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Thursday, February 05, 2015


                                                                             
                                                  MEDFORD CITY COUNCIL MEETING
 
                                                                 February 5, 2015
                                                                             
 
 
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 Dick Gordon, Clay Bearnson, Kevin Stine, Daniel Bunn, Michael Zarosinski, Tim Jackle and Chris Corcoran.
 
Councilmember Eli Matthews was absent.
 
City Manager Eric Swanson; Deputy City Manager Bill Hoke; City Attorney John Huttl; City Recorder Glenda Wilson.
 
Introduction of the McLoughlin Students of the Month
Rick Parsakian, Assistant Principal updated the Council on school activities and introduced the students of the month.
 
20.     Approval or correction of the minutes of the January 8, 2015 special meeting  and January 15, 2015 regular meeting
         There being no corrections or amendments the minutes were approved as presented.
 
30.     Oral requests and communications from the audience
 
40.     Consent calendar
40.1   REMOVED by Councilmember Stine.
 
40.2   COUNCIL BILL 2015-05  A resolution affirming the Planning Commission’s actions pertaining to notification of a public hearing for a zone change from SFR-00 (Single Family Residential, one dwelling unit per existing lot) to MFR-20 (Multiple-Family Residential, 20 dwelling units per gross acre) on approximately 3.24 acres located between the terminus of West 8th Street and Lozier Lane, south of West Main Street; further affirming that the Planning Commission’s findings were proper and adequate to support the conclusion of street system adequacy (Traffic Impact Analysis); waiving appeal fees.  (ZC-14-118)
 
40.3   COUNCIL BILL 2015-06  A resolution appointing representatives to voting positions as the city representatives on boards and commissions.
 
40.4   COUNCIL BILL 2015-07  An ordinance authorizing exemption from competitive bidding and awarding a five-year contract to Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc. to provide photo traffic enforcement services.
 
Motion:  Adopt the consent calendar.
Moved by:  Daniel Bunn               Seconded by:  Chris Corcoran
Roll Call:  Councilmembers Daniel Bunn, Chris Corcoran, Clay Bearnson, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Kevin Stine and Michael Zarosinski voting yes.
Motion carried and the following Council Bills were duly adopted:  2015-05, 2015-06 and 2015-07.
 
50.     Items removed from consent calendar
40.1 SECOND READING
COUNCIL BILL 2015-02  An ordinance amending the salary schedule for Police Chief and Fire Chief contained within the Rules and Regulations for Executive, Supervisory, and Confidential-Professional employees.
 
Motion:  Adopt the ordinance amending the salary schedule for Police Chief and Fire Chief as amended to be retroactive to January 1, 2015 and maximum increase of 10% for the Police and Fire Chief above the Deputy Chiefs.
Moved by:  Kevin Stine                Seconded by:  Dick Gordon
 
Human Resources Director Michael Snyder addressed the Council regarding the ordinance and compression issues within these two departments.
 
Motion:  Amend the main motion to adopt the ordinance as presented.
Moved by:  Tim Jackle                 Seconded by:  Chris Corcoran
  
Councilmember Gordon noted that he has an issue with the ordinance as written; he is concerned regarding the effect of the classification study for all management employees not being considered in conjunction with this issue.  He noted he also feels this issue should be presented to the Budget Committee.  He questioned if this action will affect other department heads and their second in command.
 
Mr. Snyder noted that if other departments are experiencing the same compression, it should also be addressed.
 
Amendment Roll Call:  Councilmembers Tim Jackle, Chris Corcoran, Daniel Bunn and Michael Zarosinski voting yes.  Councilmembers Kevin Stine, Clay Bearnson and Dick Gordon voting no.
Motion carried and so ordered.
 
Main Motion Roll Call:  Councilmembers Daniel Bunn, Chris Corcoran, Tim Jackle and Michael Zarosinski voting yes.  Councilmembers Kevin Stine, Clay Bearnson and Dick Gordon voting no.
Ordinance 2015-02 was adopted as presented.
 
60.     Ordinances and resolutions
60.1   COUNCIL BILL 2015-08  An ordinance authorizing execution of a Quitclaim Deed in favor of MYOBY, LLC, to vacate an unused sanitary sewer easement crossing property at 1968 Crater Lake Highway.
        
Chris Reising, Deputy City Manager/Development Services addressed the Council and provided a staff report.  He noted that the property is adjacent to Rogue Valley Mall currently occupied by a Shell Station.
 
Motion:  Adopt the ordinance authorizing execution of a Quitclaim Deed in favor of MYOBY, LLC to vacate an unused sanitary sewer easement crossing property at 1968 Crater Lake Highway.
Moved by:  Daniel Bunn               Seconded by:  Clay Bearnson
Roll Call:  Councilmembers Daniel Bunn, Clay Bearnson, Chris Corcoran, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Kevin Stine and Michael Zarosinski voting yes.
Ordinance 2015-08 was duly adopted.
 
60.2   COUNCIL BILL 2015-09  An ordinance authorizing execution of an Intergovernmental Agreement with Jackson County pertaining to shared use of the Jackson County Health Facility bio-swale.
 
Motion:  Adopt the ordinance authorizing an Intergovernmental Agreement with Jackson County pertaining to shared use of the Jackson County Health Facility bio-swale.
Moved by:  Chris Corcoran                       Seconded by:  Dick Gordon
Roll Call:  Councilmembers Chris Corcoran, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Kevin Stine, Michael Zarosinski, Clay Bearnson and Daniel Bunn voting yes.
 
60.3   COUNCIL BILL 2015-10  A ordinance authorizing acceptance and expenditure of a grant in the amount of $75,000 from the Oregon Recreational Trails Program for trail improvements at Prescott Park.           

Motion:  Adopt the ordinance authorizing the acceptance and expenditure of a $75,000 grant from Oregon Recreational Trails Program for trail improvements at Prescott Park.
Moved by:  Chris Corcoran                       Seconded by:  Daniel Bunn
Roll Call:  Councilmembers Chris Corcoran, Daniel Bunn, Clay Bearnson, Michael Zarosinski, Kevin Stine, Tim Jackle and Dick Gordon voting yes.
Ordinance 2015-10 was duly adopted.
 
70.     Council Business
70.1   Council Legislative Priorities
Councilmember Bunn noted that the draft 2015 City Council Legislative Priorities had been distributed at Council places.
 
Councilmembers discussed the transportation projects on the list. Cory Crebbin, Public Works Director responded to the Council questions and noted one of the projects was listed incorrectly (Delta Waters/Owen Drive should have been Owen Drive/Crater Lake Ave.).
                 
Councilmember Bearnson spoke to the effect that a legislated increase in the minimum wage would have on Medford businesses which are largely service based.
 
Councilmember Stine noted the wording on the Measure 91/medical marijuana should be revised to include both recreational and medical marijuana.
 
Motion:  Adopt the 2015 legislative priorities with corrections to transportation and marijuana.
Moved by:  Daniel Bunn               Seconded by:  Chris Corcoran
 
Councilmember Bearnson spoke regarding the opposition to the minimum wage increase legislation.
 
Amend Motion:  Include opposing legislation to increase the minimum wage.
Moved by:  Clay Bearnson                        Seconded by:  Daniel Bunn
Amendment Roll Call:  Councilmembers Clay Bearnson, Daniel Bunn, Chris Corcoran, Dick Gordon and Michael Zarosinski voting yes.  Councilmembers Tim Jackle and Kevin Stine voting no.
Motion carried and so ordered.
 
Main Motion Roll Call:  Councilmembers Daniel Bunn, Chris Corcoran, Clay Bearnson, Dick Gordon, Michael Zarosinski, Kevin Stine and Tim Jackle voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered.
 
70.2   Parking Commission Appointment
Council President Bunn noted that there were two applicants for two partial term vacancies on the Parking Commission: Len Merryman and Mark Orndoff.
 
Motion:  Appoint Mark Orndoff to a partial term ending 1/31/2016 and Len Merryman to a partial term ending 1/31/2017.
Moved by:  Daniel Bunn               Seconded by:  Clay Bearnson
Roll Call:  Councilmembers Daniel Bunn, Clay Bearnson, Chris Corcoran, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Kevin Stine and Michael Zarosinski voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered.
 
70.3   Council Officers Meeting Update
Council President Bunn provided an update on the February 5th Council officers meeting.
  1. School Dist. Meeting is scheduled for March 15th and items for discussion include the Comprehensive Plan amendment, locked facilities and land/property exchange.  Councilmembers are encouraged to provide any additional topics to the Council President.
  2. Legislative Priority listing – reviewed the draft as presented today.
  3. Transient Lodging Tax Financial Information was reviewed by Ms. Chan.  This item is scheduled for a study session on March 12th; staff is meeting with Travel Medford/Chamber on February 9 to review financial information as per our agreement.
  4. MURA Bonds information for payoff of debt service was reviewed.  This information will be forwarded to the MURA Budget Committee and will be discussed at the spring Budget Committee meeting.
  5. Utility Bill Insert articles:  Mr. Swanson reminded Council that the monthly insert is available for any articles that Council may wish to include.
  6. Police Awards Banquet will be on March 6th, Council should let Winnie Shepard know if they would like to attend.
  7. A study session is being scheduled for April 9th to look at time, place, manner for marijuana issues.
 
80.     City Manager and other staff reports
80.1   Pavement Condition Survey
Cory Crebbin, Public Works Director addressed the Council and provided an update on the pavement survey results.  He noted he would be forwarding the executive summary from the report to the Council. 
 
80.2   CGI Community Videos Demonstration
Glenda Wilson, Asst. to the City Manager addressed the Council and demonstrated the Community Video feature on the City website.
 
80.3   Mr. Swanson reported that Public Works Director Cory Crebbin will be on the February 9th Bill Meyer show.
 
80.4   Mr. Swanson noted that the Medford Forum is February 26th and staff is discussing doing a show on Economic Development.
 
90.     Propositions and remarks from the Mayor and Councilmembers
90.1   Proclamations issued:
               None
 
90.2   Further Council committee reports.
a.   Councilmember Corcoran reported on the Water Commission meeting.  He noted that the Commission has decided to not move forward with bi-monthly billing due to cost and complications with how billing is done.  He noted that the Commission software upgrade is moving along and they are now able to get balance sheets on regular basis.
 
b.   Councilmember Corcoran reported on the Parks & Recreation Commission meeting.  He noted that Rich Hansen and Marie Cabler are surveying providers who are feeding the homeless and will be bringing long-term recommendations to the Council to address this issue.
                 
90.3   Further remarks from Mayor and Councilmembers.
 
100.   Adjournment to the evening session
         Meeting adjourned at 1:23 p.m.
 
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EVENING SESSION
 
The meeting was called to order at 7:08 p.m. in Council Chambers, City Hall, 411 W. 8th Street, Medford with the following members and staff present.
 
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Dick Gordon, Clay Bearnson, Kevin Stine, Daniel Bunn, Michael Zarosinski, Tim Jackle and Chris Corcoran.
 
Councilmember Eli Matthews was absent.
 
City Manager Eric Swanson; Deputy City Manager Bill Hoke; City Attorney John Huttl; City Recorder Glenda Wilson.
 
110.   Oral requests and communications from the audience
         None
 
120.   Public hearings
120.1    COUNCIL BILL 2015-11  An ordinance adding Sections 8.4000 through 8.4002 to the Medford Code pertaining to a ban on polystyrene foam disposable food service ware.
 
City Recorder Glenda Wilson provided a staff report and reviewed the initiative process and options for Council consideration.
 
Public hearing opened.

1.  Sam Becker, Initiative proponent, addressed the Council and provided the history and reasons for his work in bringing forward this issue.  He reviewed the volunteer work and cleanup efforts he has done and the ongoing occurrence of PSF products in the trash collected along Bear Creek.  He noted he has meet with a number of stakeholders regarding the issue including the Chamber of Commerce, elected officials, Water Reclamation Facility staff, League of Women Voters and many restaurant owners in the community.  He encouraged the Council to adopt the ordinance and to set the example by not using PSF at any public facilities.

2.  Jan Stensland, owner of Limestone Coffee, spoke in support of the ordinance. 

3.  Ben Anderson, owner of Pita Pit, spoke in support of the ordinance.

4.  Patrick Dunlenvy, representing West Coast Paper, spoke regarding the use of the products in hospitals, jails, extended care facilities.  He spoke to the cost impacts for the non-PSF products.   He suggested the Council encourage further study on this issue and let the public vote.

5.  John Lenz, owner of Jasper’s Café, spoke in opposition of the ordinance.  His restaurant uses both kinds of products. 

6.  Charles Bolen, attorney at Hornecker Cowling LLP,  717 Murphy Road, Medford who was representing several clients addressed the Council regarding the ordinance.  He submitted a revision to the ordinance to provided clarity to the definition for “prepared foods”. 

7.  Ed Chun, owner of Sunrise Café, addressed the Council and spoke in support of the ordinance. 

8.  Cassandra Lunsford, Manager and Karen Irvine, Owner of Papa Murhpys, spoke in support of the ordinance.
 
9.  Justin Stewart, owner of Basil N Berries, spoke in support of the ordinance.  They currently use non PSF products and believe their customers are supportive of this environmental efforts.
 
10.  Jan Stensil, General Manager of the Original Road House Grill, spoke in support of the ordinance.  Their organization has been using non-PSF since 2009. 
 
11.  Susan Doherty, 1053 Mira Mar Ave., Medford  spoke in support of the ordinance and encouraged Council to consider the cost of additional education that will need to be done for the election.
 
12.  Mark Savage addressed the Council in support of the ordinance and encouraged the Council to adopt the ordinance.
 
13.  Sam Becker, under rebuttal, addressed the Council and spoke to the comments from West Coast Paper and noted that Providence Hospital is phasing out the PSF products over the next year.  He referenced the comment that the economic impact from this ordinance on small businesses would be significant; Mr. Becker noted that San Francisco has implemented this ordinance and not one business requested an exemption.  If there is a small business that is currently using PSF and making under $300k gross profit, they would be exempt.    He spoke to the research he has done on the subject and questioned the scientific and environmental impact statements made by some of the testimony in opposition.  Mr. Becker spoke to the proposed language change from Mr. Bolen and that he feels that this is covered in the original language in item C(2).   He spoke to taking action on this issue to address the impacts of PSF on our community, environment and health.
 
Councilmember Zarosinski questioned proper disposal as a better approach then outright banning of the PSF food ware.  Mr. Becker noted that when San Francisco implemented their ban they experienced a 17% decrease in litter.  He noted during the signature gathering process he was able to speak with many individuals and provide education on the hazards of PSF. 
 
Councilmember Jackle questioned if Mr. Becker was opposed to the changes suggested by Mr. Bolen and Mr. Becker stated he did not object but needed to review the actual proposal.
 
Councilmember Gordon suggested changed “gross revenue” to “gross income”.
 
Mayor Wheeler called a five minute recess.
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Meeting reconvened with same members present.
 
Mayor Wheeler questioned the ordinance as written or modified and Mr. Becker noted he would like it passed as written. However, he would like to be included in the discussion of any further changes to the language of the ordinance.
Public hearing closed.
 
Motion:  Adopt the ordinance banning PSF food ware products.
Moved by:  Clay Bearnson                        Seconded by:  Chris Corcoran
 
Council spoke to the work done by Mr. Becker and adoption of the ordinance as written.  They noted that there may need to be future refinement of the ordinance and inclusion of Mr. Becker in that discussion.
 
Roll Call:  Councilmembers Clay Bearnson, Chris Corcoran, Daniel Bunn, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Kevin Stine and Michael Zarosinski voting yes.
Ordinance 2015-11 was duly adopted.
 
120.2    COUNCIL BILL 2015-12  A resolution approving the formation of an Economic Improvement District (EID) for downtown Medford.
 
Diane Raymond, Executive Director of Metro Medford addressed the Council and provided an overview of the creation of the EID and how this will benefit the downtown merchants and property owners.  She spoke to the previous work done by the organization with a grant from the Urban Renewal Agency.  The formation of the EID is a mechanism that allows the property owners to self-tax themselves for specific development and revitalization efforts.
 
Public hearing opened.

1.  Mike Miles, 1203 N. Riverside, Medford addressed the Council and suggested that the Council raise funds for an indoor aquatics center at Hawthorne Park.
 
2.  Randy McKay, Executive Director of Jefferson Live spoke in support of the EID.
 
3.  Sally Densmore, Metro Medford board member addressed the Council and read a statement from Trish Welch, Executive Director of The ARC of Jackson County who is in support of the EID.
 
4.  Phyllis Nelson, 406 E. Main St., Medford spoke in support of the EID.
 
5.  Don Anway, 200 N. Riverside, Inn at the Commons spoke in support of the EID.
 
6.  Steve Berme, addressed the Council regarding the EID and suggested that other methods should be looked at instead of raising the rents in the EID district.
 
7.  George Schroeder, 220 E. Main, Medford spoke in support of the EID.  He noted he is in his 26th year as a renter of a downtown property.
 
8.  Fred Phelps addressed the Council and spoke in support of the EID.
 
9.  Scott Henselman addressed the Council and spoke in support of the EID.
 
10.  Mark Millner addressed the Council and spoke in support of the EID.
Public hearing closed.
 
Motion:  Adopt the ordinance to authorize the formation of an EID and waive receipt of the 5% administrative cost reimbursement.
Moved by:  Dick Gordon              Seconded by:  Chris Corcoran
 
Ms. Wilson noted that there is currently 21% opposition which is below the 33% required for the district to not be formed.  She noted that there were 8 properties that notification was returned due to bad address and no forwarding.
 
Roll Call:  Councilmembers Dick Gordon, Chris Corcoran, Clay Bearnson, Kevin Stine, Daniel Bunn and Michael Zarosinski voting yes.  Councilmember Tim Jackle voted no.
Ordinance 2015-12 was duly adopted.
        
130.   Ordinances and resolutions
         None   
 
140.   Council Business
         None
 
150.   Further reports from the City Manager and staff
         None
 
160.   Propositions and remarks from the Mayor and Councilmembers
         160.1    Further Council committee reports.
 
         160.2    Further remarks from Mayor and Councilmembers.
        
170.   Adjournment
         There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 9:27 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.
 
 
 
 
 
Glenda Wilson
City Recorder
 

 

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