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The next question revolved around volunteering and how local businesses could get involved in city beautification projects. While there are several projects and clean-ups happening at any given time, businesses were advised to contact the Parks & Recreation Department for information about current volunteer opportunities. Similarly, another attendee wanted to know what was being done to clean up downtown. To combat those issues, the City Council expanded the Livability Team, which will create a group who focuses specifically on issues in downtown. Additionally, the city is working with Rogue Retreat to bring back the Clean Sweep program, which had a positive impact on downtown when it was running. Another topic on many people’s minds was how to address drug use in and around Medford. Unfortunately, because of the impact of Measure 110, the guest speakers stated it has become more difficult to deal with illegal drugs in Oregon. Until changes are made on a state level, it will be an uphill battle. However, Sparacino said that we are fortunate to have a strong and capable local law enforcement presence in our community. As the final Forum of the season came to a close, it was encouraging to see community members, businesses, City Council representatives and public safety professionals

Randy Sparacino, Mayor of Medford

come together to have a fruitful and honest discussion. To feel safe and speak openly about successes and hardships sets a good standard for the city moving forward. n


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