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City Council Study Session Agenda & Minutes

Thursday, June 14, 2018

6:00 p.m.
City Hall, Medford Room
411 W. 8th Street, Medford, Oregon
  1. Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon Dispatch Center 
  2. ACES 
  3. Rogue Disposal Curbside Recycling Update

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 Clay Bearnson, Tim DíAlessandro, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Kim Wallan, Michael Zarosinski; Kay Brooks and Kevin Stine were absent.
City Manager Brian Sjothun; Assistant City Attorney Katie Zerkel; City Recorder Karen Spoonts; Fire Chief Brian Fish; Police Chief Randy Sparacino
Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon (ECSO) Dispatch Center
Margie Moulin, Director of ECSO introduced staff and presented a PowerPoint presentation on:
  • Mission, core values and goals
  • What we do (24 hrs. day/7 days a week; During 2017, 441,444 calls; 916,318 radio transmissions and 347,348 CAD incidents)
  • Budgeted FTE change (cumulative percent increase of 9-1-1 calls since 2011)
  • Computer aided dispatch incidents and radio transmissions both increasing
  • FY 2017-2018 Budget: ($7,163,913) (ECSO primarily self-supporting through user fees from participating jurisdictions, State 9-1-1 excise tax and some small partnership contracts)
  • Challenges are next gen 9-1-1 and radio infrastructure
  • Possibility of a Special District vs. Service Taxing District
  • How far along are you regarding forming a district (needed to meet with Medford first)
  • District is similar with RVTD (Medford would still have a seat on the advisory board)
  • Difference between Special and Service District is governing
  • There was talk years ago of possibly combining with Josephine County (no conversation for years)
  • Annual subscription fees for City of Medford is about two million
  • Would/could the City save on subscription fees
  • County is in favor of the district that gives them more power
  • County concerned with getting someone on the board with no knowledge
  • Levy user fees (thought you could for different services but would find out)
  • Would replace all City portables the first time (current radios donít include trunking)
  • If nothing done (County would support a bond for infrastructure or fund through user fees)
  • Who owns what depends on if a special district is formed
  • City going to replace transmitters next budget session but would hold out if this goes through
  • Most would like a special district
  • How it would impact the City, the taxpayer, and perception to the public; voters need to see the value of it
Peter Buckley of South Oregon Education Service District presented the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) presentation called Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences.
  • Memory of our experiences is stored in our body
  • Scientists Report; over 17,000 study participants
  • Nervous system orchestrates body functions and perceptions; neuroscience helps us understand why ACES are so important
  • Child grows up in an atmosphere of danger or safety; we adapt to what we experience
  • Hardwired for anticipated world; toxic stress experiences constant danger, such as alcohol in the home; will change biology of the brain
  • Every child adapts to what they experience
  • When biology collides with social expectations we run into trouble
  • Sequential development; how it impacts the person in early, middle years, pre-puberty, and into adulthood
  • Trauma-informed school discipline; child chooses when they will be able to talk about issue
  • Epigenetics and enduring health
  • Meet people where they are
  • How multiple forms of childhood adversity can affect many important public health problems
  • ACES childhood experiences are common (household dysfunction, neglect and abuse) and the higher the ACE score, the higher health problems
  • We have the power to shift the dynamics that lead to high ACE scores
  • Core protective systems: capabilities, attachment and belonging community, faith and cultural processes
  • Teach kids how to self-regulate
  • Relationships with caring and competent people are vital contributors to recovery
  • Build resilience
  • Core principles of a trauma-informed system of care (safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and empowerment)
  • Cost savings
  • How can this be applied to assist homeless population (handout provided)
  • Parent training/education is key
  • Where is the target to throw resources (public safety needs this information)
  • Mentorship program
  • Meetings of the Mind; have ACES involved in this group
Rogue Disposal Curbside Recycling Update
Garry Penning and Laura Ledrick of Rogue Disposal presented a PowerPoint presentation on how their short and long term efforts to respond to the recycling crisis is coming along.
  • Strategic goal to create sustainable recycling program
  • Develop and implement customer awareness
  • Markets may take years to come back, if they ever do
  • Contamination protocol; ahead of the game
  • Promised the City to come back with data as received
  • Curb changes were made March 5
  • On board computer/camera can spot contamination when picked up curb-side
  • Results of study: 52.3% new co-mingle mix; commercial was cleaner at 81.4%
  • Community partners; glass depot
  • Sent to market vs. landfilled since concurrence
  • Trend line (cost of managing co-mingled material to markets vs. cost of disposal)
  • Customer service phone calls
  • Quality of material to gain access of market vs. quantity
  • Results of audit is forthcoming
  • Type of plastic jugs acceptable to recycle (milk jugs only at this time)
  • Customer base needing larger carts (yes but only a small number)
The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.
Karen M. Spoonts, MMC
City Recorder


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