Medford City Council Study Session
February 13, 2014
The meeting was called to order at noon in the Medford Room, City Hall, 411 W. 8th Street, Medford with the following members present.
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers John Michaels, Dick Gordon, Daniel Bunn, Eli Matthews and Bob Strosser.
- Percent for Art/Public Safety Facilities: Rich Rosenthal, Recreation Superintendent addressed the Council and provided information on the update of the Art in Public Places program. The Arts Commission is questioning if the public art acquisition funding for the public safety facilities should be funded and what the source of funding would be. In addition, the Commission is questioning to what degree the Arts Commission should be involved with the acquisition of artwork for the Police and Fire bond projects. He reviewed the state statute ORS 276.075 which requires at least 1% of certain capital projects be set aside for artwork. He noted that the City Council in 2001 passed a resolution dedicating 1.5% of City-funded projects in excess of $25,000 and established the Public Art Trust Fund.
Councilmembers discussed what qualifies as art in new construction and the potential to utilize the City’s collection of art, especially pieces currently in storage. Councilmember Michaels requested that the old Stutz fire truck be considered and perhaps funding for the restoration of the vehicle.
Arts Commission Chair Clay Bearnson addressed the Council and noted that the Commission would like to be involved in the process to provide input versus being brought in at the end of the project.
Councilmember concurred that involvement of the Arts Commission in these projects is beneficial and encouraged the use of existing artwork when possible and appropriate.
- Viaduct Artwork: Brian Sjothun, Parks & Recreation Director addressed the Council and presented information on the proposal to begin conversation with ODOT to allow for artwork on the Bear Creek Greenway viaduct. He spoke to the Bear Creek Partners who have come together to beautify the greenway and to consideration of the art commission funds as match for grant applications.
Mr. Sjothun reviewed the ODOT process that governs how local communities have the opportunity to place artwork on state highway facilities.He noted the local governing body needs to give direction to move forward and then once artwork is approved, an intergovernmental agreement with ODOT will be established.The local governing body would then be responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of the artwork.He noted that the concept for the artwork as presented to the Arts Commission in October and they support the plan.The City Council needs to direct staff to move this forward so that an application to ODOT can be made.Once ODOT approves the project then the Bear Creek Partners will be working to support the Arts Commission with the public process.
Council direction is to move forward with concept.
- Council concurred with the report format.
- Lone Pine Creek Flood Plain Study - Cory Crebbin, Public Works Director addressed the Council and provided an overview of the work that is occurring in this study. Larry Beskow, City Engineer provided information and noted that this study is beginning the public outreach and notification process. This is a FEMA mandated in order to maintain a 10% reduction in the city overall flood plain costs. He noted that the notices to the affected property owners will be sent out next week and the Council may receive calls.
- Councilmember Bunn noted that Charter is producing their Local Edition spots at the Chamber of Commerce on February 20th.
The meeting adjourned at 1:10 p.m.