said the city had confirmed the businesses were operating within appropriate zoning conditions.
Along with greater awareness and communications among drivers and employees, business representatives agreed to establish a loading zone on the north side of the Seaside Vacation Homes built to prevent road blockages.
Koller said he has been tracking deliveries in the past three weeks. He said Cleanline averages about two to three deliveries a week, stopping from five to 17 minutes on Sixth Avenue, with an average stop time of 12 minutes. Trucks are typically 28 feet, he said. “We’ve never had a semitruck delivery at Cleanline.”
Sixth Avenue resident Amanda Payne thanked businesses for parking changes and outreach to employees and drivers.
Concerns remain, however, with semitrucks parked on Sixth Avenue between Roosevelt and North Lincoln, mostly on the north side of Sixth Avenue.
These produce “dangerous situations” and blind spots that could lead to a collision, Payne said.
Koller thanked Tolan for sharing the delivery area on the south side of the roadway. He called the results of the meeting with neighbors “an important first step to get the businesses and community together.”
“We’ll stay tuned,” Barber said. “I hope the neighbors and businesspeople have given due consideration to your challenges. We want every neighborhood in the community to be livable, safe, and we’ll work together to make that happen.”