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Thursday, August 20, 2015

12:00 noon & 7:00 p.m.
Medford City Hall, Council Chambers
411 West Eighth Street, Medford, Oregon
The regular meeting of the Medford City Council was called to order at 12:00 noon in the Council Chambers of the Medford City Hall on the above date with the following members and staff present:
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Daniel Bunn, Chris Corcoran*, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Eli Matthews*, Kevin Stine, Michael Zarosinski
City Manager Pro Tem Bill Hoke; City Attorney Lori Cooper; City Recorder Karen Spoonts
Councilmember Clay Bearnson was absent.
*Arrived/left as noted.
Employee Recognition
*Councilmember Matthews arrived.
Employees from the Finance, Fire, Police, and Public Works Departments were recognized for their years of service.
Promotions from the City Manager’s office, Finance, Parks and Recreation, and Planning Department were recognized.
New Employees from Parks and Recreation, Police, and Public Works Department were introduced.
20.    Approval or correction of the minutes of the August 6 meeting regular meeting
         There being no additions or corrections, the minutes were approved as presented.
30.    Oral requests and communications from the audience
         30.1    Parks and Recreation Foundation – Play Every Day Scholarship
Joe Brett, President of the Parks and Recreation Foundation presented a Play Every Day check in the amount of $24,295.42 and provided information on the foundation’s latest endeavors.
30.2   Quarterly Economic Development Update from SOREDI, by Ron Fox        
Ron Fox, SOREDI, presented the quarterly economic development update. He stated that they have three new employees, Andrea Carlson, Kathy Trautman, and Tim Root; he presented information on business retention and expansion activities, recruitment activities, and entrepreneurial business development. 
Councilmember Jackle questioned the virtual building and how it works; Mr. Fox explained that it is like going to a residential subdivision where you choose a model home. They hope to have in place two buildings which will give the prospect more reason to look at our area more seriously. Councilmember Jackle questioned the Site Plan approval on a variety of locations; Mr. Fox hoped they get to the level but it may take a few months to get there. Councilmember Corcoran questioned the impact of SDCs to new businesses and the difference between the County and the City; Mr. Fox noted that they can be collected various ways in different areas. Jackson County does have a provision that they can be paid over time which reduces the impact to the business prospect. Councilmember Corcoran requested a report from staff on what it would take to spread the SDCs over time. He also commented on the report given and requested Council supports the funding request from SOREDI.
30.3        Eric Dittmer, 2217 Milford Drive, Medford and Lee Lull, 292 Willow Springs Drive, Talent, invited Council to attend the Southern Oregon Climate Action Now event which will be held October 13-14, 2015 at the Inn at the Commons. Mr. Dittmer provided information on the critical climate issues in our area. Ms. Lull described how the event will take place and encouraged Council to attend.
30.4        Phil Carvalho, 33 Rose Street, Medford, representative of Patients Helping Patients, stated that he found a contradiction in the law and thought maybe they could come up with a compromised solution. On May 1st he received an injunction against his dispensary due to the Federal law.  There are many medical marijuana patients in Oregon and patients are leaving our town to find medical marijuana elsewhere. He is looking for a reasonable compromise. Mayor Wheeler noted that we have a study session that will be looking at this topic. Mr. Carvalho invited Council to visit his business.
40.    Consent calendar
50.    Items removed from consent calendar
60.    Ordinances and resolutions
60.1     COUNCIL BILL 2015-82 An ordinance amending the classifications of Assistant to the City Manager II, City Recorder, Human Resources Analyst, and Executive Office Manager within the Rules and Regulations for Executive, Supervisory, and Confidential-Professional employees.
Motion:  Adopt the ordinance amending the classifications of Assistant to the City Manager II, City Recorder, Human Resources Analyst, and Executive Office Manager within the Rules and Regulations for Executive, Supervisory, and Confidential-Professional employees.   
Moved by:  Daniel Bunn                                                                      Seconded by:  Chris Corcoran
Roll call:  Councilmembers Bunn, Corcoran, Gordon, Jackle, Matthews, Stine, and Zarosinski voting yes.
Ordinance #2015-82 was duly adopted.
60.2     COUNCIL BILL 2015-83  An ordinance amending Sections 8.105 and 8.115 of the Medford Code pertaining to reporting requirements for pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers.
Mayor Wheeler requested a staff report. Police Chief George provided background information and how the amendment to the code will help secondhand dealers.  Councilmember Gordon questioned who came up with the $20 mark; Police Chief George noted that Police thought that was reasonable. Councilmember Gordon questioned if there were other issues and is everyone satisfied; Police Chief George talked about what some of the stores are doing; Sgt. Brett Mak noted these only affect those with clothing, such as Kid-to-Kid and Runway Clothing. The businesses will be trained on this; he noted they are trying to be fair to everyone. Councilmember Stine questioned the impact of getting stolen materials back to the individual and the businesses that thought they would go out of business; Sgt. Mak noted that they are still in business and talked about the stolen property that is found daily. He noted that Police have a working relationship with these businesses and send out weekly lists of what is stolen but Police find 77% of items that are stolen. Discussed was stolen property and how it is returned to the owner. Councilmember Gordon talked about the disadvantage that cities don’t have the same rules and regulations; Sgt. Mak noted that this information is sent to other cities and so far it is not happening; as far as our numbers, they are on par with last year.
Motion:  Adopt the ordinance amending Sections 8.105 and 8.115 of the Medford Code pertaining to reporting requirements for pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers.   
Councilmember Corcoran thanked the Police Department for the proposal they brought forth pertaining to stolen items.
Moved by:  Kevin Stine                                                      Seconded by:  Dick Gordon
Councilmember Corcoran indicated that the Police Department had identified an issue in Medford and proactively looked around at other communities, and came to Council with a reasonable proposal as to how we might better regulate the process that these pawn shops need to go through before they release items for sale.  We passed that ordinance; then there was a flaw that was identified by the people who have these consignment stores.  Our Police Department then again went out and met with these individuals and came back with yet another proposal for an ordinance.  Everyone worked together to make this a better ordinance and make it easier for the Police Department to do their job, and victims are more hopeful that they receive their possessions back. 
Roll call:  Councilmembers Bunn, Corcoran, Gordon, Jackle, Stine, Matthews and Zarosinski voting yes.
Ordinance #2015-83 was duly adopted.
60.3     COUNCIL BILL 2015-85 A resolution adopting the second supplemental budget for the 2015-2017 biennium.
Finance Director Alison Chan presented the staff report noting that a grant expired; we asked that it be extended and it was until the end of August. Councilmember Stine questioned why it is put in the General Fund; Ms. Chan explained the process.
Motion:  Adopt the resolution adopting the second supplemental budget for the 2015-2017 biennium.
Moved by:  Dick Gordon                                                     Seconded by:  Eli Matthews
Roll call:  Councilmembers Bunn, Corcoran, Gordon, Jackle, Stine, Matthews and Zarosinski voting yes.
Resolution #2015-85 was duly adopted.
Out of sequence.
120.  Public hearing
COUNCIL BILL 2015-84   An ordinance vacating an approximate 20-foot by 225-foot long strip of public right-of-way, perpendicular to the north side of 10th Street, between South Holly Street and South Ivy Street. (SV-15-053) Land Use, Quasi-Judicial
Lori Cooper, City Attorney, read the quasi-judicial rules. 
Planning Director Jim Huber presented the staff report. Councilmember Gordon questioned if it was noticed for the evening session; Councilmember Bunn noted that it was noticed for a noon meeting.
Public hearing opened.
Mayor Wheeler read the ex-parte communication rules. 
Public hearing closed.
Motion:  Adopt the ordinance vacating an approximate 20-foot by 225-foot long strip of public right-of-way, perpendicular to the north side of 10th Street, between South Holly Street and South Ivy Street.   
Moved by:  Kevin Stine                                                      Seconded by: Daniel Bunn
Roll call:  Councilmembers Bunn, Corcoran, Gordon, Jackle, Stine, Matthews and Zarosinski voting yes.
Ordinance #2015-84 was duly adopted.
Back in sequence.
70.    Council business
         70.1     Boards and Commission Appointments
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)  Applicants are:  Kristen Brooks, Joseph Smith, Jeff Smith, Karl Geidans, Scott McKay, Richard Stach, Edgar Hee, Sandra Crews, and Randy McElmurry.  Councilmembers Matthews and Jackle as well as BPAC Chairperson Michael Mane interviewed and recommended Kristen Brooks and Joseph Smith.
Daniel Bunn – Joseph Smith and Kristen Brooks
Chris Corcoran – Joseph Smith and Kristen Brooks
Dick Gordon – Joseph Smith and Kristen Brooks
Tim Jackle – Joseph Smith and Kristen Brooks
Eli Matthews – Joseph Smith and Kristen Brooks
Kevin Stine – Joseph Smith and Kristen Brooks
Mayor Wheeler -  Joseph Smith and Kristen Brooks
Michael Zarosinski – Joseph Smith and Kristen Brooks
Voting results:  Joseph Smith with term ending 2017, and Kristen Brooks with term ending 2016.
Housing Commission applicants are:  Dawn Blanchette, Jennifer Puryear, and Daniel Smith. Recommendations from liaisons were Dawn Blanchette and Jennifer Puryear. Councilmember Gordon requested this be tabled until Clay Bearnson is present either in person or by phone. 
Motion:  Continue the voting on Housing Commission applicants until September 3, 2015.
Moved by:  Dick Gordon                                             Seconded by:  Kevin Stine
Roll Call: Councilmembers Bunn, Corcoran, Gordon, Jackle, Stine, Matthews and Zarosinski voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered.
         70.2     Federal Lobbyist
Councilmember Bunn stated that he requested this be held over to the evening session as Councilmember Bearnson will be phoning in. Councilmember Gordon would like to receive any additional references that may have come in; City Manager Pro Tem Bill Hoke noted that all have been sent to Council.
80.    City Manager and other staff reports
         80.1     Loss Prevention Report
Finance Director Alison Chan gave a report indicating Municipal Court runs a theft recovery program and annually we make a donation to the Rogue Valley Loss Prevention Association from the proceeds from that program.  This program was established nine years ago when the County ended their program.  The program is designed to help “first time” theft offenders start over with new decisions about not stealing.  The offender is required to make a list of all unreported thefts that they have committed over the last three years, we verify the accuracy of that list via polygraph examination and then they are required to make restitution.  Clients are granted immunity from those thefts and then they are considered successful in the program.  The Rogue Valley Loss Prevention Association is a non-profit association which consists of security personnel of the stores and the local merchants.  Over the nine years we have contributed over $57,000 to this organization and this year our contribution will be $6,500.  It has been a very successful program.  Ms. Chan complimented Municipal Court Clerk Denise Bostwick. 
         80.2    Parks Project Update Report
Parks and Recreation Director Brian Sjothun presented a project update on new projects in progress, new projects to begin as well as continuing projects.
Councilmember Corcoran stated that he attended the Parks and Recreation Commission meeting where the Leisure Services Master Plan was discussed; he requested Mr. Sjothun talk about that. Mr. Sjothun stated that they completed the survey results and what the outcome of that was. Neighborhoods that do not have access to the parks will work with the school district for a cost share on the school parks. Councilmember Corcoran stated that he will be part of the committee to review the three RFP’s received and the desire was from all who submitted an RFP to bring this to Council.
*Councilmember Corcoran left.
         80.3     Request for Utility Payment Report
Public Works Director Cory Crebbin presented the staff report stating that Dr. Young would like more of his fees reimbursed. He provided information on why it is only a two year reimbursement and provided the code pertaining to adjustment of bills for billing error. The code only gives staff the ability to go back two years. Council should find that it is reasonable that the person paying the utility bill was that he did not know what he was paying for. Mr. Crebbin thought Council could make a decision from the facts presented. City Attorney Lori Cooper would like to know how we have done this in the past and would like to have a record of this as an ordinance makes it easier to find. Mayor Wheeler thought we could bring this back on September 3, 2015. Councilmember Stine questioned how the accounts were stated as the wording reads “presumably”. Mr. Crebbin assumed building permits were started in 2006 and commented that this situation is a very rare event. 
Councilmember Bunn questioned if the MWC was establishing billing accounts when building permits were filed; Mr. Crebbin could not point to any one organization that was responsible.  Councilmember Bunn indicated that he thought a refund was warranted if we can’t figure out why they were billed, then how are they expected to figure it out.  He recommended a refund. 
Mr. Crebbin requested direction for his upcoming presentation on September 3, 2015; Mayor Wheeler requested that it be presented in relation to the present ordinance.  That way they can make an exception to the ordinance and it is clear that the ordinance was reviewed.  Councilmember Gordon indicated he would appreciate an AIC that talks about past practice. 
         80.4    Further reports from City Manager
90.    Propositions and remarks from the Mayor and Councilmembers
         90.1     Proclamations issued: None
         90.2     Further Council committee reports
a.   Councilmember Zarosinski attend the MWC rate meeting with their wholesalers; we will expect increases and it is still undetermined who pays what amount.  The MWC is also looking at some financing options to soften the blow a little. 
b.   Councilmember Bunn reported that he, Councilmember Corcoran and senior members of the staff attended a meeting with the School District yesterday; they are doing well on improving relationships and are working on a few issues of mutual concern, such as parking.
c.   Councilmember Gordon introduced his granddaughter, Jingyi, who is in the audience, she will be a senior at St. Mary’s Academy in Portland this fall.  Mayor Wheeler welcomed her to our City. 
         90.3     Further remarks from Mayor and Councilmembers
a.   Mayor Wheeler appointed Matthew Mendenhall and Corin Elmore to the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Commission (MYAC) and reappointed Ashley Rietmann, Chad Moncus and Dylan Moncus. 
b.   Mayor Wheeler stated that there will be an Executive Session tonight at 6:00 p.m. regarding litigation or litigation likely to be filed.  At 6:30 p.m. we have a study session with a report from Rogue Disposal on green waste. At 7:00 p.m. there will be a Council meeting which will be a continuation of the UGB proposed amendment and the selection of a Federal Lobbyists. 
100.  Adjournment to the evening session
The meeting adjourned to the evening session at 1:52 p.m.
7:00 P.M.
The regular meeting of the Medford City Council was called to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Medford City Hall on the above date with the following members and staff present:
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmember Daniel Bunn, Chris Corcoran, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Eli Matthews, Kevin Stine, and Michael Zarosinski
City Manager Pro Tem Bill Hoke; City Attorney Lori Cooper; City Recorder Karen Spoonts
Councilmember Clay Bearnson was absent.
110.  Oral requests and communications from the audience
Out of sequence
        70.2    Federal Lobbyists
Mayor Wheeler noted that we had three candidates and he would entertain a motion or discussion whichever Council would like.  Councilmember Bunn requested a poll versus a motion. Councilmember Bunn thought all three finalists would do a fine job. His preference is for the CFM Strategic Communications. Councilmember Matthews agreed that all three were competent.  He thought CFM Strategic Communications stood out; they have a physical presence in Oregon and are cost effective. Councilmember Jackle agreed with both Mr. Bunn and Mr. Matthews.  Councilmember Gordon liked Keller McIntyre and Associates as we need someone with a chip on their shoulder and thinks outside of the box. He would like them full time representing municipalities. He thought CFM was mostly grant money. His second choice would be Van Scoyoc Associates.  Councilmember Zarosinski questioned how long the contract would be; Mr. Hoke noted that it would be at the direction of Council but could be one year with annual renewals. Councilmember Zarosinski noted that we have options should we not like the outcome.  He thought all three would do a good job. Councilmember Stine agreed with the others regarding CFM Strategic Communications. Councilmember Corcoran remarked on the comments from the other cities and would like Keller McIntyre & Associates and second would be Van Scoyoc Associates. Mayor Wheeler thought Keller McIntyre & Associates was aggressive, almost over the top and stated he was not impressed with Van Scoyoc Associates. As far as CFM Strategic Communications, he would go with them first, then Van Scoyoc Associates. Councilmember Corcoran stated that we would need to know who they would assign to us as they usually assign junior staff to this; Mr. Hoke stated that his understanding is that who came to the presentation is who you get.
Motion   Move to award the contract for Federal representation to CFM Strategic Communications, Inc.
Moved by:   Daniel Bunn                                             Seconded by:  Eli Matthews
Roll Call:  Councilmembers Bunn, Matthews, Zarosinski, Stine and Jackle voting yes; Councilmembers Gordon and Corcoran voting no.
Motion was duly adopted. 
Mayor Wheeler thanked staff for their assistance. City Attorney Lori Cooper noted that the contract will need to come back to Council for final approval.
Back in sequence
120.  Public hearings
120.2   CONTINUED. Consideration of a proposed Comprehensive Plan/Urban Growth Boundary Amendment affecting the General Land Use Plan (GLUP) map, the Medford Street Functional Classification Plan of the Transportation Element, and portions of the text of both the Urbanization and GLUP Elements.
Mayor Wheeler noted that we should be able to close the public hearing tonight and keep the record open. Councilmembers Bunn and Corcoran again recused themselves. Principal Planner John Adam stated that three more items were received today and they are at Council’s places as Exhibits YYY, ZZZ and AAAA.
Public hearing continued.
  1. Bill Leever, 1060 Crater Lake Avenue, Medford, came forward regarding MD-2 and thought this area needs to be included in the UGB. He is the owner/partnership with Mike Malepsy in MD-2.He noted his project is shovel ready, all utilities are already to the site and land will be donated for a school (20 acres) and a park (20 acres).Their plan has been recommended by staff and the Planning Commission and they are very excited.They have been supported by DLCD and the 1000 Friends of Oregon because of the reasons stated above.Councilmember Jackle said that one of the attorneys said that if we have to consider concept plans you would have to agree in some fashion, in other words commit to what you say you will do. He questioned if he is willing to commit to this concept; Mr. Leever stated he was.
    b.   Curt Bennett, 4808 Oakleaf Pass Drive, Medford, stated that there are good plans and ill plans in the City. His comments relate to MD-5.  He expressed concerns with the connectivity to the parks and added irrigation land into the UGB. He talked about the urban space between cities which is a desire of other communities. He urged Council to support MD-5. Councilmember Gordon questioned if he was on the Council when Chrissy Park was accepted; Mr. Bennett noted that he was not.
    c.   Donna Andrews, 3821 Fieldbrook Avenue, Medford, requested Council include MD-5 into the UGB.
    d.   Marge Zuttler, 10 E. South Stage Road, #421, requested Council think of people who live here now and who will come in the future. We need a city that brings people together which would enable diversity.
    e.   Rick Harris, Box 1434, Talent, stated that we need to make sure we have a diversity of housing and spoke to MD-7 and MD-8. In 12 years the median housing rose only 9%.  In the same time frame the cost of new construction went up 22%.  Affordable housing is from $175,000 to $214,000. 
    f.    Dave Wright, 4036 Fieldbrook Avenue, Medford, supports MD-5 because of the livability of Summerfield. He stated that we have an opportunity to do something great by continuing the expansion of the greenway to North Phoenix. He also talked about the walk score and Medford’s score is 35 out of 100, which is one of the lowest scores in the region (Ashland is a 77).
    g.   Jim Stocker, 1506 Village Center Drive, Medford, Rogue Valley Manor (RVM) Resident/Board Member, represents the RVM Centennial Committee, supports the active adult retired community that would be next to the RVM Centennial Golf Course. Active adult housing should be a part of any urban growth plan. Councilmember Jackle questioned what would happen if they only received part of the acreage they are asking for; he noted that it would make a dramatic change for their plan.
    h.   Debbie Vincent, Box 4606, Medford, reviewed the Planning staff report and their recommendations and thought they have done an exemplary job. She requested Council add MD-5 as she would benefit from the use of Chrissy Park and Prescott Park.
    i.    Jim Hays, 520 N. Bartlett, and a member of the Medford Congregational Church, requested that the City partly reverse the decision of May 14, 2015,  reinstate some of the acres that had been removed, and leave those 180 acres out, as originally proposed. Councilmember Gordon questioned the area he spoke about for MD-3; Mr. Hays stated he was going for the northwest portion of MD-3 which was taken out.
    j.    Bob Tull, resident of the R.V. Manor, noted that there is a lot of discussion where he lives pertaining to MD-5 for the Centennial property. He questioned what is the interest of the City pertaining to this area as they have an interest to the City as a whole. He urged Council bring this property into the UGB; if it is not set up for development it will no longer be an asset to the city. Outside the UGB the Centennial probably cannot be maintained. Councilmember Jackle questioned if it had to be all or nothing; Mr. Tull questioned what would happen to the other half and it would require a significant rethinking of what they would do with the property.
    k.   Jay Harland, CSA Planning, Medford, provided responses to the questions that were brought forth at the last meeting. He talked about the 121 acres of unbuildable lands and the developed and unbuildable lands not accounted for. Councilmember Jackle questioned the letter we received from Greg Holmes pertaining to whether or not the agricultural buffers had been accounted for and as of this writing some adjustments may need to be made and should be short than the 120 acres that CSA Planning is requesting. Councilmember Zarosinski questioned his comments on the scoring in particular.  Councilmember Stine talked about scoring and the mistakes that they see; Mr. Harland noted that they needed to be flushed out more. Councilmember Stine questioned where a scoring is too good; Mr. Harland noted that at the coarse filter some were removed when they scored well.
    l.    Megan LaNier, Richard Stevens & Associates, summited additional information from their attorney and spoke about MD-2. Councilmember Gordon questioned the land north of east Vilas Road included in the recommendation from the Planning Commission and is it buildable property. She noted that it is relatively flat but does not represent them. Councilmember Jackle questioned the findings for a comparison; she noted that it is submitted tonight. She noted their exhibit is P and KK and what is given tonight.
    m.  Greg Holmes, 1000 Friends of Oregon, presented additional information for the record. The scoring criteria might be a problem if that was inconsistent or had major errors. It doesn’t mean that process doesn’t have to be redone. They generally support staff’s recommendations and thought this was a sound proposal. Councilmember Jackle thanked him for his letter; he questioned if he was able to look at the 121 acres. Mr. Holmes stated that staff did account for agricultural buffers.
    Mayor Wheeler stated there will be no decision tonight and Council needs to work through this including the additional information. He will close the public hearing tonight and leave the record open. He thought we would need a few study sessions and that we might come to a decision by November.
Public hearing closed.
Mr. Adam addressed issues that were presented and briefly commented on each area as follows: MD-1 received no testimony; MD-2 most recommended at staff level with the wetlands listed as unbuildable; MD-3 two thirds was in the original staff recommendation; much testimony to restore; charges of inconsistencies; MD-4 entire area was in the original staff recommendation; 100 acres are in right now; MD-5 added some acreage not including the Hansen area as well as a portion of Mahar property; Centennial was mostly unchanged; MD-6 most included in staff recommendation; petition from property owners along Starlight Lane; MD-7 no major issues noted; request to change MD-7 north to commercial vs. service commercial; MD-8 and MD-9 general support.
Councilmember Jackle questioned if he was going to work on the agricultural buffer; Mr. Adam replied that he will. Councilmember Jackle would like a better understanding of the urbanization plan as he would like to know if we can make these things binding. Mr. Adam stated that the urbanization process would be developed and adopted into Code after the Council decision on the amendment is sent to the County. 
Councilmember Gordon stated we heard some great conceptual plans; he remarked that we see PUDs that are proposed and when they come back there are changes due to whatever reason. Sometimes the end result does not look like the original proposal. Councilmember Gordon also stated that he is trying to read a lot but is sure he will have more questions.

Mayor Wheeler stated that there are some areas that we will need to talk over more. He would like to see Mr. Adam’s comments in print form. Mr. Adam noted that there are several ways that they can comment and some comments might be better in a study session.

Mr. Hoke noted that we need input from the other departments we well. The next council meeting is September 3 and staff may need a longer lead time. Mr. Adam stated that the written record would still be open for a week, so a month from now would be the earliest that Planning Department could be ready. Councilmember Jackle noted that the record was open indefinitely. Mayor Wheeler would like to err on the side of caution.
Councilmember Zarosinski would like to add the alternatives on the findings on what was and was not included. Councilmember Stine commented on the few discrepancies and stated that most are focused on MD-3, MD-4, and MD-5. He questioned the timeline we would see; Mayor Wheeler noted that it has a life of its own and there is no time deadline. Councilmember Gordon noted that we have not touched on future Council looking on what we did. He questioned fire safety, emergency management, etc. He noted we are putting a lot of people on Hillcrest canyon and with added homes in the surrounding area will complicate the Hillcrest canyon people getting out, if necessary. We need to be sure that our actions can safeguard lives, including roads and water for fires. Cherry Lane is critical for evacuating that area and questioned if that is adequate. We must not lose sight of protecting the general public.

Mr. Adam stated that September 10 may be a good day to have a study session with the various department heads; Mr. Hoke noted that a consultant is coming in town on that time. It was decided to bring this back to Council on September 17.

Mayor Wheeler thanked the public for attending and being so polite.

*Councilmember Corcoran left.
130.  Ordinances and resolutions
140.  Council Business
150.  Further reports from the City Manager and staff
160.  Propositions and remarks from the Mayor and Councilmembers
         160.1   Further Council committee reports
         160.2   Further remarks from Mayor and Councilmembers
a.   Councilmember Gordon stated that his 50th wedding anniversary is tomorrow; Council expressed congratulations.
170.  Adjournment
         There being no further business, this Council meeting adjourned at 9:32 p.m.
The proceedings of the City Council meeting were recorded on tape and are filed in the City Recorder’s office. The complete agenda of this meeting is filed in the City Recorder’s office.
Karen M. Spoonts, MMC
City Recorder

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