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City Council Study Session Agenda & Minutes

Thursday, October 11, 2018

October 11, 2018

6:00 p.m.
City Hall, Medford Room
411 W. 8th Street, Medford, Oregon

1.         Business-Education Partnership (Informational)
2.         Intersection at Crater Lake Avenue and Owen Drive

October 11, 2018

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 Clay Bearnson, Tim D’Alessandro, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Kevin Stine, Kim Wallan, Michael Zarosinski; Councilmember Kay Brooks was absent

City Manager Brian Sjothun; Deputy City Manager Eric Zimmerman; City Attorney Lori Cooper; City Recorder Karen Spoonts

Business-Education Partnership Informational
Executive Office Manager Donna Holtz introduced those involved in the Business-Education Partnership:
• Dr. Cathy Kemper-Pelle, Rogue Community College
• Dr. Brian Shumate, Medford Schools
• Dana Shumate, Rogue Workforce Partnership
• John Underwood, Timber Products

Dana Shumate
• The program was started in the fall of 2016; there are 64 members in the group from the field of education, business and community leader’s.
• Statement: We will collaborate as a community to create a pathway system for our future workforce that is aligned with the needs and demands of our Live Rogue Economy!

Dr. Brian Shumate
• High school kids choose a pathway (academic, pre-professional, visual and performing arts, or career and tech field, ie CTE) depending on the outcome of their testing.
• Questioned what does Medford want? What does the community need in the CTE field?
• RVTD a great partner; bus delivers high school kids to college for free.
• City/district meetings started again.

Dr. Cathy Kemper-Pelle
• Use Holland Codes, which is a system to classify jobs into job categories, interest clusters, or work personality environments. In the Holland Model, these categories represent work personalities.
• It’s up to us to create the alignment of what the community needs and what the students/parents need to know on what is available in this area.

John Underwood
• The mission statement at Timber Products is “Have fun, make money”. The Business-Education Partnership has been good for him as a HR Director. They wrestle with hard issues, such as kids coming to work, and the ability to talk to others.

Council had the following questions/comments:
• Is the construction industry getting involved? Yes, Dr. Shumate stated they started a Plumbing/Electrical class. Some students in internship. Timber Products has taken millwrights and skill trades careers. The apprenticing program is expanding.
• What is the City’s role? Sjothun stated there are capable groups addressing the situation and this is not falling on the City’s shoulders. Dr. Shumate said to set a vision for the community.
• Medford lacks a brand. What do we want our City to be?
• What effect does this have in enrollment? RCC has been on a downhill slide, but is now up 3% in enrollment due to better communication with high schools, etc.
• Do we still have something like the Jobs Plus Program from the 70’s? Those programs do exist and is for a targeted group of people. The connection is there for the students.
• Who are the 64 members; they are people in all aspects of the community and align the work for the schools and businesses.
• RCC said they are creative in finding funding; they need letters of support and the City can do that. Tell others what you learned from this.

Crater Lake & Owen Drive Intersection
This topic has been part of the G3 meeting in June. Council was asked to determine if they want a roundabout or traffic signal at the Crater Lake and Owen Drive intersection.

Staff and Council discussed:
• A contract with Kittleson and Associates was approved in March to complete the alternative analysis. Eight alternatives were studied and are down to one roundabout and traffic signal. Both operate under Level of Service C.
• Average delay is based on the 2038 average delay.
• Communications and coordination link between signal at Owen and Hwy 62 assist with traffic. This signal timing via video cameras minimizes delay and auto backup.
• Budget construction budget $1.2 million; traffic signal at 1 million dollars; roundabout 3.2 million. Would have to find the additional dollars out of the TSP to have the roundabout.
• Capacity project will support current zoning and anticipated development for the next 20 years.
• Lifecycle cost analysis completed for both hard and soft costs of 20 years; difference about $150,000.
• Does the analysis take into account the stores that are there now; staff noted it is based on the 2038 zoning.
• Auto passenger delay costs is based on fuel, time and lost economic opportunity.
• The bi-pass is in the capacity forecast.
• The road behind Lithia is being studied on whether an interchange is needed.
• The shifting of the roundabout is due to the creek and the northbound traffic.
• More accidents with traffic signal but could be slowed down with red light camera.
• Council will need to approve a construction contract; design contract has been awarded. It does not require a public hearing.
• Public Works recommended the traffic signal; Council agreed.

The meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

Karen M. Spoonts, MMC
City Recorder



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