PROVINCETOWN — Standish Street homeowner Tracy Kachtick-Anders brought proposals to the town’s annual traffic hearing on Nov. 1 after experiencing problems with drivers around the CVS drugstore at the end of her street.
Kachtick-Anders proposed a driving outlet from Standish Street to Bradford Street for people parking at CVS. She asked for a parking attendant at CVS and the installation of speed bumps on Standish Street, from Bradford Street to Cemetery Road. She also asked for a traffic officer during high season at the corner of Bradford and Standish streets.
Katchtick-Anders got some of what she wanted — a dedicated police officer at that intersection; a town team to work with CVS to put up one-way signs on the CVS building; and a plan for the police to conduct a study of the traffic patterns at that intersection from Nov. 15 through March.
Posting an officer at the Bradford and Standish intersection seasonally could cost between $16,000 and $22,000 a year, and a decision could be made at upcoming town budget hearings, according to comments made at the Nov. 1 hearing.
“I was pleased because something’s going to happen and I think any one thing would be better than nothing at this point,” Kachtick-Anders said in a phone interview with the Banner.
Her request for changes to Standish Street were among several requested in the same general location. CVS opened about two years ago at 132 Bradford St., at the intersection of Standish Street. The area has heavy traffic in the summer, where cars and buses with visitors, and work trucks, turn toward the center of town and the waterfront including MacMillan Pier.
Twenty proposals were on the agenda for the traffic hearing. Sixteen proposals were from citizens, and half passed. Four proposals were from town staff, where three passed and one was withdrawn.
The town traffic team consisted of Town Manager Alex Morse, Assistant Town Manager David Gardner, Police Chief Jim Golden, Fire Chief Michael Trovato, Public Works Director Richard Waldo, Town Planner Thaddeus Soule, Emergency Management Coordinator Rex McKinsey, Acting Parking Administrator David Anderson, and Highway Working Foreman Ray Duarte.
The team evaluated each request and gave the Select Board a recommendation, which was then voted on.
“Getting around Provincetown can be a frustrating experience but what our streets need are for people to slow down,” the traffic team wrote in its presentation. “Be patient and recognize the very thing that we love most of our community is the existing character, and the spatial context of our built environment.”
Here is the outcome of the proposals:
- Passed. Move the Mechanic Street street sign from the southwest corner of Mechanic and Tremont to the northwest corner for more parking room.
- Postponed. Pave the portion of Point Street adjacent to Bradford Street Extension, where gravel has begun to erode. This proposal was postponed until the Select Board meeting on Dec. 13.
- Passed. Remove the 3-hour time limit on the parking spaces along Alden Street and replace with a 48-hour time limit. This proposal was passed with a compromise of a 24-hour time limit.
- Withdrawn. Install delineated street parking spaces and install sidewalks to improve the shoulders of Race Point Road. This proposal was withdrawn because that part of Race Point Road will become a state roadway.
- Passed. Install a handicapped parking space on Commercial Street adjacent to 1 Conway St.
- Partially passed. Public works department workers will measure the “No Parking” space at the corner of Cudworth and Court Street, and adjust the no parking space in that area as they see fit.
- Not passed. Allocate two parking spaces in the West End Parking Lot for additional bike racks.
- Not passed. Expand the authorized times of closing Commercial Street to vehicle traffic by several hours.
- Not passed. Provide a shared bike lane on Winthrop Street from Commercial Street to Shank Painter Road.
- Not passed. Install illuminated speed limit signs on Standish Street between Bradford Street and Cemetery Road and in both directions.
- Not passed. Enforce speed limits on Standish Street and Cemetery Road.
- Partial pass. Paint “SLOW” and “SPEED LIMIT 15 MPH” on Standish Street and in both directions on Cemetery Road. This proposal partially passed, “SLOW” will be painted on Standish Street.
- Not passed. Remove the parking space in front of 40 Pleasant Street.
- Passed. Add “Center of Town” sign at the end of Standish Street.
- Not Passed. Create a loading zone/no parking marking area in from 328 Commercial Street.
The results of the staff proposals were:
- Passed. Change two metered parking spaces on Bradford between Standish and Alden Street to Parking Permit Only spaces.
- Passed. Make Aunt Sukey’s Way a Resident Permit Parking Only Street.
- Passed. Amending the Parking and Traffic Regulations to reflect: (1) parking meter rates will be $.25 for every ten minutes at Victor’s restaurant; (2) parking kiosk rates will be $.50 for every 15 minutes at the following locations: Alden Street and lot, Harry Kemp Way, Johnson Street lot, Ryder Street, Ryder Street lot, Commercial Street between Atlantic Avenue and the U.S. Coast Guard station, West End Lot, West End Rotary near the Provincetown Inn, Main Fire Station Lot, School Street, Upper Winslow Street, and Veterans Memorial Community Center Lot.; (3) parking kiosk fees will be $.25 for every ten minutes in the Jerome Smith Road lot and Lower Winslow Street.
- Postponed. Eliminate the commercial permit surcharge from the parking permit fee structure. This proposal was withdrawn due to improper notice. The proposal will be brought back next year.