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City Council Study Session & Minutes

Minutes
Thursday, June 09, 2016

AGENDA
June 9, 2016
12:00 PM
Medford City Hall, Medford Room
411 West 8th Street, Third Floor
Medford, Oregon

1. Leisure Services Plan


MINUTES                                        
June 9, 2016
Medford City Hall, Medford Room
411 West 8th Street, Third Floor
Medford, Oregon
 
 
The Medford City Council Study Session was called to order at 12:00 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, Kevin Stine, Michael Zarosinski
 
City Manager Pro Tem Alison Chan; City Attorney Lori Cooper; City Recorder Karen Spoonts; Deputy City Manager Bill Hoke; Parks and Recreation Director Brian Sjothun
 
Steve Duh of Conservation Technix
 
Leisure Services Plan
Parks and Recreation Direction Brian Sjothun introduced Steve Duh with Conversation Technix who presented the Powerpoint presentation of the 10-year Leisure Services Plan. Discussed:
  • Steps to building the Plan
  • Related to other City plans
  • Public process and inputs, survey results
    • Discussed the number of input received which was a good snapshot. Mr. Sjothun remarked that mailings, postcards, e-mail blasts, Police and Parks Facebook and surveys from community events were used to gather information from the public.
  • Parks standard of 4.31 is determined from the current plan, which is a good standard although this is a lower compared to the state (6.4 is standard for a city our size). Should we adjust? Mr. Sjothun noted it is based on surveys and what we can afford/maintain. 4.31 is total park land, including undeveloped. UGB park land promised is not included in projection as this is today’s projection. Greenways are unfunded. Paths & trails are mostly on the east side of the freeway, newer routes going into the plan do skirt the edges.
  • Goals & Objectives
    • Parks & natural areas
    • Recreation programming and facilities – Could the YCMA have a better presence? Should the City do this? The City aims to meet the needs of a wide variety of programs.  Mr. Sjothun noted we partner with other agencies to reduce fees. YCMA funding with the City? City is willing to partner if it is mutually beneficial. Questioned was neighboring communities buy-in to a pool facility. Mr. Sjothun noted that would be done by forming a district, which would be a vote of the people. Mr. Sjothun noted we do that when those outside of the city pay additional funds. Private companies could not afford to pay for a water park in Medford.
    • Paths and trails
    • Management and engagement
  • Last bond measure for the pool was for the City only. Need to form a district otherwise and is recommended in the plan as a consideration.  Library is unique as each city has a library, a pool would be in one city only and that may not be acceptable. The USCCP (Sports Park) was built for the residents of Medford but developed into more. Communities are looking at pool ideas as well. YMCA has a burden as school teams go there too.
  • Level of service (LOS) greenway was eliminated in the Plan. The numbers are still there, goals are connectivity.
  • The previous plan was done in 2004.
  • Is the Plan necessary? Yes, best practice standards are used.
  • Comments received can still make it into the Plan.
 
The meeting adjourned at 12:59 p.m.
 
 
 
 
Karen M. Spoonts, MMC
City Recorder
 
 

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