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Council Connections

The City Council is getting out of city hall and into your neighborhood this year. You can see where they’ve been in this Facebook photo album. As questions are submitted for the Council, we’ll post the questions and answers on this page.

Meet and Greet Opportunities

  • December 6, 2019
    6:30 p.m.
  • Holiday Tree Lighting
    Main Street Tigard
What's On Your Mind?
Ask a question or invite Mayor Snider and Tigard City Councilors to an upcoming neighborhood event.

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Council President John Goodhouse

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  • Council President GoodhouseWhat have you learned about city services that you didn’t know before being elected? The many services that the city is required by charter to provide to the citizens of Tigard. Also the city has many dedicated funds which cannot be spent on other areas in the city, only for the intended purpose those funds were collected.
  • The State of the City has a ‘Late Night in Tigard’ theme. What is your favorite talk show? Why? The David Letterman Show, I enjoyed his humor, quirkiness and how he wasn’t afraid to do things his way despite what others may have thought of him.
  • What are the most frequently asked questions that you are asked by the community? What is a City Councilor and what does the City Council do. The second question is why did you run for City Council or decide to get involved in politics.

Councilor Tom Anderson

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  • What have you learned about city services that you didn’t know before being elected? The biggest thing for me is that we discuss water infrastructure in some form almost every meeting. Obviously the Lake Oswego – Tigard water project was a huge bonus for the city and took a lot of time and energy. But staff has to consider water infrastructure in most every project we do. From new construction, to replacing worn pipes, to meter sizes, to drinking water or gray water, to correcting storm runoff areas, etc. There is much attention given to water.
  • The State of the City has a ‘Late Night in Tigard’ theme. What is your favorite talk show? Why? My go to late night talk show is still the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. I like how he interacts with the house band, the Roots.
  • What are the most frequently asked questions that you are asked by the community? What is going on at X location. There are many people concerned about what is happening with the old Albertson’s building, or the large Storage Units on 99W, or Chick-Filet or Taco Bell. The Council often does not have much more intel that the average Tigard citizen does on those private issues.

Councilor Heidi Lueb (Updated 10/28/19)

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City Councilor Heidi Lueb
  • Thanksgiving is in November. What are three things that you are thankful for? My family (including my very special fur kiddos), pumpkin pie and stuffing, and the community I've found being back here in the PNW.
  • What’s the most interesting or unique idea for Tigard that you’ve heard since being in office? There have been some really great ideas from community members that I've heard - I haven't heard anything out of left field yet!
  • What’s your advice for someone who is hesitant to participate in the 2020 Census? The Census is an incredibly important gathering of information that dictates not only how much federal funding Oregon receives, but also how many representatives. The Census Bureau does not share information with other agencies. It's critical that everyone here is counted we can get our fair share.
  • Outside of Tigard, what are favorite spots to visit in Oregon? So many great choices all over Oregon! I love the ocean so I always enjoy heading to the coast, hiking in the Gorge is amazing, heading down to Eugene for a game at Autzen Stadium for a Ducks win is always at the top of the list, and any trips to snowy Mt. Hood are always a good time!

  • What are the key issues/projects that Council will be discussing in October? The presentation of the Performance Audit results on 10/2 are insightful and helpful to view how we're doing. I also think regionally keeping an eye on the developments and discussions with the Southwest Corridor Light Rail project will be important. This is a critical corridor for Tigard and will have a large impact on our future transportation.
  • The entire City Council attended the Police Open House. What did you learn? I really enjoyed speaking with Tigard residents and listening to their questions. They asked many insightful questions about police coverage during shifts as well as taking a tour of their current facilities and seeing where the needs are.
  • What are two or three books that readers should consider checking out at the Tigard Library? I really enjoyed reading Dan Rather's "What Unites Us" A few of Fredrik Backman's books have been interesting thought provoking. I have Ady Barkan's new book "Eyes to the Wind: A Memoir of Love and Death, Hope and Resistance" in the queue and I'm looking forward to digging into. I will also say that I always have the Harry Potter series in rotation as well!
  • (Complete the sentence) If you come to my house for Halloween, I’ll be handing out…. Tasty treats!

  • The highlight of my summer was… spending more time around Tigard and digging into my garden and yard.
  • Describe each of the 2019 Family Fest activities using less than 5 words per activity.
    Fun Run - Running around Tigard is fun!
    Family Fest - Family fun time spent together
    Latino Festival - Come explore a new culture
    Festival of Fun for Everyone - There are paper bag dragons! (Sunday at the Library)
  • What is the biggest issue facing the City Council in September? For September I think the most important thing is really scoping the safety levy and making sure the best option is put forward for our residents.
  • What songs are currently on your playlist? I've got some Ben Rector, Mat Kearney, Kenny Chesney, along with Cake, Taylor Swift and Lizzo are currently playing - along with some Podcasts :)

  • Petty Fever is performing at Concerts in the Park on August 7. What’s your favorite Tom Petty song? Just one? I enjoy a lot of them, but I can never hear Free Fallin and not sing along!
  • National Night Out is August 6. What’s one fun fact about the Tigard Police? I am impressed by the success of the Can You ID Me engagement page. In a number of cases, community members provided information that led directly to the arrest of a suspect. I’d encourage everyone to check out the page. You might even have info that helps the Tigard Police solve a case.
  • What is your favorite item to bring to a neighborhood cookout? My husband has been making this special dip to bring with potato chips since college. I'm convinced we get invited to some events just so people can eat the dip! He holds the recipe close to the vest and it took years before he would even share it with me! 
  • You’ve been ‘getting out of city hall, into neighborhoods.’ What has been your most memorable experience so far? There are too many to choose from! I've really enjoyed events highlighting our citizens - from the Chamber of Commerce Shining Stars to Middle of Millen Parade, they've all been really great. I've really enjoyed getting to know more of our community members that care and spend so much time investing in our making Tigard the kind of place we all want to live.

  • What one person or event most impacted your decision to serve on the City Council? Mayor Snider brought up the open position during my Budget Committee interview and encouraged me to apply. 
  • You’re recruiting for a Youth City Councilor, flashback to your high school years. Where did you attend high school? What was your dream job when you were in high school? I attended Crater High School in Central Point. After interning for a lawyer and a judge during high school, I believed I was on the path to follow in one of those professions. 
  • It’s budget season! What’s your recommendation for how community members can best understand the decisions facing the Budget Committee? Come talk to us on May 18th and help us go through the budget. Let us know what's important to you and where you would like to see your dollars spent! 
  • What’s the best way for a community member to contact you with a question or a comment? You can send me an email at heidil@tigard-or.gov or come on down to a City Council Meeting and meet us in person.
  • What have you learned about city services that you didn’t know before being elected? I've learned about the complexities behind things I take for granted every day. This includes things like turning on the tap and having safe drinking water, to driving on maintained roads. As a citizen I'm thankful for all the "behind the scenes" work that goes into me being able to go through my everyday routine without a second thought. 
  • The State of the City has a ‘Late Night in Tigard’ theme. What is your favorite talk show? Why? I don't watch talk shows, day time, night time, doesn't matter. I don't watch much TV at all actually. 
  • What are the most frequently asked questions that you are asked by the community?  I haven't had the chance to really speak to as many people as I'd like, most have reached out in regards to a specific issue on the agenda so I don't have a great answer. 
  • Valentine’s Day is in February. Where do you “love” to go in Tigard? You can find my husband and I hitting the trails in Cook Park. We love to get moving outside together with our two dogs who also love to run!.
  • What was your ‘aha’ moment for when you felt a part of the Tigard community? When I started getting recognized at some of the regular places my husband and I go. Also when I didn't have to use GPS to get around anymore :)
  • What’s the most surprising part of being on the city council? I've been inspired by all of the community members who so selflessly give of their time to make Tigard the kind of community we all want to live in

Councilor Liz Newton (Updated 10/28/19)

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City Councilor Liz NewtonThanksgiving is in November. What are three things that you are thankful for? My friends and family, my good health and that I have a warm, dry place to sleep every night and food to eat. Remembering those who don’t... by supporting programs and organizations that provide needed services.

What’s the most interesting or unique idea for Tigard that you’ve heard since being in office?  One voter suggested a web page on the city’s website that would provide information on the city’s green business practices and tips for residents and local businesses that are interested in going green at home or at their place of business.

What’s your advice for someone who is hesitant to participate in the 2020 Census?  You matter. Providing services to all in our community matters. An accurate count of all we serve in our community can impact the funding we receive to provide services.
 
Outside of Tigard, what are favorite spots to visit in Oregon? Any place on the Oregon Coast and Mt. Hood.


  • What are the key issues/projects that Council will be discussing in October?  Southwest Corridor and Stormwater Financial Planning Strategy.
  • The entire City Council attended the Police Open House. What did you learn? That I couldn’t pass the physical! The demonstrations on situations officers face on a daily basis was also enlightening.
  • What are two or three books that readers should consider checking out at the Tigard Library?  Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I am a fan of her writing! The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough. I enjoy reading history and biographies.
  • (Complete the sentence) If you come to my house for Halloween, I’ll be handing out…. Kit Kat bars because they are the neighbor kids favorite!

  • The highlight of my summer was…Taking a stern wheeler trip on the Columbia River with my extended family. My Great, Great Uncle was a River Boat Captain on the same stretch of the river circa 1890 - 1912.
  • Describe each of the 2019 Family Fest activities using less than 5 words per activity.
    Fun Run: Strollers and dogs welcome!
    Family Fest: Fun for all ages!
    Latino Festival: Good food and great music!
    Festival of Fun for Everyone: Create a work of art!
  • What is the biggest issue facing the City Council in September? Biggest opportunity - talking with the community about the proposed public safety levy, getting their thoughts and feedback.
  • What songs are currently on your playlist? Playlist?

  • Petty Fever is performing at Concerts in the Park on August 7. What’s your favorite Tom Petty song? I am a huge Tom Petty fan so it’s almost impossible to pick just one but the first one that came to mind was “I Won’t Back Down” so I’ll go with that one.
  • National Night Out is August 6. What’s one fun fact about the Tigard Police? I was in the first Citizen’s Police Academy and learned that “Cop” stands for Constable on Patrol. The term was first used in England in the 1800’s.
  • What is your favorite item to bring to a neighborhood cookout? Baked beans.
  • You’ve been ‘getting out of city hall, into neighborhoods.’ What has been your most memorable experience so far? I had the privilege of attending the St. Anthony Severe Weather Shelter picnic at Woodard Park and enjoyed dinner and conversation with some of our community’s homeless and newly housed residents. They were all so appreciative of the meal and park setting. A special shoutout to the volunteers who were so welcoming to all!
  • Where are you going on summer vacation?  We are spending five days in Bellingham, WA with my best friend from college days. Also planning a road trip - US Hwy. 20 from Newport, Oregon to Provincetown, MA.
  • If you were doing a ‘staycation’ in Tigard, what would be on your itinerary?  Among other things, walking the Fanno Creek trail, continuing the tour of Tigard park playgrounds with my great niece, coffee with friends at Primo and Symposium and lunch and dinner at a local restaurant - too many good choices to name here!
  • What was the most rewarding part of budget season? What was most challenging? Most rewarding - After lots of good discussion, we finished the budget hearing in one day. Most challenging - Reading every word on over 400 pages!
  • What one person or event most impacted your decision to serve on the City Council? Addressing the city’s long term financial stability.
  • You’re recruiting for a Youth City Councilor, flashback to your high school years. Where did you attend high school? What was your dream job when you were in high school? I went to Beaverton High School. My dream job then was to be a fashion designer. (I spent all of my discretionary income on fabric and sewed most weekends.)
  • It’s budget season! What’s your recommendation for how community members can best understand the decisions facing the Budget Committee? Take a look at the budget document online, attend one of the Q and A’s and attend the Budget Committee meeting on May 18.
  • What one word would you use to describe the state of the city? Energizing!
  • What’s the best way for a community member to contact you with a question or a comment? By email LizN@tigard-or.gov
  • What have you learned about city services that you didn’t know before being elected?  Well, nothing noteworthy due to my long tenure with the city, but I do realize I don’t know everything so I am enthused about learning! I imagine I will learn a lot in my liaison role with the Lake Oswego/Tigard water partnership. I’m also excited to work with the Committee for Community Engagement on new ways to engage with the community.
  • The State of the City has a ‘Late Night in Tigard’ theme. What is your favorite talk show? Why? I have to be honest. While I am familiar with the late-night line-up, I don’t watch. I’m fast asleep :-) I know there are options for viewing on my schedule but don’t seem to find the time! Although, James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke is pretty entertaining!
  • What are the most frequently asked questions that you are asked by the community? There is quite a variety. Generally, the two most common are around the cost of services and if the city could support community needs provided by others like nonprofits.
  • Valentine’s Day is in February. Where do you “love” to go in Tigard?  I love to go to the Fanno Creek trail near my house. I have walked, biked and pushed a stroller on the trail. My favorite thing about being on the trail is it’s never boring — changes with the seasons.
  • What was your ‘aha’ moment for when you felt a part of the Tigard community? I grew up just outside of Tigard. I went swimming in the Tualatin River, had my first horseback ride on my cousin’s horse at her home and bought my first album at the music store at Tigard Plaza - Beach Boys in Concert - a birthday gift for my brother. When I started working for the city in 1980, it was like being home.
  • What’s the most surprising part of being on the city council? How much people appreciate the opportunity to have a conversation with me, ask questions and share what’s on their mind. 
  • My most memorable experience in 2018 was...  Walking around Tigard neighborhoods as a candidate for city council. I got in a lot of steps walking familiar neighborhoods and discovering new ones too. I enjoyed the conversations I had with residents, learning what is important to them. People were so gracious with their time. Some even followed up with phone calls and emails. I learned a lot and saw a lot of Tigard I hadn’t visited before.
  • My 2019 New Year’s resolution is... To continue conversations with the community and focus on their priorities.

What's On Your Mind?

Has Tigard considered a citywide ordinance to eliminate the use of one-time plastic shopping bags?

It’s an important issue but no, the City Council has not formally considered instituting a ban in Tigard.

A few years ago, a group called Environment Oregon stated their intention to submit petitions to ban plastic bags in Tigard and other southwest suburban cities, but nothing was received. When the Oregon State Legislature addressed this topic in previous years, it was defeated for financial and practical reasons. However, the current legislative session contains a bill that considers a statewide ban of single-use bags, which would include Tigard retailers. We’ve been watching how that proceeds.

Discussing a potential ban would require a majority of council making a request to add the subject to a future agenda for discussion. That discussion would require city staff to investigate and gather detailed information about developing and enforcing a comprehensive policy ban, which we have not asked for at this time.

Many retailers are adapting to these changes in municipal code and in March, Walmart shared news of a major policy shift. They’re working to eliminate the non-recyclable packaging material PVC in general merchandise packaging by 2020. They launched an initiative to achieve 100 percent recyclable, reusable or industrially compostable packaging for its private brand packaging by 2025 and by 2022 will have all of the food and consumable private brand packaging carry the How2Recycle® label.

I’m encouraged by the city’s efforts to promote recycling and our resident’s choices to protect the environment of Tigard. We’ve seen the power of education and public awareness and how both impact the marketplace. More and more residents are moving away from plastics, a change supported by retailers like Fred Meyer, New Seasons and others.

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Connect with Council

There are a number of ways you can share your opinion with the Mayor and City Council.

» Attend a Council Meeting
Upcoming Council meetings are posted here.

» Email
Contact the entire City Council with one, easy e-mail address: CouncilMail@tigard-or.gov

» Mail
Tigard City Council, 13125 SW Hall Blvd., Tigard, OR 97223

» Phone
Contact Joanne Bengtson in the Mayor's Office at 503-718-2476
  

What's on Your Mind? 
You Asked...We're Answering

Citizens are concerned about the lack of facilities for the homeless in Tigard. "I think the city should build a small place; open 7 days a week where the homeless can take a shower and wash their clothes for free." 

I appreciate the time you put into sharing your thoughts and suggestions for Council to consider in the future. Implementation would require funding, staffing and management beyond our current resources. I’m glad you mentioned the Just Compassion facility on Hall Blvd.  It’s a valuable community resource I encourage more people to use. The city helped make the Day Center a reality through in-kind services, donations and fee waivers. 

Since the City of Tigard does not operate a housing agency like some larger cities within the region, we do not directly develop or operate facilities dedicated to shower and laundry services. We rely on non-profit and for-profit developers to bring projects forward.

Reducing or eliminating homelessness is a goal for every community but it’s also an issue with many, many layers that will not be solved quickly, easily or alone. The city teams up with Washington County, faith-based organizations and regional service providers to contribute to solutions, while delivering our core city services of Police, Library, Parks, Water, Streets and Community Development. There is constant demand for new, better or expanded services that simply will not happen without a committed funding source attached to the request.

I applaud the achievements of Central City Concern (CCC) across the region. When you see the number of resources they apply to homelessness, you begin to see why one city can’t fix this alone. CCC employs more than 800 staff and serves 13,000 individuals annually with a $60 million operating budget. Tigard employs 290 staff and serves 55,000 individuals annually with a $75 million operating budget. 

Tigard remains committed to collaboration as a way to address homelessness and recent accomplishments include:

  • Partnering with social service agencies dedicated to homelessness and affordable housing:
»  Just Compassion 
»  Family Promise of Tualatin Valley 
»  Community Partners for Affordable Housing
»  Housing Oregon 

  • Producing and distributing laminated information cards with shower and laundry, hot meals, severe weather shelters, and other services available to individuals.
  • Since 2016, “defining the city’s role in homelessness” has been a Council focus and resulted in convening a Homelessness Task Force and Community Roundtable to keep us connected with providers.
  • Tigard funds a post office box for homeless individuals to receive mail and we sponsored a successful Project Homeless Connect event in Tigard.
  • Staff participate in the annual Point-in-Time Count; a census of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons. The results help with housing and service planning, raising public awareness, and identifying the needs of our homeless population
  • We have compassionate police officers who interact with homeless individuals on a daily basis and provide them information and resources. 

I appreciate everyone's willingness to offer solutions and hope you’ll stay involved with the community as we do everything we can to meet the needs of under-served residents.

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Does the city have a graffiti removal program or crew that patrols for it regularly?
Tigard doesn’t have a staffed graffiti abatement program, but we do have Municipal Code that addresses graffiti (TMC Chapter 6.01 General Provisions And Penalties and 1.16 Civil Infractions). If you see graffiti, please contact the non-emergency police dispatch at 503-629-0111 to report the vandalism. 

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