Medford City Council Study Session
May 14, 2015
The meeting was called to order at noon in the Medford Room, City hall, 411 W. 8th Street, Medford, with the following members present.
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Daniel Bunn, Clay Bearnson, Kevin Stine, Chris Corcoran, Dick Gordon, Michael Zarosinski, Tim Jackle and Eli Matthews.
1. Garry Penning, Rogue Disposal introduced Brenda Olsen, Technology/Customer Service and Lori Leebrick, Government Affairs/Communication.
Ms. Olsen addressed the Council and provided an update on the operational improvements with new on-board tablets on the residential service trucks. She noted this has streamlined the pickup documentation and allows the customer service staff to provide immediate feed-back to customers.
Mr. Swanson spoke to the City’s long-term relationship with Rogue Disposal via a franchise agreement.
Ms. Olsen spoke to the wireless communication that is being done via Facebook, websites and email notices. She provided details of the organizations “Go Green” initiative. She noted that 95% of Medford residents are using curbside recycling and 52% participate in the yard debris program.
Lori Leebrick addressed the Council regarding recycling programs provided by Rogue Disposal. She spoke to the 100,000 tons of recycling material that is currently being received by Rogue Disposal. She described the changes in their ability to market recyclables, spoke to the challenges with port backlogs, closing of local mills and the recent recession.
Councilmembers discussed the plastic recycling market.
Mr. Penning spoke to the clean energy at the dry creek landfill and their use of the methane gas to provide energy for the facility. He noted that Rogue Disposal has been including CNG trucks in their fleet and are considering opening a natural gas pump facility at their White City plant.
Mr. Penning spoke to Rogue Disposal’s current study of the past five years and the review of cost of service. He noted that this study may result in potential changes in service charges.
Councilmembers also discussed the current legislation on tipping fees and how that would impact the local services.
2. Rogue Valley Council of Governments (RVCOG) - Mike Cavallaro
Mr. Cavallaro addressed the Council and provided an overview of the services provided by RVCOG. He noted that the Jackson County Library Services District is a new member. He provided information on specific services offered such as transportation assistance; land use planning; community development; TMDL monitoring; and senior and disabled services.
Mr. Cavallaro noted he would like to have a more detailed discussion regarding lifelong housing which would install features that assist seniors in staying in their homes. These would be incorporated when building homes and would have minimal expense.
He reviewed the organizations finances and noted that there is a complete summary of the work RVCOG completed for the City of Medford in the past year included in the report.
Councilmember Gordon questioned the proposal to take the State employees into the RVCOG and Mr. Cavallaro noted that based on recent activity with the State, RVCOG will not be proceeding with this program.
The meeting adjourned at 1:25 p.m.