Medford City Council Study Session
June 13, 2013
The meeting was called to order at noon in the Medford Room, City Hall, 411 W. 8th Street, Medford with the following members present.
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Karen Blair, John Michaels, Bob Strosser, Daniel Bunn, Al Densmore, Chris Corcoran and Eli Matthews.
1. WISE Project Update: Roger Thom, Public Works Utilities Engineer introduced the topic and provided an overview of the City's participation in the project. He noted that originally the City became a partner to look at options to assist with meeting temperature issues with discharge to the Rogue River. Since that time, the City is now working to plant vegetation along the waterways which is offsetting the temperature issue for the City. The City is continuing to work with this project to meet other concerns such as water conservation and reuse.
Steve Mason, Project Manager addressed the Council and provided a brief history of the irrigation needs in the valley. He spoke to the history of work done to build irrigation ditch systems to bring water to the orchards. With the WISE project, the goal is to improve water transportation, conservation and efficiency. The project is looking at water conservation options by lining or piping the open canals. Also looking at increased reservoir storage capacity and pumping water. He reviewed the timeline for the project, feasibility study has been completed, the cost benefit analysis is in progress, the environmental impact analysis to begin in 2013, and tentative construction of a pilot project in 2014.
2. Seismic Retrofit Ordinance: Chris Reising, Building Safety Director addressed the Council and provided information on the proposed code amendment to address seismic issues. He spoke to the Strategic Plan objectives and actions for public safety. He provided the history of earthquakes and damage/deaths and how that has driven code development. He noted that the new ordinance will address types of at risk buildings, simplifies and clarifies, includes definitions and updated standards.
He spoke to the standards utilized to evaluate buildings/construction. He noted at risk buildings are the unreinforced masonry, soft story buildings, tilt up concrete buildings, and parapets. Mr. Reising reviewed the specific to the changes proposed to the code.
Council discussed the code amendments and impacts on property owners.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 12:54 p.m.