CERT Class Attends Fire Safety Training in Sherwood this Week
Tigard’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a volunteer group of trained and dedicated individuals who keep our community strong by connecting neighbors to help deter crime and prepare for and respond to major storms, earthquakes and other emergencies. CERT students receive 24 hours of training in basic emergency response skills like first aid, search and rescue, and fire safety and suppression. The Spring CERT class completed fire safety training at the TVF&R Training Center in Sherwood this week, and will complete final exercises on Saturday.
Earth Day Spotlight: Green Team Helps to Promote Stream Health in Tigard
Formed in 2016, the City’s Public Works Green Team helps to support a healthy environment for fish, wildlife and the community. The city’s green team maintains natural areas built to protect water quality in Tigard. There are 149 public water quality facilities and 9.4 miles of creeks within the city. Facilities are constructed to protect our precious water resources by removing pollution from stormwater runoff before it enters into local streams and the Tualatin River. They function by slowing down, filtering, and either infiltrating runoff into the soil or releasing it into adjacent water bodies at a slower, more natural rate.
Water Division Update
Field staff in the Water Division continue to replace fire hydrants in the Summerfield area near Alderbrook Drive. Crews are also inspecting and flushing hydrants along the entire stretch of Pacific Highway for proper operation. In the photo below Kay Landsiedel, Senior Utility Technician, is working on a 12” clay-valve that regulates flow throughout the city and into different pressure zones.
Tigard Celebrates Tree City USA Status by Planting Trees for Arbor Day
An Arbor Day observance and proclamation are one of four standards established by the National Arbor Day Foundation to qualify for Tree City USA. Tigard has received this recognition annually since 2001. Mayor Cook celebrated the achievement with Tigard High School Community Experience for Career Education (CE2) students on Tuesday by planting trees in East Butte Heritage Park.
The Water Division worked with “Meter Dave” this week who is in town to test large city water meters. When all is said and done, Dave Schluckebier from Oregon Meter Repair will test 48 meters 3 inches and above in Tigard this year. This helps the city to ensure meters are accurate and in good working order.
Staff Inspect River Terrace Parks Ahead of National Playground Safety Week April 23–27
Community Development and Public Works staff visited new parks built in River Terrace last week. Once complete, the parks will receive a final inspection by Public Works staff and then they will be accepted by the city as public parks. The developer has agreed to maintain the parks for three years, known as a maintenance warranty period, before our crews take over park maintenance.
Tigard CERT Graduates 43 Volunteers over the Weekend
After seven weeks of training, Tigard Emergency Services Coordinator Mike Lueck graduated the city’s newest class of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers. Participants will be assigned to geographic teams within the city and integrated with experienced volunteers.
Mini Public Works Day for Take Your Kid to Work Day
Public Works was excited to welcome the next generation of potential local government employees last week on Thursday to celebrate National Take Your Kid to Work Day. Participants had an opportunity to operate the mini excavator, TV Van and play games with Parks & Rec.
Sidewalk Assessment Kicking Off in the Summerlake Neighborhood
In an effort to make the City of Tigard’s building facilities, parks, trails, and public right-of-way accessible to all, the city is engaged in developing an American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan.
As part of Phase 3 of the project, the city’s ADA Planning consultant team started this week on an assessment of sidewalks and ramps. The three person crew will be measuring and documenting slopes, gaps, obstructions, pedestrian signal buttons, and more. The team will start in the Summerlake area for 2-3 weeks and then move to other areas of the city.
When completed, the plan will demonstrate the City of Tigard’s commitment to providing equal access to all its public programs, services, facilities, and activities for citizens with disabilities. For more information, visit www.tigard-or.gov/ada.
Parks & Rec Volunteers
Team members from Abbott joined Parks & Rec staff in Cook Park last week on Thursday for a beautification project. The team worked in warm weather to spread 30 yards of bark dust near the entrance to park parking lots. Their work is much appreciated.
Water Division Update
Derek Johnson, water division, is fixing a broken 2-inch angle stop, which serves the Summerfield area with irrigation.
Lake Oswego and Tigard: An Award-Winning Partnership
The Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership was recently recognized by two professional and industry organizations for Excellence in Engineering and Excellence in Concrete Construction for the new 38-million gallon water treatment plant. The awards were given by the Pacific Northwest Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Oregon Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association (OCAPA), respectively. For more information: http://lotigardwater.org/?e=983
Officials and representatives from CADMAN, Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership, MWH/Stantec, Slayden Construction Inc. and MWA accept the Excellence in Concrete Construction award from Oregon Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association.
Plan Your Trip to Dirksen Nature Park this Weekend
The Camas is blooming at Dirksen Nature Park! Camas is a culturally important plant for northwest native tribes and is a beautiful oak savannah flower. Over 30,000 Camas bulbs were planted in Dirksen Nature Park in 2015 and bloomed for the first time in 2017. In addition, restoration specialists were caught by surprise when a large bloom of native bulbs emerged that were lying dormant and had been out-competed by non-native pasture grass.
Public Works Day is Just around the Corner
Public Works plays a role in nearly every aspect of our lives – from turning on the tap, to play in the park, to helping us get from one place to another on our trails, sidewalks, and streets. Come and learn what your Public Works Department is all about. For more information and to register: www.tigard-or.gov/recreation
Wastewater/Stormwater Division Update
The Wastewater/Stormwater Division proudly provides stewardship over the city’s wastewater and stormwater systems. Pictured to the right is Craig Daily, who works with a team to clean and maintain pipes within the city. Based on a regular schedule of inspection and maintenance, all stormwater pipes within the city are cleaned and inspected within a seven-year period. Because this job takes them all over town, they also get to enjoy the beauty of the seasons in Tigard. For more information about the Wastewater/Stormwater Division visit: http://www.tigard-or.gov/city_hall/wastewater_storm.php