Below are some highlights from the Thursday's two council meetings. To get more details on each topic, with the exception of the Travel Medford - Destination Marketing Update, click the link at the end of each section. Meeting minutes will be posted on this page once they're finalized.
Thursday, June 15 - Noon City Council Meeting Outcomes:
City Council Approves 2017-19 Biennium Budget
The Medford City Council approved the 2017-19 Biennium Budget at Thursday’s, June 15, noon council meeting. The overall biennial budget totals $323,772,490 for all funds which includes $26,378,000 in contingencies. This is a decrease of 9.8% over the currently adjusted 2015-17 budget. The approved budget includes funding for services such as: General Fund Grant Program, Medford Senior Center Management Contract Staffing Authorization, Bear Creek Greenway Safety Project, and more. Click here for more details.
Medford Police Department Gets Green Light to Purchase 10 patrol Vehicles
City Council approved an ordinance authorizing the purchase of ten new police patrol vehicles for their patrol fleet to replace aging vehicles. Click here for more details.
Travel Medford – Destination Marketing Organization
The Council deliberated about its current contract with Travel Medford. In a 5-3 vote, the council chose to negotiate a new contract. Three council members were appointed to assist in contract negotiations with the Medford Chamber and Travel Medford.
Council Approves Earthquake Early Warning System Equipment on Roxy Ann
The Council approved an ordinance authorizing execution of an agreement with the University of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) to allow access to the Roxy Ann Radio Equipment Structure for the installation of seismic recording equipment. Click here for more details.
Thursday, June 15 - 7 pm City Council Meeting Outcomes:
Medford Code Amendment to Allow Larger Food Trucks in City Limits
The Medford City Council approved an ordinance to amend section 10.840 of the Medford Code pertaining to mobile food truck vendors. The proposal to increase the size permitted for temporary mobile food vendors, or food trucks was initiated by a citizen request from the owners of Buttercloud Bakery, Ellen and Gibson Holub. The ordinance will change the following standards for temporary mobile food vendors: modify the size standards from square footage to vehicle length excluding cabs, update code to reflect Fire Department Comments, and define outdoor equipment for temporary mobile food vendors. Click here for more details.
City Council Hears From Residents about Foothill Road Construction Proposal
A resolution approving the construction of street improvements on Foothill Road between Hillcrest Road and East McAndrews, as part of Foothill Road Improvement Project, was discussed at Thursday evening’s council meeting. Council heard from Public Works Director, Cory Crebbin, Deputy Director City Engineer, Alex Georgevitch and ten residents on this topic. Council decided to keep the public hearing open so resident’s concerns can be addressed by city officials. This agenda item will be discussed at the July 6th City Council Meeting at 7 pm. Click here for more details.