Busy night for Medford City Council

MEDFORD, Ore. –  It was a busy night for the Medford City Council at Thursday’s meeting.

Medford’s City Council is officially full with new councilor Eric Stark sworn in Thursday night. Stark is filling the ward 4 seat Kim Wallan left open when she was elected to the state house in November. Stark was selected last week in a four to three vote. He’s been a lawyer in Medford since 1992 and has served on various local boards and committees since.

Also at Thursday’s meeting, councilors approved a lease agreement with Youth 71Five ministries for use of the former Medford Fire Station #2 on 8th Street. That building has been vacant since operations were moved to a new building on Stewart in 2017.

Councilors also discussed an ordinance to allow overnight sleeping in vehicles. If approved, it would amend city code to align with a state law passed in 2017 which allows religious institutions and places of worship to offer three parking spaces to people living out of their cars. On Thursday, councilors unanimously approved the ordinance. It will have a second reading at the next council meeting.

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