Change was in the air. Rossmoor residents and stakeholders voiced strong opinions and creative solutions at the highly attended Street Sweeping Solutions Stakeholders Meeting on Thursday, October 3, 2019 in the Rush Park Auditorium. The Rossmoor Community Services District hosted the event in order to obtain input from the community on its proposal to change the current all day, 1st and 3rd Monday of the month schedule to the alternative: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, even addresses and the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, odd addresses.
Meeting attendees included Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel’s Representative Tim Whitacre, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Pat Rich and Los Alamitos Unified School District Superintendent Andrew Pulver. RCSD Director Tony DeMarco and General Manager Joe Mendoza gave a brief presentation which outlined the District’s new street sweeping proposal, process and implementation timeline.
The Community Traffic/Safety Advisory Ad Hoc Committee considered all possible options (i.e. weekly, time zone, scheduled). Due to restraints as to signage, enforcement and cost, the proposed alternative program is considered the best solution for the District, since it meets the basic needs of the homeowner, is as cost efficient as possible and requires less signage.
“We need to work together to present a unified proposal to Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel,” said Director DeMarco. “That will give us a better chance of success.”
The mood in the room was extremely positive and collaborative. What followed was an informal discussion with a crowd of energetic and thoughtful stakeholders brimming with ideas. Residents agreed that the current schedule of every first and third Monday of the month with no parking on either side of the street from the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. was too restrictive. Residents also were against vehicles still being ticketed after the street sweeper had passed. Lieutenant Pat Rich stated that the Orange County Sheriff’s Department enforces according to the signage as authorized by California Vehicle Code Section 2207.6. Many stakeholders suggested utilizing GPS technology as a tool to allow law enforcement to track the location of the sweeper and know when it had already passed a street on its route, therefore eliminating unnecessary citations. Los Alamitos Unified School District volunteers opined that there was nowhere for them to park on street sweeping days, which discouraged volunteer participation. When all was said and done, 76% of the attendees agreed with the District’s proposal. The common denominator among attendees was change.
You can see the results of the October 3rd poll on the District website. If you are a Rossmoor resident and were unable to attend the October 3, 2019 meeting, we still want to hear from you! There is still time to take the poll by visiting the Rossmoor Community District’s website at www.rossmoor-csd.org and clicking on the poll link. Feedback will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 29, 2019.
This article was released by Rossmoor Community Services District.