Why did the city select pink sculptures as gateway art? (September 5)
A subcommittee of residents and business owners selected the 'Corylus' which reflects the filbert tree blossom and Tigard's agricultural history. Restricted funds, which can only be used in the downtown, funded the artwork.
Public art is an important component to a vital downtown. We continue to look for opportunities to add public art to the community. See more on the Downtown Art.
Why do I always see police cars at City Hall in the parking lot? Aren’t officers working? (August 29, 2018)
Answer: The number of vehicles in the parking lot does not correlate with the number of officers on duty. If there is a major incident requiring an amplified response, we need enough vehicles to adequately respond. Our fleet manager works with Tigard Police to determine how many vehicles should be on hand given:
- staffing levels for day, afternoon and night shifts
- overlapping schedules from one shift to the next to ensure that officers are always available for emergency calls for service
- specialty units
- other factors such as officers’ use of vehicles for training, court and other job responsibilities
Extra vehicles are needed to cover the ones out of commission for maintenance. Having reliable vehicles is crucial to ensure problems don’t impede an officer’s ability to timely respond to emergencies. Officers also return to the police station to write reports, which can be time-consuming depending on the nature of the incident.
Special Edition - Why Wednesday: Flags at City Hall? (August 29, 2018)
Answer: The Oregon Governor issues flags orders for local governments in Oregon. Flags will be flown at half-staff until sunset, on the day of the interment in honor of Sen. John McCain. We are notified of the times and duration, which may extend for a few hours to a few days, in a notification from the Governor's Office. The city observes all flag notifications regardless of the days or times ordered.
Is it true that the city offers free street trees for Tigard property owners? (August 22, 2018)
Answer: Yes, the city's free street tree program offers street trees to Tigard residents annually. Orders will be accepted through Sept. 27. Tree selection and planning typically begin in early November with delivery and planting from November through December. See the approved street tree list to help you make your selection and visit our website to learn more.
I've seen coyotes wandering around town this summer. Why aren't you doing something to protect us? (August 15, 2018)
Answer: This is common question. We do not manage native wildlife. If you spot a coyote and are concerned for your safety, please contact the USDA at 503-201-5547.
Why should I use less water on hot summer days? (August 8, 2018)
Answer: It’s simple. Water is in limited supply, and we cannot live without water. We’re committed to encouraging water conservation. Check out these tips, including how much water to use for your lawn.
So, if the City is really experiencing budget problems, why are you offering free events – Movies in the Park and Concert in the Park? (August 1, 2018)
Answer: The City is experiencing budget challenges. We reduced the current budget by 9%. We reduced, but did not eliminate, events. Four Movies in the Park and one Concert in the Park are being held this summer. These events have been popular and contribute to a sense of community. Additional cuts are proposed for next year.
If Tigard is a "no smoking" city, why are people smoking at the transit center? I am tired of walking through smoke. (July 25, 2018)
Answer: Smoking & e-cigarette use is banned on city-owned properties, including on parks and trails. We hope this will encourage healthier behavior among all residents. The Transit Center is owned by TriMet, which has a no-smoking policy. Signs for the ban are displayed at the center. https://trimet.org/guide/rules.htm
I love the improvements to Main Street! Why haven't they been made to the entire street? (July 18, 2018)
Answer: Planning for Main Street north is underway with construction expected 2020-21. Downtown improvement projects are paid for with tax increment financing that is collected in downtown’s urban renewal area. These are restricted funds that can only be used on the voter approved downtown projects which include street and streetscape improvements.
I have noticed a lot of construction activity around the Fanno Creek Trail. Why is the project being done? (July 11, 2018)
Answer: City of Tigard and Clean Water Services are working to restore the creek closer to its historic location. This will repair floodplain wetlands, replace a pedestrian bridge on Ash Street, add a new pedestrian/bike trail and restore native vegetation to the area.
Why did the city go ahead with slurry seal application when we are cutting school resource officers? (July 5, 2018)
Answer: Ensuring our roads are safe and accessible for people to travel and providing resources to our schools to protect students are both priorities for the city, but rely on different funding sources. Slurry sealing, which is an affordable method for maintaining residential streets that tend to deteriorate due to weather conditions that wear down the pavement over time, is funded through the street maintenance fee that appears on your monthly utility bill. Tigard Police school resource officers are funded through the city’s General Fund, which was reduced when the levy failed to pass.
Why is the city hiring after reducing the budget?
Answer: We are committed to making fiscally sound decisions about the city’s programs, services and staff, while maintaining the essential services that keep our community safe and healthy. The reduced General Fund budget means the city’s leadership team must carefully consider decisions about when to fill vacancies. Some of the positions are funded through other resources. For example, a utility worker in our Water Division is paid through the city’s Water Fund, not General Fund.