STUDY SESSION MINUTES
Study Session called to order at 5:43 p.m.
Housing and Community Development Commission
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
City Hall, Medford Room 330
- Roll Call
Present: Commissioners Marie Cabler, Denise James, Bill Boehning, Paul Tanner, Daniel Smith, John Michaels, Council Liaison Dick Gordon and Staff Liaisons Angela Durant and Laura Stewart
Absent: Rebecca Erickson, Carol Fiddler and Heidi Hill
City Council had a study session on April 12, 2018 to discuss commissions and committees. Staff provided a summary of the session.
The City of Medford was awarded a $40,000 grant to further review and develop policy and/or program guidelines for Housing Amendments that were recommended to Council by the Housing Advisory Committee on February 15, 2018. The Commission discussed the potential of utilizing Bendís previous Affordable Housing Manager, Jim Long for part of this work.
Commissioners discussed proposed changes to the commissions and committees.
Commissioner John Michaels expressed his desire to be on permanent Housing Advisory Commission, if one is established. Commissioner Michaels spoke of the need for workforce housing. He suggested establishing a Housing and Community Development Policy Commission/Committee, with another group to implement the policies.
Commissioner Bill Boehning may be stepping back from his position at the end his term, which is January 31, 2019.
Commissioner Denise James expressed her desire to be on the permanent Housing Advisory Commission, if it is established.
Commissioner Paul Tanner is in favor of a permanent Housing Advisory Commission, to specifically focus on housing. Commissioner Tanner understands the need to decrease the amount of time City Council members spend as liaisons at additional meetings and inquired as to whether a City Council liaison must attend every committee meeting.
Commissioner Daniel Smith suggested establishing a conceptual commission that determines the needs of the City and another committee to make those concepts happen. Commissioner Smith suggested establishing a commission that addresses all of the grants.
- Housing Amendments and the Formation of a Permanent Housing Advisory Commission
Commissioner Marie Cabler suggested quarterly study sessions.
Commissioner Paul Tanner discussed creating an organizational chart for commissions and committees, so commissioners can know what to focus on and be the most efficient. Commissioner Tanner suggested determining what the community needs are prior to distributing CDBG funds and seeking out non-profits that address those needs.
Commissioner Bill Boehning suggested longer meetings, possibly two and a half hours in length.
Staff was directed to schedule a study session for May 2nd from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Meeting adjourned at 7:19 p.m.
- Future Study Session Topics and Scheduling