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Medford Urban Renewal Agency Board Meeting Agenda & Minutes

Minutes
Thursday, January 16, 2020

 
MEDFORD URBAN
RENEWAL MINUTES
 

January 16, 2020
Immediately Following City Council Meeting
Medford City Hall, Council Chambers
411 W. 8th Street, Medford, Oregon
 
The meeting was called to order at 7:36 p.m. in Council Chambers, City Hall, 411 W. 8th Street, Medford with the following members and staff present.
 
Chair Kay Brooks; Boardmembers Clay Bearnson, Tim D’Alessandro, Alex Poythress, Eric Stark, Kevin Stine, Gary Wheeler, Michael Zarosinski; Boardmember Dick Gordon was absent.
 
Executive Director Harry Weiss; City Manager Brian Sjothun; Deputy City attorney Eric Mitton; City Recorder Karen Spoonts
 
20.  Approval or Correction of the Minutes of the January 16, 2020 Regular Meeting
         There being no corrections or amendments the minutes were approved as presented.
 
30.  Oral Requests and Communications from the Audience
                       
40.  Consent calendar
 
50.  Items removed from consent calendar
 
60.  Public Hearings
                 60.1     Resolution 2020-001
A resolution adopting findings to proceed with the acquisition of real property located at 325 East Jackson Street (Tax Lot 371W19CC5800).
 
Executive Director Weiss presented the staff report. Councilmember D’Alessandro questioned the appraisal process; Weiss noted there are two paths regarding an appraisal, and we will default to what is in the City Center Revitalization Plan.
 
Public hearing opened.
No one spoke.
Public hearing closed.
 
Motion:  Adopt Resolution 2020-001.
Moved by:  Alex Poythress                          Seconded by:  Kevin Stine
Roll Call:  Bearnson, Brooks, D’Alessandro, Poythress, Stark, Stine, Wheeler, and Zarosinski voting yes.
Resolution 2020-001 was duly adopted.
 
                     60.2     Resolution 2020-002
A resolution adopting findings to proceed with the exchange of real property located at 54-56 Riverside Avenue (Tax Lot 371W19CC5800) for real property located between Apple Street, 3rd Street, N Bartlett Street and 4th Street (Tax Lots 371W30BB2000, 371W30BB2100, 371W30BB2200, 371W30BB2300, 371W30BB2400, 371W30BB2500, 371W30BB2600, 371W30BB2700, 371W30BB2800).
 
Executive Director Weiss presented the staff report, noting the Riverside parking lot owned by the City, will be exchanged for Lithia property.
 
Public hearing opened.
Bob Shand, Medford, requested MURA be careful in working with Lithia.
Public hearing closed.
 
Motion:  Adopt Resolution 2020-002.
Moved by:  Alex Poythress                          Seconded by:  Tim D’Alessandro
 
Commissioner Poythress thanked Weiss for the creativity of the process.
 
Roll Call:  Bearnson, Brooks, D’Alessandro, Poythress, Stark, Stine, Wheeler, and Zarosinski voting yes.
Resolution 2020-002 was duly adopted.
 
70.  Resolutions
       70.1     Resolution 2020-003
A resolution approving a minor amendment to the City Center Revitalization Plan pertaining to the acquisition of real property for redevelopment at 325 East Jackson Street (Tax Lot 371W19CC5800).
 
Motion:  Adopt Resolution 2020-003.
Moved by:  Tim D’Alessandro                      Seconded by:  Alex Poythress
Roll Call:  Bearnson, Brooks, D’Alessandro, Poythress, Stark, Stine, Wheeler, and Zarosinski voting yes.
Resolution 2020-003 was duly adopted.

 
 
         70.2      Resolution 2020-004
A resolution approving a minor amendment to the City Center Revitalization Plan pertaining to the acquisition of real property located between Apple Street, 3rd Street, N Bartlett Street and 4th Street for redevelopment.
 
Motion:  Adopt Resolution 2020-004.
Moved by:  Alex Poythress                          Seconded by:  Eric Stark
Roll Call:  Bearnson, Brooks, D’Alessandro, Poythress, Stark, Stine, Wheeler, and Zarosinski voting yes.
Resolution 2020-004 was duly adopted.
 
                     70.3      Resolution 2020-005
                     A resolution recommending expansion of the Downtown Parking District to be coterminous with the boundary of the Central Business Overlay.
 
Motion:  Adopt Resolution 2020-005.
Moved by:  Alex Poythress                          Seconded by:  Gary Wheeler
Roll Call:  Bearnson, Brooks, D’Alessandro, Poythress, Stark, Stine, Wheeler, and Zarosinski voting yes.
Resolution 2020-005 was duly adopted.
 
80.  Board Business
       80.1     Board Officer Elections
Motion:  Appoint Eric Stark as Chair of the Medford Urban Renewal Agency.
Moved by:  Kevin Stine
Roll Call:  Bearnson, Brooks, D’Alessandro, Poythress, Stark, Stine, Wheeler, and Zarosinski voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered.
 
Motion:  Appoint Kay Brooks as Vice-Chair of the Medford Urban Renewal Agency.
Moved by:  Eric Stark
Roll Call:  Bearnson, Brooks, D’Alessandro, Poythress, Stark, Stine, Wheeler, and Zarosinski voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered.
 
Motion:  Appoint Robert Bartalini to the Urban Renewal Agency Budget Committee, with a term beginning February 1, 2020 and ending January 31, 2024, and Peter Sage and Amy Thuren with partial-terms beginning February 1, 2020 and ending January 31, 2022.
Moved by:  Tim D’Alessandro                      Seconded by:  Alex Poythress
Roll Call:  Bearnson, Brooks, D’Alessandro, Poythress, Stark, Stine, Wheeler, and Zarosinski voting yes.
Motion carried and so ordered.
 
Boardmember Brooks questioned the utilization of the seismic retrofit funds; Weiss noted there has been so many changes to the code and it is quite expensive to seismic retrofit. Money slated for retrofits could benefit sprinkler system assistance, as he has received many calls for this. They are used for so many facilities, such as restaurants. He will bring forth a request at the next meeting for a revision to the allocation of seismic retrofit fund. Commissioner Stark questioned if the fund could state it could be used for safety purposes. Weiss noted the sprinkler systems is a manageable area of adaption where we can make a project useful. Boardmember Zarosinski questioned what type of public safety could be used for property. Weiss will look into the question that will make it more feasible and could be brought up at a study session.
 
90.  Director and other staff reports
 
100. Propositions and remarks from the Board members
         100.1     City Manager Sjothun presented a plaque to Boardmembers Brooks for serving as Chair and Poythress for serving as Vice-Chair of the Medford Urban Renewal Agency.
 
         100.2     Boardmember Poythress thanked Bob Shand and Mr. Miles for speaking at the Council meeting. He is excited about what is coming in the future through MURA and thanked Weiss for leading this process. Boardmember Brooks also appreciated the changes coming forth with MURA.
 
110. Adjournment
         There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 8:15 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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