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City Council Study Session

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Medford City Council Study Session
July 18, 2013
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. in the Medford Room, City Hall, 411 W. 8th Street, Medford with the following members present.
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Dick Gordon, Karen Blair, Al Densmore, Daniel Bunn, Chris Corcoran, Eli Matthews, John Michaels.
1.  Larson Creek Greenway:  City Manager Eric Swanson opened the meeting and spoke to the timeliness of the subject given the recent approval of $42 million in Connect Oregon funding.  He noted that bicycle and pedestrian facility projects are included in the grant application process.
Public Works Director Cory Crebbin addressed the Council and provided an overview of the scope of the Larson Creek Greenway project.  Bianca Petrou, Assistant Planning Director provided an overview of the Greenway project map.
Mr. Crebbin noted that staff is looking for Council direction as a commitment regarding the route is needed in order develop concept design and costs to pursue with a grant proposal.  He noted that the ability to put bicycle lanes on Barnett Road is not viable as the City would need to move the utility power lines which would cost approximately $11 million.  Therefore, the Larson Creek Greenway was designated as a parallel alternative route for bicycles.  He noted that the connection between Ellendale and Black Oak as a phase of the project is the most competitive segment for grant application.  This segment will connect two segments.  The issue is the right of way on this segment that abuts six residences (condos) that were built with zero lot lines.   The path would be right next to the residences back porches.
Councilmembers discussed the Connect Oregon funding.  Councilmember Michaels requested that staff look at this type of bicycle/pedestrian facility for the west side of Medford in the future as development opportunities arise.  Mr. Crebbin noted that there will be additional processes to go through if the Council commits to utilization of the existing right of way and matching funds for the grant.
Lee Mills, President of the Bear Creek Greenway Foundation, addressed the Council and spoke in support of the development of the Larson Creek Greenway.
Council concurred to moving forward with the route as currently delineated and to the funding match.  Council discussed the availability of staff time to move forward with the public process.  Mr. Crebbin noted that the technical development of background is mostly accomplished and the public outreach is the remaining process to be accomplished.
The meeting adjourned at 6:55 p.m.
Glenda Wilson
City Recorder

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