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City Council Study Session - Evening Agenda & Minutes

Thursday, June 08, 2017

June 8, 2017

6 p.m.
Police Headquarters, Prescott Room
219 S. Ivy Street, Medford, Oregon
1.    Visioning Retreat
June 8, 2017

6 p.m.
Police Headquarters, Prescott Room
219 S. Ivy Street, Medford, Oregon

The Medford City Council Study Session was called to order at 6:00 p.m. in the Prescott Room of Police Headquarters on the above date with the following members and staff present:
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Clay Bearnson, Kay Brooks, Tim D’Alessandro, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Kevin Stine, Kim Wallan and Michael Zarosinski
City Manager Brian Sjothun; Deputy City Manager Kelly Madding; City Attorney Lori Cooper; Parks and Recreation Director Rich Rosenthal; Building Director Sam Barnum; Public Works Director Cory Crebbin; Police Chief Randy Sparacino; Planning Director Matt Brinkley; City Recorder Karen Spoonts; Community Relations Coordinator Kristina Johnsen
Finance Director Alison Chan was absent.
Megan Lightman, Chief Executive Officer of Davis Consulting Group, reviewed key points for activities, and outlined basic ground rules for the evening. She stated her goal is to help Council and Department Heads work together to provide the best possible outcome to for the City.
Deputy City Manager Kelly Madding noted the new Councilmembers are attending tours of departments.
Reasons Councilmembers ran for Council:
  • Councilmember Zarosinski previously volunteered for the City as a Planning Commission and applied after a seasoned Councilmember left. He had no particular goals in mind.
  • Councilmember Bearnson stated when a pool levy bond was not approved, he ran for Council to support projects important to him.
  • Councilmember D’Alessandro served on the Planning Commission and wanted to shape the downtown, youth, and provide consistency.
  • Councilmember Gordon’s family volunteered; he served organizations and was on the Planning Commission. He ran for Council because he was dissatisfied with the arterial street plan and just moved his family from a Ward he believed was unsafe.
  • Councilmember Brooks was dissatisfied; she lives in the Liberty Park area and wanted Medford to be a great place to live.
  • Councilmember Jackle served on the Planning Commission and noted he has always been interested in City business.
  • Councilmember Stine was in the military. He attended a Council meeting after military service, but he had no agenda.
  • Councilmember Wallan had volunteered on the school board and wanted to continue her volunteer service; she had no agenda.
  • Mayor Wheeler stated he “got the bug” in high school as a campaign manager. He first ran for Mayor in 1980, but lost. He has never had an agenda, but would like to leave Medford better than it is.

Ms. Lightman requested staff share why they chose careers in City Management:
  • City Manager Brian Sjothun’s first job was in the Parks Department; he wanted to serve in government.
  • Police Chief Randy Sparacino first started as a volunteer for Police; he would like to see Medford a better place.
  • Public Works Director Cory Crebbin served in the Navy; he was hired as a project engineer for a city and continued through various positions.
  • Human Resources Director Mike Snyder started as a Police Officer here in Medford. He then worked as a consultant representing public sector employees. He returned to Medford, because he sees the City’s potential and wants his staff to provide the best possible resources.
  • Fire Chief Brian Fish stated he had a “servant’s heart” since childhood and that working in the Fire Department is very satisfying.
Exercise 1Create ground rules.
  1. Be respectful
  2. Agree to disagree
  3. Look for common ground
  4. Be prepared for meetings by asking questions
Ms. Lightman called a recess at 7:25 p.m. 
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The meeting reconvened at 7:35 p.m. with the same members present.
Exercise 2:  Discuss vision questions.
  • Would your constituents agree with the views presented?
  • Staff has knowledge for Council and can help them achieve their goals.
  • Vision statements were presented and discussed.
  • There could be a vision for City government and the City as a whole.
Exercise 3: Short term goals.
  • MURA/downtown (including Beatty area)
  • Aquatics/event center
  • Housing (affordability)
  • Vision (sell city)
The meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.
Karen M. Spoonts, MMC
City Recorder


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