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Medford Urban Renewal Agency Agenda & Minutes

Minutes
Thursday, March 01, 2018

AGENDA
March 1, 2018

After Council 6pm meeting
Medford City Hall, Council Chambers
411 West 8th Street, Medford, Oregon
 
 
10.    Roll Call
 
20.    Approval or Correction of the Minutes of the February 1, 2018 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
         60.1     RESOLUTION 2018-001 A resolution recommending approval of a certain substantial amendment to the City Center Revitalization Plan and Report of the City of Medford, Oregon as amended (Substantial Amendment No. 6).
 
70.    Board Business
         70.1     MURA Budget Committee Appointments
 
80.    Director and other staff reports
         80.1     Proposed Urban Renewal Director position
 
90.    Propositions and remarks from the Board members
 
100.  Adjournment


MINUTES
March 1, 2018

After Council 6pm meeting
Medford City Hall, Council Chambers
411 West 8th Street, Medford, Oregon


The meeting was called to order at 7:45 p.m. in Council Chambers, City Hall, 411 W. 8th Street, Medford with the following members and staff present.

Boardmembers Kay Brooks, Tim D’Alessandro, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Kevin Stine, Kim Wallan, Gary Wheeler, Michael Zarosinski

Boardmember Clay Bearnson was absent.

Executive Director Brian Sjothun; City Attorney Lori Cooper; City Recorder Karen Spoonts

20. Approval or Correction of the Minutes of the February 1, 2018 Regular Meeting
 There being no corrections or amendments, the minutes were approved as presented.

30. Oral Requests and Communications from the Audience
30.1 Bob Shand, 406 Beatty Street, stated he had a meeting with Deputy City Attorney Kelly Madding and City Manager Brian Sjothun about Liberty Park.

40. Consent calendar
  None.

50. Items removed from consent calendar
 None.

60. Resolutions
60.1 RESOLUTION 2018-001 A resolution recommending approval of a certain substantial amendment to the City Center Revitalization Plan and Report of the City of Medford, Oregon as amended (Substantial Amendment No. 6).

Deputy City Manager Kelly Madding presented the staff report.  She noted this was the 26th amendment and the 6th substantial amendment to the Medford Urban Renewal Agency’s (MURA) City Center Revitalization Plan.

Elaine Howard of Elaine Howard Consulting, LLC outlined the process, noting the next step is to obtain public review. On March 8, 2018, the Planning Commission will review the amendment to ensure conformance with the Comprehensive Plan and then it will move forward for City Council approval April 19, 2018. If the amendment is approved, it will increase the maximum indebtedness (the amount of money the agency is allowed to spend on projects) of the Urban Renewal Plan. Ms. Howard explained that project ideas were gathered from public meetings and input from the neighborhood and citizens throughout the City.  The recommendation from the Advisory Committee was to spend 90% of the funding in the Liberty Park area and 10% on seismic retrofitting. To complete the substantial amendment, MURA would then send a letter to all taxing districts advising of the substantial amendment, followed by a briefing to Jackson County.

In the event that MURA decides not to obtain a bond, MURA projects would be limited to the funding on hand.

The Board discussed the 10% designated to the seismic retrofitting.  Ms. Madding clarified that up to 10% was designated toward retrofitting; 10% is the maximum percentage and it can be changed at any time through the budget process. 

Public Works Director Cory Crebbin explained the sewer laterals; the sewer pipes are old and have cracks/holes that allow groundwater to infiltrate.  He explained that during a storm, the water reclamation plant can receive water that is 1 part sewage to 14 parts ground water.  Mr. Crebbin advised that Public Works Department does not have the funds to replace the laterals and MURA funds could be used as part of street improvements with the curbs, gutters and sidewalks.

Boardmember Gordon stated we could add additional land into MURA and questioned adding land on Manzanita, Edwards and Court Streets.  Ms. Madding clarified MURA can add up to 1% more land with a minor amendment; the land did not need to be included as part of this substantial amendment.

Motion:  Adopt the resolution.
Moved by:  Kevin Stine                 Seconded by:  Kay Brooks

The Board noted this substantial amendment created a structure and would be revised as projects were added and approved. Boardmember Wheeler stated that increment funding will most likely not be received from the Beatty/Liberty Park area.

Roll Call:  Boardmembers unanimously approved.
Resolution 2018-001 was duly adopted.

70. Board Business
 70.1 MURA Budget Committee Appointments

Motion:  Appoint Rick Bennett and Barbara Laskin to the Medford Urban Renewal Agency Budget Committee with terms beginning immediately and ending January 31, 2021.
Moved by:  Kim Wallan                Seconded by:  Kay Brooks
Roll Call:  Boardmembers unanimously approved.
Motion carried and so ordered.

80. Director and other staff reports
80.1 Proposed Urban Renewal Director position
Executive Director Brian Sjothun noted they developed the job description and placed in the E35 salary schedule. The position would report to Ms. Madding and coordinate with the Public Works Department; the City could provide administrative staff. The MURA budget has funding for the position.  The Board discussed the limited duration of the position.

Motion:  Direct staff to finalize the job description as modified by the Board and move forward with advertising and filling the Urban Renewal Director position.
Moved by:  Kevin Stine                Seconded by:  Tim D’Alessandro
Roll Call:  Boardmembers unanimously approved.
Motion carried and so ordered.

90. Propositions and remarks from the Boardmembers
 None.

100. Adjournment
 There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 8:46 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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