City of Medford Public Works Department – Annual Report 2018
To the Citizens and our Customers,
The Medford Public Works Department provides transportation, sewer collection and storm drainage services to customers in Medford. The Department also provides sewage treatment for the region (of which the City of Medford is approximately half) and vehicle maintenance services to other departments and government organizations.
This report covers from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, which is the City’s fiscal year. Total revenues increased 3.5% compared to the previous year, but it should be noted that last year revenues decreased 6%. Reported expenses do not include some costs, such as almost $2M per year that is transferred to the City’s General Fund to pay for services received from other departments. Revenue and expenses vary in comparison to one another because the Public Works Department pays cash for virtually all capital projects, such as street construction. Some of these projects are very costly, so the Department builds cash reserves in some years so that projects do not require debt. This policy ensures that public infrastructure and services are delivered at the lowest life-cycle costs to Medford’s citizens.
The biggest Public Works project constructed this year is the Lozier Lane Improvements. This is a Jackson County-sponsored project which includes streets in both the City and the County. Public Works has expanded cooperation with the County to improve pavement maintenance as well as project construction. County crews performed several chip seals in the City and City crews performed asphalt overlays on County roads in the past year.
In the coming year the Public Works Department will be working on the following projects:
- Larson Creek Greenway Trail from Ellendale to Black Oak
- Foothill Road from Hillcrest to McAndrews ($13M budget)
- Springbrook/Cedar Links Intersection
- Columbus Avenue Extension (design)
- Cherry Street Storm Drain Improvements
- Oregon Hills Detention Pond
This list is not inclusive and, as always, the Department will be performing a wide variety of maintenance and repair activities.
We appreciate the strong support we receive from our customers in the City of Medford and all Public Works employees look forward to serving you in the coming year.
Cory Crebbin, P.E.
Director of Public Works