Medford Forum Studio Shows
Elected Officials and City Staff are profiled on this bi-monthly
show focusing on current issues and topics of interest to
Citizens of Medford.
- June 27, 2018. Olsrud Family Community Playground. In the Fall of 2018 the City of Medford, with the help of hundreds of local citizens, will replace the beloved Leathers playground at Bear Creek Park. The Olsrud Family Community Playground will be erected in it's place. Rich Rosenthal and Tim Stevens from the City's Parks, Recreation, and Facilities Deparment and Al Densmore from JW and Associates tell us in the June Forum that there will be many ways for volunteers to lend a hand.
- May 23, 2018. Ward 2 Councilor Clay Bearnson. Medford City Councilor Clay Bearnson from Ward 2 is the May guest on Medford Forum. Nearing the end of his first full term he's asking to be re-elected in November to continue the Council's work on a number of important issues.
- April 25, 2018. Building Safety Month. May is National Building Safety Month. Guests from the City Building Department, Specialist Kimberly London and Building Safety Director Sam Barnum, will update us on free and reduced permits during the month, as well as work to mitigate blighted properties in the city and downtown revitalization efforts.
- March 7, 2018. City Planning Priorities. Deputy City Manager Kelly Madding and Planning Director Matt Brinkley look ahead to the extension of the Urban Renewal Agency and work by the Housing Advisory Committee that will help shape the City's vision going forward.
- January 24, 2018, Update from the City Manager. Brian Sjothun opens the 2018 Medford Forum Series with a look ahead to key issues City Staff and Elected officials will be focused on in the coming months. The Housing Advisory Committee, Transportation Plan, Urban Growth Boundary, and Urban Renewal efforts are featured.
- December 13, 2017 Parks and Recreation. Director Rich Rosenthal and Assistant Parks Director Tim Stevens detail park development projects in the works, the effort to update the Bear Creek Leathers Playground for it's 31st birthday, and programs ahead for residents this winter and spring.
- November 29, 2017 City Council Officers. Michael Zarosinski and Tim Jackle return for the November edition to continue an update on current issues. Extension of MURA and housing efforts are discussed.
- October 25, 2017 City Council Officers. The Council Officers are featured in the October edition. Mayor Gary Wheeler, Council President Michael Zarosinski, and Council Vice President Tim Jackle update Medford residents on transportation planning and housing issues among other topics.
- September 27, 2017 Ward 4 Councilors. The City Council for the City of Medford has a number of long range items in the works that will shape the future of our City in a big way. Growth and housing, the extension of the Urban Renewal District, and incentives for developers to bring retail and housing to downtown are among the items discussed with Ward 4 Council President Michael Zarosinsky and Councilor Kim Wallan.
- July 27, 2017 New Direction in City Leadership. The new leadership team for the City of Medford join us for the July edition. City Manager Brian Sjothun and Deputy City Manger Kelly Madding cover growth, housing, extension of Urban Renewal, and the vision for the future of Medford.
- June 22, 2017 View from Ward 2. Ward 2 Councilors Clay Bearnson and Tim D'Alessandro join host Joe Brett to udpate citizens on current issues and topics on the work list for Council this summer.
- April 27, 2017 Parks Department. An overview of the Parks Department and the Leisure Services Plan as well as the summer concert and movies in the Parks schedule is released. Director Rich Rosenthal and Recreation Superintendent Jesse Nyberg are featured.
- March 15, 2017 Planning Department. We introduce you to Matt Brinkley in the March Forum. He became the City of Medford's Planning Director in January of 2017 just in time for the final steps in a decade long Urban Growth Boundary process. He details what is ahead to complete the plan and looks at efforts to revitalize downtown and how the City can help the effort to create affordable housing in the future.
- January 12, 2017 Parks and Recreation Department. Interim Parks and Recreation Director Rich Rossenthal and Parks Planner Pete Young join Joe Brett for an update on the leadership transition in the Department and an overview of new parks and trails in development. The new Roxy Ann bike and equestrian trails are featured.
- November 21, 2016: Council Officers. Councilor President Dick Gordon and Vice-President Michael Zarosinski join host Joe Brett for a look ahead to new Councilors coming aboard in January and key issues ahead in 2017.
- September 22, 2016: Council Update. Councilors Daniel Bunn and Michael Zarosinski have an update on Brian Sjothun becoming the new City Manager and key issues facing the Council this fall. 22 minutes.
- August 25, 2016: Emergency Preparedness. Emergency Preparedness is a timely subject as September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. City Emergency Manager Larry Masterman and former SOU Professor Eric Dittmer talk Cascadia and how to be ready.
- July 28, 2016: Ward 1 Update. Ward 1 Councilors Dick Gordon, Council President, and Chris Corcoran cover the search for a City Manager and other current issues
- May 26, 2016: Ward 2 Update. Ward 2 Councilors Clay Bearnson and Eli Matthews cover a wide range of current topics and take calls from Medford citizens
- March 24, 2016: Ward 1 Update. Ward 1 Councilors Dick Gordon and Tim Jackle join Joe Brett to cover topics of interest to NE Medford and update citizens on key issues on the Council radar this spring.
- February 25, 2016: History of MPD. They protect and serve and have done so for decades in the City of Medford. Join Deputy Chief Brett Johnson, Lt. Mike Budreau, and former MPD Historian Mike Moran for a review of the Police Department's legacy in Medford.
- January 20: 2015 Recap and Look Ahead. City Councilors Chris Corcoran and Clay Bearnson join host Joe Brett to recap a busy 2015 and look at major items on the Council's radar for 2016.
- December 9: Holiday and Home Fire Safety. The Holidays are a great time at home, and this months guests from the Medford Fire Department will help keep your home safe. Assistant Chief Greg Kleinberg and Fire II specialists Samantha Metheny and Chase Browning have holiday tips and other home safety practices.
- November 24: Winter Preparedness: is the topic of the November Medford Forum, presented live November 24 from the Digital Media Center just before the Thanksgiving freeze. Larry Masterman from the City of Medford, Gary Leaming from ODOT, and Ryan Sandler from the National Weather Service are the panel.