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Medford Urban Renewal Agency Board Meeting Agenda & Minutes

Minutes
Thursday, December 19, 2019

 

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MEDFORD URBAN RENEWAL AGENCY
BOARD MEETING MINUTES

 

December 19, 2019                                                                                                  
Immediately following the 6 p.m. Medford City Council meeting
Medford City Hall, Council Chambers
411 W. 8th Street, Medford, Oregon
The meeting was called to order at 8:57 p.m. in Council Chambers, City Hall, 411 W. 8th Street, Medford with the following members and staff present.
Acting Chair Alex Poythress; Boardmembers Clay Bearnson, Tim D’Alessandro, Dick Gordon, Eric Stark, Kevin Stine, Gary Wheeler, Michael Zarosinski; Kay Brooks was absent.
Executive Director Brian Sjothun; Deputy City attorney Eric Mitton; City Recorder Karen Spoonts
 
20.   Approval or Correction of the Minutes of the September 19, 2019 Regular Meeting
There being no additions or corrections, the minutes were approved as presented.
 
30.   Oral Requests and Communications from the Audience
30.1    Robert Shand, talked about issues in his neighborhood. Boardmember Gordon stated MURA could help if there are houses close together that maybe could be purchased to be used for housing and redevelopment.
 
40.   Consent calendar
         40.2    Resolution 2019-013
A resolution appointing Barbara Laskin and Cailin Notch to the Medford Urban Renewal Agency (MURA) Advisory Committee.
40.3    Resolution 2019-014
A resolution adopting findings and setting a public hearing to consider the exchange of real property located at 54-56 Riverside Avenue (Tax Lot 371W30BB10000) for property located between  Apple Street, 3rd Street, N. Bartlett Street, and 4th Street (Tax Lots  371W30BB2000, 371W30BB2100, 371W30BB2200, 371W30BB2300, 371W30BB2400, 371W30BB2500, 371W30BB2600, 371W30BB2700, and 371W30BB2800).
40.4    Resolution 2019-015
A resolution adopting findings and setting a public hearing to consider the acquisition of real property located at 325 East Jackson Street (Tax Lot 371W19CC5800).
40.5    Resolution 2019-016
A resolution approving an appropriations transfer for the 2019-21 biennium.

 
Motion:  Adopt Consent Calendar.
Moved by:  Kevin Stine                                                         Seconded by:  Tim D’Alessandro
Roll Call:  Bearnson, D’Alessandro, Gordon, Poythress, Stark, Stine, Wheeler, and Zarosinski voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered.
 
50.   Items removed from consent calendar
Boardmember Stine requested 40.1 be pulled. He questioned who Mr. Weiss would be reporting to and if salary would be affected. MURA Director Weiss and Mr. Mitton explained that this resolution is for signing authority only; all else stays the same.
40.1     Resolution 2019-012
A resolution appointing Harry M. Weiss as Executive Director of the Medford Urban Renewal Agency.

 
Motion:  Adopt Resolution 2019-012.
Moved by:  Kevin Stine                                                         Seconded by:  Tim D’Alessandro
Roll Call:  Bearnson, D’Alessandro, Gordon, Poythress, Stark, Stine, Wheeler, and Zarosinski voting yes.
Resolution 2019-012 was duly adopted.
 
60.   Resolutions
60.1     Resolution 2019-017
A resolution approving a minor amendment to Section 601(C)(24) of the City Center Revitalization Plan pertaining to the reconfiguration of Central Avenue between Court/Edwards Streets and East Jackson Street.
Boardmember D’Alessandro questioned what this does; Mr. Weiss stated approving 60.1 and 60.2 moves the process forward.
Motion:  Adopt Resolution 2019-017.
Moved by:  Tim D’Alessandro                                              Seconded by:  Kevin Stine
Roll Call:  Bearnson, D’Alessandro, Gordon, Poythress, Stark, Stine, Wheeler, and Zarosinski voting yes.
Resolution 2019-017 was duly adopted.
60.2    Resolution 2019-018
A resolution approving a minor amendment to Section 601(C)(24) of the City Center Revitalization Plan pertaining to the implementation of a 20 MPH speed limit in the Liberty Park Area.
Boardmember Zarosinski questioned if we had the authority to amend the speed limit; Mr. Weiss stated the Oregon Legislature amended ORS 810.180(11) allowing cities by ordinance to establish a designated speed five miles per hour lower than the statutory speed.
Motion:  Adopt Resolution 2019-018.
Moved by:  Tim D’Alessandro                                              Seconded by:  Kevin Stine
Roll Call:  Bearnson, D’Alessandro, Gordon, Poythress, Stark, Stine, Wheeler, and Zarosinski voting yes.
Resolution 2019-018 was duly adopted.
 
70.   Board Business
70.1    Medford Urban Renewal Agency Budget Committee Appointment
There are two partial-term vacancies and two terms expiring January 31, 2020 on the MURA Budget Committee. This Committee only received four applications; two of these were submitted by current Committee members. Interviews were conducted by the Board.
The Board considered syncing up City and MURA budget members. City Manager Sjothun noted we can sync it up immediately if Council would like to do that and bring this back at the next meeting.
Motion:  Re-appoint Daniel Bunn to the MURA Budget Committee, with a term beginning February 1, 2020 and ending January 31, 2024.
Moved by:  Dick Gordon                                                      Seconded by:  Kevin Stine
The Board approved via voice vote.
 
80.   Director and other staff reports
80.1       Mr. Weiss is working with Principal Planner Durant to secure a home for those coming out of homelessness.
80.2       The closing date on property purchased on Central Avenue will be December 27.
80.3       Council approved the building code changes today, which also affects seismic retrofit alignment. It is a great move forward as we had two competing sets of rules.
80.4       A January study session will focus on a downtown housing study, including funding gaps.
 
90.   Propositions and remarks from the Board members

 
100.  Adjournment
There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 9:18 p.m.
The proceedings of the 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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