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City Council Study Session Agenda & Minutes

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

6:00 PM
Medford Room
411 West Eighth Street, Medford, Oregon

1.     Homeless Webinar

2.     Third and Front Street Property

6:00 PM
Medford Room
411 West Eighth Street, Medford, Oregon

The Medford City Council Study Session was called to order at 6:00 p.m. in the Medford Room of the Medford City Hall on the above date with the following members and staff present:
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Clay Bearnson, Daniel Bunn, Chris Corcoran, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Eli Matthews
City Manager Pro Tem Bill Hoke; City Attorney Lori Cooper; City Recorder Karen Spoonts; Human Resource Analyst Jill Auborn; Planning Director Jim Huber; Acting Police Chief Randy Sparacino
Rich Hansen representing St. Vincent de Paul
Councilmembers Kevin Stine and Michael Zarosinski were absent.
Homeless Webinar
Council watched a PowerPoint presentation called "Successful and Proven Real World Solutions to Reduce Homelessness” by Dr. Robert G. Marbut Jr., of Marbut Consulting.
Councilmember Corcoran would like to know how the programs are doing now, as the presentation is six years old. Human Resource Analyst Jill Auborn stated she would find out. Mayor Wheeler suggested if we co-locate, as mentioned in the presentation, we should have services next to LaClinica although he does not mind the Third and Front Street property.
Third and Front Street Property
Councilmember Gordon stated that he wanted the Third and Front Street property on the agenda but now he does not think it is a good idea to feed the homeless there. Rich Hansen, representing St. Vincent de Paul, questioned if Council would consider leasing this property to Rogue Retreat or St. Vincent De Paul to put approximately six-eight tiny homes there for the homeless. He stated the homes are movable and could bring back a proposal within two weeks.
Also discussed:
  • Liability and services
  • Zoning (It is CC and should fit in with that usage)
  • Cooperative agreement
  • Type of screening for those using the facilities (no drugs/alcohol on the premises, no fighting)
  • Hard data as outlined in the presentation (ACCESS does have some for federal reporting)
  • Survey done lists approximately 800-1,000 homeless in Medford although Mr. Hansen suggests multiplying that by two or three.
Council agreed to review the proposal.
The meeting adjourned at 7:47 p.m.
Karen M. Spoonts, MMC
City Recorder


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