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Thursday, January 17, 2013

                                                                   
 
                                                                             
                     MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE MEDFORD CITY COUNCIL
 
                                                                 January 17, 2013
                                                                      12:00 Noon
 
Council Chambers, Medford City Hall
411 W. 8th Street, Medford
 
The regular meeting of the Medford City Council was called to order at 12:00 noon in the Council Chambers of the Medford City Hall on the above date with the following members and staff present:
 
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Karen Blair, Daniel Bunn, Chris Corcoran*, Al Densmore, Dick Gordon, Eli Matthews, John Michaels*, Bob Strosser*
 
City Manager Eric Swanson; Deputy City Manager Bill Hoke; City Attorney John Huttl; Deputy City Recorder Karen Spoonts
 
*Left as noted.
 
Out of sequence.
 
Employee Recognition
Employees from the Fire, Police, and Planning Departments were recognized for their years of service.
 
New Employees
John Page, Structural/Mechanical Inspector for the Building Department and Kimberly Moore, Police Records Specialist for the Police Department were introduced.
 
Introduction of the McLoughlin Students of the Month
McLoughlin Assistant Principal Rick Parsagian introduced the students of the month and reported on school activities.
 
Back in sequence.
 
20.     Approval or correction of the minutes of the January 3, 2013 regular meeting
         There being no additions or corrections, the minutes were approved as presented.
 
30.     Oral requests and communications from the audience
30.1   Cemetery Commission – Ivend Holen
Ivend Holen, Chair of the Cemetery Commission, put forward the recommendations for the Cemetery Commission. He provided information on the cemetery as well as the commission. Councilmember Strosser appreciated all those who have served on this committee.
 
Motion:  Appoint Rene Forncrook, Lane Forncrook, and Kathleen Holen to the Cemetery Commission.
Moved by:  Bob Strosser                                                         Seconded by:  Chris Corcoran
 
Councilmember Densmore noted that there are ballots and questioned if we could vote from the ballot. Because council liaisons had interviewed candidates for the boards and commissions they represented and made recommendations to council, council determined to vote as one motion.
 
Friendly Amendment:  Allow the Chair of the Cemetery Commission to select the full term and partial term positions from the above members
Moved by:  Bob Strosser                                                         Seconded by:  Chris Corcoran
Roll call:  Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Corcoran, Densmore, Gordon, Matthews, Michaels, Strosser and Wheeler voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered. 
 
Motion:  Council approves the Chair of the Cemetery Commission selection unanimously
Moved by:  Bob Strosser                                                         Seconded by:  Chris Corcoran
Roll call:  Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Corcoran, Densmore, Gordon, Matthews, Michaels, Strosser, and Wheeler voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered. 
 
30.2   Jeff Canon, 1728 S. Peach Street, expressed concern with the paving project by his property due to not being able to put his fence back up as it originally was. Councilmember Michaels questioned if there were choices such as the height of the fence; Mr. Canon noted that was one option but stated that the City put up a chain length fence on the other side taller than what he was given as an option. Councilmember Matthews thanked him for attending and questioned if he desired a four way stop at that location; Mr. Canon stated that was his desire and spoke of issues at that area. Mr. Strosser questioned if he brought this to the Traffic Coordinating Committee; Mr. Canon noted that he did fill out a form on line. Mr. Strosser questioned if this was a concern of his before the actual paving of the street; Mr. Canon stated that it was. Public Works Director Cory Crebbin noted that the Traffic Coordinating Committee did review this but this did not meet the criteria for a four way traffic stop. Mr. Crebbin further provided the background pertaining to the fencing and site distance. Mr. Matthews questioned if a four way stop was provided could the fencing height go up; Mr. Crebbin stated that it could and stated the reasoning why. Councilmember Blair questioned the process for council to determine if a four way stop would be appropriate. Mr. Crebbin noted that because the Traffic Coordinating Committee has reviewed this and a Traffic Study was done for this area council could direct staff as they choose. City Attorney John Huttl requested that this be brought back with staff’s direction and resolution.
 
Motion:  Direct staff to bring forth a resolution pertaining to a four way stop at the Peach Street location
Moved by:  Bob Strosser                                                         Seconded by:  John Michaels
 
         Mr. Strosser noted that this has been heard by the committee and noted concerns of the neighborhood. Mr. Michaels questioned site line and speed; Mr. Crebbin noted that we don’t set the speeds but ODOT would need to do a speed study. ODOT will not do a speed study until two months passed. Mr. Michaels would like to see all options on the table. Mr. Strosser noted that the intent of the motion was that all options be brought forward during the time of the resolution.
 
Roll call:  Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Corcoran, Densmore, Gordon, Matthews, Michaels, and Strosser voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered.
 
Mayor Wheeler thanked Mr. Canon for attending; Ms. Blair suggested he not finish his fence until this is resolved.
 
40.     Consent calendar
         40.3   COUNCIL BILL 2013-10 A resolution rescinding Resolution No. 8515 pertaining to meals reimbursement for Councilmembers; adopting new standards.
 
Motion:  Adopt resolution 2013-10
Moved by:  Al Densmore                                                         Seconded by:  Bob Strosser
Roll call:  Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Corcoran, Densmore, Gordon, Matthews, Michaels, and Strosser voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered.    
 
50.     Items removed from consent calendar
         Councilmember Strosser requested 40.1 be removed at the request of Mayor Wheeler. Councilmember Blair requested 40.2 be removed in order to hear the staff report.
        
         40.1   COUNCIL BILL 2013-8  A resolution reversing the Public Works Director’s decision and requiring installation of stop signs at the intersections of 5th and Bartlett Street.
 
Mr. Crebbin noted the stop signs presently there and explained how the stop signs will be placed with this resolution. Councilmember Corcoran questioned Eric Iversen’s explanation of these stop signs. Mr. Huttl questioned if council would like to open the public hearing before taking public testimony. Mr. Michaels noted that he did drive through this area and agreed with the Traffic Coordinating Committee. Council discussed further options as well as safety.
 
Motion:  Adopt resolution 2013-8
Moved by:  Chris Corcoran                                                      Seconded by:  Al Densmore
Roll call:  Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Corcoran, Densmore, Gordon, Matthews voting yes; Councilmembers Michaels and Strosser voting no.
Motion carried and so ordered.
 
         40.2   COUNCIL BILL 2013-9  An ordinance authorizing exemption from competitive bidding and awarding a contract in the amount of $65,955 to David Smith & Associates for photogrammetric mapping.
 
                  GIS Manager Keith Massie presented the staff report and noted that we are partnering with the City of Central Point which will help save costs.
 
Motion:  Adopt ordinance 2013-9
Moved by:  Karen Blair                                                            Seconded by:  Dick Gordon
Roll call:  Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Corcoran, Densmore, Gordon, Matthews, Michaels, and Strosser voting yes.
         Motion carried and so ordered.
 
60.     Ordinances and resolutions
         60.1   COUNCIL BILL 2013-11  A resolution authorizing the allocation of 2013 Program Year Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds in the amount of $162,000 to the Union Park Upgrade and Community Garden project.
 
Main Motion:  Approve the resolution   
Moved by:  John Michaels                                                       Seconded by:  Eli Matthews
 
Motion:  Friendly amendment to require the park to be completed by December 31, 2013
Moved by:  Karen Blair                                                            Seconded by:  None
 
         Parks Director Brian Sjothun understood the issues with this park but would like to have more time in case there are problems with underground utilities. Councilmember Gordon questioned what Ms. Blair thought should happen if the park did not get done on time; he did not think this is in the best interest of all parties. Ms. Blair stated that the CDBG money could be used for another project if needed. Mr. Sjothun noted that they plan on having the money allocated in July or August. Mr. Michaels noted that he would leave the motion as is. Mr. Densmore stated the issues pertaining to moving the money.
 
Roll call on Main Motion:  Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Corcoran, Densmore, Gordon, Matthews, Michaels, and Strosser voting yes.
Resolution #2013-11 was duly adopted.
 
         60.2   COUNCIL BILL 2013-12 An ordinance authorizing acceptance and expenditure of Neighborhood Stabilization Program 1 grant funds from Oregon Housing and Community Services in the amount of $91,060 for use by Habitat for Humanity to purchase and resell a low-income home.
 
Motion:  Adopt the ordinance   
Moved by:  Karen Blair                                                            Seconded by: Chris Corcoran 
Roll call:  Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Corcoran, Densmore, Gordon, Matthews, Michaels, and Strosser voting yes.
Ordinance #2013-12 was duly adopted.
 
         60.3   COUNCIL BILL 2013-13  An ordinance authorizing the execution of an Agreement granting Neighborhood Stabilization Program 1 funds in the amount of $93,900 to Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity for acquisition and rehabilitation of a foreclosed home in the City of Medford.
 
Motion:  Adopt the ordinance   
Moved by:  Chris Corcoran                                                      Seconded by: John Michaels 
 
      Mr. Gordon questioned if the $20,000 were additional funds; Assistant to the Deputy City Manager Lynette O’Neal noted that the $20,000 is included in the figures.
 
Roll call:  Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Corcoran, Densmore, Gordon, Matthews, Michaels, and Strosser voting yes.
Ordinance #2013-13 was duly adopted.
 
70.     Public Hearings
         70.1   Consideration of an appeal of the Landmarks & Historic Preservation Commission (LHPC) decision to conditionally approve the request to demolish the Greyhound portal (HC-12-085).
 
                  Planning Director Jim Huber presented the staff report and background information. He presented council options but noted remanding back to the LHPC would be an issue as we are coming up to the 120 day deadline, which is February 13, 2012. The applicant would need to approve going past that date. Staff recommended that council affirm the decision of the LHPC and assign development of the mitigation plan to the Arts Commission with staff support from the Parks and Planning Departments.
 
                  Mr. Corcoran questioned who the Project Manager is; City Manager Swanson noted that Eric Iversen of Lithia would still be the Project Manager. Mr. Huttl noted that Medford Urban Renewal Agency (MURA) is involved in providing the Project Manager. Council discussed who designed the park blocks; Mr. Sjothun noted that the park block was designed by the Parks & Recreation, Medford Council and MURA. He further stated that the Arts Commission is a recommendation only as an art piece and that Mr. Iversen’s position is able to take on this task. Mr. Gordon requested clarification on the December minutes of the LHPC; Mr. Huber and Senior Planner Kelly Akin provided further clarification pertaining to the motion. Mr. Huttl provided information on procedure and questioned the 120 days; Mr. Huber provided the decision of the LHPC. Mr. Strosser questioned the design and size of the recommendation.
 
*Chris Corcoran left.
 
                  Mr. Densmore requested the public hearing be opened and perhaps Mr. Iversen could suggest a way out of this. Mr. Strosser noted that he took the time to listen to the tape and expressed concern with the size of the proposed design.
 
Public hearing opened.
 
                  Eric Iversen, representing MURA, stated that he was concerned with the proposed design as it is not feasible because it is very fragile. Mr. Huttl clarified council’s direction. He noted he did not have an option for council.
 
                  Councilmember Bunn questioned if he would be happy with the presentation outline by staff; Mr. Iversen stated that would be fine. He further commented that the Greyhound letters are not available. Mr. Gordon questioned if Mr. Iversen provided the $50,000 price tag; Mr. Iversen stated that Adroit’s Construction bid was close to $40,000.
 
         Public hearing closed.
 
Motion #1:  Modify decision to retain structure
Moved by: Dick Gordon                                                           Seconded by: John Michaels 
 
         Mr. Gordon noted that it is difficult to spend MURA taxpayer money on something of this nature but our best course of action at this time is to go forward with the original proposal. Mr. Densmore questioned if we should remand back to LHPC and reconsider. Mr. Huber presented the recommendation of LHPC and provided clarification. He noted he is following the motion from the signed, Final Order and the Commission report. Mr. Huttl provided clarification between the motion and Mr. Densmore’s comments. Council discussed the motion; Mr. Bunn noted that we created our own code and now we have to deal with it. Mayor Wheeler agreed with Mr. Bunn. Mr. Gordon was concerned with the structure falling over; he noted all we have is the written record and based on the minutes, he has a different conclusion that what staff is proposing. Mr. Bunn agreed and questioned if we could make a finding. Mr. Huttl noted that the staff report is not the decision and the minutes represent the facts of the record. Mr. Michaels suggested we receive clarification and bring this back when more council is available.
 
Motion #2:  Table the appeal to the next City Council meeting of February 7, 2013
Moved by:  John Michaels                                                       Seconded by: Eli Matthews 
 
Mr. Densmore stated he would like the Arts Commission to review this.
 
*Bob Strosser left.
 
Motion #3:  Remand to LHPC with the recommendations of the Arts Commission
Moved by:  Al Densmore                                                         Seconded by: Daniel Bunn 
 
Mr. Gordon requested to speak as MURA; Mr. Huttl noted that Mr. Gordon could not address Council as a MURA board member.
 
Roll call #2:  Councilmembers Matthews and Michaels voting yes; Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Densmore, and Gordon voting no.
Motion failed.
 
Roll call #1:  Councilmembers Blair and Gordon voting yes, Councilmembers Bunn, Densmore, Matthews, and Michaels voting no.
Motion failed.
 
Roll call #3:  Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Densmore, Matthews, and Michaels voting yes; Councilmember Gordon voting no.
Motion to remand to LHPC with the recommendations of the Arts Commission carried and so ordered.
 
*John Michaels left and returned.
 
80.     City Manager and other staff reports
         80.1   Blue Sky Program
Hattie Berg, of 3Degrees and Blue Sky Outreach Coordinator, proposed a community challenge in Medford. She noted this has been met with great success in other parts of Oregon. Mayor Wheeler stated that it appears to be a great program. Ms. Berg provided the benefits of the program for the City of Medford. Mr. Strosser volunteered to be involved in this as well. If approved, the City would receive solar panels and would need to select three locations for them to be installed. Mr. Michaels requested further information and noted that four panels is a very small amount. Ms. Berg noted that the panels would be paid for by Blue Sky. Mayor Wheeler noted the benefits for participating. Mr. Swanson recommended that we participate in this challenge. Mayor Wheeler questioned the cost; Mr. Swanson noted the City’s portion should be under $200.
 
Motion:  Participate in the Blue Sky community challenge
Moved by:  Al Densmore                                                         Seconded by:  Eli Matthews
Roll call:  Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Densmore, Gordon, Matthews, and Michaels voting yes.
         Motion carried and so ordered.
 
Other reports to be continued.
        
90.     Propositions and remarks from the Mayor and Councilmembers
90.1   Proclamations issued:
               Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 21, 2013
 
         90.2   Board and Commission Appointments        
Mr. Densmore noted the interview process has been changed; Mr. Gordon questioned if this could go to the evening meeting.
 
Motion:  Call a recess of the noon meeting to consider the final items after the 6 p.m. study session
Moved by:  Al Densmore                                                         Seconded by:  Daniel Bunn
No roll call was given.
 
100.   Adjournment to evening session
         Council adjourned to the evening session at 2:15 p.m.
 
 
 
                                                               EVENING SESSION
January 17, 2013
 
The continued regular meeting of the Medford City Council was called to order at 7:18 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Medford City Hall on the above date with the following members and staff present:
 
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Karen Blair, Daniel Bunn, Chris Corcoran, Al Densmore, Dick Gordon, Eli Matthews, John Michaels, Bob Strosser
 
City Manager Eric Swanson; Deputy City Manager Bill Hoke; City Attorney John Huttl; Deputy City Recorder Karen Spoonts
 
80.     City Manager and other staff reports (con’t)
         80.2   U.S. Cellular Community Park Annual Economic Impact Report
                  Postponed.
 
         80.3   The negotiated agreements for Medford Police Officer’s Association and Teamsters WRD Operators bargaining units will be before council on February 7, 2013.
 
         80.4   On February 27, 2013 the Oregon Mayors Association and the League of Oregon Cities will host their first joint event called “City Day at the Capitol”. Staff will try to schedule time with Cindy Roberts of Rainmakers.
 
         80.5   National League of Cities will be meeting in Seattle on March 3-13, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. City Manager Swanson requested council advise if they are interested in attending.
 
         80.6   The Sustainable City Program will be offered with the University of Oregon; we would need to be selected in order to be involved. This will be the fourth year this has been offered.
 
         80.7   In accordance with the Transportation System Plan, the City will be stripping bike lanes on East Main Street from Almond to Willamette. Council discussed the impact and requested councilmembers be advised of the progress. Mr. Michaels questioned if we would lose parking; Mr. Crebbin noted that we would. Councilmember Corcoran questioned a stop sign and left turn; Mr. Crebbin provided clarification. Mr. Swanson noted that this information will be provided to all citizens. Mr. Gordon questioned what is driving this; Mr. Crebbin noted that it is a pavement treatment and in order to save money, the striping will be done at the same time, which will help resolve the accidents. Council discussed traffic issues.
        
90.     Propositions and remarks from the Mayor and Councilmembers (con’t)
         90.1   Boards and Commissions Appointments (con’t)
                  Mayor Wheeler thought it would save time if one motion was made for each commission.
 
Motion:  Appoint Roger Lemstrom, Julia Cuppy and Clay Bearnson to the Arts Commission with terms ending 1/31/2016
Moved by:  Karen Blair                                                            Seconded by:  John Michaels 
Roll call:  Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Corcoran, Densmore, Gordon, Matthews, Michaels, Strosser, and Wheeler voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered. 
 
Motion:  Appoint Bob Clakins, Cyndy Biles, Edgar Hee and Kathryn “Kate” Alftine to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee with terms ending 1/31/2015
Moved by:  John Michaels                                                       Seconded by:  Karen Blair 
Roll call:  Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Corcoran, Densmore, Gordon, Matthews, Michaels, Strosser, and Wheeler voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered. 
 
Motion:  Appoint George Andries and Robert Doolan to the Hospital Facilities Authority Board with terms ending 1/31/2017
Moved by:  Dick Gordon                                                          Seconded by:  Bob Strosser
Roll call:  Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Corcoran, Densmore, Gordon, Matthews, Michaels, Strosser, and Wheeler voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered. 
 
Motion:  Appoint Stephen Sobhi, Lynda Pincock, and Andrea Noble to the Housing and Community Development Commission with terms ending 1/31/2016 and Dick Bonheimer and William “Bill” Boehning with terms ending 1/31/2015
Moved by:  John Michaels                                                       Seconded by: Chris Corcoran 
Roll call:  Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Corcoran, Densmore, Gordon, Matthews, Michaels, Strosser, and Wheeler voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered. 
 
Motion:  Appoint Gerald Shean to the Joint Transportation Subcommittee with term ending 1/31/2017
Moved by:  Chris Corcoran                                                      Seconded by:  Daniel Bunn
Roll call:  Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Corcoran, Densmore, Gordon, Matthews, Michaels, Strosser, and Wheeler voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered. 
 
Motion:  Appoint Dawna Curler, Scott Henselman, and Cathy De Wolfe to the Landmarks & Historic Preservation Commission with terms ending 1/31/2017
Moved by:  Karen Blair                                                            Seconded by:  Eli Matthews 
Roll call:  Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Corcoran, Densmore, Gordon, Matthews, Michaels, Strosser, and Wheeler voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered. 
 
Motion:  Appoint Stephen Sobhi to the Multicultural Commission with term ending 1/31/2017
Moved by:  Chris Corcoran                                                      Seconded by:  Bob Strosser
Roll call:  Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Corcoran, Densmore, Gordon, Matthews, Michaels, Strosser, and Wheeler voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered. 
 
Motion:  Appoint Bruce Abeloe to the Parking Commission at large position with term ending 1/31/2016
Moved by:  Karen Blair                                                            Seconded by:  Eli Matthews 
 
Dick Gordon nominated Fred Robinson to the Parking Commission with term ending 1/31/2016.
 
Roll Call: Blair: Abeloe; Bunn: Abeloe; Corcoran: Abeloe; Densmore: Abeloe; Gordon: Abeloe and Robinson; Matthews: Abeloe; Michaels: Abeloe; Strosser: Abeloe and Robinson; Wheeler: Abeloe
Results: Nine votes for Abeloe; two votes for Robinson. Bruce Abelow was appointed to the Parking Commission with term ending 1/31/2016.
 
Council noted they would have voted for Fred Robinson if they had interviewed him.
 
Motion:  Appoint Jerry MacLeod, Marie Cabler and Julian Cordle to the Parks & Recreation Commission with terms ending 1/31/2016 and Shad Keene with term ending 1/31/2014 and confirm Mayor Wheeler’s appointment of Sammy Elsdon with term ending 6/30/2013
Moved by:  John Michaels                                                       Seconded by:  Dick Gordon
Roll call:  Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Corcoran, Densmore, Gordon, Matthews, Michaels, Strosser, and Wheeler voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered.
 
Motion:  Appoint Norman Fincher and Patrick Miranda to the Planning Commission with terms ending 1/31/2017
Moved by:  Bob Strosser                                                         Seconded by:  John Michaels 
Roll call:  Councilmembers Blair, Corcoran, Densmore, Matthews, Michaels, Strosser, and Wheeler voting yes; Bunn and Gordon abstained.
Motion carried and so ordered. 
 
Ward 4 Councilmembers Daniel Bunn and Bob Strosser appointed William Mansfield to the Police Advisory Committee Ward 4 position with term ending 1/31/2014.
 
Ward 2 Councilmembers Karen Blair and Eli Matthews appointed Gary Duvall to the Police Advisory Committee Ward 2 position with term ending 1/31/2014.
 
Motion:  Appoint Mark Millner to the Police Advisory Committee business representative and Addison Smith representing the minority position with terms ending 1/31/2014
Moved by:  Chris Corcoran                                                      Seconded by:  Bob Strosser 
Roll call:  Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Corcoran, Densmore, Gordon, Matthews, Michaels, Strosser, and Wheeler voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered. 
 
Motion:  Appoint Mark Dew to the Site Plan & Architectural Commission with term ending 1/31/2017
Moved by:  Dick Gordon                                                          Seconded by:  Eli Matthews
Roll call:  Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Corcoran, Densmore, Gordon, Matthews, Michaels, Strosser, and Wheeler voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered. 
 
         Mayor Wheeler appointed John Dailey to the Medford Water Commission.
 
Motion:  Confirm Mayor Gary Wheeler’s appointment of John Dailey to the Medford Water Commission with term ending 1/31/2018
Moved by:  All Densmore                                                        Seconded by:  Bob Strosser 
Roll call:  Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Corcoran, Densmore, Gordon, Matthews, Michaels, Strosser, and Wheeler voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered. 
 
               Mr. Gordon questioned the next step in the procedure pertaining to the unfilled vacancies. Winnie Shepard, Executive Support Specialist, explained the procedure stating that we have received several applicants for some boards and commissions vacancies. Mr. Corcoran suggested that she notify the liaison, coordinate with chair, and schedule interviews. Mr. Densmore questioned if there were boards or commissions that did not have the ability to fill a quorum; Mr. Gordon noted that Site Plan & Architectural Commission (SPAC) is a concern with two vacancies. There are two applicants that have applied and interviews have been scheduled for tomorrow. Mr. Densmore suggested we move forward with those that could be filled. Mr. Michaels suggested that we change the date and time of SPAC; Mr. Gordon noted that there are professionals that are required to serve on it and non-professionals as well and they work it in on their work day. Mr. Gordon would like to fill those on the first meeting of February.
        
         90.3   Further Council Committee Reports.
                  a.   Mr. Strosser noted that the MWC met and discussed goals and priorities. The snow pack is good and precipitation is normal. Mr. Strosser noted that a guest brought up the Klamath Dam issue which could impact the WISE project. Also discussed was a water rate study put out by another city. Mr. Gordon questioned the WISE project and the Klamath Dam removal; Mr. Strosser noted that it leads to questions and is yet to be determined. Ms. Blair noted that all water is related to each other.
 
                  b.   Mr. Densmore commented that at council places is a spreadsheet on the Rogue Valley Area Commission on Transportation and requested council rate the projects as presented before Tuesday. The vote needs to be completed by January 22; the MPO will then rate. Any disagreements between the MPO and the Rogue Valley Area Commission on Transportation could have a financial impact.
 
                  c.   Ms. Blair noted that the staff support for the Arts Commission has been elected to the Ashland City Council; the Arts Commission is looking at options such as meeting on a different day.
 
                  d.   Ms. Blair noted that staff sent the Parking Commission information on the diagonal parking for downtown. The Parking Commission is made up of seven members who are business owners and only two at-large people, yet most of the inquiries or complaints about parking come from citizens. Ms. Blair would like to address this issue. Mr. Strosser questioned revenue from the citations; Ms. Blair noted that we will be revenue neutral by the end of the year. She further commented that the judge has one more option to reduce the fine.
 
         90.4   Further Remarks from Mayor and Councilmembers.
                  a.   Mr. Densmore thanked council for providing input as liaisons and distributed his recommendation to the board. Voting members will come back as a resolution. Pertaining to non-voting members or liaisons, he would like to form an Oregon Legislative Committee to work with staff in keeping the council informed on legislative issues.
 
Motion:  Accept Council President Densmore’s recommendations to council liaison appointments for 2013 including the Oregon Legislative Committee
Moved by:  Chris Corcoran                                                      Seconded by:  Bob Strosser
 
               Mr. Huttl questioned the formation of the Oregon Legislative Committee; Mr. Densmore noted that there are always issues and the relationship can always be worked on even when not in session. Mr. Huttl noted that the Finance Committee is codified and questioned if council would like the Oregon Legislative Committee codified as well; council agreed.
 
Roll call:  Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Corcoran, Densmore, Gordon, Matthews, Michaels, and Strosser voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered. 
 
                  b.   Councilmember Bunn stated he would like to take a LOC ethics course as well as a class in Central Point.
 
Motion:  Approve training classes for Daniel Bunn
Moved by:  Bob Strosser                                                         Seconded by:  Chris Corcoran
Roll call:  Councilmembers Blair, Bunn, Corcoran, Densmore, Gordon, Matthews, Michaels, and Strosser voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered. 
 
100.   Adjournment
There being no further business, this Council meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
 
The proceedings of the City Council meeting were recorded and are filed in the City Recorder's office. The complete agenda of this meeting is filed in the City Recorder's office.
 
 
 
 
Karen Spoonts, MMC
Deputy City Recorder
 

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