MEDCOC BR July 2023


City Officials Discuss Plans to Help Medford Grow and Thrive at the Chamber of Medford & Jackson County Forum Speaker: Randy Sparacino, Mayor; Brian Sjothun, City Manager; Eric Stark, Council President and Ward 4 Representative; Tim D’Alessandro, Council Vice President and Ward 2 Representative Sponsored by: City of Medford T he final Forum of the 2022-2023 season was one of

at Forum. After a short video, Sparacino opened the floor to questions from the audience. One attendee wanted to know more about the repaving and restriping of Main Street in downtown Medford, which has been a hot topic of discussion among residents. The goal of the project is to make downtown more accessible. Work on Main Street will start this summer and take the road from three lanes down to two, with a two- way bike lane. The changes will add more access for cyclists and pedestrians, without impacting traffic too much. “Medford is expanding its public safety sector by adding more police officers and firefighters to address community issues.”

the most interactive presentations yet, with most of the event being a Q&A session between the audience and the speakers. Medford Mayor Randy Sparacino hosted the July Forum, and began by discussing how city officials are planning for the future to ensure Medford maintains a safe and family-friendly atmosphere, along with a thriving and engaged community. Sparacino stated that in contrast to some other cities, Medford is expanding its public safety sector by adding more police officers and firefighters to address community issues. He also reviewed some of the city’s most notable accomplishments during the first half of the year, including construction of the new Rogue X facility and several successful town halls. “We held a town hall in each of the four wards,” Sparacino said, “which mostly focused on homelessness.” The community showed up en masse at every town hall, averaging almost 200 people at each one. The success of these events was the inspiration to do something similar


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