COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

“Watch for Child Playing” Sign for Stonewood Drive

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Request from residents to install a “Watch for Child Playing” Sign on Stonewood Drive (Route 1034).

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, Graham, Benish, and Wade

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

 

AGENDA DATE:

January 9, 2008

 

     ACTION:                    INFORMATION: 

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

    ACTION:   X                INFORMATION: 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

The residents of properties along Stonewood Drive have submitted the attached request to install a “Watch for Child Playing” signage on Stonewood Drive (Attachment A). Stonewood Drive is a cul-de-sac road serving 11 homes.  The road is located off of Doctor’s Crossing road, just north of Stony Point, as shown on the attached map (Attachment B)  VDOT requires that the Board of Supervisors adopt a resolution approving the placement of a “Watch for Child Playing” sign before it will install a sign.

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal One: Enhance quality of life for all citizens. 

 

 

DISCUSSION:

The County has developed the following criteria for reviewing a “Watch for Child Playing” sign installation request.  Staff has evaluated this request against these criteria:

 

“Watch for Child Playing” signs shall be considered on secondary roads.

Stonewood Drive is a subdivision street and is in the secondary road system (Route 1034). This road has a daily traffic count of 70 vehicle trips/day.

 

The request must come from a Homeowner’s Association where applicable.

The residents along Stonewood Drive have submitted a request to install signage. (Attachment A)

 

There must be a child activity attraction nearby for the sign to be considered.

There is no formal established child activity attraction such as a park or tot lot on Stonewood Drive. However, there are no sidewalks along this road and children living in this neighborhood often walk or bike on the road to visit other homes to play. Staff believes that a “Watch for Child Playing” sign would properly notify drivers to watch for children playing along the road.

 

The installation of the sign shall not conflict with any existing traffic control devices:

The proposed location of the signs will not conflict with any existing traffic control devices.

 

This request meets three of the four criteria. There are no formal/central child activity attractions on the road. However, given the number of children (eight as noted in the petition) in the neighborhood and the lack of sidewalks, it is staff’s opinion that this request for the installation of a “Watch for Child Playing” sign has merit in this location.

 

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

The cost to install a “Watch for Child Playing” sign is $125. This cost will be paid from the County’s Six Year County Road Maintenance Fund.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board of Supervisors adopt the attached resolution (Attachment C) approving the installation of “Watch for Child Playing” signs on Stonewood Drive (Route 1034).

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:

A – Petition from Residents

B –Location Map

Attachment C-Resolution

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