City of Tigard

Why Wednesday

Why Wednesday program identifier

  • Why does the City include supplemental questions on the job application?  We receive a large number of applications for each of our job postings. Supplemental questions provide the additional information that we need to narrow the list of qualified questions. We employ two types of supplemental questions – multiple-choice and open-ended.

    When answering a multiple-choice question, your application should support your answers.  For example, if you indicate you have 2-4 years of experience in budget analysis, your work history should indicate where you got this experience and what your responsibility was in that role.

    We sometimes ask applicants open-ended supplemental questions. These questions require the applicant to spend a little more time reflecting on the job opening and how their skills fit into what we’re looking for. Your answers will be used by hiring managers to help decide which applicants get an interview.

    Here’s a tip for answering open-ended questions. Approach the question as you would a first interview question. Use the opportunity to explain why you are uniquely qualified for the role.

    This sounds elementary but your writing should be free of grammatical and spelling errors. Also, your answers should be concise yet specific - more words are not always better. Generally, we are looking for 250 to 300 words per question. And no, a one sentence answer is not a good idea.

  • Why do I have to wait so long for the train to pass at the Bonita Road crossing?  You’re not alone in your frustration. We’ve received a number of questions about what happens if police & fire are stuck at a crossing while responding to an emergency. Just like you and me, emergency responders don’t get advance notice of train crossings. If a train is blocking a crossing, they will dispatch from another station. This may cause a delay in response time.  

    More bad news… federal law prevents the city or state from addressing excessive delays. This essentially leaves railroads free to stop for as long as they like. Want more info on the topic? Check out this Oregon DOT webpage.

  • Why does Tigard have such tight building restrictions on detached garages? We allow for accessory structures including a detached two-car garage. This is sufficient for most residential purposes. Larger shop structures tend to support activities that are similar to commercial activities, although they may not actually be commercial activities. So while working on a few project cars in a garage might be a hobby to the resident, to neighbors the impacts are more like those of a commercial garage.

Why Wednesday?
It is our hope that the WHY WEDNESDAY page addresses some of the misinformation and rumors that may arise about City policy, decisions, or other actions. We believe that the best discussions relating to Tigard will occur when community members possess all the relevant facts.

Each Wednesday, we will highlight a topic of community importance. Topics will be selected from community feedback that we receive from you at public meetings, on social media, or in-person interactions.

You can also submit a topic idea in the form below.

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More Questions & Answers

Why is Tigard Police Department carrying Narcan? (October 24)
Last year, Tigard Police responded to 15 drug overdose calls, including a number of calls involving the use of the opioid Fentanyl. In response, every patrol vehicle is now stocked with Narcan, which is a medication used to block the effects of opioids. Narcan can be a critical intervention for someone who overdoses. It also provides a safeguard to officers who may be exposed to the harmful residue of Fentanyl. The Narcan kits were made possible by a Washington County grant.

Why are you allowing more car dealerships in town?
(October 17)
We are not allowed to limit the number of car dealerships (or any business type) in Tigard. If a car dealership is proposed in one of Tigard's Commercial or Industrial Zones, we then review the proposal to make sure it meets development standards and require that necessary approvals and permits are received.

Why do I see political signs near the city's main roads? (October 10)
We’ve received this question a number of times recently. Political signs in the right-of-way are considered a nuisance. While we don't have the capacity to patrol for them, we'll respond if we're alerted about a potential issue. We respond to sign complaints by:

1. Removing the sign.
2. Contacting the campaign.
3. Informing the campaign where to retrieve the sign. 

You can submit a complaint about a political sign via this online form.

Why can't I register to vote at City Hall? (October 3)
While you can’t register at City Hall, there are two easy ways to register.

  • Register online.
  • Return completed form to the Washington County Elections Office by mail or in-person. Register by October 16 to vote in the November election.

Once you’ve registered, you can visit Use My Vote to track your ballot & check or update your voter registration. You will received a voter’s pamphlet between October 10 and October 12.

Approximately two weeks before the election you will receive your ballot in the mail. Turn in your ballot at the City Hall voter drop box or another drop box site.

Why haven't I seen a recap of Tigard Library’s Summer Reading program? (September 26)

We’ve finished tallying the numbers. Here are the highlights.

  • 2,788 kids and teens participated.
  • 595 adults participated (which is a record). 
  • 562 kids donated a book to those in need.
  • 337 kids and teens signed up at outreach sites, 186 finished and claimed prizes.
  • 31 outreach visits made by Youth Services staff.
  • Librarians created a traveling book collection to encourage kids to make the of most summer reading. 
  • The most popular prize was the Rockin’ Road Trip basket.

Why don't I ever see the city doing work on Hall Boulevard? (September 19)
We hear this question a lot. There's a simple answer. Both Hall Blvd. and Hwy 99W are state highways maintained by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Contact if you need contact information for ODOT staff.

Why is the city flushing fire hydrants? (September 12)
We flush hydrants to provide high-quality drinking water to our residents. Sometimes, residents may see slightly discolored water from their taps when flushing occurs in their area. The water is safe from harmful bacteria, but unpleasant for consumption and use. There are no health hazards associated with the discolored water. We produced a short video highlighting the process and why it is necessary. Click here for a short video.

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 - Flags at City Hall? (August 29, 2018)
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)
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)
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.

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.

Kent Wyatt

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