Medford City Council Study Session
April 10, 2014
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 Tim Jackle, Daniel Bunn, Bob Strosser, Dick Gordon, Karen Blair, Eli Matthews, Chris Corcoran. and John Michaels.
1. Rogue Valley Council of Governments (COG) Annual Update: Mike Cavallaro, Executive Director addressed the Council and provided an overview of the accomplishments and work done by the COG over the last year. He highlighted that the fundamental purpose of the COG is to develop regional collaboration. He noted that a majority of the funding comes through grants and contracts with additional monies coming from donations and membership dues. The COG has no legislative, taxing or enforcement authority.
He reviewed recent changes including the new MPO in Josephine County and the Josephine Community Transit establishment of bus route between Grants Pass and Medford. He reviewed the services available by the COG and projects that the COG has worked on for the various communities that utilize their services. He reviewed the COG financial statistics and projected revenues. He noted that the COG board has authorized a 3% increase in the dues but noted that the dues make up 2% of the overall revenue for the agency.
Councilmembers spoke to the methodology of the dues for the COG and continued support for the organization.
2. Business License Appeal Code Revision: Lori Cooper, Deputy City Attorney addressed the Council and provided an overview of the existing code language governing business and nuisance appeals. She noted that recent issues have brought forward areas of the code that could be recommended for streamlining the appeal process, establishing improved timelines for appeals to occur, create provisions for emergency suspensions of business licenses/taxi cards and establish fees for administrative appeals.
She provided an overview of options for the Council consideration to change the appeal process structure and potential for increased timelines for hearings. Councilmembers discussed the options and expressed a desire to retain the final decision making at the Council level. Regarding fees, the Council was in support of fees but would like a recommendation for a lesser fee for Taxi Identification cards. Council also expressed a desire for a code modification to allow the Public Work’s Director greater discretion in authorizing the time for repairs. The current code allows the Public Work’s Director to allow an additional 90 days and the Council has heard appeals/requests for up to twelve months.
Councilmember Michaels noted he would like the Council to discuss at some point what the Council can do to assist property owners in making sidewalk repairs.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 1:22 p.m.