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Public Works Update

Updated: 5/17/18
Here is a summary of the work happening in Public Works.  Please feel free to contact Marissa Grass with any questions.

We can’t wait: Public Works Day is this Saturday!Public Works Day
Dump trucks and backhoes and bucket trucks, oh my! Celebrate National Public Works Week (May 20-26) with some hands-on fun, both inside and outside the Tigard Public Library. Go high in the sky in a bucket truck. Operate a backhoe. Tools, street signs and more fun activities in the library. Take home your own construction hat. For more information, visit www.tigard-or.gov/recreation.


City Crews from Lake Oswego and Tigard Join Forces to Complete Field Testing and Maintenance
This week the Public Works Water Division joined staff from Lake Oswego to perform routine system maintenance as part of the Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership. Valves are installed in the water distribution system to start and stop flow. As part of a program for routine maintenance, the two jurisdictions joined forces for the first time to complete valve testing and maintenance. This valve “exercise program” helps to ensure that city crews can complete needed repairs in a timely manner and thereby reduce impacts to surrounding property owners, reduce water loss, and avoid more costly repairs.
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River Terrace: Website Helps Travelers Navigate Multiple Construction Zones
GetUsThere.org, a website providing construction information in the Roy Rogers Road area, has been created to inform travelers about possible delays or detours.

Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation (LUT), Clean Water Services (CWS), the City of Tigard and Willamette Water Supply Program all have construction projects that impact travel in the Roy Rogers Road area. GetUsThere.org will provide travelers a one-stop source for updates on any traffic impacts. The website includes an interactive map of all projects – both existing and future. It also includes a project list in text/table form.

Jurisdictions collaborated to schedule some of these projects concurrently to save taxpayer dollars and to minimize road construction impacts over time.

April 19, 2018

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 UpdatePW Updates
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.

April 26, 2018

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. 

Water
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.

May 3, 2018

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 UpdatePW Water Crew member
Derek Johnson, water division, is fixing a broken 2-inch angle stop, which serves the Summerfield area with irrigation. 

May 10, 2018

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
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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. 
 Dirksen camas bloom

Public Works Day is Just around the CornerPublic Works Day
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 UpdateCity of Tigard Employee
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

 

Contact
Tigard Public Works
8777 SW Burnham St.
Tigard, OR 97223
503-718-2591

Hours of Operation
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

After-Hours Emergency
To report water, stormwater, sewer, street or park emergencies outside regular business hours, contact the after-hours answering service at 503-639-1554.
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