Young Cancer Survivor Gets Day Named After Him
During Thursday’s City Council meeting Mayor Gary Wheeler will proclaim Friday, September 22 as Ethan Frank Day. Ethan is a cancer survivor and was one of three kids in the state to help design Oregon Ducks football jersey’s for the Stomp Out Cancer campaign. In addition to Ethan’s day, Mayor Wheeler will also proclaim September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. These Proclamations will take place following the Oral Requests portion of the meeting. View meeting agenda.
Contract to Construct Sidewalk Safety Improvements Near Area Schools and Parks
The City Council will consider an ordinance that would award a contract to Upper Rogue Excavation to construct sidewalk improvements as part of the Neighborhood Infrastructure Improvement Project. This project will provide safe sidewalks for residents, with improved sidewalk connectivity to area schools and parks. The final determination of sidewalk locations was based on maximizing pedestrian route connectivity. Funds for the project are available through the Community Development Block Grant. Click here to see where the proposed sidewalks would go.
New Neighborhood Park Planned
During Thursday’s meeting Council will consider an agreement with Medford Parks and Recreation Foundation, Crystal Springs Development Group (CSDG), and the City of Medford for a new neighborhood park. Over the past three years, The Medford Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department has worked with Crystal Springs Development Group on acquiring parkland in the Southeast Area and creating a city-owned neighborhood park named “Village Center Park” at the intersection of Shamrock, Lone Oak and Michael Park. In Dec. 2016, CSDG donated 4.71 acres of parkland to the Medford Parks and Recreation Foundation. Since the City Council approved a Letter of Intent for the Foundation to donate the parkland to the City on March 16, 2017, city staff has worked with CSDG and the Foundation on a public-private park development agreement to leverage opportunities to develop the best possible neighborhood park at the lowest possible cost. Details on what would happen if this agreement is approved.