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City Council Study Session Agenda & Minutes

Thursday, September 10, 2020

September 10, 2020                                 

Immediately following City Council Special Meeting
Prescott Room, Medford Police Station
219 South Ivy, Medford, Oregon

The City Council Study Session was called to order at 8:20 p.m. on the above date in the Prescott Room of the Medford Police Station with the following members and staff present:
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Clay Bearnson (left at 9:25 p.m.), Tim D’Alessandro (left the meeting at 9:34 p.m.), Dick Gordon, Eric Stark, Kevin Stine, Michael Zarosinski; City Manager Brian Sjothun, Deputy City Manager Kelly Madding, Deputy City Manager/Chief Financial Officer Ryan Martin, City Attorney Rick Whitlock, Deputy City Attorney Eric Mitton, Deputy City Recorder Winnie Shepard; Councilmembers Kay Brooks and Alex Poythress were absent.
ADA Transition Plan
Deputy City Attorney Eric Mitton presented a PowerPoint regarding the City’s ADA Transition Plan.  (PowerPoint attached.) The proposed plan addresses current needs within existing public right-of-ways. All new development is constructed to meet current ADA guidelines. 
Mr. Mitton advised that the plan is required by the federal government and serves as the City’s commitment to evaluate and prioritize the City’s needs. The plan must be approved by the Council.
ADA Coordinator Bonnie Huard advised that the plan is required to include a schedule to show a good faith effort toward compliance.
Mayor Wheeler clarified there were no objections to bringing the plan forward for Council approval. 
City Attorney Reporting Structure
City Attorney Rick Whitlock presented a PowerPoint and distributed information regarding the City Attorney Reporting Structure.  (PowerPoint attached.)  He and his staff contacted multiple cities regarding this topic which was consolidated into a table which he distributed. He noted that the highlighted cities were the ones he contacted directly. 
Mr. Whitlock outlined the supervision structure of several cities referenced in the PowerPoint. Although there were similarities between Medford and other cities, he noted that no Charter was identical to Medford’s and there are a variety of factors involved with the supervision of a city attorney.  Council discussed whether to change the supervision of Medford’s city attorney and whether that change could be made through an ordinance.
*Councilmember Bearnson left the meeting at 9:25 p.m.
After discussion, it was decided to hold another Council vote.  Councilmember D’Alessandro advised that he would be absent from the next two meetings and requested the vote occur when he returned.
            *Councilmember D’Alessandro left the meeting 9:34 p.m.
            Council President Stine provided a brief overview of the Council Officers meeting.
Meeting adjourned 9:37 p.m.
Winnie Shepard, CMC
Deputy City Recorder

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