May 17, 2018
We can’t wait: Public Works Day is this Saturday!
Dump trucks and backhoes and bucket trucks, oh my! Celebrate National Public Works Week (May 20-26) with some hands-on fun, both inside and outside the Tigard Public Library. Go high in the sky in a bucket truck. Operate a backhoe. Tools, street signs and more fun activities in the library. Take home your own construction hat. For more information, visit www.tigard-or.gov/recreation.
City Crews from Lake Oswego and Tigard Join Forces to Complete Field Testing and Maintenance
This week the Public Works Water Division joined staff from Lake Oswego to perform routine system maintenance as part of the Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership. Valves are installed in the water distribution system to start and stop flow. As part of a program for routine maintenance, the two jurisdictions joined forces for the first time to complete valve testing and maintenance. This valve “exercise program” helps to ensure that city crews can complete needed repairs in a timely manner and thereby reduce impacts to surrounding property owners, reduce water loss, and avoid more costly repairs.
River Terrace: Website Helps Travelers Navigate Multiple Construction Zones
GetUsThere.org, a website providing construction information in the Roy Rogers Road area, has been created to inform travelers about possible delays or detours.
Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation (LUT), Clean Water Services (CWS), the City of Tigard and Willamette Water Supply Program all have construction projects that impact travel in the Roy Rogers Road area. GetUsThere.org will provide travelers a one-stop source for updates on any traffic impacts. The website includes an interactive map of all projects – both existing and future. It also includes a project list in text/table form.
Jurisdictions collaborated to schedule some of these projects concurrently to save taxpayer dollars and to minimize road construction impacts over time.
May 24, 2018
Public Works Day Lots of FUN
To celebrate National Public Works Week (May 20-26), Public Works Day was held on Saturday, May 19 at the Tigard Public Library. View the full online gallery on the city’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1814413165313994.1073741954.171785052910155&type=1&l=fc9621612c
State Roadeo Competition: Congratulations to Derek Johnson
On Wednesday, Public Works employee Derek Johnson took third place in the 2018 Oregon APWA Equipment Roadeo! Competing against 24 individuals from all over the state, Derek scored third highest overall. Individual events included the backhoe, mini track, and skidsteer. The top two overall scorers will represent the State of Oregon at the National Equipment Roadeo in Kansas City Missouri later this summer. Way to go Derek!
Water Division Update
With the assistance of the Streets Division, the Water Division paved two areas off Fischer Road in King City. This was an old utility trench that needed new asphalt. Special thanks to the Space Age gas station for allowing the city to detour traffic onto their property. This allowed our crews to complete the project with reduced traffic impacts.
Water crews also replaced a six-inch water valve on 93rd Avenue near Martha Street. The need for this repair was discovered as part of the city’s “valve exercising” program, and city crews will be back soon to replace a second valve.
Emergency Management Exercise: VORTEX ‘18
On Tuesday, May 22, the City of Tigard participated in an Emergency Operations Drill designed to test our primary and backup communications systems and protocols and procedures. The drill was intended for internal staff and external citizens and stakeholders. This drill included messages posted on our public website, internal website, and social media outlets – Facebook, Twitter and NextDoor. If this were an actual emergency, you could expect www.tigard-or.gov/eoc to provide up-to-the-minute information and resources that could be useful in an actual emergency.
As members of the Emergency Management Cooperative (EMC) of Washington County, we are committed to the development and maintenance of a countywide, integrated system to prepare for, respond to, recover from and mitigate against disasters. The EMC is comprised of Beaverton, Tigard, Forest Grove, Cornelius, Clean Water Services, Washington County and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.
River Terrace: Website Helps Travelers Navigate Multiple Construction Zones
GetUsThere.org, a website providing construction information in the Roy Rogers Road area, has been created to inform travelers about possible delays or detours. Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation (LUT), Clean Water Services (CWS), the City of Tigard and Willamette Water Supply Program all have construction projects that impact travel in the Roy Rogers Road area. GetUsThere.org will provide travelers a one-stop source for updates on any traffic impacts. The website includes an interactive map of all projects – both existing and future. It also includes a project list in text/table form. Jurisdictions collaborated to schedule some of these projects concurrently to save taxpayer dollars and to minimize road construction impacts over time.
May 31, 2018
Summer Kickoff Party: Get Ready to Dance
Party with Tigard Parks & Rec and celebrate the start of summer! The Micah and Me Children's Music show is a dance party for toddlers. This live music show is targeted at ages zero to seven and the young at heart. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. This is a free event but registration is encouraged
. Save time standing in line and sign up online.
Summer Activity Guide Full of Fun
The Parks & Rec Summer Activity Guide arrived in about 26,000 homes over the weekend. The guide is full of summer camp opportunities for kids, activities for seniors and information about upcoming events in Tigard. Summer camp highlights include sports classes and camps, a fit camp for teens and adults with special needs, ninja warrior & parkour camp, survival camp, LEGO camp, and more! Special events include movies in the park, pop up in the park, and concert in the park all hosted by Parks & Rec. View the guide online for more information and to register.
Pavement Patching in Northern Tigard Neighborhoods
This summer, as part of the Pavement Management Program, the city’s contractor will be slurry sealing many of the neighborhood streets in northern Tigard. This is planned to be the city’s largest slurry seal project to date. While slurry seal is a very cost-effective way to counter the effects of weathering, it does not stop cracking. In preparation, the city’s Streets Crew is removing and replacing areas of more heavily cracked pavement in advance of the slurry seal work. Last Thursday we met up with them in the area of Summerlake Drive and Springwood.
June 7, 2018
Annual Water Quality Report Available Online
Tigard residents, schools and businesses are served by one of two area water providers: The City of Tigard and Tualatin Valley Water District. Both providers have recently released annual water quality reports. The reports summarize water quality data, and provide important information about your drinking water. View the City of Tigard Report at www.tigard-or.gov/wqr, or the Tualatin Valley Water District report at https://www.tvwd.org/media/2821/tvwd_ccr.pdf.
Summer Kickoff Party: Rain or Shine Get Ready to Dance
Party with Tigard Parks & Rec and celebrate the start of summer! The Micah and Me Children's Music show is a dance party for toddlers. This live music show is targeted at ages zero to seven and the young at heart. In the event of rain, the show will take place under shelter. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the show. This is a free event but registration is encouraged. Save time standing in line and sign up online. https://apm.activecommunities.com/tigard/Activity_Search/summer-kickoff-party-micah-me-music-show/178
Tigard Completes First Water Audit as Part of New Program
As a service to Tigard Water Service Area customers, the city now offers free Water Audits to help citizens find ways to use less water. Saving money and saving water is what a water audit is all about. During a visit to your home or business, Water Conservation Specialist Kevin McCaleb, will assess equipment both inside and outside your home. He will offer suggestions to help improve the way you manage your water so you can save money and resources. Mike Weinandy, Tigard’s first customer to receive an audit reports, “He went through and just taught me so much… I was just very impressed. Thank you for the great service.” Request an audit online at www.tigard-or.gov/wateraudit.
New Video: Join the Fanno Creek Trail Citizens Advisory Committee for a Tour
Fanno Creek Trail is a paved, multi-use pathway for walkers, runners, bicyclists and nature enthusiasts of all ages. The trail is being developed in segments, with current work on the sections from:
- Woodard Park to Grant Avenue
- Main Street to Hall Boulevard
- Tigard Public Library to Bonita Road
- 85th Avenue to the Tualatin River
This section of the future trail is proposed to gently wind through a beautiful oak savannah restoration project before reaching a meadow and continuing to the Tigard Public Library. Watch online: www.tigard-or.gov/trails
June 14, 2018
Wild Weather and Lots of Fun at Summer Kickoff Party
Although the event started with heavy rain and hail, more than 60 people joined Parks & Rec on Saturday for a Summer Kickoff Party in Cook Park. Micah and Me is a Portland, Oregon-based Kindie rock band made of up of three dads who write and play music to inspire, excite and engage kids of all ages and the young at heart. Families could dance and sing along, join Parks & Rec staff for games and arts and crafts or sign up for summer reading with the Tigard Public Library. All and all, it was a fun event.
To Do: Make a Blood Donation Appointment Today
Now is the time to sign up for the next city sponsored Blood Drive at the Tigard Public Library.
- WHEN: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- WHERE: Library Community Room (13500 SW Hall Blvd., Tigard)
Three New Parks in River Terrace
Three new parks in River Terrace were transferred to the city from the developer this week. The developer will continue to maintain the parks for three years as part of a maintenance agreement with the city.
- Emelia Park (13001 SW River Terrace Boulevard): Children’s playground with climbing features and an open lawn area. Picnic tables and benches are also provided.
- Sabrina Park (17400 SW Sabrina Avenue): Youth and tot play areas plus an open lawn area.
- Orchard Park (15305 SW Missouri Avenue): Filbert orchard and a children’s playground make up the majority of the park.
Wastewater and Storm Crews Pose with New Backhoe
The Public Works Wastewater and Stormwater Division posed this week with a new backhoe used for excavation and earthworks throughout the city. The construction crew works on projects like installing catch basins and new stormwater and sanitary sewer pipe.