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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Medford City Council Study Session

March 26, 2009


The meeting was called to order in Room 151 of the Lausmann Annex with the following members present.


Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Dick Gordon, Ben Truwe, Greg Jones, Bob Strosser, Al Densmore, James Kuntz, Chris Corcoran and Jill Stout.


Deputy City Manager Bill Hoke; City Attorney John Huttl; City Recorder Glenda Owens


  1. Annual Update by RVCOG:  Mike Cavallero, Director addressed the council and provided an update on the activities and services provided by the agency.  He noted services delivered to the City of Medford included staffing the Regional Problem Solving process, participation on the West Medford TOD technical advisory committee, coordination of public involvement for the Highway 62 corridor project, staffing for the RVACT and RVMPO, assistance with grant applications and TMDL permit monitoring. 


Councilmembers discussed the methodology for calculation of RVCOG dues, affect of Federal and State financial shortfalls on the agency and update on the Regional Problem Solving process.  Mr. Cavallero also reported that Jackson County has requested the agency gather information on the various jurisdictions and what economic stimulus projects are being moved forward. 


  1. Electric Signs:  Carly Meske, Planner II addressed the council regarding proposal to update the code to deal with the new technology being utilized in signage.   She noted that “electronic message sign” is not currently defined within the code.  During an recent appeal hearing the council directed staff to research other jurisdictions to see how they are handling this new technology and to bring forward recommendations.  Ms. Meske provided example code language that demonstrates that other cities are allowing the signs but under specific guidelines such as size, illumination, etc. 


Councilmembers questioned the use of moving signs in vehicles and requested staff move forward with modification to the code regarding electronic signs including language to manage the motion, brightness, size, location and overall safety concerns.


  1. Pavement Management System:  Public Works Director Cory Crebbin addressed the council and provided an overview of the Pavement Management System report.  He noted that fully funding the pavement management system will be presented as a budget issue in the upcoming budget process.  He will be requesting funding for a pavement management system that was developed by the Nevada DOT and has proven effective.  Medford has 587 lane miles of pavement.  He is requesting a 15% increase in the street utility fee in order to fund the payment maintenance program.  This would maintain the system at the current condition but would not address major deterioration issues that need to be funded. 


Meeting adjourned at 1:18 p.m.




Glenda Owens

City Recorder

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