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Minutes
Thursday, February 16, 2017

AGENDA
February 16, 2017

12:00 Noon
Medford City Hall, Council Chambers
411 West 8th Street, Medford, Oregon
  
10.    Roll Call
 
Employee Recognition
 
20.    Approval or Correction of the Minutes of the February 2, 2017 Regular Meeting
 
30.    Oral Requests and Communications from the Audience
         Comments will be limited to 4 minutes per individual, group or organization.  PLEASE SIGN IN.
 
40.    Consent Calendar
        
50.    Items Removed from Consent Calendar
 
60.    Ordinances and Resolutions
         60.1     COUNCIL BILL 2017-16 A resolution adopting the ninth Supplemental Budget for the 2015-17 biennium.
 
         60.2     COUNCIL BILL 2017-17 An ordinance amending section 2.503 of the Medford Municipal Code pertaining to the purchasing authority of the City Manager.
 
70.    Council Business
             
80.    City Manager and Other Staff Reports
         80.1     Alba Sister City report by Julie Barry
 
         80.2     SOREDI Quarterly Economic Development update by Colleen Padilla
 
         80.3     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
 
         90.3     Further remarks from Mayor and Councilmembers
 
100.  Adjournment to the Evening Session
 
 
EVENING SESSION
7:00 P.M.
 
There are no items for Council consideration.

MINUTES
February 16, 2017
12:00 Noon
Medford City Hall, Council Chambers
411 West 8th Street, Medford, Oregon
The regular meeting of the Medford City Council was called to order at 12:05 p.m. in the Medford City Hall Council Chambers on the above date with the following members and staff present:
 
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Clay Bearnson, Kay Brooks, Tim DíAlessandro, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Kevin Stine, Kim Wallan, Michael Zarosinski*
 
City Manager Brian Sjothun; City Attorney Lori Cooper; City Recorder Karen Spoonts
 
Employee Recognition
Fire Battalion Chief Rick Rohrbough was recognized for 35 years of service.
 
*Michael Zarosinski arrived.
 
20.    Approval or Correction of the Minutes of the February 2, 2017 Regular Meeting
Councilmember Gordon requested delaying approval until the next meeting.
 
30.    Oral Requests and Communications from the Audience
         None. 
 
40.    Consent Calendar
         None.
 
50.    Items Removed from Consent Calendar
         None.
 
60.    Ordinances and Resolutions
         60.1     COUNCIL BILL 2017-16 A resolution adopting the ninth Supplemental Budget for the 2015-17 biennium.
 
                     Finance Director Alison Chan presented the staff report. Deputy Police Brett Johnson noted 3-D imaging equipment will be used for crime scenes.
 
MotionApprove the resolution.
Moved byKevin Stine                                                     Seconded by:  Clay Bearnson
Roll callCouncilmembers Bearnson, Brooks, DíAlessandro, Gordon, Jackle, Stine, Wallan, and Zarosinski voting yes.
Resolution 2017-16 was duly adopted.
 
         60.2     COUNCIL BILL 2017-17 An ordinance amending section 2.503 of the Medford Municipal Code pertaining to the purchasing authority of the City Manager.
 
City Attorney Lori Cooper presented the staff report outlining the changes in the Code. City Manager Brian Sjothun noted all contracts are listed in the contract log.
 
MotionAdopt the ordinance.
Moved byKevin Stine                                                     Seconded by:  Clay Bearnson
Roll callCouncilmembers Bearnson, Brooks, DíAlessandro, Gordon, Jackle, Stine, Wallan, and Zarosinski voting yes.
Ordinance 2017-17 was duly adopted.
 
70.    Council Business
a.   Councilmember Zarosinski asked whether the Council objected to the proposed letter to the Oregon Water Resources Department in support of the WISE project; no objections were received and Mayor Wheeler stated he would sign the letter.
 
b.   Ms. Cooper noted there is one outstanding appeal regarding the Central Avenue sidewalk repair issue with a property owner who refused to sign the indemnity waiver.  There are other property owners that did not sign waivers, but this owner filed an appeal. Councilmember Jackle suggested the City provide a new 90-day period to fix the sidewalk.
 
MotionDirect staff to reactivate the sidewalk appeal for the property located at 135 through 149 S. Central Avenue and to draft a resolution affirming the Public Works Directorís administrative decision requiring the repair of an unsafe sidewalk at those addresses, but providing the owner an additional 90 days to fix their sidewalks. 
Moved byDick Gordon                                                   Seconded by:  Mike Zarosinski
 
Councilmember Jackle believed the motionís language was confusing as the appeal was completed; Council discussed the status of this particular appeal and Ms. Cooper clarified that no decision was made on this particular property. If this resolution is approved, it would complete the matter. 
 
Public Works Director Cory Crebbin explained that Council held a public hearing and made a decision to hold the appeal in abeyance. 
 
Roll callCouncilmembers Bearnson, Brooks, DíAlessandro, Gordon, Stine, Wallan, and Zarosinski voting yes; Councilmember Jackle abstaining.
Motion carried and so ordered.
             
80.    City Manager and Other Staff Reports
         80.1     Alba Sister City report by Julie Barry
Julie Barry stated the Alba Sister City Association and the Friends of Alba have continued to engage in activities, such as the Taste of Alba. This year is the 33rd year for the Student Exchange Program, which will send 30 students from North and South Medford High Schools to Italy on March 22, 2017. Elaina Foley and Emma Gaut, students from South Medford High School, spoke about the upcoming auction on March 4, 2017.
 
         80.2     SOREDI Quarterly Economic Development update by Colleen Padilla
Colleen Padilla presented an update on SOREDIís quarterly report including Plexis Healthcare Systems moving to Medford, the Enterprise Zone, and an industry tour.
 
         80.3     Further reports from City Manager
                     a.   Mr. Sjothun stated that Council Officers had requested an update from the Jackson County Homeless Task Force.  Rich Hansen and George Jarvis, members of the Task Force, noted items they are working on and thanked Council for their support of Hope Village. A public forum will be held at the Smullin Center on March 16, 2017 regarding housing solutions. Councilmember Bearnson requested a study session to discuss the housing crisis.
 
                           Mr. Sjothun clarified that General Fund Grant funds are spent at Councilís discretion and the higher needs could be prioritized for the General Fund Grants Subcommittee. He also noted that downtown merchants created a group, similar to the downtown merchants group, to discuss items such as housing, homelessness, safety, lighting, building codes, etc.  The next meeting will be held March 14, 2017 at 8 a.m.  
                          
                           Heather Everett, former Homeless Task Force Chair, clarified the Homeless Task Force is a subcommittee of the Jackson County Community Services Consortium and has been in service for approximately 20 years. 
 
                           Councilmembers Bearnson and Brooks recommended the City review the housing issue. Councilmember Brooks requested a list of the different subcommittees participating in the Homeless Task Force and a prioritized list of action items for Councilís funding consideration from Mr. Hansen, Mr. Jarvis and Ms. Everett. 
 
                     b.   Police Chief Randy Sparacino noted various issues had been reported regarding the warming shelter; the Police and Building Departments have been working to improve the safety. Building/Safety Director Sam Barnum explained a 90-day temporary permit was issued for the warming shelter. Mr. Barnum and Deputy Chief/Fire Marshall Greg Kleinberg stated Rogue Retreat is attempting to comply with all regulations. Mr. Sjothun reiterated the City is working with Rogue Retreat and discussions about making this a permanent housing location have been held, although he was not sure if it would be open year-round. Council discussed the impact on the neighborhood and how other cities accommodate these types of facilities.
 
                     c.   Councilmember Zarosinski stated a letter was received from Adroit Construction which outlines the bidding climate regarding Fire Station 3.  He also stated he was the one who requested this information and presented the update.
 
90.    Propositions and Remarks from the Mayor and Councilmembers
         90.1     Proclamations issued: None
 
         90.2     Further Council committee reports
                     a.     Councilmember Wallan reported on a SOREDI meeting as well as a Cemetery Commission meeting.  She noted that asphalt in the cemetery paths needs repair and Public Works and Parks will discuss responsibility. She noted Cemetery Commissioners logged their volunteer hours on paper.  Councilmember Wallan also explained that Travel Medford receives funding from the transient lodging tax and they are working on documenting their policies and procedures.
 
                     b.     Councilmember DíAlessandro stated the Joint Transportation Subcommittee is working on updating the TSP. 
 
                     c.     Councilmember Zarosinski noted the Medford Water Commission has started the process of recruiting for a new Manager and that information on the lead pigtails is posted to their website.
 
                     d.     Councilmember Wallan will meet with Deputy City Attorney Kevin McConnell pertaining to appeals of Commission decisions and will advise of the outcome.
 
                     e.     Councilmember Stine stated that transportation funding was discussed during the City Day at the Capitol trip.
 
         90.3     Further remarks from Mayor and Councilmembers
 
100.  Adjournment to the Evening Session
There being no further business, this Council meeting adjourned at 1:22 p.m. The evening meeting was cancelled as there were no items for discussion. Medford Urban Renewal Board will meet at 5:45 p.m. with a study session immediately following.
 
The proceedings of the City Council meeting were recorded and are filed in the City Recorderís Office. The complete agenda of this meeting is filed in the City Recorderís Office.
 
 
 
 
Karen M. Spoonts, MMC
City Recorder
 
 
 

 

 

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