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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 Opportunity
  • Wednesday, July 17, 5:30 p.m. 
    Hillshire Summit Residence Association summer picnic
  • Tuesday, July 30, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    Council Summer BBQ Outreach
    Summerfield Club House, 10650 SW Summerfield Dr., Tigard

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Council Connections Card June-2019 

Mayor Jason Snider (Updated 7/1/19)

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Mayor Jason SniderWhere are you going on summer vacation?
First is a Disneyworld and Disney Cruise trip with my extended family to celebrate my parents 50th wedding anniversary. 

Second is a 20th wedding anniversary trip for my wife and I to Maui.

If you were doing a ‘staycation’ in Tigard, what would be on your itinerary? 
Walk or bike to downtown Tigard on the Fanno Creek Trail, attend a community event at the library, explore Dirksen Nature Park, kayak on the Tualatin River at Cook Park, long hot tubs in the backyard stargazing, movie in the park with a picnic, taking my kids to Sky High (their #1 request), and dinners out at our favorite local restaurants throughout the city.

What was the most rewarding part of budget season? 
Making small but vital investments in the future of Tigard.

What was most challenging? 
Not approving very worthy ideas that we simply cannot currently afford.


  • What one person or event most impacted your decision to serve on the City Council? My prior service as the appointed student member on the school board when I was in high school.
  • 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 Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills Estates, CA. Airline pilot was my dream job.
  • It’s budget season! What’s your recommendation for how community members can best understand the decisions facing the Budget Committee? Read the City Manager’s budget message, skim the proposed budgets for the major departments funded by the General Fund (Police, Library, and Parks), and attend the Budget Committee Meeting on May 18th.
  • What one word would you use to describe the state of the city?  Welcoming
  • What’s the best way for a community member to contact you with a question or a comment?  E-mailing me at: Jason@tigard-or.gov
  • What have you learned about city services that you didn’t know before being elected? My biggest learnings have been about infrastructure that we don’t see every day and I had honestly never thought about nor understood how the various systems work.  For example, storm water was a particular mystery to me.  All I knew was that I paid for it on my utility bill and that it was (still is) bad to dump contaminants into storm drains.  Here is a summary of what I have learned since: i) storm water is caused by constructing an impervious surface (like a house or street) on bare dirt, ii) new construction must address the “new” storm water it creates, iii) storm water systems (and sewer) operate almost exclusively on gravity, and iv) not addressing storm water correctly can cause significant property damage and endanger lives (think landslides and unexpected “rivers” during heavy storms). 
  • The State of the City has a ‘Late Night in Tigard’ theme. What is your favorite talk show? Why? The prior Tonight Show with Jay Leno. I particularly liked Jay’s brand of clever humor.
  • What are the most frequently asked questions that you are asked by the community? Some of the questions I hear the most are: Why is the downtown gateway art painted that color?  Why don’t important streets and pedestrian connections in Tigard have complete sidewalks (ex. Hall Blvd)?  Why doesn’t the city reduce speeds on neighborhood streets?  How do you have time to be mayor?  Why is my water bill so high?  Why does the city need more money?  What is happening with MAX light rail?  What is the Tigard triangle?
  • Valentine’s Day is in February. Where do you “love” to go in Tigard?
    I really enjoy visiting our fabulous parks. I “love” visiting the dock at Cook Park, viewing up and down the Tualatin River. Dirksen Nature Park and Bull Mountain Park are also fabulous places that I “love” to visit, particularly on hot summer evenings.
  • What was your ‘aha’ moment for when you felt a part of the Tigard community?
    My ‘aha’ moment of belonging came when my wife and I purchased our first home in 2001, very purposefully within Tigard. I was also sworn in as a Tigard Reserve Police Officer later that same year. Both events cemented my feeling part of the Tigard community.
  • What’s the most surprising part of being on the city council? A few months into my time as a city councilor in 2013, I realized that most issues the city faces are complex, requiring significant investments of time to understand them well. Typically, our citizens want short, clear, and decisive answers -- this is very challenging to provide when most issues are complex and nuanced. I found this disconnect very surprising at first but learned to embrace it when I realized this is precisely why we have democratically elected, representative government. The people of Tigard elect citizens to the city council who are obligated to invest the time needed to understand the complex problems and then act on behalf of everyone in the best interests of Tigard as a whole.
  • My most memorable experience in 2018 was…. Knocking on the door of a 99-year-old gentleman during the mayoral campaign. He invited me into his home at Bonaventure of Tigard and shared that his name was Lionel Domreis and he was one of the founding fathers of Tigard. We spent 45 minutes going through decades of Tigard history and looking at his art. What impressed me most was that he still tracks local politics and current events very closely.  His high level of civic engagement inspires me.
  • My 2019 New Year’s resolutions are...To continue building stronger relationships with my children. In 2018 we added a weekly family game night activity. This has gotten us engaged, present in the moment, and talking with each other without technology distractions.  In short, I want to be present in the moment more in 2019.

 

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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Councilor Anderson
  • 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 5/2/19)

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City Councilor Heidi Lueb
  • 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 7/1/19)

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City Councilor Liz NewtonWhere 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.

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

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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How did you decide on the salary range for the Library Director?
The City of Tigard uses a set of cities, some smaller and some larger in population, as the market basis for setting wages. In 2008/2009 the city had a study completed that considered both wages and total compensation in the comparison.

The results of that process, established the city’s current pay structure. We reviewed the study data on the Library Director and the position was in the middle of the market of our peer cities - City of Salem, City of Beaverton, City of Lake Oswego, City of Hillsboro, City of Tigard, City of Albany, City of Wilsonville, City of West Linn, City of Milwaukie.



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