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City Council Study Session & Minutes

Thursday, September 08, 2016

City Council Study Session 
September 8, 2016
City Hall, Medford Room
411 W. 8th Street
Medford, OR 

1.  Park SDC Methodology & Ten Year CIP List

September 8, 2016
City Hall, Medford Room
411 W. 8th Street
Medford, OR 

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 Brian Sjothun; City Attorney Lori Cooper; City Recorder Karen Spoonts
John Ghilarducci, Principal, and Doug Gabbard, Project Manager of FCS Group
Councilmember Michael Zarosinski was absent.
Park SDC Methodology & Ten Year CIP List
City Manager Brian Sjothun presented the overview and will request direction in regards to the category options of 1) uniform or 2) specific area. Parks & Recreation Commission met yesterday and recommends the uniform option. 
  • The 10-year CIP project cost development is based on new development, redevelopment, and expansion and modification
  • Medford cost per acre for acquisition
  • Multi-use recreation and aquatic center
  • 2016-2025 Capital Facilities Plan
 Mr. Ghilarducci provided SDC background
  • SDC are for capital only, a one-time charge and only spend money on capital, not operations
  • Area specific SDC would be related to a certain section of that map (requires more administrative burden)
  • Uniform approach gives ability to use money where needed
  • Recreation center is 100% included; Recreation Center would sustain the level of service
  • Uniform charge $1,407; SE $1,527; rest of city $1,332
  • Six million not SDC eligible
  • How much is hard vs. soft money (soft cost is about 15%)
  • CMGC or case by case (case by case)
  • SDC fees for SFR are the same; does not increase for a larger home
  • Southeast Plan an administrative burden (some borrowing of money is needed until funds collected to pay for park/land but administrative is not too difficult)
  • Have we agreed to build the Recreation Center (it is in the Plan but can be moved further out in the Plan. The City is not obligated to build what is on the project list)
  • Could uniform potentially neglect one part of town (yes, but every two years Parks updates the Plan)
  • Comparable parks SDCs (rates driving by increase in population)
  • Transient lodging tax may have to also pay for PERs, etc. (funding used from General Fund for Parks could be moved to the transient lodging tax
  • Area specific advocates that parks are healthy in all locations (Council asked in May to present area specific as well)
  • CPI adjustment in methodology not highly favoured by Councilmember Gordon; affordable housing should be lower cost Park SDC; subsidize affordable housing an option; law refrains from providing reduced charges unless there is a cost basis for that (no data available to show that)
  • Council decided to keep the Southeast Plan the same and go with the uniform option for the rest of the city
The meeting adjourned at 1:20 p.m.
Karen M. Spoonts, MMC
City Recorder

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