MINUTES OF THE MEDFORD URBAN RENEWAL AGENCY
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Thursday, March 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 Chris Corcoran, Daniel Bunn, Bob Strosser, Eli Matthews, Tim Jackle and John Michaels.
Boardmembers Dick Gordon, Gary Wheeler and Karen Blair were absent.
Executive Director Eric Swanson; City Attorney John Huttl; City Recorder Glenda Wilson.
20. Approval or correction of the minutes of the February 20, 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 Finance Director Alison Chan provided an update on the Project Update Report. She noted that during a recent meeting with MURA officers on this report and the associated funding, there was discussion on how to present funding allocations for the upcoming budget. She is currently working on the budget for the next fiscal year and that any funds unspent on the projects that did not get completed will be rolled over to the new budget as new appropriations. However the last two projects, Riverside North and South parking lots, will need additional funds to complete. There will also be a line item for “projects” that will contain any remaining funds that can be allocated. At the last Budget Committee meeting, the Committee recommended that any unallocated funds be dedicated to the Hawthorne Park project.
Board discussed how to bring forward the information in the Budget document so that the Budget Committee can have the discussion on how to allocate the remaining MURA funds that can be expended on projects.
30.2 Diane Raymond, Metro Medford Downtown Association, addressed the Board and presented an update on their marketing grant and activities. She reviewed the use of the MURA grant funds for marketing and requested reallocation of the remaining funds within the program so that the day banner program can be provided to merchants on Main Street at no cost. She also spoke to the new Downtown Art & Sound event tentatively scheduled for September 19th and 20th.
Boardmembers discussed the reallocation of funds and expressed a desire for the merchants to have some financial and maintenance commitment to the day banners. Ms. Raymond noted that could be addressed.
: Approve the Metro Medford Downtown Association grant budget reallocation.
: Bob Strosser Seconded by
: Eli Matthews
: Boardmembers Bob Strosser, Eli Matthews, Daniel Bunn, Chris Corcoran, Tim Jackle and John Michaels voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered.
40. Consent calendar
50. Items removed from consent calendar
60.1 RESOLUTION 2014-003 A resolution authorizing the transfer of $10,000 in façade grant funds from the Palm-Neidermeyer building project to the Central Fire Hall building project.
Lynette O’Neal, Assistant to the Deputy City Manager provided a staff report.
: Adopt the resolution authorizing the transfer of $10,000 in façade grant funds from the Palm-Neidermeyer building project to the Central Fire Hall building project.
: Bob Strosser Seconded by
: John Michaels
: Boardmembers Bob Strosser, John Michaels, Eli Matthews, Tim Jackle, Chris Corcoran and Daniel Bunn voting yes.
Resolution #2014-003 was duly adopted.
60.2 RESOLUTION 2014-004 A resolution authorizing the transfer of $8,550 from the Urban Renewal Contingency Account to the Commons – Park Block 2 project to purchase traffic equipment for Pear Blossom Park.
Rich Rosenthal, Parks & Recreation Superintendent provided a staff report. This equipment will provide traffic control devices to be used for future events in this new park.
: Adopt the resolution authorizing the transfer of $8,550 for the purchase of traffic equipment for Pear Blossom Park.
: Daniel Bunn Seconded by
: Eli Matthews
: Boardmembers Daniel Bunn, Eli Matthews, John Michaels, Tim Jackle, Chris Corcoran and Bob Strosser voting yes.
Resolution 2014-004 was duly adopted.
70. Public Hearings
80. Director and other staff reports
80.1 Medford Urban Renewal Projects Update
Mr. Swanson noted that Ms. Chan presented information on the report at the beginning of the meeting and staff is available to answer any questions.
90. Propositions and remarks from the Board members, including committee reports
There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 6:42 p.m.
The proceedings of the 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.