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Minutes
Thursday, January 15, 2015

MINUTES OF THE MEDFORD   URBAN   RENEWAL   AGENCY
BOARD  OF  DIRECTORS MEETING
 
Thursday, January 15, 2015
 
 
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, Mike Zarosinski, Tim Jackle, Eli Matthews, Daniel Bunn, Clay Bearnson, Kevin Stine and Dick Gordon.
 
Executive Director Eric Swanson; Deputy City Attorney Lori Cooper; City Recorder Glenda Wilson.
 
20.    Approval or correction of the minutes of the September 18, 2014 regular meeting
         There being no amendments the minutes were approved as presented.
 
30.    Oral requests and communications from the audience
 
40.    Consent calendar
 
50.    Items removed from consent calendar
 
60.    Resolutions
60.1  RESOLUTION 2015-001  A resolution authorizing the Medford Urban Renewal Agency to adopt biennial budgets.
 
Motion:  Adopt the resolution authorizing the Medford Urban Renewal Agency to adopt biennial budgets.
Moved by:  Daniel Bunn                       Seconded by:  Eli Matthews
Roll Call:  Boardmembers Daniel Bunn, Eli Matthews, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Gary Wheeler and Chris Corcoran voting yes.  Boardmembers Clay Bearnson, Kevin Stine and Michael Zarosinski abstained.
Resolution 2015-001 was duly adopted.
 
60.2  RESOLUTION 2015-002  A resolution authorizing execution of a 50-year Lease Agreement with Sky Park Medford, LLC, for a proposed residential project to be constructed over a portion of the Central A parking lot located at 206 South Central Avenue.
 
Bill Hoke, Deputy City Manager presented a staff report.  He noted that this will allow for the construction of the project to begin to move forward. The developer is anticipating that construction will begin in June 2015.  The building of the platform is to be completed by September to accommodate the Rogue Community College/Southern Oregon University fall school term.
 
Councilmembers questioned elements of the proposed project including clarification of the dates for construction, ongoing maintenance responsibilities, development review process, parking facilities and legal responsibilities.
 
Motion:  Adopt the resolution authorizing a 50-year Lease Agreement with Sky Park Medford, LLC, for a proposed residential project to be constructed over a portion of the Central A parking lot located at 206 South Central Avenue.
Moved by:  Gary Wheeler                     Seconded by:  Eli Matthews
 
Boardmember Tim Jackle abstained due to conflict of interest.
 
Roll Call:  Boardmembers Gary Wheeler, Eli Matthews, Chris Corcoran, Dick Gordon and Daniel Bunn voting yes.  Boardmembers Tim Jackle, Clay Bearnson, Kevin Stine and Michael Zarosinski abstained.
Resolution 2015-002 was duly adopted.          
 
60.3  RESOLUTION 2015-003  A resolution adopting Supplemental Budget #1 for fiscal year 2014-15.
 
Alison Chan, Finance Director provided a staff report.  She spoke to the Budget Committee direction that any unspent capital improvement funds be redirected to the Hawthorne Park project.  If the Board does not want that to occur, she recommends letting the appropriation lapse and readdress the funds at the Budget Committee meeting this spring.
 
Motion:  Adopt the resolution adopting Supplemental Budget #1 for fiscal year 2014-15 subject to the 4th and Central project be made whole and any unneeded funds be transferred to the Hawthorne Park project.
Moved by:  Dick Gordon                      Seconded by:  Daniel Bunn
Roll Call:  Boardmembers Dick Gordon, Daniel Bunn, Clay Bearnson, Chris Corcoran, Tim Jackle, Eli Matthews, Kevin Stine, Michael Zarosinski and Gary Wheeler voting yes.
Resolution 2015-003 was duly adopted.
 
60.4  RESOLUTION 2015-004  A resolution granting a 5-foot wide public utility easement along the Tenth Street right-of-way abutting the property located at 223 South Riverside Avenue.
 
Motion:  Adopt the resolution granting a 5-foot wide public utility easement along the Tenth Street right-of-way abutting the property located at 223 South Riverside Avenue.
Moved by:  Daniel Bunn                       Seconded by:  Dick Gordon
Roll Call:  Boardmembers Daniel Bunn, Dick Gordon, Gary Wheeler, Michael Zarosinski, Kevin Stine, Eli Matthews, Tim Jackle, Chris Corcoran and Clay Bearnson voting yes.
Resolution 2015-004 was duly adopted.
 
70.    Public Hearings
 
80.    Director and other staff reports
80.1  Update on the Sixth Street Housing Authority Project
Eric Swanson noted that the Jackson County Housing Authority has given the City notice to vacate the Sixth Street parking lot as they are preparing to begin their housing project.
 
80.2  Finance Department Memo re: MURA Bonds
Finance Director Alison Chan addressed the Council regarding the efforts taken to pay off the 2007 and 2009 privately held Agency bonds.  The 2009 note has been paid off.  The 2007 note is going to be paid off in June of this year with no penalities.  Paying these off early avoids approximately $1 million in future interest expense.
 
She noted that there is one receivable still outstanding and it is anticipated to be paid off in the next biennium.
 
She noted that when the Agency no longer receives the tax increment the City will receive an estimated increase of $1 million in property taxes.
 
Ms. Chan addressed the unspent project appropriation and noted that the Budget Committee had directed any unspent project appropriation be redirected to the Hawthorne Park Rehabilitation project.  She noted that since the Fašade improvement projects are complete there is $132,000 in unspect Fašade Improvement appropriation.  In addition there is $62,000 of unspent project contingency available.  Staff will be transferring these funds totally $194,000 to the Hawthorne Park project.
 
Boardmembers discussed the special levy ending and Ms. Chan noted that this discussion will be part of the Agency Budget Committee meeting this spring.  Boardmembers discussed the funding of the pedestrian bridge connecting Hawthorne Park with the new Riverside North parking lot.  Brian Sjothun, Parks & Recreatio Director noted that any additional funds that could be directed to this project would assist in the planning for this facility.
 
90.    Propositions and remarks from the Board members, including committee reports
90.1  Board Officers Election
        
Nomination:  Chris Corcoran for Chair; Tim Jackle for Vice Chair and Eli Matthews for Secretary.
Nominated by:  Dick Gordon                Seconded by:  Daniel Bunn
Roll Call:  Boardmembers Dick Gordon, Daniel Bunn, Eli Matthews, Chris Corcoran, Gary Wheeler, Kevin Stine, Michael Zarosinski, Tim Jackle and Clay Bearnson voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered.
                 
90.2  Medford Urban Renewal Agency Budget Committee Appointment
 
Motion:  Appoint Jerry Shean and Ed Felan to the Medford Urban Renewal Agency Budget Committee for terms ending 1/31/2018.
Moved by:  Dick Gordon                      Seconded by:  Gary Wheeler
Roll Call:  Boardmembers Dick Gordon, Gary Wheeler, Chris Corcoran, Daniel Bunn, Kevin Stine, Clay Bearnson, Eli Matthews, Tim Jackle and Michael Zarosinski voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered.
 
100.  Adjournment
         There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 7:10 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.
 
 
 
Glenda Wilson
City Recorder

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