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JULY 2019
Report Cards

I am excited to welcome Meghan Turley as the first-ever Youth City Councilor. Councilor Turley’s leadership experience includes terms as a Junior Class Student Government Representative, editor-in-chief for the Tigard High School newspaper, and president of the Politics Club.

Councilor Turley, along with the rest of the Council, will provide key input on the new “City of Tigard Report Card” initiative. The initiative stems from community feedback seeking a better understanding of what the city does and how we do it. You’ll hear more about the Report Card in the coming months.

In the meantime, I want to give you an update on the four vital signs of a healthy city that I outlined in the State of the City address in April.

A City for Everyone

I’ve said it before, and I will say it again now: Everyone is welcome in Tigard. I also want to show you how we’re making progress.

  • The city’s workforce is becoming more diverse. (You can track our progress here.)
  • We have 14 bilingual staff members.
  • We’ve reestablished our ‘Community Roundtable’ of non-profit and faith-based leaders.
  • We’ve budgeted for staff and financial resources to establish meaningful relationships in all neighborhoods.

I am proud of our accomplishments to date, but we are just beginning. We need to build long-term relationships and trust with our unrepresentative communities. We will know that we have made progress when we see more diversity on our board and committees, city council, and city staff.

Out of City Hall, Into Your Neighborhood

Is it realistic to connect with every community member? Probably not, but we won’t stop from trying to reach each of the 53,148 people living in Tigard. We will only be successful if you’re on our team—though this doesn’t mean being a cheerleader for everything we do; it means inviting you to have a voice in discussions, a seat at the table, and removing the barriers or challenges that prevent you from participating in city affairs.

To date, you have embraced the opportunity to build an inclusive government. Through the ‘Out of City Hall, Into Your Neighborhood’ initiative, we have received more than 50 invitations to community events, everything from neighborhood BBQs to fun runs. Please continue to extend these invitations and share what is on your mind.

Sound, Transparent Decision-Making

You had a chance to participate via an online survey and a community meeting in the city’s first performance audit in the last 10 years. Completing a performance audit is not an accomplishment, but improving based on the audit recommendations is—and we will do this in the next year.

Protecting You and Your Loved Ones

Our Police Department affects your quality of life every day, from keeping intoxicated drivers off the road to responding to mental health calls. Our officers are responding to an increased number of calls for service, yet officer staffing levels remain stagnant.

We are addressing this issue by proposing a local option levy for police services in May 2020.

This is not a ‘nice to have’ need. This is a ‘must have,’ to meet your expectations of policing in Tigard. We know that minutes matter when we respond to your emergent call for service or to investigate a crime.

I look forward to talking about these vital signs and the City of Tigard Report Card at my next Fireside Chat Listening Session on Thursday, July 11, 6:30–8:30 p.m. at CoLab (11481 SW Hall).


JUNE 2019
Investing in Recreation

Mayor Jason Snider

Like many of you, I have fond memories of summertime as a child. I spent summers swimming in the family pool and fishing in Montana.

I’ve noticed in recent years that the child-like excitement for summertime has spread to adults in the Tigard community. I suspect part of this excitement is attributable to the community events held by the city’s Recreation Division.

Residents are relishing the chance to show off their hometown by inviting friends and family to a Concert in the Park or Movie in the Park. Just a few years ago, you had to visit neighboring cities for such opportunities.

Tigard Park and Recreation Advisory Board member Wayne Gross speaks for many in the community when he says, “we believe that recreation is an essential city service and contributes greatly to the quality of life in the community.”

The City Council agrees. Parks and recreation contribute to the livability of our community. Quality parks and recreation help the local tax base and increase property values. They also align with our strategic plan by providing places for health and well-being that are accessible by persons of all ages and abilities.

In the upcoming budget year, the Budget Committee invested in the future of community events, recreation, and park maintenance by increasing the Parks and Recreation Fee. I take fee increases seriously, and I want you to know what you are getting for your money.

The fee supports less than half of the cost to provide parks and recreation services in Tigard. The General Fund supports the rest.

Increases in the fee provide:

  • Park Maintenance: Our parks are gathering places, and places where recreation and events of all types can occur and help make living in Tigard more desirable. We will ensure this continues by funding increased maintenance to cover the almost 200 acres of parks added since 2010.
  • Pop Up in the Park: You don’t have to go far. We’re bringing sports, games, and crafts to your neighborhood every Wednesday in July.
  • Concerts in the Park: You will have two opportunities to sing and dance! Petty Fever breaks out Wednesday, August 7, and Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts tap into the ‘Golden Era of Rock n’ Roll’ on Wednesday, August 21.
  • Movies in the Park: Long summer nights are a staple in Oregon. You can enjoy the outdoors and watch a hit movie, like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Incredibles 2, on five different dates this summer.
  • Family Fest Fun Run: We’re hosting a fun run for all ages and abilities on Saturday, September 7. The run is part of the festivities surrounding the Downtown Street Fair.

The person leading our delivery of these events is Kimberly Cederholm, our new Recreation Coordinator. She brings extensive experience working for Vancouver-Clark County Parks and Recreation and the Northeast Community Center.

I will be attending many of these events along with members of the City Council. We hope you will let us know if you have questions about the recreation program and its funding. You can also connect with us by submitting a question via What’s on Your Mind, inviting us to a community event or attending the next Fireside Chat Listening Session on Thursday, June 6, 6:30–8:30 p.m. at Symposium Coffee.


 Signature
Jason Snider, Mayor 

Jason Snider: Mayor's Corner 2019

APRIL 20192019 Play Ball! Mayor Jason Snider

Play Ball! I am excited for the Tigard Little League’s opening day on Saturday, April 6. For more than 50 years, Tigard Little League has offered a safe, fun and healthy environment for children.

I suspect not everyone will agree with my choice, but this picture will give you a clue as to which team I’ll be cheering for this season.

The rest of this month’s column will focus on the elephant in the room—traffic. When it comes to transportation, many Tigard residents think about traffic congestion. We hear your concerns about traffic and are working hard to make travel easier for everyone. Recently, we have received comments along these lines: 

  • Traffic in Tigard is horrible no matter the time or day of the week.
  • I am frustrated by the congestion because of the impacts on my everyday life. And I think it negatively impacts local businesses, bike safety, and so much more.
  • I feel like the city isn’t doing anything to deal with the ridiculous congestion on our roads.

I agree. I’ve lived in Tigard for 20 years. Traffic is bad, and while there is no easy solution, the city works in many ways to make improvements and will continue to do so. Here are three recent examples of how we are addressing traffic congestion:

  • Traffic signal coordination on Upper Boones Ferry Road/Durham Road: A partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation and Washington County has allowed us to improve the coordination of 13 traffic signals in this high-traffic area. Improved coordination helps traffic run more smoothly and also leads to a reduction in accidents. We hope this will be a model that we can deploy in other areas of the city that share roadways, such as 99W and Hall Blvd. 
  • Improvements to Roy Rogers Road: This project is aimed at reducing traffic. These improvements will make it easier for vehicles, pedestrians, and bikes to travel safely. 
  • Adding sidewalks and bike lanes to 121st Avenue: Many people use this busy, narrow street to get to and from their neighborhoods. The project is scheduled for Summer 2019. When it’s finished, Tigard will have a safer roadway with bike lanes and sidewalks.

These three projects alone will not eliminate traffic congestion, but they are significant steps in addressing this growing problem.  

We know that we work better, smarter and stronger with community input. We want to make it easier for you to learn about projects and provide valuable input. With that in mind, I invite you to attend Let’s Talk Transportation (April 9, 5:30-7 p.m., Tigard Public Library), where you can learn about different transportation projects happening in the city, and Advocacy and Testimony, (April 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tigard City Hall) where you can learn how to advocate for transportation solutions.

We’re also ramping up our online engagement on ‘Your Tigard.’ I encourage you to check it out and add your input on the 72nd Avenue Transportation Study and Tigard Triangle.

I hope to see you at the ‘Late Night in Tigard’ on Wednesday, April 10 at 6 p.m. or at my next Fireside Chat Listening Session at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 at the Tigard Taphouse (Main Street Tigard). You may also reach me directly at Jason@tigard-or.gov or on my cell phone at 503-810-0269.


MARCH 2019
Along with the rest of our Tigard community, I was greeted by a snow-covered lawn several mornings in February. My wife and I spent the early morning hours checking whether school was canceled or the office was closed.

Our first priority as a city will always be to ensure the safety of all in our community. While most residents were planning their days, city employees—including Adam Jensen, Derek Johnson, Glenn Davis, Jeff Nylen, Kenny Clark, Mike Hendrix, Scott Price, and Trent Brickey—braved harsh conditions to sand and plow the streets in Tigard. I thank them for approaching the long hours away from their families with dedication and great attitudes.

Tigard Police Officers Scott Sanders and Kary Bowman are two other city workers who share a similar dedication.

As a parent of three school-aged children, I was thankful for Officer Sanders’ efforts to revive a 14-year-old race participant who collapsed at Fowler Middle School. Officer Sanders administered an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and monitored the teenager during these critical minutes. His actions, along with those of an off-duty Beaverton police officer, stabilized the teen, who was transported to a hospital and ultimately survived.

I live in a safe neighborhood where my kids can play in the yard and our friends and family can visit. Neighbors in another area of our community were not as fortunate until Officer Bowman addressed the problems plaguing their neighborhood.

Residents had become prisoners in their own homes due to harassment by one unfriendly neighbor. The neighborhood residents endured filthy language, strobe lights in their windows, loud music and theft.

Officer Kary Bowman ensured that hate did not win. She fought for the families, despite difficult and lengthy interactions with the problem neighbor. Her perseverance led to the arrest of the neighbor, along with a 35-month prison sentence. These efforts were one of the reasons that the American Legion recently named Officer Bowman their 2019 Officer of the Year.   

These two examples highlight why the City Council is absolutely committed to making sure the Tigard Police Department has the resources necessary to ensure our community is safe at all times. To thrive, we must feel safe and protected, regardless of where we are in Tigard. As the demand for police services rises each year, the City Council must continue to deploy the necessary resources to decrease response times and increase the number of officers, particularly as our population grows.

I invite you to join the conversation at my next Fireside Chat Listening Session, on Thursday, March 7, 6:30 p.m. at Symposium Coffee. You may also reach me directly at Jason@tigard-or.gov or on my cell phone at 503-810-0269.


FEBRUARY 2019
In my first month as mayor, I've been proud to represent Tigard at regional and national events, including joining fellow Portland-area mayors at the Oregon State Capitol and attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting.

My interactions with mayors from across the country has strengthened my belief that Tigard must continue efforts to become a vibrant, diverse, and livable community.

I was particularly affected as I listened to the City of Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway recount his response to overhearing someone describe his city as “Hillsburrito.”

Listening to Mayor Callaway speak about his experience came at an opportune time. This month, our city staff received the following email from a community member:

Why are you recruiting for bilingual Spanish speaking person? Why would you give a job to non-speaking English person instead of a citizen who needs a job and speaks English? Why not just move city offices to Mexico?

I am sharing this email in a public forum because I want it to be perfectly clear that Tigard is a community for everyone. We will stand up to hurtful speech and reinforce our efforts to attract a workforce that is representative of our community and our nation.

I invite those who struggle to understand the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion in Tigard to consider these facts:

  • Nearly one-fifth of our community speaks a language other than English, the most common of which is Spanish. The state of Oregon has no official language. Neither does the United States.
  • Our responsibility is to communicate and welcome all community members so that we can serve our constituency. This includes having bilingual staff and interpretation services to assist customers with their water bills, to report a crime, find a book, or help them understand and/or participate in city projects.
  • We cannot and will not deny rights, benefits or services to our neighbors, friends or community members because of a language barrier.
  • Having a culturally and linguistically diverse workforce makes us stronger and promotes innovation and positive change.
  • Our Latinx community—young, diverse and growing every year—is an essential part of our collective community.

I believe Tate Brunswick, the owner of Versus Board Games, speaks for the Tigard community in embracing the unique qualities and backgrounds of all individuals.  “Making my store welcoming to everyone is one of my main goals. I strive personally to treat everyone equally as soon as they walk in the door. Whether they are wearing a Star Wars hoodie, a suit, a dress or a kilt, I try not to assume anything about them. I just ask how they are and what games they’re interested in.”

I invite you to join the conversation at my next Fireside Chat Listening Session on February 7, 6:30 p.m., at Symposium Coffee. You may also reach me directly at Jason@tigard-or.gov or on my cell phone at 503-810-0269.


JANUARY 2019
As 2019 kicks off the season of fresh starts, I am humbled to begin serving as your Tigard Mayor. I invite you to the January 8, 2019 inauguration ceremony for Councilor John Goodhouse, who will begin a second term, new City Councilor Liz Newton, and myself.

I want to thank my predecessor, Mayor John L. Cook, for being a great community leader and friend. He has made Tigard stronger by completing projects like developing the Hunziker Industrial Core, landing $5 million in federal, state and regional funding for the project. He also played a critical role in securing Tigard’s 35-year water supply that we now own through the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership.

As I’ve spent time this past year listening to residents, business leaders and community groups, it has become clear to me that four values are important to you.

Community - We must enhance our interactions with the community, ensuring that we have strong relationships with all of our neighborhoods, community groups, and businesses. You can expect more outreach events and opportunities to share your perspective with city leaders.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – We will create a more inclusive workplace and improve how we serve our growing diverse community. Tigard must become a vibrant, diverse, and livable community that fosters innovation, enriches the lives of all its residents, and embraces intentional community engagement.

Service – We will build a culture of service ensuring city government is seen, both internally and externally, as a reliable partner and steward when running the city. Our leaders will be equipped with the skills and confidence to make decisions based on data and community desires.

Transparency and Accountability - We will aspire to continually improve the level of transparency we provide to the public about our operations and services. I plan to regularly share key performance targets and our city departmental results with all citizens.

I look forward to continuing the dialogue around these values and engaging with you about key 2019 initiatives – Southwest Corridor, Tigard Triangle, and financial stability.

Please join me for a Fireside Chat Listening Session on January 3, 6:30 p.m. at Symposium Coffee.  You may also reach me directly at Jason@tigard-or.gov or on my cell phone at 503-810-0269.

Thank you, Tigard; let’s get to work!

Fireside Chat with Mayor Snider
Message from the Mayor -
Graduation 2019
Mayor Snider offers advice to the 2019 high school grads.

Message from the Mayor -
Diversity
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion –
We will create a more inclusive workplace and improve how we serve our growing diverse community. Read more in the Mayor's Message.


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