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City Council Study Session Agenda & Minutes

Thursday, June 29, 2017

June 29, 2017

12 Noon
City Hall, Medford Room
411 West 8th Street, Medford, Oregon
1.  Shopping cart ordinance
2.  Uber/Lyft code amendment
June 29, 2017

12 Noon
City Hall, Medford Room
411 West 8th Street, Medford, Oregon

The Medford City Council Study Session was called to order at 12 noon in the Medford Room of Medford City Hall 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; Deputy City Attorney Kevin McConnell; Police Chief Randy Sparacino; Deputy Police Chief Scott Clauson; Deputy City Recorder Winnie Shepard
Uber/Lyft Code Amendment
Deputy City Attorney Kevin McConnell provided information regarding a proposed transportation company Code amendment:
  • Allowing transportation network companies (TNC) to conduct business within Medford
    • Outlined what TNC’s are and how their mobile apps work
  • Proposed new code
    • Increase the type and amount of insurance for safety
      • Include general liability insurance
      • City named as an additional insured on all policies; protects the City, the driver and the company
      • TNC drivers insurance requirements are slightly different than taxis
-     To include a lower amount of coverage for drivers that have logged onto the app, but have not yet accepted a fare
-     Cannot accept street hails
  • All transportation companies will have enhanced background checks
    • Changed to national versus statewide
    • Use third-party to conduct background checks
    • Failure to pass background qualifications, unable to drive
  • Provide reasonable accommodation to the disabled
  • Zero policy for alcohol and drugs
  • Trade dress requirements (decals for vehicles)
  • Remove “T-card requirement” for drivers
  • City can audit twice per year to ensure compliance with Code
    • Driver records are available on request
    • Notice/certificate of compliance from company is adequate in lieu of records
  • Medford Airport Director Bern Case spoke regarding their taxi agreement and protocol.He requested adding a clause that pick-ups at the airport require a separate contract.
  • Council comment
    • TNC fee is $500; taxi is $250 based on the administrative costs of other cities
    • Increase insurance comparable to other cities
    • Background checks, disqualifiers for alcohol drugs, and theft
    • Difference in required insurance
    • Council preferred identical information /requirements for both
    • Commercial general liability is the same; decreased for TNC before taking a fare
  • Questions
    • Why are Uber/Lyft cheaper?
    • What is the impact for resident?
    • What is the economic impact on residents/How much money will stay local?
    • What are the TNC policies regarding dealing with cities?
    • What about accountability?
    • Will there be operational taxes for using roads?
    • Will there be a driver-for-hire board/board of governance?
Shopping Cart Ordinance
Mr. McConnell noted that he used the state law to create a two pronged proposal:
Stores with carts to be responsible for locating and picking up their carts
  • Affix proper labels
  • Pick them up within a certain period of time;
    • After business notified;
      • Pick up within 72 hours or $50 fine; could increase/decrease the penalty
      • Otherwise City will pick up the cart and sell it or dispose of it
  • Should reduce Code Enforcement workload by requiring stores to pick up carts
  • Could require stores to contract with a cart retrieval company
Council comments:
  • Preferred requiring a retrieval company over a fine
  • Store’s best interest to pick up the carts
  • Process under proposed policy
    • Require toll-free numbers on carts for pick up
    • Citizen or Code Enforcement could call the toll-free number
    • Goal is to eliminate all City involvement
    • Carts with ID chip exempt from toll-free number identification
    • City outreach with numbers and new policy; perhaps utilize the Community Relations Coordinator
Ban on carts within city parks and trails
Process under proposed policy
  • Person with a cart in a park or on a trail would be notified of ordinance
  • Required to leave the park and/or City would confiscate the cart and store it at property control
  • Could be subject to theft and/or arrest for possession of store carts
  • Police would prefer to not store people’s belongings
    • Reached out to non-profits regarding storage of belongings within the carts
      • ACCESS receptive, but unsure if they have space to store it
      • Larger cities will store people’s belongings in a bin with a specific number
      • After property is seized, Police has 30 days to get it back to the owner
Council comment: 
  • Start with locating and returning carts to stores; this may solve most problems
  • Should be very specific regarding how to affix the permanent, toll-free number information to carts
The meeting adjourned at 1:19 p.m.
Winnie Shepard
Deputy City Recorder


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