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Medford Urban Renewal Agency Agenda & Minutes

Minutes
Thursday, February 01, 2018

AGENDA
February 1, 2018

5:45 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 December 7, 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
        
70.    Board Business
         70.1     Election of Officers
 
80.    Director and other staff reports
         80.1     Update on activities by the Substantial Amendment Advisory Committee – Kelly Madding
 
90.    Propositions and remarks from the Board members
 
100.  Adjournment


MINUTES
February 1, 2018

5:45 p.m.
Medford City Hall, Council Chambers
411 West 8th Street, Medford, Oregon

The meeting was called to order at 5:47 p.m. in Council Chambers, City Hall, 411 W. 8th Street, Medford with the following members and staff present.
 
Board members Clay Bearnson, Kay Brooks, Tim D’Alessandro, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Kevin Stine, Kim Wallan, Gary Wheeler, Michael Zarosinski
 
Executive Director Brian Sjothun; City attorney Lori Cooper; City Recorder Karen Spoonts
 
20.    Approval or Correction of the Minutes of the December 7, 2017 Regular Meeting
         There being no corrections or amendments, the minutes were approved as presented.
 
30.    Oral Requests and Communications from the Audience
         30.1     Lindsay Berryman 1694 Highcrest, spoke for SPARKS and their disappointment with talk of all money going towards Liberty Park. They offered other ideas for renovation.
 
         30.2     Bob Shand, 406 Beatty Street, appreciated the turnout of last night’s open house pertaining to Liberty Park. He talked about rebranding Liberty Park to Liberty Village.
 
40.    Consent calendar
         None.
 
50.    Items removed from consent calendar
         None.
 
60.    Resolutions
         None.
 
70.    Board Business
         70.1     Election of Officers
 
Motion:  Nominate Clay Bearnson as Chair of the Medford Urban Renewal Board.
Moved by:  Kay Brooks         
 
Motion:  Nominate Kim Wallan as Chair of the Medford Urban Renewal Board.
Moved by:  Tim Jackle
 
Board member Brooks clarified she would not support spending of Medford Urban Renewal Agency (MURA) funds outside of the Liberty Park area.
 
Roll Call:  Board members Bearnson, Brooks, and Stine voting for Bearnson; Board members D’Alessandro, Gordon, Jackle, Wallan, Zarosinski and Wheeler voting for Wallan.
Board member Wallan was appointed President.
 
Motion:  Nominate Kay Brooks as Vice Chair of the Medford Urban Renewal Board.
Moved by:  Dick Gordon
Roll call:  Board members unanimously approved.
Board member Brooks appointed as Vice Chair.
 
The Board did not wish to appoint a secretary.
 
80.    Director and other staff reports
         80.1     Update on activities by the Substantial Amendment Advisory Committee
                     Deputy City Manager Kelly Madding presented an update on the Substantial Amendment Advisory Committee. She noted that after Committee meetings and meetings with the public, resulted in the following project items: street improvements, sewer lateral program, community beautification, pedestrian safety, multi-family and single family housing improvement programs, multi-family tax credit 10-year abatement, speed bumps, urban beautification and community art, a stop sign at Beatty Street and Liberty Street, swimming pool, curbs and yellow paint near driveways.  A draft of the substantial amendment should be prepared in about a week; there will be a MURA public hearing on March 1 and later a public hearing before City Council.
 
90.    Propositions and remarks from the Board members
         90.1        Executive Director Sjothun recognized Chair Stine and Vice Chair Bearnson for the work they have done for the past year.        
 
         90.2        Board member Gordon recommended
a.   Hiring someone to carry out the MURA plan 
b.   Planning for the establishment of additional MURA districts within the City, as there are other areas that need improvements
c.   Establishing a committee comprised of developers, banks and real estate representatives to assist with redevelopment
 
90.3        Board member Stine noted a job description has been created for an Executive Director.
 
Board discussed hiring of a director to carry-out the MURA plan after the amendment is approved.
 
Ms. Madding noted the amendment could extend MURA for ten years, or longer.  Mr. Sjothun stated MURA could potentially borrow money from the City to complete projects, if necessary. Staff will provide the job description and timeline before the next meeting.
 
90.4        Vice Chair Brooks requested scheduling more than 15 minutes for MURA meetings.
 
100.  Adjournment
         There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 6:24 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.
 
 
 
Karen M. Spoonts, MMC
City Recorder

 

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