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City Council Meeting Recap

  • All meeting agendas can be found here.
  • Resolutions, proclamations, ordinances, minutes and meeting packets can be found here.

August 4, 2020 City Council Meeting
STUDY SESSION - An Executive Session was held.

BUSINESS MEETING - Mayor Snider acknowledged public comment sent in regarding topics including racism and the Transformation Commission. 

Acting as the Local Contract Review Board, the Council approved two contracts.  The first is with Eagle-Elsner, Inc. to connect the remaining roadway segment of Wall Street to Tech Center Drive/72nd Avenue. Work includes a new traffic signal, striping, lighting and landscaping improvements.  This public local industrial road project is in the 138-acre Hunziker Industrial core, an industrial zone district where higher levels of employment can be achieved through private investment. Public infrastructure, such as this connection to Tech Center Drive, can be a catalyst for facilitating redevelopment of employment lands and job creation.

The second contract is with TVW, Inc., a Qualified Rehabilitation Facility, to provide janitorial services. In 1977, the Oregon Legislature passed a law that obligates all state and local governments, school districts and other tax-supported political bodies to purchase goods and services from QRFs when the products or services meet their requirements. Services include trash and waste removal, recyclable material removal, glass cleaning, restroom cleaning, vacuuming, mopping and day porter duties. TRW, Inc. is the current contractor and staff recommended this contract award based on their strong record of performance.


July 28, 2020 Council Meeting:

EXECUTIVE SESSION - Called under ORS 192.660(2)(i): Review of a public official.

BUSINESS MEETING

Public Comment 

  • Written Public Comment was received from Jean and Jerold Hilary regarding the Tigard Farmers Market location
  • City Manager Wine told Council it was unlikely the Farmers Market would be relocated, but that staff would work with the Hilarys to help manage the issues they have been experiencing at their adjacent location
  • Derrick Wright from Senet Game Bar commented on their efforts to try and keep their business afloat

Consider a Resolution to Extend the City’s Emergency Declaration - Council approved Resolution 20-41 extending the City’s emergency declaration related to COVID-19 through September 30, 2020.

TCDA Board Review of Project Plans for the Overland Mixed-Use Development - Redevelopment Project Manager Farrelly presented the project plans for the Overland Mixed-Use Development slated for the Tigard Triangle. As part of the process, the TCDA Board must review the plans and confirm they are aligned with the stated plan and goals for the urban renewal district. The Board was in support of the plans, which many mentioned would bring much-needed affordable housing and retail space to the Triangle. 

TCDA Board Consideration of an Estoppel Agreement with Dartmouth Development Partners, LLC - Redevelopment Project Manager Farrelly and City Attorney Rihala presented this Estoppel agreement, which is required by the financial institution financing the Overland Mixed-Use Development for Dartmouth Development Partners, LLC. The TCDA Board approved the agreement unanimously.

Consideration of an Estoppel Agreement with Dartmouth Development Partners, LLC - Redevelopment Project Manager Farrelly and City Attorney Rihala presented this Estoppel agreement, which is required by the financial institution financing the Overland Mixed-Use Development for Dartmouth Development Partners, LLC. Both the TCDA Board and City Council are signatories and so both bodies needed to take official action separately. The City Council approved the agreement unanimously.

City Council Goals Review
Members of the Leadership Team proposed guiding priorities for the final six months of the Council’s 2019-2021 goals. Since two of the goals had been accomplished, they explained it was important to reexamine the City’s priorities. The four identified priority areas included improving systems, implementing the strategic plan, response to COVID-19 and development of an anti-racism plan and Transformation Commission.

Members of the Leadership Team reviewed the proposed anti-racism action plan, which aims to increase equity by updating hiring processes, working to hear all voices equally (not the loudest or most frequent commenters, for example), refining City processes and making City services more inclusive.

Administrative Report - City Manager Wine updated Council on the joint effort with Tigard-Tualatin School District to engage in a thoughtful process to consider the role of School Resource Officers (SROs) in their schools. This discussion will review all the information including data about interactions, referrals and lived experiences of students and families in the District. This means the Tigard PD will be delaying the annual assignment of SRO officers until the end of October, at the earliest, pending completion of this community dialogue.


July 14, 2020 Council Meeting:

STUDY SESSION

Briefing on Qualified Immunity
Steve Kraemer from City/County Insurance Services (CIS) provided Council with a briefing on qualified immunity. He explained that in Oregon, the qualified immunity doctrine does not prevent police officers from being prosecuted for a constitutional violation. Since a constitutional violation is a federal offense, there isn’t anything the State legislature could do to affect qualified immunity.

Council Liaison Reports 

  • Councilor Lueb reported on the Parks and Recreation Board meeting.
  • Councilor Newton and Youth Calderon reported on the new president elected for the Youth Advisory Council.
  • Council President Goodhouse shared about happenings with the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership.
  • Mayor Snider shared news from his Washington County mayors call and the developments on the Metro      transportation bond set to be on the November ballot.

BUSINESS MEETING
Public Comment

  • City Manager Wine provided follow-up to Council on the Ascension Drive situation.
  • Chief McAlpine said the new online police reporting system went live in June and described what kinds of offenses the system could be used for, such as property crimes with no suspect information. Chief said the department is planning to make the monthly Police Strategic Dashboard more widely available in addition to the Tigard police call log. Fireworks violations were on par with last year, which also didn’t have a local fireworks show.
  • Jessica Love from the Tigard Chamber shared info on the Leadership Tigard class of 2020, Tigard Farmers Market and the Downtown Tigard Artwalk.
  • Call in Public Comment:
    • Bryan Wolf spoke on Ascension Drive issues.
    • Kate Rogers spoke in support of the Senior Housing alongside the Senior Center Project.
    • Faez Soud spoke in support of the Senior Housing alongside the Senior Center Project.

Quasi-Judicial Public Hearing: Bull Mountain Summit Annexation - Assistant Planner Lina Smith presented this proposed annexation which was unanimously recommended for approval by the Planning Commission. Council approved Ordinance 20-07 annexing two properties on the summit of Bull Mountain to the City of Tigard.

Update on Senior Housing Alongside the Tigard Senior Center Project - Redevelopment
Project Manager Farrelly updated the Council on community outreach during COVID-19 on the project and how tactics changed to adapt to new conditions. He also explained how this new affordable housing project would address past inequities in City of Tigard housing policy. Destin Furden of Northwest Housing Alternatives was present to help discuss the project and answer questions.

League of Oregon Cities Legislative Agenda - Senior Management Analyst Hendrix shared a menu of issues the League is proposing and explained they were to pick four. The Council had consensus on 3 issues: COVID economic recovery investments, property tax reform and mental health. After discussion they settled on also including 2 more issues: infrastructure and housing. 

Racial Justice and City Actions - Mayor Snider explained that since the last meeting he had received feedback on his racial justice plan from Police Chief McAlpine, City Attorney Rihala and the Tigard Police Officers’ Association. He said he incorporated much of their feedback and edits to create the third draft of the plan, which Council then reviewed. Major topics of discussion included the number of members on the Transformation Commission as well as the representation of various interests (business, students, etc.) on the Commission.


July 7, 2020 City Council Meeting

BOARD APPOINTMENTS - Resolution No. 20-39 was approved, appointing Library Board members Jim Ivler to a four-year term and alternate Helen Allen to a two-year term.  Resolution No. 20-40 was approved, appointing Marie Walkiewicz as an at-large member of the Water Advisory Board. She represents the interests outside of the City boundary. There is a vacancy for a representative from Tigard.

CONTRACTS APPROVED - A contract was awarded to TurfField for the purchase and installation of artificial turf at the Cook Park baseball and softball infield. Funding for the project came from the Transient Lodging Tax Fund.  A contract with OTAK was approved for River Terrace West and South Concept Planning. The project is to create plans for two urban reserve areas, facilitating inclusion into Metro’s urban growth boundary. Planning for these areas is a priority because they are bordered by land that is already developed or is planned to be in the next several years by Tigard, Beaverton, King City and Washington County.   

DISCUSSION ON RACIAL JUSTICE AND CITY ACTION - Mayor Snider reported on a draft document he prepared after reviewing the issues and suggestions from over 200 public comments regarding public safety and police services.  He proposed the formation of a Tigard Public Safety Transformation Commission made up of  persons of color in Tigard along with City staff that have public safety expertise. They will consider and act on the issues that were raised by the community and make evidence-based decisions that are best for Tigard.  City Manager Wine and Assistant City Manager Nyland discussed the City Anti-Racism Action Plan being developed by department directors with a goal to identify how City-provided services, policies and outreach may be made more equitable and help undo racism in our organization and in the community,

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT - City Manager Wine and Economic Development Manager Purdy reported on the upcoming disbursement through Washington County of CARES Act funding for businesses suffering losses due to COVID-19. Tigard’s share is $1.5 million which will recapitalize the business assistance grant program so the City can continue to help businesses impacted by COVID-19.  One focus for this round of business assistance is for those small businesses in disadvantaged neighborhoods, because it not only will help the businesses but also the neighborhoods.



June 23 City Council Meeting

EXECUTIVE SESSION: An Executive Session was held to discuss labor negotiations.

STUDY SESSION: Council gave their reports from board and committee meetings they attended as liaisons.

CONSENT AGENDA: Meeting minutes were approved.

BUSINESS MEETING:

  • “If I Were Mayor” contest winner Maeve Keast received congratulations from Council. Her winning poster was displayed on the screen and will be entered into the statewide contest.  
  • Representative Doherty gave an update on the 2019 Oregon Legislative Session and a preview of the Special Session to start June 24. Council honored her with a resolution expressing appreciation for her service to the citizens of Tigard and District 35 in the State Legislature for the past 11 years. 
  • A public hearing continued from June 16 was held to consider the budget. Resolution No. 20-36 was approved, adopting the City’s fiscal year 2020-21 budget.
  • Resolution No. 20-37, in support of a Transportation Growth Management (TGM) grant request to Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission and Oregon Department of Transportation was approved.  If received, the grant will fund integrated land use planning in downtown Tigard.    
  • Ordinance No. 20-06 was adopted, amending Tigard Municipal Code Chapter 2.46 regarding the Local Contract Review Board.  The changes deleted content that duplicated state law and moved some content into the City’s Public Contracting Rules.
  • Council met as the Local Contract Review Board to consider changes to the City’s Public Contracting Rules. The changes are meant to streamline public contract execution and comply with Oregon Revised Statutes.  LCRB Resolution No. 20-01 was approved. 
  • A third extension of the City’s emergency declaration related to COVID-19 was discussed. Council approved Resolution No. 20-38, extending the emergency declaration to July 31. This declaration is necessary to continue emergency responses, including requests for outside assistance and flexibility surrounding City policies.
  • Council heard a briefing on the Tigard Streets for People project which would provide more safe and healthy opportunities for residents to actively recreate and travel in and around their neighborhoods, improve access to public space and connect more neighborhoods to the trail network, and provide opportunities for businesses to use public space and right-of-way as part of their reopening strategy while keeping customers safe through social distancing.
  • A Racial Justice and City Action discussion was held. City Manager Wine, Human Resources Director Bennett and Finance Director LaFrance reported to Council on actions taken since the previous week’s discussion, including launching a webpage with continually updated questions and answers related to police practices. They are planning a discussion with the Tigard-Tualatin School District and others on the future of School Resource Officers (SROS). HR Director Bennett highlighted actions taken to enhance diversity in recruitments for City staff. Finance and Information Services Director LaFrance said staff are looking at how the contracting process can be more equitable and the City’s Leadership Team is working on how to approach making Tigard an anti-racist organization. Mayor Snider noted that Council is receiving an unprecedented amount of  feedback from the community on racial and police topics and he would like to work with the City Manager and Police Chief over the next few weeks to develop an initial framework for what needs to be evaluated.
  • Administrative Reports were given by the City Manager. Federal CARES money is beginning to flow through Washington County and Clean Water Services to cities.  City Departments are beginning their Phase 2 Reopening Plans and the Library is developing a method to deliver book holds to patrons. The July 14 City Council meeting may be live and will follow social distancing requirements.  Ascension Drive community engagement meetings have been held and the website is still under construction. There were concerns raised about vending alcohol at Rotary Plaza and whether there were ODOT restrictions. It is allowed through a City permit and there are no ODOT restrictions. The City Report Card continues to evolve and will be framed around the refreshed strategic plan and racial justice actions.  

June 16 City Council Meeting
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue State of the District -  Chief Deric Weiss provided his annual update to the Council on the state of the fire district. He reported on response to the COVID-19 pandemic and continued procedures to limit coronavirus exposure for staff and the public.

Consider a Resolution Thanking Youth Councilor Meghan Turley - Council approved Resolution No. 20-31, thanking Youth Councilor Turley for her service to the City and its residents. Her one-year term expires on June 30, 2020. The Mayor and Councilors thanked Meghan for her thorough preparation and engagement with the community and her role on the Council. She is the first Youth Councilor in Tigard City history.

Consider a Resolution Adopting the Master Fees and Charges Schedule for FY 2021 - Council decided to delay planned increases in the City's transportation, parks and water SDCs (System Development Charges) until at least January 2021. They then approved Resolution No. 20-32, adopting the remainder of the Master Fees and Charges Schedule as amended to include administrative changes, remove a duplicate fee and correct an incorrectly indexed fee.

Consider a Resolution Certifying the City Provides Services Required for State Sharing Revenues - Council approved Resolution No. 20-33, which certified that the City provides six of the seven services needed to qualify to receive a share of state revenues.

Consider a Resolution Declaring the City's Election to Receive State Revenue Sharing - Council approved Resolution No. 20-34, which declared the City's election to receive these shared revenues from the State of Oregon in accordance with ORS 221.770.

City Budget Adoption - Council received a presentation on the budget document, which was approved by the Budget Committee. Director LaFrance explained that staff have determined the best way to administer the Police Serves Levy funds is to establish a new, stand alone fund for that purpose. To accomplish this, the City needs to republish the LB1 (Official budget reporting document) and have a new public hearing since it will adjust the budget document by more than 10 percent. Therefore, the budget adoption hearing was continued to the 6/23/2020 Business Meeting of the City Council in order for staff to publish and notice the necessary documents again.

TCDA Budget Adoption - Council approved TCDA Resolution No. 20-02 adopting the TCDA Budget for FY 2021 with adjustments, making appropriations, and imposing and categorizing taxes.

Tigard Strategic Plan Update -  City Manager Wine and the Strategic Plan Guidance Team introduced a refreshed City vision, "Tigard: an equitable community that is walkable, healthy, and accessible for everyone." The team explained their process to develop and vet the new take on the 2014 vision statement. They took feedback from staff and assessed current conditions in order to develop a draft, refreshed Strategic Plan document. The updated plan is out now for review and comment from the public, Councilors and staff. The Council shared their thoughts with staff regarding the refreshed plan.

Next meeting will occur virtually on June 23, 2020, with a 6:30 p.m. Study Session and 7:30 p.m. Business Meeting.


June 9, 2020 Council Meeting
STUDY SESSION: Council gave liaison reports on various City, regional and national boards and committees they serve on.  

PUBLIC COMMENT:

  • Public comments submitted by Ascension Drive residents regarding speeding and parking issues were acknowledged. City Manager Wine updated Council and said staff met with neighbors and their comments are being compiled. An opportunity for further input will be provided through a page on the City’s website to be up by June 15. A link to the page will be sent to the neighbors. Staff will put together the comments and the City Engineer will make a final decision about parking in the S curves and mitigation of speeding.
  • Tigard Chamber of Commerce Update: Council received an update on Chamber activities.  Over 50 businesses have made the pledge to the Reopen Ready program in which they commit to meeting or exceeding industry standards for customer safety during the public health emergency. The businesses can be recognized by signs, posters or decals in their windows. The Tigard Farmers Market is open for the season in a new location on Tigard Street behind Symposium Coffee, on Sundays from 9-1:30. Online orders can be taken through the What’s Good app. 
  • Police Chief Update: in place of Police Chief McAlpine’s monthly statistical report she addressed questions that have arisen recently after the murder of George Floyd. She provided a slide presentation on the Tigard Police Department’s use of force policies compared to the #8CantWait Project campaign requests. She described Advanced Crisis Intervention and De-escalation training for which funding was included in the recently passed levy and will be extended to all officers.

COUNCIL DISCUSSION – RACE AND JUSTICE ACTION: Council held the first of many discussions on racial justice and actions that can be taken in Tigard. Mayor Snider referred to the statement he issued in response to the killing of George Floyd in which he asked the community, particularly people of color, to provide input on moving the important work forward on: 1) Eliminating institutional racism and ensure equity within all city operations and structures, 2) Eliminating institutional racism and ensuring equity within the Tigard community; and 3) Improving the lived experience of all persons of color in Tigard such that everyone enjoys the safety and privilege that white men do today. Over 100 emails, calls and posts were received. Council wants to continue this discussion with the community and opportunities will be set up in various formats and hopefully, after Washington County enters Phase 2, a live event at Cook Park, for example. Coming up next is a continuation of last week’s Fireside Chat with Mayor Snider and Police Chief McAlpine in a Facebook Live event on June 11 at 6:30 p.m. www.facebook.com/cityoftigard

CONSENT AGENDA:
The consent agenda was approved. 

  1. The certified election results of the City of Tigard local option levy on the May 19, 2020 ballot were a receive and file item.
  2. Mayor Snider read a proclamation making June 2020 Pride Month.

APPOINT YOUTH CITY COUNCILOR: Council appointed Emilio Calderon as the new Youth City Councilor for an annual term beginning July 1. Youth City Councilors are not voting members but attend all council meetings and participate in discussions, where their perspective is appreciated by Council.   

CONSIDER RESOLUTION OF NECESSITY TO ACQUIRE PROPERTY FOR CONSTRUCTING PUBLIC FACILITIES AND IMPROVEMENTS: Resolution No. 20-29 was approved.  It declared the need to acquire property for the purpose of constructing public facilities and improvements adjacent to and along Frewing Street from Pacific Highway to Ash Avenue, and authorizes eminent domain if good-faith negotiations fail.  The improvement project is a much needed replacement of a stormwater line and two metal culverts and will improve stormwater drainage on the street.

CONSIDER RESOLUTION TO JOINTLY ACCEPT CDBG ENTITLEMENT AND REMAIN A HOME CONSORTIUM MEMBER: Resolution No. 20-30 was approved to jointly accept Community Development Block Grant Entitlement with Washington County and remain a HOME Consortium Member. CDBG funds are a key funding strategy in Tigard’s Affordable Housing Plan and can be used for projects including infrastructure improvement, public facilities, public services and housing improvements.


May 26, 2020 City Council Meeting

STUDY SESSION

Council reported on other meetings they had attended on behalf of the Council. These included updates from:

  • Councilor Newton on the Youth Advisory Council (YAC), CDBG Policy Advisory Board
  • Councilor Anderson on Regional Water Partners Consortium
  • Councilor Lueb on the League of Oregon Cities’ Financial and Tax Policy Committee
  • Council President Goodhouse on Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT)
  • Mayor Snider on Washington County Coordinating Committee (WCCC)

BUSINESS MEETING 

Consent Agenda - Council proclaimed May mental health awareness month and approved an amendment to the Lease Agreement with Meals on Wheels People for use of the Tigard Senior Center.

Receive Briefing from Councilor Dirksen - Metro Councilor Dirksen presented the “Get Moving” campaign for Metro’s 2020 Transportation ballot measure. It was noted that this funding package is crucial to the SW Corridor light rail transit project moving forward.

Consider a Resolution to Extend the City’s Emergency Declaration - The Council extended the City’s emergency declaration another 30 days to June 30, 2020.

Debrief on Local Option Levy - Ballot measure 34-295 to Increase Tigard Neighborhood Police Patrols passed 54% to 46% (unofficial election results). City Manager Wine went over the implementation plan that staff have been preparing and asked Council what input they had on the plan. Mayor & Council emphasized the need to communicate with the public about how the levy funds are used and the results of the additional funding.


May 19 City Council Meeting

QUASI-JUDICIAL PUBLIC HEARING – APPEAL OF ART RUTKIN ELEMENTARY CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT
This was the final meeting to discuss the Art Rutkin Elementary School  Conditional Use Appeal. Council reached a tentative decision at the May 12 meeting and directed staff to prepare findings. Council approved Resolution No. 20-26 which approves the Art Rutkin Elementary School, adopts findings in support of Council’s determination and denies the appeal of the Hearings Officer’s Final Order. The project is an elementary school to be located east of SW Roy Rogers Road in the River Terrace area.

TOWN CENTER DEVELOPMENT AGENCY BOARD CONSIDERATION OF AMENDMENT #1 TO THE TIGARD TRIANGLE URBAN RENEWAL PLAN
The TCDA Board approved TCDA Resolution No 20-01 which amends the Tigard Triangle Urban Renewal Plan to include a multi-use path over Highway 217 on the list of urban renewal projects. This pathway would provide a safe connection for pedestrians and cyclists between the downtown and Tigard Triangle areas. The City and TriMet are looking at ways to build this in conjunction with the planned SW Corridor light rail viaduct over Highway 217. This multi-use path is consistent with Goal 2 of the Tigard Triangle Urban Renewal Plan and Council Goal 2 - Strategy 2.1: Ensure that Tigard Triangle urban renewal investments promote equitable development and create a vibrant, walkable, and connected district.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
City Manager Wine reported that City departments are working on their plans to re-open services once Washington County applies for and receives Phase 1 approval for re-opening. Most City Services have been ongoing but the buildings have been closed. Plans to keep staff and the public safe once buildings and facilities are open are being developed. Council requested an update on public restroom and dog park openings. Staff are working on procedures that will meet sanitizing and social distancing requirements at the dog parks and are considering adjustments such as waste container lids that don’t require touching a handle and removing tables to help dog park human visitors maintain social distancing. There are also handwashing and sanitizing requirements for restrooms that must be met before they can be re-opened to the public.


 

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