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Medford Urban Renewal Agency Agenda & Minutes

Minutes
Thursday, June 16, 2016

AGENDA 
Thursday, June 16, 2016
6:00 P.M.
City of Medford Council Chambers
411 West 8TH Street   Medford, OR  97501
 
AGENDA
10.    Roll Call
 
20.    Approval or correction of the minutes of the April 21, 2016 regular meeting
 
30.    Oral requests and communications from the audience
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40.    Consent calendar
        
50.    Items removed from consent calendar
 
60.    Resolutions
         60.1 RESOLUTION 2016-002  A resolution declaring the tax increment provided for in the adopted budget of the Medford Urban Renewal Agency for fiscal year 2016-17.
 
70.    Public Hearings
 
80.    Director and other staff reports
 
90.    Propositions and remarks from the Board members, including committee reports
 
100. Adjournment

MINUTES

Thursday, June 16, 2016
6:00 P.M.
City of Medford Council Chambers
411 West 8TH Street   Medford, OR  97501
 
The meeting was called to order at 6:18 p.m. in Council Chambers, City Hall, 411 W. 8th Street, Medford with the following members and staff present:
 
Boardmembers Clay Bearnson, Daniel Bunn, Chris Corcoran, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Eli Matthews, Kevin Stine, Gary Wheeler, Michael Zarosinski
 
Executive Director Pro Tem Alison Chan; Deputy City attorney Kevin McConnell; City Recorder Karen Spoonts
 
20.    Approval or correction of the minutes of the April 21, 2016 regular meeting
         There being no additions or changes, the minutes were approved as presented.
 
30.    Oral requests and communications from the audience
         30.1  Coach Siouxha Tokman of Superior Athletic Club expressed concern that kids who need swim lessons do not get the help they need. Safety is not being addressed in lakes and rivers. He commented on the types of groups that could use a pool. This is the only place in the United States for an area population of 300,000 that does not have a pool. They would love to see an indoor swimming pool in this area.
 
                  Boardmember Gordon questioned if he would like a 25 or 50-meter pool. Coach Tokman stated that an Olympic size means 8-lane 50-meter pool. That is more expensive and if would be great if we have the budget for it. We really need 8-lanes, even if it is 25-yard pool. With a 50-meter you could have two classes going on at the same time.
 
         30.2  Kyle Carson, 829 W. 2nd Street, would like to see a pool in this area as it could yield positive things.
 
         30.3  Tim Rupp, 130 Smithbury Street, provided information on the need for a pool. He is proud of the facilities that we have provided and stated a pool could benefit us as well.
 
         30.4  Tim Uschold, 3939 Fieldbrook Avenue, stated that he is in the medical community and reported that drownings is a huge public safety. He stressed getting your kids in swim lessons is important. He noted he sends a lot of patients to physical therapy and tries to get patients to the pool.
 
         30.5  Hank Darlington, 280 Island Pointe Drive, stated that he just moved to this area and is an active swimmer. He was disappointed that Medford did not have a facility that he could participate in. Boardmember Corcoran welcomed him into the community.
 
         30.6  Justin Carson, 3511 Cherry Lane, noted there has been great revitalization in the core area around Pear Blossom Park. As a physical therapist he remarked exercise is a low cost effort for improved health and requested a pool in this area.
 
 
         30.7  Ellie Carson, 3511 Cherry Lane, stated that she loves to swim and would like a pool.
 
         30.8  Rebecca Cate, representing Rogue Sharks, requested a pool in this area. She would like to see a 50-meter pool here.
 
Boardmember Corcoran stated that we had a study session pertaining to the Master Plan for the Parks and Recreation Department. One of the main things that people asked for was an aquatic facility. There is a lot of competition for tax dollars and we recognize the importance of a pool in this area. Boardmember Bearnson thanked everyone for coming and sharing their concerns.
 
40.    Consent calendar
         None.
 
50.    Items removed from consent calendar
         None.
 
60.    Resolutions
         60.1  RESOLUTION 2016-002  A resolution declaring the tax increment provided for in the adopted budget of the Medford Urban Renewal Agency for fiscal year 2016-17.
 
City Manager Pro Tem Alison Chan stated this is similar to what was approved earlier today for the City. Boardmember Gordon stated he will be voting no and would be consistent with how he voted last year. He stated the citizensí taxes would be reduced if the special levy was not imposed.  He noted Ms. Chanís provided three options and option 1 indicated we would not need to levy the special levy in order to make the bond payments.  We only need the special levy to pay the bonds off early.  Potentially, MURA would be collecting $450,000 more in revenue during this fiscal year than was estimated when we went through the budget process. He estimated the bonds would be paid off in 2019 without the special levy and he thought we could then increase the maximum indebtedness by $13 million. 
 
Boardmember Jackle asked for clarification that once we say no to this special levy, it goes away forever and we donít get it back; Ms. Chan stated that is correct.  Councilmember Gordon noted the special levy will be ending no matter what.  Boardmember Jackle clarified that it is recommended that MURA amend our plan to the tune of $13 million or less and we could fund that with a division of tax revenue. Ms. Chan noted that any increase to our indebtedness is considered a substantial amendment.
 
Boardmember Gordon noted a substantial amendment for MURA does not require approval from the public or other taxing districts.  Ms. Chan noted public approval is not required; however it is often done to show community support to the taxing districts.  Boardmember Bunn stated canceling our special levy would not impact our bonding capacity in the future; Ms. Chan agreed.
 
Boardmember Wheeler noted that we are under a time deadline of July 15, but he preferred more information before making a decision.
 
Boardmember Corcoran asked how much money was saved by paying the bond off early; Ms. Chan did not have the number offhand. She also noted the matter would need to be acted on before June 30.  Council discussed their recollection of the cost to taxpayers for the bond. 
 
Motion:  Adopt the resolution declaring the tax increment provided for in the adopted budget of the Medford Urban Renewal Agency for fiscal year 2016-17.
Moved by:  Gary Wheeler                                           Seconded by:  Kevin Stine
 
Boardmember Zarosinski appreciated Boardmember Gordonís interest and his point of view.
 
Roll call:  Boardmembers Bearnson, Bunn, Corcoran, Jackle, Matthews, Stine, Wheeler and Michael Zarosinski voting yes; Boardmember Gordon voting no.
Resolution 2016-002 was duly adopted.
 
70.    Public Hearings
 
80.    Director and other staff reports
 
90.    Propositions and remarks from the Board members, including committee reports
a.      Boardmember Bunn questioned whether there was interest in expanding the district and if the Board will meet again to discuss. Ms. Chan noted the day we pay off the bonds the Urban Renewal is done, therefore the decision regarding a substantial amendment needs to be made relatedly soon. Therefore she will find a spot for an Urban Renewal study session and questioned if the Board would they like a preliminary discussion or have the consultant down. Ms. Chan noted our first meeting could be policy level. The Board agreed to a study session including a financial analysis. It was noted MURA will sunset in 2025 or when the bonds are paid off.
 
100.  Adjournment
         There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 7:12 p.m.
 
The proceedings of the meeting were recorded 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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