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City Council Study Session Agenda & Minutes

Thursday, April 11, 2019

April 11, 2019

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 Medford City Hall on the above date with the following members and staff present:
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Clay Bearnson, Kay Brooks (via phone, then in person at 6:20 p.m.), Tim D’Alessandro, Dick Gordon, Kevin Stine, Michael Zarosinski (arrived at 6:09 p.m.); City Manager Brian Sjothun, City Attorney Lori Cooper, Deputy City Recorder Winnie Shepard
Councilmembers Alex Poythress and Eric Stark were absent.  
Food Truck
Planning Director Matt Brinkley sought Council direction regarding the draft regulations for food trucks in the right-of-way and whether staff should pursue changing the Code to permit food pods on private property.
During an August 10, 2017 study session, Council requested staff research various aspects of allowing food trucks in the right-of-way on specific downtown streets. The following regulations were included in the draft Code language presented: 
  • These potential locations were identified:8th Street, Main Street, Central Avenue, Front Street, Bartlett Street and Evergreen parking lot
  • Allows 100 square feet of outdoor equipment (tables and chairs)
  • Food trucks could be open from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
  • Business license fees would range from $100 to $700 to cover the staff processing expenses for building and planning departments and possibly code enforcement
Mr. Brinkley also outlined the following information regarding food pods:
  • Allows trucks to remain on site
  • Provides more amenities for customers than a single food truck or cart
  • Could potentially have restroom facilities for customers
  • Locations would be processed through site plan
  • City could impose SDC fees for vendors
  • Locations would most likely access City utilities
Mr. Brinkley recommended finalizing the regulations for food trucks in the right-of-way, before moving forward with food pods.
  • Current requires trucks to be self-contained; food pods would allow access to city power
  • Add an hour to the proposed opening and closing time
  • Specific locations will not be assigned; first come, first served
  • Should include a specific time for set up; current parking requirements would limit their set up to 4:00 p.m. at the earliest
  • Vendors should not impede customer/business parking for businesses during day hours
  • Most downtown restaurants close by 10 p.m.
Council discussed whether to impose restrictions on the location or hours of food trucks, including:
  • Whether to allow carts/trucks within close proximity to brick and mortar restaurants
  • Potential loss of customer parking spaces to food trucks/carts
  • Trucks/carts could offer similar food at lower prices, due to lack of overhead
  • Whether multiple trucks/carts in the right-of-way caused unfair competition or was a good business model
There were no objections to staff moving forward with the food truck code. Mr. Brinkley advised the topic will be considered by the Planning Commission before returning to Council for approval.
Council also had no objections to staff pursuing code allowing food pods.
The meeting adjourned at 6:34 p.m.
Winnie Shepard, CMC
Deputy City Recorder

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