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Review by Rebecca Scott
Medford is growing, with a current population of just over 81,000, according to Mayor Wheeler. A larger population has led to an increase in business, housing development and tourism.
With this continued growth have come several challenges, including rising housing costs, a shortage of available housing to serve all income levels, and addressing homelessness. However, the City has taken major steps to create solutions that address these issues. The City successfully implemented a Receivership Program to address blighted homes. Since the beginning of 2017, 42 properties have been identified as having building or housing code violations. To date, 86% have come into full compliance. Considerable work has also been completed on pavement maintenance projects. The Public Works Department has finished numerous projects across Medford’s nearly 275 miles of roadways. In 2009, the Pavement Condition Index for Medford’s streets was 74, and is now 76. A housing crisis continues to plague Medford, but the City is working on multiple solutions. As part of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, the City reserved over $700,000 to facilitate the acquisition and rehabilitation of three foreclosed properties. Through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity, the homes will be rehabilitated and sold to low income families. Earlier this year, Medford was a living example of what a community can accomplish through collaboration and compassion. The City of Medford, Hayden Homes, First Story and 24 local business partners came together to rebuild a local Vietnam veteran’s condemned home. Visit the City of Medford website.
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Mayor Gary Wheeler and Council President Michael Zarosinski presented an overview of some of the most notable accomplishments for Medford in 2017.
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State of the City 2018

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