CITY COUNCIL STUDY SESSION
Monday, May 14, 2018
Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main Street
Mayor Stromberg called the Study Session to order at 5:30 PM.
Councilor Slattery, Morris, Bachman, Seffinger and Rosenthal were present. Councilor Jensen
Mayor Stromberg spoke that we will be moving to the Jury Room at 7:00 PM due to the School
Board Meeting in Council Chambers.
I. Public Input (15 min)
II. Presentation by Sheriff Sickler RE: Jackson County Jail (40 min)
Sheriff Sickler presented a PowerPoint presentation to Council (see attached).
Sheriff Sickler discussed:
- The history of the current jail.
- Positives of the jail.
- Population comparison. Deschutes is the only County that is smaller than Jackson County in this area.
- Booking comparisons per County.
- Forced release comparisons per County.
- Risk releases.
- Bed capacity comparisons per County.
- Measure 11 lodging comparisons per County.
- Average length of stay.
- Average daily population.
- Repeat offenders.
- How lack of beds pace affects jail operations.
- Mental health issues.
- Criminal justice assessment.
- 80% increase in burglaries from 2016-17.
- Warrants issued has nearly doubled.
- Officer safety implications.
- Broken window theory.
- Community Justice provides resource programs.
- Public trust and perception.
- Misconceptions and suggestions.
- Chronic fail to appear initiative.
Councilor Seffinger spoke in concern about dangerous offenders being released.
Councilor Rosenthal thanked Sheriff Sickler. He spoke that he went on a tour of the jail and
spoke to the need of funding for a bigger jail. Sheriff Sickler spoke regarding options and
what the County has the ability to afford.
Councilor Bachman spoke to the importance of education for the public.
III. Wildfire Code Update (30 min)
Brandon Goldman and Chris Chambers spoke regarding wildfire development standards
Ordinance amendments. Mr. Chambers presented a PowerPoint presentation to Council (see
- Why the Wildfire Standards Ordinance is needed.
- Safety and quality of life.
- Roofs and structures.
- Wildfire hazard zones.
- Oak Knoll Fire.
- Nezla Street Fire caused by fireworks.
- Comprehensive approach to wildfire readiness and preparedness.
- Ordinance to address new structure.
- Increase wildfire safety through a city wide grant incentive program encouraging residents to remove known flammable plant species.
- Continue Fire USA program.
- Adopt wildfire building codes as permitted by the state of Oregon.
Council discussed construction features and fire resistant housing.
Mr. Goldman spoke regarding the Wildfire Standard Ordinance which included:
- Control plan submittals.
- General fuel modification.
- Fire prevention control plan.
- Implementation schedule.
- General fuel modification requirements.
- Flammable plants.
- Tree removal permits required for larger properties.
IV. City Administrator Updates (5)
Interim City Administrator, Adam Hanks questioned whether or not Council would like Staff to
send a letter of interest regarding a possible casino coming near Ashland. Council gave
Consensus to write a letter.
Mr. Hanks spoke regarding Strategic Planning Work Session Dates. He spoke that he would
send options to Council.
The Study Session was adjourned at 7:00 PM to Executive Session to conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations. pursuant to ORS
Respectfully submitted by:
City Recorder, Melissa Huhtala
Note: Topic times are estimates and subject to modification at the meeting
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