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Medford Urban Renewal Board Study Session Agenda & Minutes

Thursday, February 16, 2017

6:00 p.m.
City Hall, Medford Room
411 West 8th Street, Medford, Oregon

1.    Projects review

6:00 p.m.
City Hall, Medford Room
411 West 8th Street, Medford, Oregon

The Medford Urban Renewal Agency Board Study Session was called to order at 6:00 p.m. in the Medford Room of the Medford City Hall on the above date with the following members and staff present:
Board Chair Kevin Stine; Vice Chair Clay Bearnson; Boardmembers Kay Brooks*, Tim D’Alessandro, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Kevin Stine, Kim Wallan, Michael Zarosinski, Gary Wheeler
Executive Director Brian Sjothun; City Attorney Lori Cooper; City Recorder Karen Spoonts; Public Works Director Cory Crebbin; Building Director Sam Barnum; Planning Director Matt Brinkley; Human Resource Director Mike Snyder; Finance Director Alison Chan; Interim Parks and Recreation Director Rich Rosenthal; Deputy Fire Chief Administration Greg Kleinberg
*Left and returned as noted.
Projects Review
The Medford Urban Renewal Agency (MURA) Board met to brainstorm potential projects for MURA’s funding consideration
  • Drainage or sewer issues in Beatty/Manzanita area
    • Utilities on Edwards need to be relocated
    • We will put in storm drain and there could be cross development issues in the MURA district as well as a need to put in a water quality facility in this area. Boardmember Brooks noted there are sewage issues in people’s backyards or in houses. Public Works Director Cory Crebbin was aware of it and it is the stormwater connection.
  • Event center/multi-purpose recreation facility
  • Indoor recreation center
  • Aquatic facility
  • Hawthorne Park pedestrian bridge connection
    • Estimated $1 million for a bridge connection
    • Calls for service to Hawthorne Park have been reduced by 25%
  • Seven goals were mentioned in the 2050 Plan
    • Discussed development costs and BOLI compliance
    • Boardmember Brooks noted an EPA grant is available for Brownfield; Planning Director Matt Brinkley noted RVCOG was denied for it. State thinking of establishing a separate funding for brownfield.
Boardmember Gordon spoke of a House Bill which allows a 50 acre parcel to be applied to Liberty Park. He did not think we should do the aquatic center. Boardmember Wheeler noted land purchases require funding and MURA won’t have any until the tax money is received.  He also noted that MURA may need to be dissolved to utilize the current tax funds.
  • Additional parking needed, but there is no revenue to acquire properties
  • Finance staff is seeking direction in order to begin preparation of the 2017-19 MURA Budget for the payment of the debt schedule:
  • Payoff Option – Pay off all bonds in January 2018
  • Partial Payoff Option – Eliminate the special levy
  • Minimum Required Payment – Required debt service
*Boardmember Brooks left the meeting.
Board discussed the substantial amendment option. City Manager Brian Sjothun stated he met with Jackson County Administrator Danny Jordan, whom did not object with the extension of MURA.  Could borrow up to $24 million and it would be paid off in less than ten years; however, a substantial amendment eliminates the special levy.
*Boardmember Brooks returned to the meeting.
Boardmember Stine preferred the partial payment option and looking into smaller projects, such as SDC credits; he would like very specific projects. Boardmember Wheeler would like to pay off the debt to fulfill our obligations and then “jump start” a new MURA with the $1.3 million annual revenue.  
Boardmember Gordon noted capital is hard to come by and a third of that is paid by the state. If the special levy is eliminated, property taxes will decrease slightly. Boardmember Wallan preferred no extension, voiced concerns about MURA sunsetting and eliminating the tax base. Boardmember Jackle questioned potential issues if MURA doesn’t pay after the special levy; Ms. Chan noted you incur more interest. Boardmember Bearnson would like more time to consider options. Boardmember Brooks noted the importance of the park in the Liberty area.
Ms. Chan noted the Budget Committee needed direction to adopt the budget by June 30.
After discussion, Board agreed to the partial payoff option.
Meeting adjourned at 7:19 p.m.
Karen M. Spoonts, MMC
City Recorder


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