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Thursday, January 16, 2014

                                                                                                                                           
 
                                                  MEDFORD CITY COUNCIL MEETING
 
                                                                 January 16, 2014
                                                                             
The meeting was called to order at noon in Council Chambers, City Hall, 411 W. 8th Street, Medford with the following members and staff present.
 
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Dick Gordon, Daniel Bunn, Bob Strosser (*left as noted), Eli Matthews, Tim Jackle, John Michaels and Chris Corcoran (*left as noted).
 
Councilmember Karen Blair was absent.
 
City Manager Eric Swanson; Deputy City Manager Bill Hoke; City Attorney John Huttl; City Recorder Glenda Wilson.
 
McLoughlin Students of the Month
Rick Parsagian, Assistant Principal updated the Council on school activities and introduced the Students of the Month.
 
Employee Recognition
Employees from the Fire and Police Departments were recognized for their years of service.
 
*Councilmember Corcoran left the meeting.
 
New Employees
Michael Snyder, Human Resource Director; Larry Masterman, Emergency Management Coordinator; Christopher Moore, Police Officer; Patrick Read, Police Officer; Natalie Weber, Police Records Specialist; Daniel Freauff, Firefighter; and Brad Westcott, Public Works Laborer were introduced.
 
*Councilmember Corcoran returned to the meeting.
 
20.     Approval or correction of the minutes of the January 2, 2014 regular meeting
         There being no corrections or amendments the minutes were approved as presented.
 
30.     Oral requests and communications from the audience
30.1   Amber Shaw, 615 S. 4th St., Jacksonville, addressed the Council regarding the issue of dangerous dog breeds.  She spoke to her experience with pit bulls and in opposition of breed specific bans.
 
30.2   Kate Ford, 745 S. 5th St., Central Point, addressed the Council regarding the dangerous dog breed issue. 
 
30.3   James Carpenter, 1035 Murray St., Medford, addressed the Council regarding the dangerous dog breed issue.  He spoke in support of holding the dog owners responsible.
 
30.4   Kenn Altine, Southern Oregon Humane Society, 15 Highland Dr., Medford volunteered to help the Police Advisory Committee with this issue.
 
30.5   Jessica Hall, 1129 W. 9th Street, Medford addressed the Council regarding the dangerous dog issue.  She spoke in support of the pit bulls as lovable animals.  She spoke against breed specific legislation.  She spoke in support of lease laws but felt all dogs should be treated the same.
 
30.6   Rachelle Long, 807 1st St., Phoenix, addressed the Council regarding the dangerous dog issue.  She spoke in support of addressing the issue with the owners of these dangerous dogs. 
 
30.7   Mary Ann Petersen, 8608 Hwy. 238, Jacksonville, addressed the Council regarding pit bulls and the dangerous dog issue.  She spoke in support of addressing the owners.
 

 
Motion:  I move to direct staff to present the information to the Police Advisory Committee and request that the Police Advisory Committee:  a) hold a public hearing to receive information and citizen input; b) forward a recommendation to the City Council encompassing 1-A proactive approach to provide public awareness and safety and 2-An enforcement approach to include a stair step process for repeat offenders and hold negligent or reckless dog owners accountable; c) recommendation to be presented to the City Council by the April 17, 2014 meeting; d) include any other options the Committee may consider; and e) direct staff to provide support to the committee as necessary.
Moved by:  Daniel Bunn               Seconded by:  Eli Matthews
 
Councilmember Matthews encourage everyone to be involved in the process and to provide ideas and solutions for the Committee to consider.  Councilmember Michaels noted he would support the Committee being able to consider all alternatives.  Councilmember Jackle added a friendly amendment to include any other options the committee may consider.
 
Roll Call:  Councilmembers Daniel Bunn, Eli Matthews, Chris Corcoran, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, John Matthews and Bob Strosser voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered.
 
30.8   Mike Bronze, representing the Rogue Valley Mountain Bike Association spoke in support of the Prescott Park Trail Plan.   
 
30.9   Peter Hollingworth, 365 Front St., Central Point spoke in support of the Prescott Park Trail Plan.
 
30.10 Lewis Hollingworth, 3773 Old Military Rd., Central Point, spoke in support of the Prescott Park Trail Plan.
 
30.11 Jeffrey Tufts, 1801 Poplar Dr., Medford spoke in opposition to the Prescott Park Trail Plan.  He submitted information supporting his opposition given the soil type in the park.  He feels the estimates for the development does not address this soil. 
 
30.12 Cindy Biles, 130 Smithbury St., Medford, addressed the Council in support of the Prescott Park Trail Plan.
 
30.13 Robert Mumby, 300 Meadowview Dr., Phoenix spoke in opposition of the Prescott park plan – concerned with erosion and that the plan and trails will adversely affect the park soils and natural. He spoke to limiting the length of the trails. 
 
30.14 Otis Swisher, 2180 Poplar Dr., Medford, addressed the Council and expressed concerns regarding there are no costs in the Prescott Park Trail Plan document.  He requested that this be looked further.
 
*Councilmember Strosser left meeting.
 
30.15 Jay Harland, 7052 Fallen Leaf Dr., Medford spoke in support of the Prescott Park Trail Plan.  He spoke to the soils issue and noted that it was raised early on in the plan development, he spoke to modern trail designs will address; this is implementing the plan for the park and that policy decision was made in 2008. 
 
30.16 Stephen Steiner, 1200 Mira Mar Ave., Medford, addressed the Council and expressed his concerns with the speed of bicyclists on the Bear Creek Greenway.  He noted that he has been run over by cyclists on the path and requested that the Council regulate the speed on the path, particularly in the curving portions.
 
40.     Consent calendar
40.1   COUNCIL BILL 2014-09  A resolution initiating withdrawal of one parcel of land totaling 17.13 acres located at the westerly terminus of Ehrman Way, approximately 557 feet west of Joseph Street, from the City of Medford, Medford Water Commission and Medford Fire District, per property owner request. 

 
40.2   COUNCIL BILL 2014-10 An ordinance authorizing the purchase of a concrete restroom and storage building in the amount of $293,357.71 from CXT, Inc. through the National Joint Powers Purchasing Alliance for the U.S. Cellular Community Park, Phase IV.
 
40.3   COUNCIL BILL 2014-11  A resolution authorizing the transfer of $216,000 from the General Fund to the Sanitary Sewer Fund, the Street Utility Fund, and the Storm Drain Utility Fund.
 
Motion:  Adopt the consent calendar.
Moved by:  Daniel Bunn                           Seconded by:  John Michaels
Roll Call:  Councilmembers Daniel Bunn, John Michaels, Chris Corcoran, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle and Eli Matthews voting yes.
Motion carried and the following Council bills were duly adopted:  2014-10, 2014-11 and 2014-12.
 
50.     Items removed from consent calendar
        
60.     Ordinances and resolutions
60.1   COUNCIL BILL 2014-12  A resolution adopting the proposed Prescott Park Conceptual Trail Plan.
 
Motion:  Approve the resolution adopting the proposed Prescott Park Conceptual Trail Plan.
Moved by:  Chris Corcoran                       Seconded by:  Eli Matthews

Brian Sjothun, Parks & Recreation Director, presented a staff report.  He noted the trail plan follows the Prescott Park Master Plan previously adopted and this plan was developed through a public process and public meetings.  He noted that these trails are not just for bicyclers, also hiking, horses.  The plan is to enhance and expend the current system and has many segments including hike, bike/hike, bike and combination trails.  These trails will cover approximately 1% of the total park acreage, and some scrubbing will need to be done however trails will be placed to minimize impact on this.  A lot of the trails will be built in areas where the removal of brush will provide for fire protection.    He spoke to the economic impact opportunities that this would enhance.  Phase 1 would be 12.4 miles and estimated cost of $200,000.
 
Councilmember Corcoran questioned the issue with the soil as presented during Oral Comments and Mr. Sjothun noted that this will be addressed in the construction process.  Councilmember Gordon requested that staff work with the Audubon Society as they move through the process.
        
Roll Call:  Councilmembers Chris Corcoran, Eli Matthews, John Michaels, Dick Gordon, Daniel Bunn and Tim Jackle voting yes.
Resolution 2014-12 was duly adopted.
 
*Councilmember Corcoran left the meeting.
 
60.2   COUNCIL BILL 2014-13  A resolution adopting a third Supplemental Budget for the 2013-15 biennium.
 
Alison Chan, Finance Director addressed the Council and provided an overview of the supplemental budget and noted that this action will make the contingency whole.
 
Motion:  Adopt the resolution adopting a third Supplemental Budget for the 2013-14 biennium.
Moved by:  Dick Gordon              Seconded by:  John Michaels
Roll Call: Councilmembers Dick Gordon, John Michaels, Eli Matthews, Tim Jackle and Daniel Bunn voting yes.
Resolution #2014-13 was duly adopted.
 
70.     Public Hearings 
70.1   COUNCIL BILL 2014-14  An ordinance authorizing exemption from competitive bidding and awarding a contract in the amount of $1,166,069 to Field Turf to supply and install synthetic turf for Phase IV construction of the U.S. Cellular Community Park.
 
 
Brian Sjothun, Parks & Recreation Director addressed the Council and provided a staff report.
 
Public hearing opened.
         None
Public hearing closed.
 
Motion:  Adopt the ordinance authorizing the exemption from competitive bidding and awarding a contract for $1,166,069 to Field Turf to supply and install synthetic turf for Phase IV construction of U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Moved by:  Daniel Bunn                           Seconded by:  John Michaels
Roll Call:  Councilmembers Daniel Bunn, John Michaels, Eli Matthews, Dick Gordon and Tim Jackle voting yes.
Ordinance 2014-14 was duly adopted.
 
70.2   COUNCIL BILL 2014-15  A resolution authorizing execution of a Warranty Deed to sell 198 square feet of Airport Pump Station Property to the Oregon Department of Transportation for the amount of $2,925.
 
Cory Crebbin, Public Works Director, provided a staff report and noted that this public hearing is a requirement of state law. 
 
Public hearing opened.
         None
Public hearing closed.
 
Motion:  Adopt the ordinance authorizing execution of a Warranty Deed to sell 198 square feet of Airport Pump Station Property to the Oregon Department of Transportation for $2,925.
Moved by:  John Michaels                        Seconded by:  Eli Matthews
Roll Call:  Councilmembers John Michaels, Eli Matthews, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle and Daniel Bunn voting yes.
Ordinance 2014-15 was duly adopted.
 
80.     Council Business
80.1   Mayor Wheeler announce his appointment of William Haberlach as Municipal Court Judge and James Wicker, James Mueller, Jason Broesder, John Blackhurst and Damian Idiart as the Municipal Court Pro Tem Judges as per Judge Haberlach’ recommendation.
 
Motion:  Confirm Mayor Wheeler’s appointment of William Haberlach as Municipal Court Judge and James Wicker, James Mueller, Jason Broesder, John Blackhurst and Damian Idiart as Municipal Court Pro Tem Judges.
Moved by:  Daniel Bunn               Seconded by:  John Michaels
Roll Call:  Councilmembers Daniel Bunn, John Michaels, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle and Eli Matthews voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered.
 
80.2   Mayor Wheeler noted receipt of letter from Councilmember Blair requesting Council approval of a 30-day absence.
 
Motion:  Grant a 30-day leave of absence to Councilmember Karen Blair.
Moved by:  Dick Gordon              Seconded by:  Eli Matthews
Roll Call:  Councilmembers Dick Gordon, Eli Matthews, Daniel Bunn, John Michaels and Tim Jackle voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered.
 
80.3   Council Liaison Appointments
Council President Bunn announced the Council Liaisons for 2014.  He noted that there are two liaison positions, McLoughlin School Partnership and Newsletter Advisory/Annual Report Committee that he is recommending be removed from the list. 

 
Motion:  Approve the Council Liaison appointments as submitted.
Moved by:  Daniel Bunn               Seconded by:  Eli Matthews
Roll Call:  Councilmembers Daniel Bunn, Eli Matthews, John Michaels, Dick Gordon and Tim Jackle voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered.
 
90.     City Manager and other staff reports
90.1   U.S. Cellular Community Park Annual Report by Brian Sjothun
                  Rescheduled for next Council meeting.
 
90.2   Further reports from City Manager
                  Deferred to the evening meeting.
 
95.     Propositions and remarks from the Mayor and Councilmembers
95.1   Proclamations issued:
               Martin Luther King Day, January 20, 2014
 
95.2   Further Council committee reports.
a.   Hwy 62 Bypass Project Transportation Issues – Daniel Bunn
Councilmember Bunn addressed the issue regarding the property owners on Medco Road who feel they are losing access with the new bypass as there is not an overcrossing for Coker Butte in the proposed design.  He noted that he has be working on this issue to the degree he can without further Council direction.
 
Art Anderson, Rogue Valley Area Manager for Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) spoke to the process undertaken in development of the Highway 62 Bypass project.  He noted that the Citizens Advisory Committee looked at the potential overcrossing at Coker Butte but due to the cost they reviewed and supported other options.
 
Councilmembers discussed the issue and proposal to have staff work with the representatives from ODOT and the property owners to look at options for access road which would require an exception from City standards for street development.
 
Motion:  Direct staff to perform the work necessary for a TF public hearing on Haul Road improvements from Commerce Drive to the north.
Moved by:  Daniel Bunn               Seconded by:  John Michaels
Roll Call:  Councilmembers Daniel Bunn, John Michaels, Eli Matthews, Tim Jackle and Dick Gordon voting yes.
Motion approved and so ordered.
 
Remainder of items moved to the evening meeting.
 
95.3   Further remarks from Mayor and Councilmembers.
 
100.   Adjournment to the evening session
Meeting adjourned to the evening session at 2:12 p.m.
 
 
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EVENING SESSION
 
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, City Hall, 411 W. 8th Street, Medford with the following members and staff present.
 
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Dick Gordon, Daniel Bunn, Bob Strosser, Eli Matthews, Tim Jackle, John Michaels and Chris Corcoran.
 
 
City Manager Eric Swanson; Deputy City Manager Bill Hoke; City Attorney John Huttl; City Recorder Glenda Wilson.
 
110.   Oral requests and communications from the audience
110.1    Clay Bearnson, 1764 Dove Land, Medford addressed the Council regarding HB 3460.  He requested that the Council reconsider their position on this issue.  He spoke to his intention become a seller of cannabis.
 
120.   Public hearings
120.1    COUNCIL BILL 2014-16  An ordinance approving a Class ‘A’ (major) amendment to the Public Facilities element of the Medford Comprehensive Plan by updating Category “B” public facilities descriptions regarding educational services and facilities; adopting the Medford School District 549C Long-Range Facilities Plan, May 15, 2012 Update; and updating conclusions, goals, policies, and implementation strategies pertaining to educational services and facilities.  (CP-13-061) (Land Use, Legislative)
 
Jim Huber, Planning Director address the Council and provided a staff report.  He reviewed the Comprehensive Plan Element structure, purpose of the amendment, approval criteria, and the background of the proposal.  He noted that the School District plan complies with state statutes. He noted that this would be a two-step process, first the adoption of the school facility plan by reference in the element and then adding language to update the conclusions, goals, policies and implementation strategies.  As the approval criteria are met, staff is recommending adoption of the ordinance.
 
Council questioned the staff modification of the Conclusion 9 recommendation from the Planning Commission.  Mr. Huber noted that staff felt the conclusion as worded by the Planning Commission was unclear and contradictory.  Councilmembers discussed the intent and options to rewrite the conclusion.
 
Councilmember Gordon noted that it appears that the School District did not take into consideration any lands that may be redeveloped in future years.  Desmond McGeough, Planner II addressed the Council and spoke to the review process and sites that the School District included in their process.  He noted that six sites were reviewed.
 
Public hearing opened.
 
  1. Thad Pauck, representing the 549C School District addressed the Council and requested that the Council adopt the plan with exception of Conclusion 10 which is not an applicable approval criterion.
 
Councilmember Corcoran questioned the alternative site analysis done by the District and Mr. Pauck noted that the plan is to identify potential sites but further analysis would be done as the process moved forward.
 
Councilmembers questioned why the School District did not do this as part of the Regional Problem Solving process and Mr. Pauck noted that the Regional Problem Solving plan was not adopted until the School District was already underway with their process.
 
 
  1. Megan LaNier, 201 W. Main St. Ste. D, Medford representing a number of MD7 property owners, addressed the Council and noted that her client’s view of the School District plan is that it is outdated in that it addresses Site 5 which is outside the Urban Growth Boundary but is not in the Urban Reserve.  She noted that Site 5 would require a major amendment to the Regional Problem Solving Plan and how that would affect the integrity of the twelve year process undertaken to establish the Urban Reserve Areas.  She noted that the MD7 property owners have agreed to donate 20 acres of land to the School District.
 
 
  1. Brad Holmes from 1000 Friends of Oregon addressed the Council regarding the issue and noted that they support the staff recommendation.  They are uncomfortable with conclusion that School District Plan states there are no sites within the Urban Growth Boundary that are suitable.   
 
 
 
  1. Raoul Werner, CSA Planning, addressed the Council regarding CSA Planning’s assistance with the School District Plan and the efforts undertaken to identify sites.
 
 
  1. Josh  Lebombard, Southern Oregon Regional Representative from the Land Conservation and Development Department addressed the Council regarding a misconception regarding the School Districts claim to have Jackson County process a permit to build a school at the Hull Road property. He noted the rule regarding schools in the County is that they have to serve the rural population.  He spoke to striking the Hull Road site from the School District Plan as he feels consideration of this site without looking at the Urban Reserve lands is a fatal flaw.
 
 
  1. Brad Holmes, 1000 Friends of Oregon addressed the Council regarding Conclusions 9 and 10.
 
Mr. Huber addressed that Council and provided clarification of the proposed amendment in Conclusion 9.  He restated the conclusion to read “…the City understands but does not concur with the District findings that 1) none of the potential sites inside the UGB are suitable to meet the District needs for future west side schools; and 2) sites outside the UGB and within the urban reserve should be considered.”
 
Public hearing closed.
 
Motion:  Adopt the ordinance amending the School section of the Public Facilities Element with the Planning Commission recommended change to Conclusion 9 as well as the suggested language by Mr. Huber to Conclusion 9 and with the Commission recommended change to Conclusion 10 based on finding that all of the approval criteria are met or are not applicable.
Moved by:  Chris Corcoran                       Seconded by:  John Michaels
 
Councilmember Corcoran spoke to his motion and noted that he did not feel that the School District cooperated with the City but engineered their plan to make the Hull Road site the only option.
 
Councilmember Jackle noted he was concerned with the language presented by Mr. Huber.  He noted he felt the original suggested language for Conclusion 9 from Councilmember Corcoran is clearer and suggested that language as a friendly amendment.  Seconded concurred.
 
Amended Motion:  Adopt the ordinance amending the School section of the Public Facilities Element with the Planning Commission recommended change to Conclusion 9 as amended to read “…the City understands but does not concur with the District findings that none of the potential sites inside the UGB are suitable to meet District needs for future west side schools.” and the Commission recommended change to Conclusion 10 based on finding that all of the approval criteria are met or are not applicable.
 
Roll Call:  Councilmembers Chris Corcoran, John Michaels, Bob Strosser, Dick Gordon, Daniel Bunn, Eli Matthews and Tim Jackle voting yes.
Ordinance 2014-16 was duly adopted.
 
Mayor Wheeler called a ten-minute recess.
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Meeting reconvened at 9:20 p.m. with same persons present.
 
*Councilmember Strosser left the meeting.
 
120.2    COUNCIL BILL 2014-17 An ordinance approving a Class ‘B’ (minor) amendment to the General Land Use Plan (GLUP) Map of the Medford Comprehensive Plan by changing the land use designation on two parcels located at 241 Oak Grove Road and 339 Oak Grove Road. (CP-13-118) (Land Use, Quasi-judicial)
 
City Attorney Huttl read a statement regarding the rules governing quasi-judicial hearings.
 
Carla Paladino, Planner III addressed the Council and provided a staff report.  She reviewed the approval criteria.  She noted the application was initiated by the City and the Planning Commission and staff recommend approval.

 
Public hearing opened.
         None
Public hearing closed.
 
Motion:  Adopt the ordinance approving the amendment to the General Land Use Plan.
Moved by:  Daniel Bunn               Seconded by:  John Michaels
Roll Call:  Councilmembers Daniel Bunn, John Michaels, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Eli Matthews and Chris Corcoran voting yes.
Ordinance 2014-17 was duly adopted.
 
120.3    COUNCIL BILL 2014-18  An ordinance authorizing a Class ‘A’ (major) amendment to the City of Medford Zoning Map to convert County zoning designations to City zoning designations. (ZC-13-117) (Land Use, Legislative)
 
Carla Paladino, Planner III addressed the Council and provided a staff report.  This is a City initiated application.  She reviewed approval criteria and noted that Planning Commission and staff recommend approval. 
 
Public hearing opened.
 
  1. Gary Zoll, property owner of 2764 W. Main St., Medford addressed the Council and requested that the Council support a split zone for his property to allow for development of the north portion of the property or allow exceptions under the CH zoning to allow for them to build a larger than allowed home and detached garage.
  2. Jay Harland, CSA Planning representing Southern Oregon Management, Inc. requested that the zoning for the Batzer Construction property be honored as approved by Planning Commission.
  3. Kathy Zoll, 2764 W. Main St. Medford addressed the Council regarding the request for split zoning for her property.  She requested Council support of the request.
  4. Raoul Woerner addressed the Council and suggested that it may be helpful to exclude this property from the rezoning today as the existing County zoning would allow the Zoll’s to complete their development and then have it rezoned to the City zoning.
Public hearing closed.
 
Motion:  Adopt the ordinance authorizing an amendment to the zoning map including split zoning for the property owned by Gary and Kathy Zoll.
Moved by: Chris Corcoran                                    Seconded by:  John Michaels
 
Councilmember Jackle noted he would be abstaining for the Southern Oregon Management, Inc. parcel.
 
Roll Call:  Councilmembers Chris Corcoran, John Michaels, Tim Jackle, Dick Gordon, Eli Matthews and Daniel Bunn voting yes.
Ordinance 2014-18 was duly adopted.
 
130.   Ordinances and resolutions
         None
        
140.   Council Business
140.1    Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee Vacancy
Council President Bunn noted that Melissa Stiles has resigned from this committee leaving a vacancy.  As the Council recently interviewed a number of candidates for this committee, Councilmember Bunn questioned if the Council wished to vote for a replacement based on the previous interviews or to advertise the position.  Council concurred to vote for a member from the previous pool of applicants.
 
Applicants:  Carl Harsch, Jason Reno, Nicole Fieguth, Harlan Bittner, Jujahid Rizoi, Jerry Iektorich and Sean Sullivan.
 
 
Roll Call:
Daniel Bunn:  Sean Sullivan
Chris Corcoran:  Sean Sullivan
Dick Gordon:  Sean Sullivan
Tim Jackle:  Sean Sullivan
Eli Matthews: Sean Sullivan
John Michaels: Sean Sullivan
 
Sean Sullivan received six votes and will be appointed to a term ending 1/31/2016.
 
150.   Further reports from the City Manager and staff
150.1    Mr. Swanson reminded the Council regarding the Boards and Commission luncheon on Friday, January 24th at the Rogue Valley Country Club.  Councilmembers are requested to arrive by 11:45 a.m. to greet guests.
 
150.2    Mr. Swanson noted that the Joint Study Session for City Council and Planning Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, January 28th at 6:00 p.m. in the Medford Room at City Hall.  He requested that topics for the agenda be forwarded to him.
 
150.3    Mr. Swanson noted that the Council Goal Setting Study Session is scheduled for January 30th at Veranda Park beginning at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and the meeting will begin at 6:00.  The topics are to review the updated Strategic Plan, Road Project Priorities and the Bureau of Indian Affairs process for land trust applications (Coquille Tribe).  He noted that the staff has updated the Strategic Plan with accomplishments and the document will be sent to the Council for their review prior to the meeting.
 
150.4    Mr. Swanson noted that the City year-end financial statements have been distributed to the Council and a formal presentation by the auditor will occur at the February 6th regular meeting.
 
150.5    Mr. Swanson reported receipt of a letter from 549C School District regarding their search for a new superintendent.  They will be holding a meeting on January 23rd and Council have been invited to participate.
 
150.6    Mr. Swanson reported on the DISC training held on Monday, January 13th.  There were  38 staff participants and two Councilmembers.  It was a great training and he thanked Councilmember Blair for bringing this forward.
 
160.   Propositions and remarks from the Mayor and Councilmembers
160.1    Further Council committee reports.
a.   Councilmember Bunn commented on the letter received from Josephine County, City of Grants Pass and City of Cave Junction announcing their withdrawal from the Rogue Valley Area Commission on Transportation.   
 
b.   Councilmember Corcoran reported on the Water Commission meeting and a presentation of financial statements. He noted that the snow pack is very low and while we are currently okay, the Commission is concerned regarding this issue.
 
c.   Councilmember Jackle reported on the Landmarks & Historic Preservation Commission meeting.  He noted several approvals were given for downtown properties and that the efforts of the Urban Renewal District are paying off in the revitalization of downtown.
 
d.   Councilmember Matthews reported on the Parking Commission meeting and that there was only one response for the request for proposals to study diagonal parking.  The Committee is reviewing the response.  The Holiday Parking Pass program was rolled out and has had positive participation and comments.

 
160.2    Further remarks from Mayor and Councilmembers.
 
170.   Adjournment
There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 10:20 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.
 
 
 
 
Glenda Wilson
City Recorder
 

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