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League of Oregon Cities - City Hall Day Minutes

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Medford City Council
League of Oregon Cities City Hall Day
September 11, 2014
The meeting was called to order at noon at the Carnegie Building, Medford with the following guests presents.
Medford Mayor Gary Wheeler; Medford Councilmembers Daniel Bunn, Eli Matthews, Dick Gordon, John Michaels, Tim Jackle, Bob Strosser and Chris Corcoran, City Administrator Eric Swanson.  City Council Candidates George Schroeder, Michael Zarosinsk, Travis Hardey, Tim DíAlessandro, Marlene Nuckols, Kevin Stine, and Clay Bearnson.
State Representatives Sal Esquivel, Alan Bates and Peter Buckley.  State Representative Candidates Dave Dotterrer and Nick Card.
Central Point Mayor Hank Williams, City Administrator Chris Clayton.
Ashland City Manager Dave Kanner; Anne Seltzer, Administrative Analyst.
Phoenix Mayor Jeff Bellah, Councilmembers Karen Jones and Bruce Sophie.
Jacksonville Councilmember Jim Lewis.
Talent Mayor Bill Cecil.
Klamath Falls Councilmember Bud Hart.
Mayor Wheeler welcomed the participants and attendees introduced themselves.  A moment of silence was observed in memory of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Mayor Wheeler welcomed everyone to the event and introduced Craig Honeyman, LOC Legislative Director.  Mr. Honeyman explained the intent of the City Hall day and explained that the LOC policy committee initially reviews legislative issues and brings forward the issues for Cities to vote on the top issues to be addressed by the LOC.  He then provided the background on each of the priority issues.
Transportation Funding:  Discussion regarding the lack of funds to meet the needs to keep infrastructure maintained and new projects built.  More support from the state was needed and consistency in the requirements for funding each cycle. Hard to plan for projects when the focus changes each funding cycle in requirements, priorities keep changing.
Property Tax Reform:  Discussion on the need to address the issue will be a hard discussion but legislature needs to address. Two constitutional amendments and one statutory amendment are proposed for the next election. 
Medical Marijuana:  It was noted that the ballot initiative for authorizing recreational issue is only up by 2 points and may not pass.  Discussion regarding cities passing legislation to not allow or regulate dispensary locations.  Attendees largely noted that the current medical marijuana program is not working and now is not the time to expand the program.  Need to fees the medical marijuana program before establishing dispensaries.
Protecting the Publicís Right of Way:  Continuing efforts to protect Cities ability to establish and collect franchise fees for use of the public right of way.  Attendees noted this is a local control issue and should be left to the municipalities to determine what is best for their communities.
Enhance Mental Health Services:  Discussion on the need to better address mental health in a proactive manner rather having this managed through the enforcement by public safety.  Discussion of graduated system for OLCC permits based on volume to help fund sobering services to deal with the issues.
Mayor Wheeler thanked the attendees for participating in the event.
Meeting adjourned at 1:50 p.m.
Glenda Wilson
City Recorder

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