Medford City Council Study Session
April 16, 2015
The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. in Room 340, City Hall, 411 W. 8th Street, Medford with the following members present.
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Clay Bearnson, Eli Matthews, Dick Gordon, Michael Zarosinski, Tim Jackle, Kevin Stine and Chris Corcoran.
1. Pawn//Secondhand Ordinance Revisions: Police Chief Tim George introduced the topic and noted that the presentation is to provide an overview on some recommended revisions to the recently adopted ordinance.
Sgt. Brent Mak addressed the Council and provided an update on how the recently revised ordinance has assisted in locating stolen goods. Sgt. Mak reviewed the changes that Council approved in December 2014. He noted that staff has been working since December to provide training and cameras for various local merchants. He broached the second hand clothing store complaints that came forward after adoption of the ordinance. He noted he had received numerous complaints from local merchants such as Kohls, Target, Macys, etc. about clothing being stolen from them and sold at the second hand stores.
He spoke to the policy used by Kids To Kids clothing store. They will only provide a store credit for any new items that are sold to them. There have been no cases where stolen goods have been found at this store.
Sgt. Mak noted that upon investigation of consignment stores he could not find one case where any stolen property was located in these stores.
Sgt. Mak reviewed the proposed a changes to the ordinance. The first revision would be to remove “or taking in for consignment" from Section 8.105 (3). As there have been no cases of stolen goods being found at these stores, this revision would provide a simple fix.
The second revision proposed would be to add a new Section 8.105 (4) regarding “Non-Regulated Property” which would provide an exclusion to the Code for used clothing or any new clothing item with a new retail value of less than $20.00. This would exempt these items from the required photographing.
Sgt. Mak then spoke to ORS 164.095 Theft by Receiving. He noted that the ORS language defines that the person receiving stolen items is committing a “theft” if the person receives, retains, conceals or disposes of property of another knowing or having good reason to know that the property was the subject of theft.
Councilmembers discussed the proposed changes and requested that staff bring forward the code change proposal in a public hearing.
2. Rogue Valley Television (RVTV) Annual Report: Joe Brett, Rogue Valley Television (RVTV) addressed the Council and provided an overview of the work completed by the organization in the last year. He spoke to the efforts they are undertaking to further enhance their services. Mr. Brett noted this is the 20th anniversary of the relationship between the City of Medford and RVTV. He noted that cable TV is still a preferred source but they are also providing streaming and replays online.
Councilmember Corcoran questioned the program to allow Medford citizens to produce video. Mr. Brett noted that the citizens take a training course and then have access to the equipment, studio, cameras, etc. to produce and publish programs on the Voices public access channel. Mr. Brett spoke to the extension of the public access training and publishing of programs to the non-profits in the community. He also noted that RVTV has been producing other community programs such as the Pear Blossom event.
Brandon Givens, PEG Coordinator addressed the Council and spoke to the work being done with local government jurisdictions. He spoke to the streaming efforts and how that has helped them move forward. They continue to look at all types of technology that is on front edge to ensure they continue to provide multiple medias to help with distribution and transmission.
Council discussed the issue with moving to high definition. Mr. Givens noted it would be in the $70-90,000 range for infrastructure investments.
Meeting adjourned at 6:36 p.m.