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Tigard City Council

City Council Meeting Recap

  • All meeting agendas can be found here.
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Council Meeting - August 24, 2021

PUBLIC COMMENT

Follow-up to Previous Public Comment - Assistant City Manager Nyland noted there was one comment from a community member at the August 10 Council meeting and discussions have continued, related to the City’s Response to Homelessness agenda item to be heard later. Fun Fact: The Homeless Task Force Recommendations  to be discussed tonight are from the 2017 task force, which was not the first task force concerned with homeless issues.  Tigard has also had them in 1994 and 2001.

CONSENT AGENDA

Meeting minutes were approved and September 1 was proclaimed as Back to School Appreciation Day.

RECEIVE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN UPDATE

The City Engineer gave a slide presentation updating Council on the status of Parks, Streets, Water, Sanitary Sewer, Stormwater and other projects. The slide presentation is available in the Council meeting packet.

URBAN PLANNING AREA AGREEMENT WITH WASHINGTON COUNTY

Resolution No. 21-30 was approved, amending the Urban Planning Area Agreement (UPAA) with Washington County to reflect changes to the Urban Growth Boundary, Tigard’s Urban Planning Area, and the need for urban planning of the Urban Reserve lands. All cities in Washington County have an UPAA with the county and it was Tigard’s turn to update theirs to ensure coordinated and consistent comprehensive plans.

AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT (ARPA) FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS

Council received a report on the outreach they directed staff to do with non-profit and faith-based organizations and businesses to identify current and long-term needs that could be supported with ARPA funding. They heard that nonprofits and organizations need operational support, help with community engagement, housing assistance and childcare, which is a family issue and a business issue. Staff recommended a Round 3 of the Residential Aid Fund of Tigard (RAFT) in the amount of $250,000.  They heard that businesses need support with staffing but noted limited requests for grant support in the past 6 months. Staff recommends continuing to monitor business needs as a loan program is explored (similar to past partnership programs with Craft3 and MESO), developing programs to support staffing needs and retention, and continuing utility assistance. Council approved spending $250,000 for RAFT assistance and requested more contact with Tigard businesses in the next few weeks to explore their needs and share information on existing programs available to them. Recommendations for additional business assistance will be brought forward to Council on September 14.

RECEIVE UPDATE ON HOMELESSNESS RESPONSE

Council received a report and slide presentation on how the City’s internal project team has responded to the homelessness issue and their suggestions for action. The presentation is in the packet for this meeting. Two listening sessions with business owners were held last week. Concerns heard were impacts to property, customers and employees. Tigard’s previous Homelessness Task Force made 27 recommendations and these were discussed. Some have been implemented and some have not.  Recommendations are to form CHART (Community Homelessness Assessment & Response Team) a city assessment team to check in and evaluate downtown impacts, create a resource handout for businesses and re-constitute the Task Force for the Homeless.  Council unanimously approved establishing the CHART  with the suggested addition of a community resident, reviewing the 27 previous recommendations to determine if relevant or applicable, and working closely with the city’s assessment team to develop new recommendations and regional solutions, as well as funding solutions in a timely manner. 

At a future meeting, Council will discuss an ordinance regarding sleeping on public property and the potential use of ARPA funding.  Staff will gather information from businesses about impacts from the homeless population as they at the same time they seek information about potential ARPA needs.

NON-AGENDA ITEM: EXTENSION OF CITY’S DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY DUE TO COVID-19

Council approved Resolution No. 21-32, the ninth extension of the city’s emergency declaration related to COVID-19. This will enable the city to continue the same regulations, procedures and policies in effect currently for COVID-19. The new  expiration date is December 31, 2021.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT

City Manager Rymer recognized three police officers for life-saving actions they took in July.  Officers Boungnavath and Northcote prevented a juvenile female from suicide and Officer Thatcher gave CPR and administered treatment to a heroin overdose victim, saving her life.  Applications are available from September 1-26 for city boards and committees.  This is a new, year round application process to increase awareness and access to openings on boards and committees. There are 18 different seats to fill and at least six incumbents are interested in applying.  The Library served 133 community members in their cooling center during the latest heat event. Grant applications have been submitted for more mobile hot spots and laptops to help with our digital divide.  He read a letter from a community member regarding excellent customer service at the Library: “ In addition to our library being clean and COVID safe, your team is top-notch - friendly, helpful and respectful to everyone who walks through the doors. I would also like to thank TPL for all they do helping people access computers and information and even a place to stay during these dangerous hot spells. Truly an invaluable service to the people in Tigard. “    

EXECUTIVE SESSIONS

Council entered into an executive session called under ORS 192.660 (2)(h) to discuss pending litigation. This was followed by a second executive session called under ORS 192.660 (2) (e) to discuss property negotiations.

Council Meeting - August 10, 2021

PUBLIC COMMENT - Business owner Mike Miller called in to express concerns and frustration from downtown business owners and residents about garbage, tents, behavioral issues and destruction of property caused by people experiencing homelessness. He stressed the urgency of a response.

POLICE CHIEF REPORT - Chief McAlpine reported on July statistics. Out of 238 societal calls related to behavioral health and transient issues, (65% of the monthly workload), 185 were for behavioral health issues and 116 involved known transients. There were 31 priority one and priority two calls for service in the downtown area. Over 300 lower priority calls have yet to be vetted.  She said all nine levy-funded officers have been hired.  Some are in Academy or Recruit Training and the plan is to be at minimum staffing in September when some officers return from injuries or are trained enough to be on their own. Scheduling officers for de-escalation training continues with six more officers scheduled for September. Tigard is hosting Washington County’s December training.

COUNCIL LIAISON REPORTS - Mayor Snider proposed allowing the youth councilor to give an advisory vote on items other than land use votes. This change will begin at the August 24 meeting and Aishiki Nag, current youth councilor, will give her advisory vote prior to the rest of council voting. All Council attended the National Night Out neighborhood gatherings on August 3 and enjoyed connecting with community members. Mayor Snider reported that ODOT has determined that a proposed Highway 99W project will not receive further consideration for Enhance Discretionary 2024-2027 STIP (Statewide Transportation Improvement Program) Funding, based on program criteria and the need to balance funds across ODOT Region 1.

BREIFING ON  WASHINGTON  COUNTY ENCAMPMENT PILOT PROGRAM - Washington County’s Assistant Director of Housing Josh Crites,  Director of Health and Human Services Marni Kuyl and Undersheriff John Koch gave a presentation on the Washington County Encampment Pilot Program in which Tigard will be participating.  The purpose is to improve communication between departments, cities, special districts and communities around homelessness and encampments.  The county will fund the program for the first year with participating cities providing support with enforcement and communications. The program includes accessing encampments and assigning risk numbers, safety, hygiene, enforcement, outreach to  connect people with services, and removing/cleaning up camps when necessary. The range of actions depends on an encampment’s risk score.  Factors in the score include: crime, nuisance impacts, environmental impacts, conspicuous drug use and size of encampment. This was developed for unincorporated Washington County but there is an opportunity to partner with jurisdictions and provide support over the next 12 months. They have developed a webpage on the Washington County website so people can report camps. Council recommended that the Tigard Homeless Task Force be brought back into service. City and county staff will meet to discuss partnership details and who will take the lead on program elements.

RECEIVE UPDATE ON AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT (ARPA) - The American Rescue Plan Act provides federal funding for response and recovery efforts to address COVID-19 impacts.  Tigard will receive $7,449,726.  The first tranche for $3,749,863 was received in June 2021 and the remaining funds will be received in June of 2022.  Conversations with community partners indicate a need for housing support, access to support and services, food access, youth and mental health. Tigard Community Investment Plan categories are: Connectivity & Access in Underserved Areas, Housing & Economic Security, Community Resiliency Plan, Individual & Family Support and Sustain City Services. Guiding principles and plan developments were discussed and two recommendations were proposed for Council to consider:  $25,000 to launch a pod business incubator to provide a low-barrier entry for food and beverage entrepreneurs, and $125,000 for a Community Resiliency Plan that identifies existing efforts, opportunities, vulnerabilities, and goals in addressing climate change. Council approved moving ahead with the two recommendations but stressed also addressing more urgent community needs and asked that staff seek input from non-profits, businesses and the community to find out what would help address more immediate issues such as homelessness. City teammates will return with this input at the August 24 meeting for council consideration.

LEGISLATIVE PUBLIC HEARING: CONSIDER ORDINANCE REPEALING TIGARD CODE CHAPTER 9.04 - A public hearing was held and Council adopted Ordinance No. 21-15, repealing Tigard Municipal Code Chapter 9.04.  This chapter addressed  park reservations and was largely superseded or made redundant by amendments to other code chapters over the years. 

CONSIDER RESOLUTION ADOPTING COUNCIL GROUND RULES - Council met in March to discuss goal setting and agreed that a new ground rules document also needed to be developed, along with a team agreement. The team agreement was approved at a previous meeting. Council approved Resolution 21-30, superseding Resolution No. 19-08 and adopting new ground rules.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT - City Manager Rymer gave some administrative updates. With the resurgence of COVID, mask wearing inside city facilities is required. The city will make a decision in the next few weeks about when to return to in-person meetings and events scheduled for September. Due to the upcoming hot weather warning, cooling centers will be operating in Washington County. The Tigard Library will serve as a cooling center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the Senior Center from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. through Saturday. The Parks and Recreation team met with Metro for a Walk and Talk, featuring Steve Park, the Library Backyard and the new accessible playground at Cook Park. A goal is to leverage our local share funds and get more benefit. The total number of students that took part in the Library’s Summer Reading Program was 2,188! The City’s podcasts are getting popular with 6,000 community members downloading at least one episode.


Council Meeting - July 20, 2021
JOINT MEETING WITH THE PLANNING COMMISSION FOR A BRIEFING ON TIGARD MADE PROJECT: Council received an update on Tigard MADE (Maintain, Advance and Diversify Employment), which began in August 2020. This project analyzes updates to land use policies and the city’s Development Code that will improve the capacity and performance of Tigard’s employment lands. It will accommodate the  changing development and economic trends and spans commercial, industrial and mixed-use zones. Tigard is land constrained and an Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA) found there is insufficient employment land to meet expected forecasts. Outreach events, surveys and interviews were held to receive input. Staff is recommending converting the nine existing MADE-covered zones into four new zones - C-G: General Commercial, MUE: Mixed  Use Employment,  I-L: Light Industrial and I-H: Heavy Industrial. Alternatives to respond to this employment land shortage are to do nothing, wait to potentially expand the Urban Growth Boundary, or update the Development Code. Council consensus is to move forward with drafting Community Development Code updates, conduct a second round of community engagement, and return to a future Council meeting with recommendations for consideration.

UPDATE ON TIGARD GOLD (GOVERNMENT ORGANIZING AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT): Tigard GOLD is designed as a program to educate and uplift emerging leaders of color in our community. It was developed in partnership with city staff and Unite Oregon, a community-based organization that represents people of color, immigrants, refugees, and people experiencing poverty. Eight graduates from a variety of backgrounds attended, including immigrants, refugees, and U.S. citizens from Iraqi, Mexican, Somali and Turkish heritages. Participants learned about local government and how to become strong community advocates. GOLD graduates Haydar Mohammad and Aadil Mohamed offered testimony to Council at this meeting. The GOLD pilot was successful and staff will continue to explore it as part of a strategic approach to broaden access, create opportunities and eliminate barriers to participation.

UPDATE ON BOARD AND COMMITTEE RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION PROCESS: Council provided feedback on proposed improvements to the recruitment and selection process that are designed to increase access for community participation, diversity of applicants and provide excellent service. The proposed process was tested with recent Committee for Community Engagement and Library Board recruitments and received a positive response. Proposed changes include aligned termination dates, year-round application process, coordinated website updates, and a language access plan. It also outlines roles and responsibilities of city and council team members.

CONSIDER A RESOLUTION TO EXTEND PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER TERMS: Resolution No. 21-28 was approved, extending the terms to December 31, 2021 for Claudia Ciobanu and Ben Holmes as Voting Members and Darlene Dick and Natalie Newgard as alternate members. This will align Parks and Recreation Board member terms with the new board and committee recruitment and selection process, as discussed in the previous agenda item.

CONSIDER A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING TIGARD ELECTRIC VEHICLE (EV) STRATEGY TGM GRANT APPLICATION: Resolution No. 21-29 was approved, supporting a 2021 Transportation and Growth Management (TGM) Program integrated transportation and land use grant application for up to $150,000 to support creating an Electric Vehicle (EV) Strategy for Tigard. This strategy will support local, regional and statewide goals for de-carbonizing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with personal, commercial and business travel to, from and within Tigard. The project will investigate the following: access and equity issues associated with a transition to EVs; market analysis for personal, fleet, shared mobility, transit and ride-hailing services; deployment of charging infrastructure, public outreach, financial implications, requirements and incentives.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT: City Manager Rymer thanked IT Manager Nolop and all teammates involved in the Tyler Technology project. A long overdue website redesign is continuing and will lead to a more user-focused, easily navigable and ADA compliant system. Public Works road slurry seal and ADA ramp work is wrapping up and the rehabilitation work will start. 

EXECUTIVE SESSION(S): The Tigard City Council held an executive session called under 192.660 (2) (e), property negotiations.

The Town Center Development Agency Board held an executive session called under 192.660 (2) (e), property negotiations.


Council Meeting - July 13, 2021
UPDATE FROM POLICE CHIEF McALPINE - The Chief and Lieutenant Eskew discussed outreach and department preparation for the Fourth of July response to fireworks complaints. Three officers came in prior to their graveyard shifts and they and one sergeant and one desk officer had a goal of responding to all fireworks calls. There were 68 firework calls which is an increase from last year.  Overall though, there was lower fireworks activity compared to previous years and no citations were issued. 45 mortar shells were seized from one party. Reactions from the community were varied and many claimed not to know about the ban. Greater advance notice of bans and strategic placement of reader boards would be helpful.

UPDATE FROM TIGARD AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - Member and Community Engagement Manager Love said over 50 Tigard Restaurant Month passports were turned in. She thanked Council for visiting and supporting Tigard restaurants. There are six new Chamber members joining in June, which was one of the highest monthly totals since the beginning of the pandemic. They are seeing growth and recovery in the businesses now that things are opening up. The Tigard Farmers Market is open every Sunday and SNAP participants can get up to an additional $15 per week when they use their benefits at the market. The 2021 Tigard Art Walk is underway. An artist reception and Brush Off were held and there are many more activities to come such as the $25 Art Sale, Workshops, Meet the Artists, Pop up Art Market and Kids Chalk Art Contest.

COUNCIL LIAISON REPORTS - Councilor Newton noted that the CDBG PAB (Community Development Block Grant Policy Advisory Board) let a contract for shower trailers that will be located throughout Washington County for those experiencing houselessness. Washington County will manage this service and she requested a schedule with days and times so that can be publicized.  Councilor Goodhouse has been attending the National League of Cities (NLC) Summer Leadership Meetings. Councilor Goodhouse, City Manager Rymer and Senior Management Analyst Hendrix will be presenting on ARPA Fiscal Recovery Funds and Tigard’s Community Investment Plan at an NLC general session. Youth Councilor Nag mentioned that the Tigard Youth Advisory Council is discussing a blanket-making drive and planning a community cleanup.  Mayor Snider reported that the Washington County Coordinating Committee is providing feedback to address the issue of Highway 99W not being listed on the Oregon Major Transportation Improvement Project plan for 2024-2027. There is robust support from south Washington County mayors to correct this omission. Mayor Snider asked that staff prepare testimony in support of the I-205 improvement project. He also spoke with Senator Merkley regarding a change in the dollar amount of the ARPA and said the Senator’s staff will look into it.

CONSENT AGENDA - July 2021 was proclaimed as Parks and Recreation Month.

COMMITTEE FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT APOINTMENTS - Resolution No. 21-27 was approved, reappointing Dave Hanna, and appointing Shaila Kotadia and Kristi Allen to the Committee for Community Engagement.  Central Services Director Robinson and Councilor Newton used the new recruitment process for boards and committees and were pleased with the diversity in age, gender, race and geographic location of the six CCE candidates interviewed.

UPDATE ON PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY BOARD - Management Analyst Ramos introduced PSAB Chair John Trinh and Vice Chair Valerie Sasaki. They reviewed topics discussed in May-June as part of Unit 2: The Tigard Officer’s Journey, which included learning about the body worn camera program, police officer hiring and training. Their accomplishments during this time period included support for expansion of the body worn camera program, for which they are still reviewing the policy and recommendations, such as keeping a record that is neutral and untampered with. They learned about hiring practices, including cultural competency and situational awareness. They learned that there is a lot of police training about crisis intervention and de-escalation. They heard from Washington County on efforts to provide a mental health crisis response team. The PSAB appreciated Council's approval of a resolution condemning all forms of anti-Asian sentiment towards the Asian American Pacific Islander community as related to COVID-19. Coming up for the PSAB is Unit 3: The Community Experience, which will cover officer appearance, traffic stops, use of force and police-public interactions.

QUASI-JUDICIAL PUBLIC HEARING: CONSIDER  A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT, CPA 2020-00003 TO REMOVE 5.45 ACRES OF LOCALLY SIGNIFICANT WETLANDS FROM THE “TIGARD WETLAND AND STREAM CORRIDOR MAP” INVENTORY - ODOT is proposing to add auxiliary lanes on OR217 north and southbound between Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and 99W to address regional safety and mobility needs and improve specific bottleneck locations. This project will impact .78 acres of Tigard significant wetland and 4.67 acres of Tigard significant wetland buffer covering existing OR217 travel lanes. An Environmental, Social, Economic and Energy (ESEE) analysis was completed to evaluate tradeoffs for mitigation and ODOT will purchase wetland bank credits to replace the functions and values of the lost wetlands, and also do some mitigation at the project site. The Planning Commission unanimously voted in favor and recommended Council adopt the ordinance. Public testimony was received urging all mitigation be done on site, and asking for a hearing continuance but ODOT representatives said there are not enough wetland areas available to accomplish all mitigation within Tigard. ODOT will purchase wetland mitigation bank credits at Bobcat Marsh, located in the same Tualatin River watershed as the project.  Based on applicable review criteria in the Community Development Code Chapter 18.510 (Sensitive Lands), Council unanimously adopted Ordinance No. 21-14, approving the Comprehensive Plan Amendment.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT - City Manager Rymer thanked staff for planning and preparation for the fireworks ban.  He appreciated the Communications Team that jumped into action after the ban was adopted at the Special Council Meeting on July  1.  The city is planning to return to in-person services on August 9, and in-person Council meetings in September.  The Library has seen increases in circulation from last year and has summer activities in full swing. The Library received 10 new 5-star reviews on Google! The Tigard-Tualatin Bike Rodeo for children is this weekend in Tigard at C. F. Tigard Elementary on Saturday, July 17 and Tualatin Elementary on Sunday, July 18. Register at www.tigard-or.gov/SRTS.  The Tigard Active Permits (TAP) program enables viewers to see current and pending building and planning permit locations in Tigard.  


Special Meeting - July 1, 2021

A Special Meeting was called to consider an emergency declaration and discuss potential actions to mitigate the potential fire danger due to Fourth of July fireworks.

As of 3:00 p.m. Council had received 152 different communications about the use of fireworks and 94 percent were in favor of a ban. Reasons given were the high fire risk, concern that people would bring them here to use since other jurisdictions already had bans, and the air quality. Those opposed to a ban listed overreaction, it was too late, and that people need freedom to celebrate.

Council voted to approve Resolution No. 21-26 ratifying the emergency declaration Mayor Snider made on June 30, banning all fireworks within the territorial limits of the City of Tigard through July 9, 2021 and increasing the fine for use of fireworks that are illegal under state law to $1,000 per occurrence under Tigard Municipal Code 7.74.090 through September 1, 2021. Staff was directed to consider ways for safe collection of unused fireworks and potential financial reimbursement for vendors.


Council Meeting - June 22, 2021

LIAISON REPORTS - Council Board and Committee Liaison reports were given.

CONSENT AGENDA - Receive and File item: The certified results for the May 18  election were received from Washington County Elections.  Measure No. 34-305 – City Center Urban Renewal Plan Amendment passed by a vote of 6,122 yes and 3,246 no.

RESOLUTION THANKING YOUTH CITY COUNCILOR EMILIO CALDERON - Resolution No. 21-22 was approved, recognizing Emilio Calderon for serving as an outstanding Youth Councilor for the 2020-21 school year. He served as a non-voting member of the City Council to represent a youth perspective on policy and items before the City Council.

LIBRARY BOARD APPOINTMENTS - Resolution No. 21-23 was approved, appointing Mary Bogert and Candice Coleman to the Tigard Library Board for a term of four years, Elena Knepprath for a term of three years and Alan Smith as an alternate for a two-year term.

EMERGENCY DECLARATION EXTENSION - Resolution No. 21-24 was approved, extending the city’s COVID-19 emergency declaration for the eighth time since March 17, 2020. The emergency declaration was extended to August 31, 2021 and allows for coordination with outside entities for assistance, including facilitating reimbursement for supply, material and overtime costs as well as authorizing personnel policies around leave and remote work.

TIGARD AID PROGRAM EXTENDED - Resolution No. 21-25 was approved, extending the Tigard AID program which was set to expire June 30, 2021. Funds are available and the resolution allows customers to make more use of the funds. The resolution expands guidelines to include utility customers experiencing negative financial impacts due to the pandemic, not limited to unemployment and underemployment, such as unbudgeted childcare and expenses related to quarantining at home or caring for family members.  It extends the program duration and changes the funding structure to be used by customers with the greatest need, combining both residential and business program allocations. The Utility Billing team is promoting the program and encourages and assists those in need to apply for funds.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT

City Manager Rymer gave some highlights:

  • The Parks system received a $78,000 grant to make the Cook Park boat dock more accessible. 
  • Artwork from Metzger Elementary is on display at the Universal Plaza.
  • Police Chief McAlpine reports that all officers are equipped and trained with body-worn cameras. Dashcams will be installed in police cars in July.
  • Excellence in public service of city staff members recently was noted: Officer Henderson took lifesaving action on May 24 when responding to a person overdosing on fentanyl. The person was stabilized and is alive due to Officer Henderson taking appropriate steps.  And Utility Customer Service Field Representative James Mason was out doing calls when he smelled natural gas.  He discovered the source, alerted the homeowners, cleared the house and called the fire department, averting a potential tragedy.

Council Meeting - June 8, 2021

STUDY SESSION

A discussion was held regarding the use of gas-powered leaf blowers, prompted by public complaints about noise and fumes.  Council did not consider taking action on private companies or citizens using them and but gave staff direction to evaluate alternatives to city-owned gas-powered equipment, including leaf blowers.  

Council gave reports on their board and committee assignments. Councilor Shaw has been appointed to the Executive Board of the Regional Water Providers Consortium.  Council President Lueb helped conduct Library Board interviews and was pleased at the number of community members desiring to serve on city boards and committees. She mentioned that Katie Harris is rotating off the Library Board after many years as Board Chair and thanked her for her service.   Mayor Snider noted that a police reform packet including a bill that he and Representative Grayber wrote passed the House unanimously, received only 4 no votes from the Senate and is now awaiting Governor Brown’s signature.

Council agreed to sign a letter supporting federal infrastructure investments in the I-205 Bottleneck Project.

BUSINESS MEETING

Public Comment:  There was no public comment received for this meeting.

A Tigard Chamber of Commerce update was given, noting that the May 26 Job Fair with the Tigard-Tualatin School District was successful and very well attended by students and businesses. The Chamber’s annual meeting will be held on June 24 from 8:00 -9:30 a.m. on Zoom.  The Tigard Farmers Market is in full swing and they are looking for vendors that sell soap, dairy, breads and specialty foods. Art Walk 2021 is being planned for early July and will be a mixture of safe in-person and online components.

CONSENT AGENDA - A $986,854 contract with Baker Rock Resources was awarded for pavement rehabilitation in this summer’s pavement management program.

NEW YOUTH CITY COUNCILOR SELECTED FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2021-22 - Council welcomed Aishiki Nag, appointed to the Youth City Council position effective July 1, 2021. She replaces Emilio Calderon, who served as Youth City Councilor for the 2020-21 school year.

FY 2021-22 BUDGET ADOPTION - City Manager Rymer noted many months of work by the staff, Council and the Budget Committee were culminating in the consideration of the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget this evening. He said he was pleased that this collaboration developed a budget that supports the vision to become, “An equitable community that is walkable, healthy and accessible for everyone.”  It supports the key initiatives to improve systems, implement the Strategic Plan, continue to respond to COVID-19 and build on the city’s anti-racism efforts and support the Public Safety Advisory Board.  The following budget process resolutions were approved:

  • Resolution No. 21-18 amended the Citywide Master Fees and Charges Schedule.
  • Resolution No. 21-19 certified that the city provides services qualifying for state shared revenues.
  • Resolution No. 21-20 declared the city’s election to receive state revenue sharing.
  • Resolution No. 21-21 adopted the City of Tigard budget.
  • Resolution No. TCDA 21-04 adopted the Town Center Development Agency budget.

FINAL BRIEFING ON THE RIVER TERRACE 2.0 CONCEPT PLAN - Council received a final briefing on the concept plan and a majority directed staff to prepare an application to Metro to add areas included in the River Terrace 2.0 Concept Plan to the regional Urban Growth Boundary. The Concept Plan outlines the vision for the area and is the first step in the process for eventual development for two urban reserve areas known as West River Terrace and South River Terrace. West River Terrace is comprised of 303 acres south of Scholls Ferry Road, east of SW Vandermost Road and directly west of the current River Terrace community.  South River Terrace is comprised of 205 acres located north of SW Beef Bend Road, bounded by the existing River Terrace community to the north, the recent King City urban growth boundary expansion area (Kingston Terrace) to the south, SW Roy Rogers Road to the west and SW 150th Avenue to the east.

ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS

City Manager Rymer had a few updates:

  • Thank you to the entire Finance Department team for their work on the budget.
  • The Library summer reading program has over 200 youth registered.
  • Jesse Raymundo has been hired as the new Deputy City Recorder.

Council Meeting - June 1, 2021

Council approved Resolution No. 21-17, a resolution which supports Tigard’s Asian-American Pacific Islander community and condemns all forms of anti-Asian sentiment as related to Covid-19.

Council proclaimed June as Pride Month.

PUBLIC COMMENT – Written public comment was received, two in support and one opposed to proposed amendments to the Tigard Municipal Code Title 18, Chapter 18.70. A question was submitted asking whether Fourth of July activities such as fireworks and a parade would be held this year. Mayor Snider noted that the fireworks show was cancelled and requested that staff ask the Fourth of July Fireworks show organizers to weigh in on the response to the citizen.

QUASI-JUDICIAL PUBLIC HEARING ON FANNO CREEK TRAIL CONNECTIONS COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT: A quasi-judicial public hearing was held to consider approval of a Comprehensive Plan Amendment removing 1.06 acres of locally significant wetlands from the “Tigard Wetland and Stream Corridor Map” inventory.  Ordinance No. 21-12 was adopted and will enable construction of approximately 1.39 miles of new and updated path on the Fanno Creek Trail System. The four new or improved trail sections include: a new path from Woodard Park to Grant Street, replacement path from Ash Avenue to Hall Boulevard, a new path from the Tigard Library to Bonita Road and a new path from 85th Avenue to the Ki-a-kuts Bridge over the Tualatin River.

LEGISLATIVE PUBLIC HEARING ON AMENDMENTS TO THE TIGARD MUNICIPAL CODE TITLE 18 CHAPTER 18.70 (WASHINGTON SQUARE REGIONAL CENTER PLAN DISTRICT)  A public hearing was held to consider Ordinance No. 21-13, amending Tigard Municipal Code Title 18, Chapter 18.70, Washington Square Regional Center Plan District, to modify the location and size of the Subdistrict that allows Motor Vehicle Sales/Rental.  Council approved the ordinance with alternative text allowing motor vehicle sales/rental as a primary use in the Subdistrict and added that in additional to complying with all applicable development standards, primary uses that are located east of Highway 217 must contain motor vehicle sales and rental inventory and service areas inside a building, except for the existing motor vehicle sales/rental development located at the NW corner of Highway 217 and Greenburg Road. Primary uses west of Highway 217 must contain all motor vehicle sales and rental inventory and service areas inside a building or behind a building such that they are not visible from Cascade Avenue.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT

City Manager Rymer gave updates on a few administrative items:

  • He thanked the Council for their support for Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders and the LGBTQ community, as statements and actions by the City Council are important.
  • Community engagement continues. There were 790 responses to a survey about what people want to see in a connection to the Fanno Creek Trail from the library. Option 1 was overwhelmingly approved, which prioritizes nature themed shapes and features.
  • The city team has a booth at the Tigard Farmers Market each Sunday with Councilors joining at times.
  • Oregon strawberries are available now so come to the Farmers Market on Sunday from 9-1:30.

April & May Recaps


Council Meeting - May 25, 2021

STUDY SESSION

DISCUSS SOLID WASTE SERVICE LEVEL CHANGES - Staff discussed with council a desire heard from some community members for changes to the frequency of waste and recycling collection services. Solid Waste Consultant Chris Bell discussed a cost of service analysis for each option. Representatives from both waste haulers serving Tigard were present.  Council directed staff to move forward with a community survey that notes the increased costs for the following options: 1) weekly yard debris pickup, 2) weekly yard debris plus residential organics (food scraps) collection, 3) switch to weekly yard debris and residential organics with every other week recycling and 4) increase glass collection to every other week. Council will receive an update after the survey is complete.

COUNCIL LIAISON REPORTS - Councilor Newton noted that the Public Safety Advisory Board held a very good discussion on the Mental Health Response Team that is coordinated by Washington County.  She said it is helpful to know how those programs work and urged anyone interested to watch the meeting on the city’s YouTube page. 

BUSINESS MEETING

Mayor Snider read a statement on the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. He described actions the city has taken, including the formation of Tigard’s Public Safety Advisory Board. His statement has been added to the record for this meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENT – Comments were received on litter and waste left on trails by homeless individuals, and the suggestion to convert a tennis court at Summerlake Park to a pickle ball court. Two letters were received in support of Agenda Item No. 6 – Adoption of Housing Needs Analysis.

Resolution No. 21-15 was approved, expressing appreciation to Tigard High School Student Envoy Caroline Frisiras.

Resolution No. 21-16 was approved, appointing Tigard Transportation Advisory Committee alternate member Serge Killingsworth to a voting position.

Council voted to appoint Nick Jarmer to a vacancy on the Public Safety Advisory Board.

Ordinance 21-11 was adopted, amending the city’s Comprehensive Plan to adopt the Housing Needs Analysis (HNA) Update. The project identified what housing Tigard has now, what housing will be needed in the future, and how the city can plan to meet that need. A Community Advisory Committee was convened to review findings and recommendations. This update ensures that the Comprehensive Plan is a relevant and informative tool for decision makers and that the city complies with statewide planning Goal 10 and OAR 660 Division 8.

The Town Center Development Agency approved TCDA Resolution No. 21-03, adopting the fourth quarter budget supplemental.

Council received an update on the City Facilities Consolidation Project from the city’s Leadership Team, who recommend “doing this right, not doing this right now.” Council concurred with not moving ahead with a facilities bond this year, and instead do more surveys - the first in late summer or early fall, asking the community for their input on when and how to replace the aging, undersized public facilities that are also in need of safety improvements, repairs and system replacements.

City Manager Rymer gave the following Administrative Updates:

  • Executive Utility Manager John Goodrich was thanked upon his upcoming retirement for his excellent public service to the city and the water utility.
  • Let’s Talk Transportation is Wednesday, May 26 from 5:30-7.
  • Library users are being surveyed on how they want to use the Library’s “back yard.”
  • The Summer Reading program will kick off next week.

Council Meeting - May 11, 2021 

EXECUTIVE SESSION
Executive Sessions were held, called under ORS 192.660(2)(e) real property negotiations and (h) pending litigation or litigation likely to be filed.

PUBLIC COMMENT
There was no public comment.  In response to previous public comment, Josh Crites, Assistant Director of the Department of Housing Services in Washington County spoke about efforts to assess and evaluate the livability at the apartments formerly known as The Colonies, which are owned by Washington County.  Washington County Housing is also in the midst of an asset management plan and a development consultant will be on site to inspect each unit and cost out what rehabilitation is necessary.  Bonita Villa and other properties in Tigard will also be included in these improvements. He said there will be tenant communication on this and the work order process.  He noted that residents know how to contact the asset manager if a property manager fails to address an issue.  

Jessica Love gave an update on Tigard Area Chamber of Commerce activities.  Leadership Tigard learned about communications, including a crisis management communication presentation given by Police Chief McAlpine. 

Tigard Restaurant Month launches on June 1. The Chamber partnered with the Tualatin Chamber and Tigard-Tualatin School District for a Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program. A job fair for people age 16-18 is upcoming. The Tigard Farmers Market is open and in its 29th year. They are seeking vendors to sell dog treats, sauces and bread.

Police Chief McAlpine gave a report on monthly crime statistics. Calls for service are increasing as people start to go more places and be more active. There was a series of incidents where rocks were thrown through windows of Bridgeport Village businesses. The Commercial Crimes Unit is taking the lead in the investigation. The Major Crimes Unit and Washington County District Attorney requested that the Attorney General look at the officer involved shooting in Tigard and Tigard police will be cooperating with the investigation.  In May, nine of the of the sworn levy positions are filled, including identifying the School Resource Officer for the fall.  Two non-sworn positions are in the backgrounding process. 

CONSENT AGENDA

The following Consent Agenda items were approved:

  • May 16-22, 2021 was proclaimed Public Works Week.
  • Resolution No. 21-13, which grants exemption from property taxes under Tigard Municipal Code 3.50 for Non-profit, Low-income housing meeting certain criteria.
  • Renewal of Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) Intergovernmental Agreements 
  • Contract with Blackline, Inc. in the amount of $402,402.42 for the annual Pavement Management Program slurry seal

CONSIDER RESOLUTION AMENDING THE MASTER FEES AND CHARGES SCHEDULE RELATED TO WATER RATES
A public hearing was held and Council approved Resolution No. 21-14, amending the Master Fees and Charges Schedule related to water rates.

ANNEXATION OF FROUDE PROPERTY -
A quasi-judicial public hearing was held on annexing two parcels of land located on 12200 SW Bull Mountain Road. Council approved Ordinance No. 21-10, annexing 11.16 acres into the City of Tigard.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT
City Manager Rymer gave updates on a few items:

  • It is National Police Week and he thanked the Tigard Police Department for all they do to be such a strong part of the community and a main component of the city’s organization.
  • He learned that the city has approved over 27 different safety plans during the pandemic and said it speaks to the commitment the Risk Management Division and teammates have for keeping everyone safe.
  • The Move4May program started which is a partnership with Safe Routes to School/Tigard-Tualatin School District and Packed with Pride.  The goal is to get people to be more physically active by having them track their activity and win prizes.  
  • Streets for People traffic signage has been placed in three locations. Most responses have been positive. This puts safety measures on some streets to remind drivers to share the road with pedestrians and bicyclists. 
  • The Library is open on a limited basis and has received over 2,000 visitors so far.
  • The city debuted a booth at the Tigard Farmers Market last Sunday with Joanne Bengtson, Eduardo Ramos and Nicole Hendrix representing Tigard.  The purpose of the booth is to introduce ourselves so the community knows who we are, what we do and how we can help.
  • There was a resignation from the Public Safety Advisory Board and it is planned to be filled at the May 25 Council meeting.



Council Meeting - April 27, 2021


Executive Session:
The Town Center Development Agency Board held an executive session, called under ORS 192.660 (2) (e) property negotiations.

Public Comment: A written public comment was received regarding the previously planned Metzger School Community Park. Staff responded that Tigard-Tualatin School District requested that the city stop planning for it over two years ago.  The District said when they get the bandwidth to do so they would restart the planning effort.  

Liaison Reports: Council members reported on various board and committee meetings they attended recently.

Consent Agenda: A contract in the amount of $344,972 was awarded to Brown Contracting, Inc. for 2021 right-of-way ramp improvements as part of the first year of the new American with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramp improvement program.    

Update from Metro: Metro Council President Lynn Peterson and Metro District 3 Council Gerritt Rosenthal gave a presentation on current Metro projects and a recap of how various venues were affected in the past year by the pandemic. The Oregon Zoo has re-opened to a limited number of guests at a time.  The Convention Center is being used for a well-organized Covid-19 vaccination site. Metro is working on designating a parking area at the Expo Center as a “Safe Park” place for people experiencing houselessness to park RVs and cars.  She encouraged other jurisdictions to identify potential locations in their areas for this use. There is funding available for managing such locations. Council President Peterson outlined how Metro is delivering on their 2018 Housing Bond promises and has committed 34% of the resources and 54% of the goals have been met already.

Adoption of 2021-2023 Council Goals: Council received a presentation recapping their March goal setting sessions and voted to approve their goals for the 2021-2023 period.  The goals are aligned with the vision “Tigard is an equitable community that is walkable, healthy and accessible for everyone.” The four main goals are:

  • Implement an actionable, person-centric and regional response to homelessness.
  • Support the Tigard community through a coordinated COVID-19 response.
  • Develop and implement a bold community resilience plan.
  • Adopt and implement the Parks and Recreation Master Plan by developing a realistic funding plan and cost-effective service delivery model.

Previous goal actions that have not yet been completed will be continued, such as the Washington Square Regional Plan, Tigard Triangle and downtown projects.

Council and the city team will use the lens of equity, economy, environment, engagement and excellence, known as our Community Promise, to advance the goals and guide how the city serves the community.  Council will meet in May to discuss groundrules and a Team Agreement.

Town Center Development Agency Resolution No. 21-02:  Acting as the Town Center Development Agency Board, they approved TCDA Resolution No. 21-02 which authorizes the Executive Director of the TCDA to sign a Development Assistance and Loan Agreement with Community Partners for Affordable Housing. The non-profit housing developer intends to purchase a property in the Tigard Triangle area to build a 42-apartment project with studio, 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom units that will serve a range of families earning between 30% and 60% of Area Median Income.

Update on River Terrace 2.0 Concept Plan and Housing Needs Analysis: Council received an update on the Housing Needs Analysis which includes the city’s supply of housing land, projected needs and recommendations on how to meet those future needs. This document will be considered for adoption at the May 25 Council meeting.  The River Terrace 2.0 Concept Plan is for River Terrace West and South and the urban reserve areas known as Roy Rogers West and East.  It is not subject to a legislative land use process because the city cannot plan outside the Urban Growth Boundary.  It is a high level vision document to demonstrate that the city has considered all factors to ensure that the area can develop in line with goals and standards of Metro’s urban growth management functional plan and statewide planning goals. Council will consider asking staff to prepare an UGB application for expansion on June 8 with tentative submittal in September 2021.   

City Manager Rymer had a few Administrative Updates:

  • Thanks to the Court team for starting in-person court this week.  It went smoothly due to training, signage and travel paths.
  • There were 121 Tigard Public Library visitors for its re-opening this week.  One patron’s comment:  “Browsing is bliss!”
  • A food cart, Bubbles and Treats, will be at the Library parking lot on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  • The first Budget Committee Meeting was held April 24.  The next is scheduled for May 3 at 6:30 p.m.
  • The May 4th Council meeting has been cancelled.
  • Washington County is still at a high risk level so the city is remaining diligent and doing what we can to prioritize safety for everyone.

Council Meeting - April 20, 2021

STATEMENT - Mayor Snider read a statement on behalf of the city regarding the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The full statement is on the city’s website

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM DAY PROCLAMATION - Mayor Snider proclaimed April 22, 2021 as Community Emergency Response Team Day to bring recognition to Tigard CERT members who have given their time and energy to improve community emergency preparedness and have responded in the last 14 months to meet multiple needs in the community due to the COVID-19 emergency.

JOINT MEETING WITH THE LIBRARY BOARD FOR ANNUAL UPDATE - The Library Board presented their annual update on library operations and programs. They presented a video on the impacts of COVID and how they maintained services to their patrons in creative ways such as Library Takeout, assembling Book Stacks browse bags, Zoom events and Take and Make Craft Kits. A discussion was held with board members on future library services and development of their strategic plan.

RECEIVE UPDATE ON HOMELESS SERVICES - Council was briefed on actions the city has taken to address homelessness in the immediate timeframe and asked to give guidance for future strategies and policies. Police Community Service Officer Petersen gave a slide presentation and discussed houseless outreach and efforts to balance public safety, enforcement of laws, private property rights and protecting the environment with connecting people experiencing houselessness with services and working together with other government and non-profit agencies to provide support.

WATER RATE STUDY UPDATE AND DISCUSSION - Council heard a presentation from city staff and consultants on water utility rate design options for single-family residential customers, Tigard’s largest customer class. Four scenarios were proposed and Council selected one to be included in the rate model which will be incorporated into the master fees and charges schedule for Council consideration at a May 11 public hearing.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT - Updates from City Manager Rymer:

  • Some city recreation programs are returning and will have safety measures in place.
  • Washington County is moving to COVID high risk status on Friday. We are still in the midst of the pandemic so please wear masks and maintain social distancing.
  • Public input on the Washington Square Regional Center can be shared through the Engage Tigard website. Please weigh in!
  • The first Budget Committee meeting is at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 24.

Council Meeting - April 13, 2021

An executive session was held, called under ORS 192.660(2) (e) real property negotiations.  

Assistant City Manager Nyland gave an update on previous public comment. Staff will follow up on mitigating a reported traffic situation near Elizabeth Price Park. She noted that cars should not be parked on Bull Mountain Road.  She reached out to ODOT regarding a complaint about litter and trash along Highway 99W through Tigard.  ODOT does not currently have a volunteer program but there are Adopt-a-Road programs for litter pickup.  

Tigard High School Envoy Frisiras updated the Council on THS activities and events. They held a virtual Rob Ross painting class.  Amazing Race Challenges included students making over 200 cat toys and collecting over 100 items of clothing to donate. Tigard High held their last football game with a few spectators and the band present.  They won 47-28. A staff breakfast was held by delivering food on a cart to each room. She enjoyed seeing teachers in person again.  Hybrid learning begins Monday, April 19.   

Police Chief McAlpine gave a report on crime statistics. There is an uptick in thefts from storage units. We are still seeing an increase in stolen vehicles and catalytic converter thefts. Proposed legislation will make it more difficult for scrap metal dealers to accept catalytic converters. After a lull, red light camera citations are on the increase,  perhaps due to more people returning to work or taking vacations. We are getting closer to the goal of having police coverage in each of the five districts in Tigard during all shifts.     

Chamber of Commerce Membership and Community Engagement Manager Love gave an update.  The Shining Stars Community Awards Banquet will be held on April 30 at 7 p.m. on the Tigard Chamber Facebook page and YouTube channel. Contact the Chamber website for dinner and VIP box reservations. A panel discussion on the City Center Urban Renewal Plan Amendment will be held Wednesday, April 28 at 12 p.m. Tigard Restaurant Month is scheduled for June, as is the Art Walk. The season opening of the Tigard Farmers Market is just three weeks away. Safety guidelines include wearing masks, limiting bringing extra people with you and not touching things you aren’t going to buy.  Tigard Downtown Alliance thanks the 300-plus community members that came out to paint the “Building our New Tomorrow” community mural in downtown Tigard.  

The Council /Local Contract Review Board approved the Consent Agenda: 

  • Meeting Minutes
  • Proclaiming April as Arbor Month in Tigard
  • Awarding contract amendment #2 to FieldTurf USA Inc. for Cook Park artificial turf infield installation  

Council approved proclaiming April 18-24 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This celebrates progress achieved and raises awareness of victims’ rights and services.  It is an opportunity to stand with families, neighbors, friends and colleagues whose lives have been forever altered by crime.  

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Chief Weiss gave the State of the District report. He highlighted the unusual year with COVID-19 PPE supply shortages and the worst wildfire in District history (Chehalem Mountain).  He said there were 5,888 calls for service in Tigard in 2020, with 83 percent being Emergency Medical Service calls. Fire calls were down due to fewer cars on the road and more people staying at home. Chief Weiss said TVF&R is looking ahead to a bond election in 2021 for projects such as a training center, station upgrades, land for future stations and apparatus.  

A legislative public hearing was held to consider an amendment to the Tigard Municipal Code regarding System Development Charge (SDC) deferrals. Ordinance No. 21-09 amends TMC 3.24.080 to allow deferral requests for City Transportation and Parks SDCs to be submitted before a building permit is issued, or if one is not required, upon land use approval. This improves on the current process which caused unnecessary administrative work and additional reviews for staff in addition to longer review time and more permit fees for applicants.  

A public hearing was held and Council approved Resolution No. 21-12 for the Third Quarter Budget Supplemental. The overall budget increased by $340,000 across 12 city funds, and is largely covered by State and Federal grants, unanticipated beginning fund balances, contingency and reserves.  

The Local Contract Review Board approved a contract award to Axon Enterprise, Inc. for purchasing, maintenance and support of body worn cameras, fleet cameras, Tasers, an interview recording platform and digital evidence storage. The city was able to make this purchase through government service cooperative Sourcewell, which allows the city to obtain best pricing and utilize an existing contract, saving time and money. The Public Safety Advisory Board unanimously voted in support.   

City Manager Rymer reported on a few administrative items: 

  • Thank you to partners vital to safety in Tigard and everywhere. It’s National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.
  • Kudos to Communications Manager Wyatt and his team and Mayor Snider for the State of the City event, “Late Night in Tigard.”  343 people pre-registered to watch the event and there were over 1,000 views on YouTube and Facebook. He read some of the comments received.
  • Tigard Public Library is expanding in-person services on April 26. Safety protocols will be in place.
  • The School Resource Officer (SRO) contract was approved unanimously by the Tigard-Tualatin School District Board.  Chief McAlpine will assign the SROs who will start on Monday, April 19, and will be selecting the public safety levy-funded SRO.
  • The Public Safety Advisory Board thanked the City’s HR Business Partner Brandi Leos who spoke at their last meeting on how Tigard strives to hire police officers that reflect our community.  The discussion will continue at the April 26 meeting.  These can be seen on the City’s YouTube channel.   

Council Meeting - April 6, 2021

Comments were received from the public on a traffic issue near Elizabeth Price Park, and the trash/litter along Highway 99W and who is responsible for clean-up. Assistant City Manager Nyland reported that Washington County will be following up on public comments received at the March 23 Council meeting regarding building conditions and the culturally insensitive name of The Colonies apartment complex that it owns in Tigard.

The Consent Agenda was approved. Consent Agenda items were meeting minutes and an authorization for the city manager to sign an ODOT agreement which provides Safe Routes to School Program grant funding for a new sidewalk along Locust Street. By constructing this missing sidewalk section, students living to the north and northeast of Metzger Elementary School will have a grade-separated facility to walk on, where there is currently a roadside ditch.  

Acting as the Local Contract Review Board, they approved an exemption to competitive bidding and approval of findings for Universal Plaza construction. As required by State statutes, a notice was published and a public hearing held on March 18, 2021 to allow for comments on draft findings.  No contractors attended the meeting and no comments were received on the findings.  The LCRB approved the findings, which will allow an Alternative Project Delivery (APD) method rather than low bid for the solicitation and contract.

An update and slide presentation was given on the Alongside Senior Housing Project plan. Representatives from NW Housing Alternatives were present to discuss the design progress, next steps, community outreach and changes made as a result of community input. Building permit application will start in the summer-fall of 2021, with construction commencing around February 2022 and leasing to seniors starting in the spring of 2023.

Council voted to appoint Shaun Stuhldryer to a vacancy on the Public Safety Advisory Board.  Those under consideration for the vacancy were drawn from the pool of PSAB applicants and the results of the community caucus, in keeping with the community-led focus of the PSAB.

A discussion was held regarding council liaison assignments to boards and committees. They elected to keep the current assignments through 2021 and revisit those assignments in January of 2022. In January 2023, Council will re-select assignments, which will be in place for a two-year term.   

Resolution No. 21-11 was approved to extend allowance of furnishings (tables, chairs) in the public right-of-way, including sidewalks, with a no-cost permit. ADA clearance and safety conditions must still be met. This  will support restaurants owners who want to provide outdoor seating to meet COVID-19 restrictions. 

City Manager Rymer gave updates on Administrative Items:

  • Kudos were given to Sr. Management Analyst Hendrix for her leadership.
  • For the 34th year, the city’s Finance Department received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) award for excellence in financial reporting.
  • Monday, April 26 is the target date for limited in-person opening of the library.
  • Carla Bence was hired as the new Court Supervisor.
  • Youth Councilor applications are due on April 19. Emilio Calderon has done an excellent job representing young people as the current Youth Councilor on Tigard’s city council.

February & March Recaps

Council Meeting - March 23, 2021

RECEIVE PERFORMANCE AUDIT BRIEFING - Council received a progress update on the performance audit and citywide performance management program. Council discussed the future updates and agreed to a format of quarterly updates with two more comprehensive ones and two smaller check-ins focusing on the approach and alignment process and higher-level direction.

COUNCIL LIAISON REPORTS - Council gave reports from the board and committee meetings they attended.  Mayor Snider is now on the Oregon Mayor’s Association Board of Directors.

PUBLIC COMMENT

  • Written comment was received about a racist apartment complex name (The Colonies), uninhabitable and unhealthy conditions there and the need to elevate BIPOC community members with safe, affordable housing options.
  • Written comment was received about a proposed development on Fern Street near Ascension Drive and a suggestion for fewer houses to be built so there would be less impact to sensitive natural areas and traffic.

CONSENT AGENDA

  • April 5-9, 2021 was declared National Community Development Week.  A slide was shown of projects in Tigard funded by Community Development Block Grants.
  • Minutes were approved.
  • Resolution No. 21-09 was approved granting exemption from property taxes under Tigard Municipal Code 3.50 for six non-profit, low-income housing properties.
  • A contract with BMS Technologies was approved for utility bill printing, mailing and barcoding services.

BRIEFING ON METRO SUPPORTIVE HOUSING SERVICES (SHS) LOCAL IMPLEMENTATION PLAN REVIEW - Washington County Housing  staff gave a presentation on how voter-approved funding from the Metro Supportive Housing Services measure will be distributed among Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington County implementors. This is the largest per capita investment to address homelessness in the nation. A Local Implementation Plan (LIP) was developed by stakeholders and is scheduled for approval by the County Board of Commissioners and Metro. Program implementation begins July 1. 

CONSIDER APPROVAL OF PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY BOARD WORK PLAN AND TOPIC SCHEDULE - Council unanimously approved the Public Safety Advisory Board work plan and schedule of topics. PSAB members were present and discussed their diverse membership, training, discussions, and goal to provide an opportunity for the Board to learn and share perspectives with each other and to collectively provide that feedback to the City Council. Their mission statement is to “Improve the lived experience of all people in Tigard so that everyone enjoys the same safety and privilege through a comprehensive review of the practices and procedures in the City police department, municipal court, and social justice initiatives.”

RESOLUTION TO EXTEND THE CITY’S EMERGENCY DECLARATION RELATED TO COVID-19 - Council approved Resolution No. 21-10 to extend the emergency declaration related to the COVID-19 pandemic until June 30, 2021.  This is the seventh extension since the first emergency declaration passed one year ago.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT - City Manager Rymer said Council and the Leadership Team met last week on goal setting. The next step is to work with the facilitator on a document reflecting the discussion and then return to Council for adoption of their two-year goals.  

He thanked the PSAB for their unwavering commitment to the community. Utility billing staff have been placing follow-up calls to customers 60 days past due on their utility bills that might not be aware of available resources. Over 120 volunteers participated in a mural painting project in the downtown last weekend.  Flowers by Donna provided flowers to be passed out to volunteers on the first day of spring. Mural painting continues the weekend of March 27-28.


Council Meeting - March 16, 2021
Below is a brief summary of the March 16, 2021 Tigard City Council Meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENT - Brian Spencer gave public comment on a proposed resolution of necessity agenda item. (The agenda item was tabled at the request of staff.)                                  

APPROVAL OF TIGARD MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGE CONTRACT - Council approved an employment contract for the new municipal court judge. Emily Oberdorfer got her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School and has previously been a Judge pro tem in Tigard’s Municipal Court, working with Tigard’s previous Municipal Judge Michael O’Brien, who retired last December.  She looks forward to serving the Tigard community.

CONSIDER APROVAL OF A RESOLUTION OF NECESSITY FOR PROPERTY ACQUISITION REALTED TO RELOCATION OF THE PUBLIC WORKS FACILITY - This agenda item was tabled to a future date at staff’s request.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN UPDATE  - The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) update was given, with City Engineer Faha highlighting several projects already in process and upcoming in Parks, Streets, Water, Sanitary Sewer, Stormwater and Facilities. Her slide presentation showing budget and schedule status for each project is in the packet for this meeting. Highlights of upcoming projects include: applying for a grant to make the Tualatin River dock at Cook Park ADA accessible, Cook Park softball/baseball infield construction starting, design underway for summer 2021 paving and slurry sealing, Wall Street/Tech Center Drive construction is nearly complete, and construction is underway for the Frewing Street storm line replacement.

UPDATE ON TYLER TECHNOLOGY PLAN - A report was given on the progress of the 4-year, Tyler Technologies project implementation.  This will replace outdated and disparate software throughout the city’s core business systems with a modern, integrated system designed to allow standardized, efficient workflows, data sharing and reporting, heightened security, and enhanced customer service. The project will modernize the enterprise system, using LEAN/process efficiency improvements and solutions that will help the city meet performance audit recommendations. It will increase transparency and ease of access for the public.

BRIEFING ON WATER COST OF SERVICE ANALYSIS AND RATE STUDY - Staff and FCS Group consultants discussed rate design basics and policies and how water utility revenue requirements are currently allocated to customers. Council gave input on the booster charge, how to charge customers with fire suppression and a fixture count consistent with a 5/8 inch meter,  multi-family customer charges, and phasing in any adjustments. Council requested additional options be presented and staff will return with recommendations in April.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT - City Manager Rymer thanked the city’s IT team for monitoring and addressing widespread vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Exchange Service. The website revisioning process is ongoing and over 200 website survey responses have been received. An agreement with Tigard-Tualatin School District regarding School Resource Officers (SROs) will be brought forward to the TTSD Board, the Public Safety Advisory Board and then to Council.  Tigard ‘s Library became fine-free a month ago and the percentage of overdue books and those owing fines has dropped, which reflects the trend across the country. The city’s management team is removing barriers and streamlining the board and committee application process to make it more equitable.  The budget is being finalized and will include a Budget in Brief document to improve transparency.


Council Business Meeting - March 2, 2021

CONSENT AGENDA - Resolution No. 21-08 was adopted, approving the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Fire Code Ordinance. Oregon requires a city to approve by resolution, a fire prevention code adopted by a rural fire protection district if the city desires to have the adopted fire prevention code apply within that city. TVF&R is the rural fire protection district that provides fire protection within the City of Tigard.  

INTRODUCTION TO METRO COUNCILOR ROSENTHAL - New Metro District 3 Councilor Gerritt Rosenthal introduced himself to Council and asked to hear their interests and priorities.  Councilors introduced themselves and mentioned transportation planning and infrastructure, SW Corridor,99W  improvements, parks, affordable housing and smart growth as priorities. Mayor Snider said it is important that when regional measures are passed that each jurisdiction in Washington County receives services in and around their communities. Cities in SE Washington County are far from Hillsboro and services and resources need to be where community members can access them.  

PUBLIC HEARING – Ordinance No. 21-07 was adopted, adding new Chapter 5.24 to the Tigard Municipal Code. This chapter codifies the city’s policy for Transportation Network Companies (TNC) operating in Tigard.  A TNC is a company that matches passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire, using smartphone apps. The city will partner with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) for administration of regulations covering driver background checks, driving history review, training, a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy for drivers while on the job, and minimum operating and safety standards to provide service in Tigard. They will be required to accept requests for service from any location within Tigard, including requests from persons with disabilities and requests for wheelchair accessible service.  A .50 cent fee would be collected from every trip originating in Tigard and PBOT will retain 15 percent for regulatory structure administration and management and the remainder would go to Tigard. This revenue is restricted for City service areas impacted by the operation of the TNCs, including public safety, transportation planning, engineering, transportation capital improvements and code enforcement, wheelchair accessible vehicle and electric vehicle infrastructure programs and administration costs. Public comments were received from representatives of Uber and Lyft transportation network companies for the public hearing.  

PUBLIC HEARING - Ordinance No. 21-08 was adopted, allowing payment plans longer than one year for Tigard utility customers during the COVID-19 emergency. Currently, the Tigard Municipal Code limits the duration of any payment plan to one year. Staff will contact utility customers that are late on their utility bills and let them know about aid programs and the changes from the ordinance. This ordinance temporarily delegates authority to the city’s Finance Director or designee, to extend payment plans in excess of one year.  The ordinance will end six months after the last COVID-19 emergency declaration expires.  

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT – City Manager Rymer gave kudos to the 1,000 community members registering for CODE RED emergency notification services in February. It is a priority to get the community signed up so notifications can reach citizens quickly in an emergency.  A slow and intentional re-opening of city buildings is under consideration with the utility billing drop box opening up and some in-person court operations starting in mid-April. The Library is holding their annual magazine giveaway of 2019 magazines. Stuffed animal sleepaway camp is March 15. Families can pick up a take-away bag from the Library and participate safely at home. Community input is being sought about making the city’s website more useful, and comments are also being taken regarding the City Facilities Consolidation project.  The city thanks Court Supervisor Annis and sends best wishes on her retirement after serving the City of Tigard for 22 years. 


Council Business Meeting - February 23, 2021

STUDY SESSION
Councilor Newton gave an update on how well Tigard fared in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awards this year. $1.2 million was awarded to the Senior Affordable Housing project near the Senior Center, $30,000 was given to St. Vincent de Paul for their rent and utility assistance program, $14,405 was awarded to Just Compassion to hire a person to help guests obtain resources such as an ID or drivers license, and the Good Neighbor Center received $30,000 for their work systems program which helps connect their clients to employment.

BUSINESS MEETING
A public hearing was held and Council approved Ordinance No. 21-05, to allow for the implementation of 20-mph speed zones in certain residential neighborhoods.  This is allowed by State Law for residential streets that meet certain criteria. The street must be located in a residential district, not be an arterial roadway and must currently be part of a statutory 25-mph zone. After a six-month period used for project scoping, communications, ordering signs and data collection, the city will roll out two install zones per month until the first phase is complete.

A quasi-judicial public hearing was held and Council approved Ordinance No. 21-06 which approves the Aman Rezoning Application (CPA2020-00001/ZON2020-00001). It amends Tigard’s Comprehensive Plan designations and zoning map from C-G and R-12 to C-G and R-25 for a property of approximately 5.36 acres with frontage on SW Pacific Highway to the south and SW Torchwood Street to the north. 

Council approved Resolution No. 21-07, referring to Tigard electors at the May 18, 2021 election, the question of whether to amend the City Center Urban Renewal Plan by increasing the duration of the plan by nine years and the maximum indebtedness. It is not a new or additional tax; funding will come from capturing property taxes from new development and increased property values in the urban renewal area. 

City Manager Rymer gave a report on administrative items. Contracts and purchasing staff have been working on streamlining purchasing processes that allow for more efficiency but still maintain responsible stewardship of public funds.  Podcast host Lindz Amer will host a program for LGBTQ+ youth on February 28 at the Tigard Library. There is still space and people can go on the Library’s website to sign up. In Finance, the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is complete and the Spanish version is now available online. City Manager Rymer wrapped up meetings with each city department on their proposed fiscal year 2021-22 budgets and will be meeting soon with the Budget Committee. Excellent work by Police Detective Lee led to the arrest of two female juveniles accused of the murder of Mr. Leroy Wass-Morill. New Police Department hire Diane Dyra was recently sworn in, making her the seventh officer hired with public safety levy funding, thanks to the Tigard community. 

Two executive sessions were held, called under ORS 192.660.2 (e) real property negotiations. 

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  • In Person: Sign up for Citizen Communication @ Council Business Meetings (2 minutes allowed) Anyone wishing to speak on an agenda item should sign on the appropriate sign-up sheet(s) at the meeting. If no sheet is available, ask to be recognized by the Mayor at the beginning of that agenda item. We ask that Citizen Communication items are two minutes or less. Longer matters can be set for a future agenda by contacting either the Mayor or the City Manager.  
  • 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  
  • Council Meeting Questions? Contact City Recorder Carol Krager at 503-718-2419
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