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City Council Special Meeting Minutes
Thursday, July 31, 2014
MINUTES OF THE MEDFORD CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING
July 31, 2014
The meeting was called to order at 11:50 p.m. in the Medford Room, City Hall, 411 W. 8th Street, Medford with the following members and staff present:
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Daniel Bunn, Chris Corcoran, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Eli Matthews, John Michaels, and Bob Strosser
City Manager Eric Swanson; Deputy City Manager Bill Hoke; Deputy City Attorney Lori Cooper; Deputy City Recorder Karen Spoonts
20. Council Business
20.1 Request from OnTrack, Inc. and Cascade Housing Group, LLC regarding priority ranking for grant.
Jennifer Sparacino, Parks Office Administrator, provided the staff report and introduced Rita Sullivan, Executive Director of OnTrack. Ms. Sullivan presented a brief description of the project and requested that council put this project on a priority ranking. She noted this development would reduce foster care as well as adult housing needs.
Councilmember Gordon questioned if this went through the Planning Commission and SPAC; Principal Planner Kelly Akin noted that it will need to go through SPAC. Mr. Gordon commented that there haven’t been any hearings on that as far as he knew and that if we support this are we binding our boards/commissions to support this project. Mayor Wheeler stated that this would only give them a ranking. Ms. Sparacino noted that the Housing Authority project that was discussed at the July 3 City Council meeting did not go to the Housing Commission either.
Councilmember Michaels stated that he would like us to not rank projects. Councilmember Corcoran requested further information about ranking. Mayor Wheeler questioned if this was the same project as the Southeast Plan; Mr. Sullivan noted this is essentially the same model but will be less expensive due to infrastructure. Councilmember Gordon stated that the neighborhood would know about this. Councilmember Strosser questioned if there has been a reaction from the Housing Commission regarding this; Ms. Sparacino noted that this is a short notice and it is something new. Ms. Sullivan noted that the ranking is an application requirement; Jackson County Housing Authority’s project is rated number as one and that there are only two projects that meet this criteria.
Motion: Authorize the Mayor to sign the application priority form showing the 1947 W. Stewart Avenue OnTrack project as second priority
Moved by: Chris Corcoran Seconded by: Eli Matthews
Council discussed the development of the project, adequate notice and a future cutoff deadline; Councilmember Michaels stated he would not support this due to OnTrack’s support of bill 964.
Roll call: Councilmembers Bunn, Corcoran, Gordon, Jackle, Matthews, and Strosser voting yes; Michaels voted no. Motion carried and so ordered.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned to Council Study Session at 12:07 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.
Karen M. Spoonts
Deputy City Recorder