FRAMINGHAM -The 11-member City Council unanimously approved the four individuals, selected by Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer, to serve on the newly-formed Framingham Traffic Commission last night, on April 17.
Appointed to the Commission were:
- Steven P. Croci, (pictured) a resident of District 8, who meets the requirement of a resident who lives within a one mile radius of routes 126 and 135.
- Mary Ann Flaherty, a District 3 resident, who will serve as an at-large commissioner.
- Daniel T. Phipps, a resident of District 6, who will represent the business community.
- Bruce N. Yeamans, a resident of District 4, who will serve as an at-large commissioner.
Tuesday night, at-large City Councilor Cheryl Tully Stoll asked the Mayor what term each would serve, before the City Council voted.
The Mayor told the Council all three would serve a 3-year term.
There were 17 applications from 15 males and 2 females for the Commission. The Mayor’s office interviewed seven candidates and presented four names to the City Council for approval.
“There shall be a traffic commission which shall consist of the police chief, the fire chief, the director of public works, the superintendent of schools, or their designees, and four residents: one from the business community, one from the downtown area (defined as the area within a one-mile radius of the intersection of Routes 126 and 135), and two residents at-large. All resident members shall be appointed by the mayor,” states the Charter.
“The traffic commission shall have exclusive authority, except as otherwise provided by this charter, to adopt, amend, alter, and repeal rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the general laws, relative to vehicular traffic in the municipality, and to the movement, stopping or standing of vehicles on, and their exclusion from, all or any streets, ways, highways, roads and parkways under the control of the municipality, including rules and regulations, designating any way or part thereof under said control as a through way under and subject to the provisions of General Laws chapter 89, section 9, designation of “traffic safety zones”, so called, approving curb cuts, and may prescribe penalties for violation of any rule or regulation adopted here under. Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize the commission to adopt any rule or regulation to modify or limit any power or authority of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority from any way or part thereof in which it has a route, the state department of transportation or the state department of telecommunications and energy, or their successor agencies, or any power vested in the mayor, council or heads of departments relating to the issuance of licenses or permits for the opening, using or occupying of streets and sidewalks,” according to the City of Framingham Charter.