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Medford Urban Renewal Agency Board Study Session Agenda & Minutes

Thursday, August 31, 2017

August 31, 2017

6 p.m.
Police Headquarters, Prescott Room
219 S. Ivy Street, Medford, Oregon
1.   Major Amendment Discussion

August 31, 2017

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

The Medford Urban Renewal Agency (MURA) Board Study Session was called to order at 6:00 p.m. in the Prescott Room of the Medford Police Department on the above date with the following members and staff present:
Board Chair Kevin Stine; Vice Chair Clay Bearnson; Board members 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; Deputy City Manager Kelly Madding; Planning Director Matt Brinkley; Deputy City Recorder Winnie Shepard
Major Amendment Discussion
Deputy City Manager Kelly Madding outlined the previously proposed MURA projects that were not completed.
Planning Director Matt Brinkley spoke regarding the possible MURA options, including continuing it with a major amendment, minor amendment or allowing a sunset. A vote could be taken during the September MURA meeting.
Finance Director Alison Chan explained there is no special levy for the next two years and that MURA sunsets when the debt is paid in full.  The Board can’t issue new debt without an amendment, because it has reached its maximum indebtedness.
Board President Stine asked if any Board members objected to a major amendment. No objections were received.
Board discussed the following:
  • Need to create project list to determine amount of funding required
  • Some projects don’t reduce blight and should be removed from the proposed list
  • Could use funding for sidewalks throughout district
  • Could use funding for seismic retrofitting of downtown buildings
  • Board member Dick Gordon explained his 5,3,3 Plan for the Liberty Park area:
    • 5,3,3 plan = $5 million, $3 million, $3 million
      • $5 million to acquisition real property in that area
        • City needs land to provide incentives to builders and/or work through DDA to assist developers accomplish our goals
        • Hopefully some funding will be returned to MURA after projects are completed
        • Requires the use of eminent domain in some instances
      • $3 million for improvements to Manzanita and Edwards to meet City standards
      • $3 million for infrastructure improvements and SDCs
  • Extensive Liberty Park discussion included:
    • Liberty Park area was meant to be workforce housing; now could be low-income housing
    • New apartment complexes built there would increase property taxes
    • Located between The Commons and the Northgate Shopping Center
    • High crime/high blight area
  • Board member Brooks requested the costs of emergency response for Police, Fire, and Code Enforcement in Liberty Park
  • Area improvements could provide connectivity from Liberty Park to shopping and parks
  • Possibly revise MURA area boundaries
  • Full-time MURA Director recommended
    • Would be a new position under Ms. Madding
    • Paid with MURA funds or an independent contractor
Board member Jackle suggested MURA coordinate updates with the Kids Unlimited Purpose Built Community Project in the Liberty Park area. Executive Director Brian Sjothun noted that project was still in the planning stage.
Project analysis is completed as part of any substantial amendment. The estimated cost is $100,000 and will take about 6 months.
MURA Board will vote on whether to move forward with a major amendment at the next meeting.
Ms. Madding to prepare a draft schedule for the Board to review with timelines, the process and make recommendations.
The meeting adjourned at 7:02 p.m.  
Winnie Shepard
Deputy City Recorder

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