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Parking Commission Minutes

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Medford City Hall, Medford Room 330
411 West Eighth Street, Medford, Oregon

Called to order at 8:03 a.m.
  1. Roll Call
Commissioners – Charlotte Cook, Stacey Derrig, Kristy Painter, George Schroeder, Navarro Chandler, Laura Kimberly (*arrived as noted), Mickey Harvey; Council Liaison – Clay Bearnson (**arrived as noted) City Staff Liaison – Crystal Palmerton; Diamond Parking – Linda Fait
Commissioner – Val Handel, Alex Poythress;
  1. Approval of Minutes – Approved as submitted. *
  2. Oral Requests and Communications from Audience
    1. 1 Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) – Front Street Bus Station Proposal – RVTD Planning and Strategic Programs Manager Paige West presented a proposal to utilize seven parking spaces on the east side of Front Street between 8th and 9th Streets to provide additional bus parking for their routes.  Ms. West noted RVTD is undergoing a major expansion and will be receiving state funding to do so.  Ms. West provided data noting the parking spaces between 8th and 9th Street had low parking volume.  Kristy Painter questioned if the parking spaces along the railroad tracks could be an option.  Ms. West stated these spaces are currently used for the Valley’s “Park-n-Ride” program.  RVTD Operations Manager Tim D’Alessandro stated this work would be coordinated with an overlay project that will be taking place in June 2018.  The Commission discussed the loitering and transient issue that continues in this area.  Mr. D’Alessandro stated they are looking into adding security to clear out loiterers and transients.
Motion: Approve RVTD’s proposal recommendation to replace the seven parking spaces on the east side of Front Street between 8th and 9th Streets for bus parking.
First: George Schroeder; Second: Laura Kimberly; Motion passes unanimously.
  1. Court Report – Court report was reviewed and discussed.  **
  2. Old Commission Business
    1. 1  Permit Rate Increases – The Commission discussed the raising of rates and implementing parking meters to generate additional revenue.  Deputy City Manager Kelly Madding suggested delaying the raising of rates until additional analytics are completed.  Commissioners agreed.  The City Council will want a thorough study before approving rate increases.  Crystal Palmerton provided data showing how much additional revenue would be generated in one year with the proposed rate increase.  Ms. Palmerton will research the last study that was performed and look into whether or not a consultant should be hired to focus on meter placement and quantity.  Staff will also look at other cities to see how parking meters work in their area and if meters generate more revenue than PayByPhone.  Clay Bearnson stated there is a lot of technology out there with parking meters that also have Bluetooth capability.
Motion: Delay all rate increases until further research and analyses are performed.
First: George Schroeder; Second: Navarro Chandler; Motion passes unanimously.
  1. Council Liaison Remarks
    1. 1  Mr. Bearnson asked for an update on the narrow parking spaces at the Holly street lot.  Ms. Palmerton will look into this issue and report back at the next meeting.
  2. Staff/Commission Remarks
7.1    Ms. Palmerton reported Inn at the Commons has approached the City to propose the ability to be issued 500 passes per month without a five-event limitation, to be used at the Riverside North parking lot.  Currently, per the agreement between the City and Inn at the Commons, the Inn submits a calendar of events each month to the City, and is issued dated day passes for up to five events per month, not to exceed 100 per event.  Ms. Palmerton noted these passes are issued at no cost to Inn at the Commons and are issued at $5/pass to citizens, which is $30,000 in annual revenue the City parking fund does not generate.  In addition, the City is restricted to selling additional parking permits at the Riverside North parking lot location because the City must keep the 100 spaces available for event parking per the agreement.  Ms. Palmerton wanted to simply update/prepare Commissioners in the event that Inn at the Commons approaches the Parking Commission in the near future to request modifications to the original agreement.
7.2   Ms. Palmerton reported Diamond Parking has partnered up with a collections company in an effort to collect unpaid citations.
Adjourned at 9:21 a.m.           

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