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City Council Study Session Agenda & Minutes

Thursday, March 24, 2016

12:00 PM
Medford Room
411 West Eighth Street
Medford, Oregon

  1. International Property Maintenance Code
12:00 PM
Medford Room
411 West Eighth Street
Medford, Oregon

The Medford City Council Study Session was called to order at 12:04 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, Michael Zarosinski
City Manager Pro Tem Bill Hoke; City Attorney Lori Cooper; Deputy City Attorney Kevin McConnell; Deputy City Manager Development Services Chris Reising; Development Services Administrator Christy Taylor; Grants Support Technician Angela Durant; City Recorder Karen Spoonts
Councilmember Kevin Stine was absent.
International Property Maintenance Code
Deputy City Manager Development Services Chris Reising stated there was a need to update the Property Maintenance Code and provided a summary of the proposed Code changes which will be coordinated with the state. 
  • Councilmember Jackle requested derelict structure be stricken. The following issues regarding derelict structures were discussed.
    • Could propose six month time period to comply with Code
    • Buildings can only remain boarded up for six months
    • Hardship cases are included
    • Homeowners have options before the City proceeds with violations
    • Deputy City Attorney Kevin McConnell noted the appeals board will see more of these
    • Mayor Wheeler noted a request to use polycarbon sheets versus plywood, for aesthetics
  • Section 6.02.2 has to do with residential kerosene heaters
Mr. McConnell presented a PowerPoint pertaining to receivership and requested Council adopt a receivership ordinance.
  • In October/November of 2015, the urban blight remedies from other cities were reviewed
  • We can apply to a court for a receivership and give notice with violations
  • If a person fails to respond or abate a nuisance, the City can apply for receivership with urban renewal or housing authority serving as the receivership
  • If the owner does not pay, the City may foreclose
  • A workgroup has been created which is trying to work on these issues
  • May help with affordable housing issues
  • May help address the boarded up houses and reduce the blighted look in areas
  • Part of the lien funding could be used to move people during repairs
  • Housing Authority has a three-four year wait for low cost housing
  • Would be considered a consolidated planning goal and a Housing Authority goal
  • Would be similar to the Homeowner Repair Program
  • Currently houses may not qualify for loans, because they need repair
  • Our dollars go further with the high leverage types of projects
  • Would be an ongoing program
  • Fixing up a home when the homeowner cannot afford to pay may cause issues
  • Demolition is part of the receivership
*Councilmembers Bunn and Zarosinski left and returned.
Councilmember Bunn asked to review the proposed ordinance and whether we could sell the property.  Grants Support Technician Angela Durant noted that HUD has occupancy rules and federal restrictions.
Staff questioned whether City Council would like to adopt the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC); Council agreed.
Development Services Administrator Christy Taylor requested a six-month period before the City would act. Councilmember Jackle would like the ordinance to be broad. Mr. Reising noted the appeal board could assist with possible issues.
*Councilmember Corcoran left.
Mr. McConnell noted a receivership could prevent property remaining vacant for years.
Mayor Wheeler requested another study session pertaining to housing receivership.
The meeting adjourned at 1:36 p.m.
Karen M. Spoonts, MMC
City Recorder

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