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Medford Urban Renewal Agency Board Meeting Agenda & Minutes

Minutes
Thursday, May 18, 2017

AGENDA
May 18, 2017

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

  
10.    Roll Call
 
20.    Approval or Correction of the Minutes of the February 16, 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.    Resolutions
         60.1     RESOLUTION 2017-001  A resolution declaring the tax increment provided for in the adopted budget of the Medford Urban Renewal Agency for fiscal year 2017-2018.
 
         60.2     RESOLUTION 2017-002  A resolution adopting the budget for the Medford Urban Renewal Agency for the biennium commencing July 1, 2017, and making appropriations thereunder.
 
70.    Board Business
         70.1     Potential extension of Medford Urban Renewal Agency
 
80.    Director and other staff reports
 
90.    Propositions and remarks from the Board members
 
100.  Adjournment
 
MINUTES
May 18, 2017

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


The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, City Hall, 411 W. 8th Street, Medford with the following members and staff present
 
Boardmembers Clay Bearnson, Dick Gordon, Kevin Stine, Kim Wallan, Gary Wheeler, Michael Zarosinski
 
Executive Director Brian Sjothun; Deputy City Manager Kelly Madding; City attorney Lori Cooper; Deputy City Recorder Winnie Shepard
 
Boardmembers Kay Brooks, Tim D’Alessandro and Tim Jackle were absent. 
 
20.    Approval or Correction of the Minutes of the February 16, 2017 Regular Meeting Board
         There being no corrections or amendments the minutes were approved as presented.
 
30.    Oral requests and communications from the audience
         None.
 
40.    Consent calendar
         None.
 
50.    Items removed from consent calendar
         None.
 
60.    Resolutions
         60.1     RESOLUTION 2017-001 A resolution declaring the tax increment provided for in the adopted budget of the Medford Urban Renewal Agency for fiscal year 2017-2018.
 
Finance Director Alison Chan noted this resolution was for one year. She requested the $975,000 and estimated receipts would be $935,000.
 
Motion:  Approve the resolution.
Moved by:    Clay Bearnson                                             Seconded by:  Gary Wheeler
Roll callBoardmembers Bearnson, Gordon, Stine, Wallan, Wheeler and Zarosinski voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered. 
 
         60.2     RESOLUTION 2017-002  A resolution adopting the budget for the Medford Urban Renewal Agency for the biennium commencing July 1, 2017, and making appropriations thereunder.
 
                     Ms. Chan provided the staff report noting one small change made by the Budget Committee on page four.
 
Motion:  Approve the resolution.
Moved by:    Clay Bearnson                                             Seconded by:  Gary Wheeler
Roll call: Boardmembers Bearnson, Gordon, Stine, Wallan, Wheeler and Zarosinski voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered.
                    
70.    Board Business
         70.1     Potential extension of Medford Urban Renewal Agency
 
*Boardmember Wheeler left the dais.
 
  1. John Statler, 1120 Niantic, requested that resident input from the Liberty Park district be given preference over absentee or commercial landlords.He spoke regarding the 2002 Liberty Park Plan that was to provide various improvements, but very little action was taken.
 
* Boardmember Wheeler returned to the dais.
 
President Stine noted the Board has discussed improvements within the Liberty Park area. 
 
  1. John Valdez, Medford resident, reported a property at the corner of Beatty and Central had an overgrowth of vegetation. President Stine responded the matter could be handled immediately through the City’s Code Enforcement.Boardmember Bearnson confirmed that Code Enforcement could assist him with overgrowth taller than 18 inches.Executive Director Brian Sjothun pointed out a police officer in the audience that could assist Mr. Valdez.
     
  2. David Wilkerson, ORW Architecture, requested two items: new housing developments within the downtown area and to connect the specific, isolated areas of activity, i.e. The Commons, Historic District, Craterian/Vogel Plaza, Greenway, Bear Creek, SOU/RCC campus, etc.He believed if the Board could somehow tie those together, it would improve the entire downtown area.
     
Mr. Wilkerson noted rehabilitation is not always cost effective; might be better to build on vacant lots.  He stated he knew people were interested in building/remodeling in the downtown area if funding were available at low or no interest.
 
Boardmember Gordon asked about using federal tax credits; Mr. Wilkerson responded that historic building rehabilitation can be effective, but it depended on the building, the rehabilitation work completed and placing them on the National Historic Register.
 
  1. President Stine noted meetings have been scheduled with Mr. Sjothun and himself to speak before the County, School Board and RVTV to obtain their approval or non‑opposition to continuing the Medford Urban Renewal Agency.
     
  2. Boardmember Bearnson noted there will be several more meetings on this topic and requested citizens to “tell their friends” to provide input.
     
  3. President Stine stated the current bonds will be paid off in January 2019. If the Medford Urban Renewal Agency is extended, the Board should have a list of projects created by 2018.It will take about eight months to obtain public input and determine how Medford Urban Renewal Agency will move forward.Public input will be taken during the Medford Urban Renewal Agency meetings June 15 at 6 p.m. and July 20 at 6 p.m.Board President Stine noted citizen input could be submitted verbally during meeting, website, email or delivered in paper form.
     
  4. Mr. Sjothun stated he would recirculate a memo from March 16 outlining the possible timeline. If the Medford Urban Renewal Agency moves forward with an amendment, all potential projects would be scored and ranked. We would then proceed with a substantial amendment to the City Center Revitalization plan.If a decision on the continuation isn’t made by December 21, the final bond payment will be made and the agency disbanded.
     
  5. President Stine added the schedule is tentative and fluid. The Board could request $22 million or more, depending on the list of projects.
 
80.    Director and other staff reports
         None.
 
90.    Propositions and remarks from the Boardmembers
90.1  Boardmember Gordon noted he received a memo from Kathy Helmer and Shari Beale regarding urban renewal districts. He requested the Deputy City Recorder forward the memo to the Council. 
 
90.2  Boardmember Zarosinski suggested discussing multiple MURA districts. Boardmember Gordon clarified it takes years to build a MURA to obtain the necessary funding to promote projects. 
 
90.3  Boardmember Wheeler suggested improving portions of Central and Riverside as they are major arterials. There are many areas needing improvements and another MURA could be created. 
 
90.4  Mr. Sjothun agreed with Boardmember Gordon regarding the potential of creating a new MURA, and noted that if the current MURA sunsets, an annual $1.3 million would return to the City and could be used for MURA projects. 
 
100.  Adjournment
         There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 6:39 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.
 
 
 
 
Winnie Shepard
Deputy City Recorder

 

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