Here is a summary of the work happening in Public Works. Please feel free to contact Heather Coston,community engagement coordinator, with any questions.
Hey Tigard - Let's Talk
Whether you grew up here or moved here last year, Tigard is a destination for people wanting to live, work and play in a city where they can connect with nature and each other.To protect our quality of life and reach our vision to become the most walkable, vibrant community in the Pacific Northwest, important choices need to be made about how we connect to the region, plan for growth, embrace our diversity and preserve our urban playground.
We can’t make these decisions without you. That’s why the city has launched an exciting, online engagement tool to make it easier for you to have a voice in how we grow from here.
Visit www.engage.tigard-or.gov to sign up and answer questions about:
- How the city should prioritize funds for the Parks and Recreation Program,
- What type of housing options you want to see in the city, and
- Share your cultural story for a chance to be included in Tigard’s Outdoor Museum.
Fun video to learn more about the city’s slurry seal project
The major summer paving and slurry seal projects have been completed. Tigard’s Streets Crew resurfaced 22 miles of streets – about 15 percent of Tigard’s street network. Watch this fun video to learn more about how the slurry seal process keeps the city’s streets safe and saves residents money.
Disasters Happen: Prepare Now, Learn How
September is National Preparedness Month, and the city wants to help residents stay safe in an emergency by being prepared. Watch for weekly updates about things you can do to plan for the unexpected and protect your family and community. For more information visit, www.tigard-or.gov/city_hall/emergency
Replacement hydro-vacuum truck will help keep drinking water safe and sewage moving
To help the city’s water department keep pipes clean and free of debris, the Tigard City Council approved the purchase of a combination hydro-vacuum truck to replace an older model.
This is an important piece of equipment for the water department because it uses high-pressure water jetting to scour pipes clean and vacuums up the material causing blockages in the city’s sewer flow.
The hydro-vacuum is also used to remove materials washed over the city’s streets when it rains, and into catch basins. This helps protect Tigard’s water quality and fish habitat from oil, bacteria and sediment that cause pollution.
The new hydro-vacuum truck is necessary because the current truck has aged and is no longer reliable to keep the streets and water safe during heavy storms and winter conditions. The decision to purchase the truck was primarily based on the need to keep the community’s drinking water safe and sewer system performing. But a priority for the city is to spend public funds wisely. This investment replaces an older model that is costing almost more than it is worth to repair.
The older truck will be retired to light-duty activities like hydro-excavation projects. To learn more about how the city is keeps your drinking water clean and safe visit, http://www.tigard-or.gov/city_hall/water.php.
Kudos for bike lanes on Greenburg Road
Kudos to Mike McCarthy, senior project engineer, for helping make Tigard’s streets safe for cars and bike commuters. “Many thanks to the addition of the bike lanes on Greenburg after the repaving project. I ride this most days of the week and it is much safer. My helmets off to the ones responsible. THANK YOU ALL!”