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Minutes
Thursday, September 05, 2019

AGENDA
September 5, 2019

6:00 P.M.
Medford City Hall, Medford Room
411 W. 8th Street, Medford, Oregon
 
The regular meeting of the Medford City Council was called to order at 6:11 p.m. in the Medford City Hall Council Chambers on the above date with the following members and staff present:
 
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Kay Brooks*, Tim D’Alessandro, Dick Gordon, Alex Poythress, Eric Stark, Kevin Stine, Michael Zarosinski; Councilmember Clay Bearnson was absent.
 
City Manager Brian Sjothun; City Attorney Lori Cooper; City Recorder Karen Spoonts
 
*Arrived as noted.
 
20.  Recognitions, Community Group Reports
         20.1     Introduction of Alba Students
Robin Snider, President of the Medford-Alba Sister City Committee, presented the 26 Alba students and thanked Council for their support. Students from Alba spoke about their experience as an exchange student.
 
30.  Oral Requests and Communications from the Audience
30.1    Mayor Wheeler read the Alba proclamation for September 5, 2019.
 
30.2    Mayor Wheeler read the Oregon Recovers proclamation and recognized Jackson County Commissioner Bob Strosser, who was in the audience, and who also had a proclamation from Jackson County for them. Kelle Rene spoke about the stigma associated with addiction, public awareness, and why this proclamation is so important.
 
30.3    Dante Cimino spoke about traffic cameras, calling them government sponsored extortion, and the two tickets he received on the same day amounting to $330.
 
30.4    Marta Tarantsey, Chair of the Multicultural Commission, spoke about the projects they are working on, such as providing suggestions pertaining to housing, proclamations in the language that the community speaks, working with other commissions, and working with ELL (English Language Learners). The Multicultural Commission Fair is Saturday, September 28. Commissioner Stine questioned about diversifying our boards and commissions; Ms. Tarantsey stated they share the boards and commissions city link with organizations.

 
 
40.  Public Hearings
         40.1     COUNCIL BILL 2019-90 CONTINUED FROM August 15, 2019
An ordinance approving a minor amendment to the General Land Use Plan (GLUP) Map of the Medford Comprehensive Plan by changing the land use designation of 1.34 acres located east of Crater Lake Avenue and north of Forest Hills Drive, Urban High Density Residential (UH) to General Industrial (GI). (GLUP19-001)
 
City Attorney Lori Cooper stated the record was left open for seven days and continued from the August 15 meeting. The public hearing will not be open unless Council so chooses. Planner Dustin Severs presented the staff report, providing information on the buffer wall.
 
Councilmember D’Alessandro stated he would be recusing himself from the dais as he works for the applicant.
 
Motion:  Approve the ordinance.
Moved by:  Dick Gordon                                                Seconded by:  Alex Poythress
Roll call:  Gordon, Poythress, Stark, Stine, and Zarosinski voting yes; D’Alessandro abstained.
Ordinance #2019-90 was duly adopted.
 
         40.2    COUNCIL BILL 2019-96
                     An ordinance proclaiming annexation to the City of Medford, portions of the North Ross Lane right-of-way from approximately 250 feet south of its intersection with Stearns Way, to Highway 238 (Rossanley Drive); along with an approximate 730-foot portion of Highway 238, running east/west from the northerly terminus from North Ross Lane, and a 58.1-acre tract of land containing two parcels, including the Howard Memorial Sports Park. The current County zoning designation of Exclusive Farm Use (EFU) will be changed to the City SFR-00 (Single-Family Residential, one dwelling unit per existing lot) zoning district. The properties will be removed from Medford Rural Fire Protection District #2, effective pursuant to State law. (A-19-003)
 
Councilmembers Zarosinski and Stine both recused themselves and left the dais as they are on the Howard Memorial Sports Park Board.
 
                     Mr. Severs presented the staff report.
 
Public hearing opened.
Guy Hamilton expressed concern with the Wes Howard Memorial Trust and thought it would be irresponsible of Council to take this on in the City at this time. He provided the history of the property since Mr. Howard’s death. He stated there are no new parks on the west side. Councilmember Gordon stated he has known Mr. Hamilton for many years. He stated the City only got involved in this recently and if we don’t bring this into the City we have no ability to master plan the property. Ms. Cooper noted this property is governed by the Foundation; the Council needs to look at this as an application for an annexation.
 
*Councilmember Brooks arrived.
 
Councilmember Stark noted before us is an annexation; we are not discussing what has taken place. The Howard Memorial Sports Park Board will bring this forward, not Council.
 
John Schleining stated he would like to meet with Guy Hamilton to discuss his concerns. He provided information on the 14 year process. He spoke about the lease with Bi-Mart and the Logos Charter School agreement. He said adding this to the City will allow water to be provided by the Medford Water Commission.
 
Kevin Stine, a member of the Howard Memorial Sports Park Board, believes Council should approve the annexation.
Public hearing closed.
 
Motion:  Approve the ordinance.
Moved by:  Tim D’Alessandro                                        Seconded by: Dick Gordon 
Roll call:  Brooks, D’Alessandro, Gordon, Poythress, and Stark voting yes; Stine and Zarosinski abstained.
Ordinance #2019-96 was duly adopted.
 
Councilmember Stine returned to the dais.
 
50.  Approval or Correction of the Minutes of the August 15, 2019 Regular Meeting
         There being no additions or corrections, the minutes were approved as presented.
 
60.  Consent Calendar
        
70.  Items Removed from Consent Calendar
        
80.  Ordinances and Resolutions
       80.1     COUNCIL BILL 2019-97
                     An ordinance amending Section 2.050 of the Medford Municipal Code relating to Council meeting order of business.
        
                     City Manager Sjothun noted there have been several meetings that require a long public hearing. Amending the order of business will move the public hearings to the end of the meeting. The notice will change slightly to state that the public hearing will be sometime during that meeting.
 
Councilmember Zarosinski returned to the dais.
 
                     Councilmember Gordon noted this will discourage the public from attending the meeting. The workload for council meetings needs to be addressed.
 
Motion:  Approve the ordinance.
Moved by:  Kevin Stine                                                   Seconded by: Tim D’Alessandro 
Roll call:  Brooks, D’Alessandro, Poythress, Stark, Stine, and Zarosinski voting yes; Gordon abstained.
Ordinance #2019-97 was duly adopted.
 
Mayor Wheeler noted we have flexibility to have a noon meeting once a month or change the order of the meeting to accommodate others.
 
90.  Council Business
       90.1     Proclamations issued:
                                    Oregon Recovers – September 5, 2019
                                    Black Tornado Wall of Fame Day- September 7, 2019
                                    Day of Service and Remembrance - September 11, 2019
                                    Constitution Week – September 17 through 23, 2019
                                    Emergency Preparedness Month – September 2019
 
         90.2    Committee Reports and Communications
Councilmember D’Alessandro stated he attended the Water Commission meeting.
 
                     a.   Appointments
Motion:  Confirm Mayor Wheeler’s appointment of Michael Vanderhoff as a pro tem Judge with a term beginning immediately and ending January 31, 2020.
Moved by:  Kevin Stine                                                   Seconded by:  Tim D’Alessandro
Roll call:  D’Alessandro, Gordon, Poythress, Stark, Stine, and Zarosinski voting yes; Brooks abstained.
Motion carried and so ordered.
 
Motion:  Appoint Hannah Karrigan for the youth representative on the Arts Commission, with a term beginning immediately and ending June 30, 2020 and appoint David Garcia to the Arts Commission with a term beginning immediately and ending January 31, 2021.
Moved by:  Kevin Stine                                                   Seconded by:  Dick Gordon
Roll call:  Brooks, D’Alessandro, Gordon, Poythress, Stark, Stine, and Zarosinski voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered.

 
 
Motion:  Appoint Kevin Stine as League of Oregon Cities delegate.
Moved by:  Kevin Stine                                                   Seconded by:  Eric Stark
Roll call:  Brooks, D’Alessandro, Gordon, Poythress, Stark, Stine, and Zarosinski voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered.
 
100. City Manager and Staff Reports
         100.1   Livability Team Update
                     Police Chief Scott Clauson provided an update on the Livability Team and noted three police officers will be assigned to the Livability Team. The candidates have been identified and will start September 17, along with a Code Enforcement Officer. Bike patrol was instigated this summer and was successful. Staff and the public have thanked the Police Department for their presence in parks and the downtown area, and staff is seeing a reduction of camps in the Greenway. Councilmember Gordon questioned if he had any ideas on bringing back a Porta-Potty in Alba Park; Chief Clauson did not.
 
         100.2  Council Vision Fund
Mr. Sjothun stated there is money in the Vision Fund; a form has been created that would be available to Council. CFO/Deputy City Manager Ryan Martin stated we have 1.248 million dollars remaining. Filling out the form would allow staff to research the request and bring it back to Council at the next Council meeting. Councilmember Stine requested at least three members of Council review the request before it comes before Council.
 
Motion:  Vision Fund requests must be sponsored by a Councilmember with two council co-sponsors before it comes to the full Council.
Moved by:  Kevin Stine                                                   Seconded by:  Dick Gordon
Roll call:  D’Alessandro, Gordon, Poythress, Stark, Stine, and Zarosinski voting yes; Brooks voting no.
Motion carried and so ordered.
 
100.3  Mr. Sjothun stated there are three spots remaining for the Friday evening Chamber Award event. Presently Mayor Wheeler, Councilmembers D’Alessandro and Stark are signed up. He requested Council email him if they are interested.
 
100.4  Councilmember Stine liked the new logo in Chambers; Mr. Sjothun noted there will be a seal that will be added to Chambers. Councilmember Stark noted that the Southern Oregon Golf Tournament had Travel Medford and the new logo on the golf carts.
 
100.5  Councilmember Brooks noted one of the things Council could look at is a crisis assistance program that has a proven track record in other areas, such as Eugene. There will be a CAHOOTS meeting on September 24 from 5-7 p.m. in the Medford Room where the Executive Director will be skyping in on how the program works. She invited Police Chief Clauson to the event.
                    
110. Adjournment
         There being no further business, this Council meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.
 
The proceedings of the City Council 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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