MINUTES OF THE MEDFORD CITY COUNCIL MEETING
October 2, 2014
The meeting was called to order at noon in Council Chambers, City Hall, 411 W. 8th
Street, Medford with the following members and staff present.
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Daniel Bunn, Eli Matthews, John Michaels, Dick Gordon (*left as noted), Tim Jackle, Chris Corcoran (*left as noted) and Bob Strosser.
City Manager Eric Swanson; Deputy City Manager Bill Hoke; Deputy City Attorney Lori Cooper; City Recorder Glenda Wilson.
McLoughlin Students of the Month
Assistant Principal Rick Parsagian provided an update on school activities and introduced the students of the month.
Employee of the Quarter
City Manager Eric Swanson announced the Employee of the Quarter, Jennifer Huston – Purchasing Agent.
City Manager Eric Swanson recognized Fire Inspector Samantha Metheny for her role in the CPR Anytime Program.
20. Approval or correction of the minutes of the September 18, 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 Rogue Valley Food System Network Presentation
Greg Holmes - Chair of the Rogue Valley Food System Council, Hannah Ancel – Community Food System Coordinator for ACCESS, and Tracy Harding - Executive Director of the Rogue Valley Farm to School addressed the Council and provided an overview of their programs. They are requesting that the City acknowledge this program and adopt a proclamation to join as a partner in the program.
30.2 Mary Wooding, 727 Park St., Ashland addressed the Council in opposition of the feeding of the homeless in Railroad Park. She expressed concerns regarding the potential of garbage and vandalism that this will cause. She noted that there is no water or restroom facilities at this location during the wintertime.
30.3 George Schroeder, representing the Southern Oregon Live Steamers addressed the Council regarding the homelessness issues in Medford. He recommended that the City leased the entire park area to the groups running the railroad exhibits. He also recommended that the City fence the entire park.
Mr. Swanson noted that these ideas will be forwarded to the Parks & Recreation Director for further investigation.
40. Consent calendar
50. Items removed from consent calendar
60. Ordinances and resolutions
60.1 COUNCIL BILL 2014-125 A resolution authorizing the approval of The Hospital Facilities Authority of the City of Medford, Oregon Revenue Bonds, Series 2014 (Cascade Manor Project) (the “Bonds”) in one or more series, issued by the Hospital Facilities Authority of the City of Medford, Oregon (the “Authority”).
Alison Chan, Finance Director provided a staff report. She noted that this does action does not obligation the City of Medford financially for the bonds.
: Adopt the resolution authorizing the approval of The Hospital Facilities Authority of the City of Medford, Oregon Revenue Bonds, Series 2014 (Cascade Manor Project).
: Dick Gordon Seconded by
: Eli Matthews
: Councilmembers Dick Gordon, Eli Matthews, Daniel Bunn, Bob Strosser, Chris Corcoran, Tim Jackle and John Michaels voting yes.
Resolution 2014-125 was duly adopted.
60.2 COUNCIL BILL 2014-126 An ordinance approving a cable television franchise agreement between the City of Medford, Oregon (Granter) and Falcon Cable Systems Company II, L.P., locally known as Charter Communications (Grantee).
Councilmembers questioned moving forward with this agreement given the proposed purchase of the franchise by Comcast. Staff noted that the purchase, if occurs pending FCC approval, will not affect the franchise as Comcast will be upholding current agreement. Staff noted that there is no potential for waiting as the City is currently at the maximum franchise allowed by law under this agreement.
: Adopt the resolution approving a cable television franchise agreement between the City of Medford, Oregon and Falcon Cable Systems Company II, L.P., locally known as Charter Communications.
: Bob Strosser Seconded by
: John Michaels
: Councilmembers Bob Strosser, John Michaels, Dick Gordon, Daniel Bunn, Eli Matthews, Tim Jackle and Chris Corcoran voting yes.
Ordinance 2014-126 was duly adopted.
70. Council Business
70.1 Council President Bunn noted that the Council is still accepting applications for Boards & Commission positions.
80. City Manager and other staff reports
80.1 ICMA City Links Update
Mr. Swanson reported this is a partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development, International City Managers Association, Rogue Disposal & Recycling, the City of Batumi of Adjara, Georgia and the City of Medford. The name of the project is Waste Management Technologies in Regions or WMTR for short. Through US AID and the ICMA City Links program, the goal is to work with Rogue Disposal and the City of Batumi on developing and improving waste management and recycling systems in Batumi. A detailed scope of work to clarify the roles and responsibilities will be forthcoming for consideration of whether to pursue this project. This will be a four year commitment for the City to provide pro bono (expenses would be covered) sharing of information, technologies and best management practices. Councilmember Bunn and Deputy City Manager Bill Hoke spoke in support of this program.
*Councilmember Gordon left the meeting.
80.2 University of Oregon Sustainable Cities Program
Mr. Swanson noted that he will be giving a presentation at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL on this program. He will be speaking to both City officials and academics in that region.
80.3 Radio Spot
Mr. Swanson noted that the regular city spot on the Bill Meyer show on October 13, 2014 has been recommended to be opened to the Council candidates.
80.4 Leaf Pickup Schedule
The schedule for this year was emailed to the City Council. Mr. Swanson noted that the free leaf bags will be available this year at Rogue Disposal at One West Main and the White City transfer station.
80.5 League of Oregon Cities Conference
Mr. Swanson reported that Councilmember Bunn and he had been presenters at the conference. He noted he also met with DEQ representatives regarding waste water discharge issues and solid waste recycling mandates.
90. Propositions and remarks from the Mayor and Councilmembers
90.1 Proclamations issued:
Community Planning Month, October 2014
Domestic Violence Awareness Month, October 2014
Mayors United To Help Fight Hunger Month, October 2014
*Councilmember Corcoran left the meeting.
90.2 Further Council committee reports.
a. Councilmember Strosser reported on the Water Commission meeting and discussion of the generic agreement for the outside cities water treat and transport services.
b. Councilmember Matthews reported on the Medford Alba Sister City Committee meeting. He noted that the student exchange program is moving forward with interviews for the next trip. He spoke to the 70th
Anniversary of the 23 Days of Alba.
c. Councilmember Bunn reported on sessions at the League of Oregon Cities conference regarding marijuana. He noted that the League of Oregon Cities has stated that they will not be arguing on home rule in this issue at the legislature as they feel this position would be harmful to the Cave Junction litigation currently under way. He also noted that a session on the PERS litigation was not very optimistic.
90.3 Further remarks from Mayor and Councilmembers.
100. Adjournment to the evening session
The meeting adjourned at 1:49 p.m.
EVENING SESSION WAS CANCELED DUE TO LACK OF QUORUM
Public Hearings to be rescheduled.
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.