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City Council Study Session Agenda & Minutes

Thursday, September 14, 2017

September 14, 2017

6:00 p.m.
City Hall, Medford Room
411 W. 8th Street, Medford, Oregon
  1. Transportation System Plan - Project List Prioritization
  2. Transportation Network Companies
September 14, 2017

6:00 p.m.
City Hall, Medford Room
411 W. 8th Street, Medford, Oregon
The Medford City Council 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:
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Kay Brooks, Tim DíAlessandro, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Kevin Stine, Kim Wallan, and Michael Zarosinski
City Manager Brian Sjothun; Deputy City Manager Kelly Madding; City Attorney Lori Cooper; Planning Director Matt Brinkley; Principal Planner Carla Paladino; Deputy City Recorder Winnie Shepard
Councilmember Clay Bearnson was absent.
Transportation System Plan
Planning Director Matt Brinkley stated the Planning Commission worked with consultant Kittelson and Associates to draft the Transportation System Plan (TSP) project list and divided projects into two proposed tiers.  After the project list is completed, the projects will be further divided and prioritized for each ward specifically.  
Principal Planner Carla Paladino noted the following:
  • All projects listed as part of the $75 million Tier 1 will be funded through SDC fees, state gas tax, street utility fees, etc. But there are too many projects for the estimated $75 million available.
  • Outlined the various types of streets and provided examples:
    • Regional Arterials: Foothill is considered regional arterial as it serves as an alternative to I-5
    • Major collectors: Cedar Links, Lone Pine, Lozier Lane
    • Minor arterial: Garfield
    • Minor collectors: Oakdale, Peach, Holly
  • The TSP should last for the next 20 years, so new tech needs to be included
Council recommendations/comments/concerns
  • Include roundabouts
  • Planned arterial system should provide connectivity, specifically around the exterior to avoid downtown traffic and/or traveling through the center of town
  • Connectivity with multi-modal access
    • Between higher order streets
    • Between locations of interest
    • To schools
    • Alternative Standards, cross sections and flexibility
    • Convenient access to downtown and neighborhoods
    • How to effectively approve infill projects on existing corridors?
      • Incremental infrastructure
  • Enable walking and biking access to schools, especially within 1.5 miles of the school
  • Promote walking and use of off-site multi-use paths
  • Aesthetics and landscaping along roadways
  • Sidewalks and streetscape amenities (benches, art, wider sidewalks)
  • Prioritize safety for all users throughout the TSP
  • Transit friendly
  • Relationship between land use and transportation, providing amenities and services in close proximity to residents; have places and things for people to access
  • Promote mixed use development
  • Review of street segments outside of the Cityís jurisdiction; what do agency partners (County, Central Point and Phoenix) have in their TSPs as cross-sections for these roadways
Council discussed various biking options, with many agreeing that McAndrews path was ideal. It is separate from roadway, but still visible for safety.
The TSP is a standard, but there are existing roads that cannot be modified to meet new standards.  Council preferred an exception process to avoid land use hearings for each revision. 
City Manager Brian Sjothun clarified the new Transportation Commission could assist with prioritization and that projects would be completed incrementally.
Mr. Brinkley explained that Kittelson and Associates reviewed the TSP, worked with surrounding cities, Jackson County, and considered the regional TSP. 
Councilmember Gordon requested copies of the regional TSP maps.  
Transportation Network Companies
City Attorney Lori Cooper provided background information and explained that it was modeled after Salemís Code.  It has been sent to Uber and Lyft representatives for review.  
Ms. Cooper and Council discussed the following: 
After discussion, it was determined that an appeal process was not necessary as the companies will conduct the background checks and make the hiring decisions directly. 
Mr. Sjothun confirmed that Council would like to move forward with this topic. It should be on the agenda October 19, 2017.
The meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.
Winnie Shepard
Deputy City Recorder
  • Councilmember Jackle noted that City-maintained sidewalks are maintained and aesthetically pleasing; while citizen maintained are not always repaired due to financial constraints.
  • Misdemeanor theft was removed
  • Companies and drivers will be required to obtain business licenses
  • Possible surcharge to be collected by drivers
  • Companies should have 24-hour dispatch service
  • Council preferred drivers to carry proof of their licensing, despite TNC objections/concerns


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