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Medford Urban Renewal Board Meeting

Minutes
Thursday, February 20, 2014

MINUTES OF THE MEDFORD   URBAN   RENEWAL   AGENCY
BOARD  OF  DIRECTORS MEETING
 
Thursday, February 20, 2014
 
 
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, City Hall, 411 W. 8th Street, Medford with the following members and staff present.
 
Boardmembers Dick Gordon, Daniel Bunn, Bob Strosser, Gary Wheeler, Eli Matthews, Tim Jackle, John Michaels and Chris Corcoran.
 
Boardmember Karen Blair was absent.
 
Executive Director Eric Swanson; Deputy City Attorney Lori Cooper; City Recorder Glenda Wilson.
 
20.    Approval or correction of the minutes of the  December 19, 2013 regular meeting
         There being no corrections or amendments the minutes were approved as presented.
 
30.    Oral requests and communications from the audience
30.1  Heather Stafford, Sustainable Valley Technology Group, addressed the Board and provided an update on the activities in their work with new entrepreneurs.
 
30.2  Jeff Jackson, Housing Authority of Jackson County, addressed the Board regarding program income for the rehabilitation of homes in the Liberty Park neighborhood.  He requested that the Board consider granting these funds to the Housing Authority to continue this program of rehabilitation.
 
Alison Chan, Finance Director noted that these funds are actually refunded to the City of Medford and the Council will need to make the decision on this request.
 
40.    Consent calendar
 
50.    Items removed from consent calendar
 
60.    Resolutions
60.1  RESOLUTION 2014-001 A resolution authorizing Change Order No. 1 to a contract with Katalyst, Inc., in the amount of $5,566.14 for environmental work for the Commons Project - Park Block 2.
 
Councilmember Daniel Bunn noted a relationship with Katalyst, Inc. but that this did not affect his ability to vote.
 
Motion:  Adopt the resolution authorizing the Change Order for Katalyst, Inc. in the amount of $5,566.14 and extend the contract for an additional 90 days.
Moved by:  Chris Corcoran                   Seconded by:  John Michaels
Roll Call:  Boardmembers Chris Corcoran, John Michaels, Daniel Bunn, Dick Gordon, Eli Matthews, Bob Strosser and Gary Wheeler voting yes.
Resolution 2014-001 was approved.
 
60.2  RESOLUTION 2014-002  A resolution authorizing execution of a Letter of Intent with Siskiyou-Bellview, LLC and Oregon Architecture, Inc., pertaining to a residential project located at 206 South Central Avenue.
 
Deputy City Manager Bill Hoke provided a staff report and noted that this letter of intent will allow for staff to negotiate with the proposed partners to develop an agreement for the residential project.  Staff is recommending approval to allow for further negotiations.

Mark McKechnie, noted it is the same proposed project.
 
Boardmember Tim Jackle noted he has conflict of interest as his firm formerly represented Siskiyou-Bellview, LLC and he will be abstaining.
 
Motion:  Approve the resolution authorizing the Letter of Intent with Siskiyou-Bellview, LLC and Oregon Architecture, Inc.
Moved by:  Chris Corcoran                   Seconded by:  John Michaels
Roll Call:  Boardmembers Chris Corcoran, John Michaels, Gary Wheeler, Bob Strosser, Eli Matthews and Dick Gordon voting yes.  Boardmember Tim Jackle abstained.
Resolution 2014-002 was duly adopted.
 
70.    Public Hearings
         None
 
80.    Board Business
80.1  Election of Board Officers
 
Motion:  Nominate Chris Corcoran for Chair.
Moved by:  Daniel Bunn
Roll Call:  Boardmembers Daniel Bunn, Chris Corcoran, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Eli Matthews, John Michaels, Bob Strosser and Gary Wheeler voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered.
 
Motion:  Nominate John Michaels as Vice Chair.
Moved by:  Chris Corcoran
Roll Call:  Boardmembers Chris Corcoran, Daniel Bunn, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Eli Matthews, John Michaels, Bob Strosser and Gary Wheeler voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered.
 
Motion:  Nominate Tim Jackle as Secretary.
Moved by:  Chris Corcoran
Roll Call:  Boardmembers Chris Corcoran, Daniel Bunn, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Eli Matthews, John Michaels, Bob Strosser and Gary Wheeler voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered.            
 
90.    Director and other staff reports
90.1  Updated Project Report
Mr. Swanson noted that the project report was included in the agenda packet.  Boardmembers reviewed the report and questioned if there were to be any additional costs forthcoming for the Pear Blossom Park project as it is over budget.  Alison Chan, Finance Director noted that as far as staff was aware there should not be anything further.
 
90.2  Riverside North/South Parking Lot Update
Chris Reising, Building Safety Director provided an update on these projects.  He noted that the Riverside North parking lot will be in a secondary development status.  He spoke to the design challenges on this project and the integration of the lot with the renovation of Hawthorne Park and other downtown revitalization efforts.  He noted that Riverside South parking lot will be the primary focus for redevelopment due to its proximity to the downtown higher education district as well as to assist with the loss of public parking spaces at Evergreen Parking Structure with the completion of the One West Main project. 
 
100.  Propositions and remarks from the Board members, including committee reports
 
110.  Adjournment
         There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:12 p.m.
 
 
Glenda Wilson
City Recorder
 

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