Thursday, January 28, 2010

TVF&R's Move to Tigard

TVF&R Command & Business Ops Center Moving

11945 SW 70th Ave. Tigard, Oregon

Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue is moving its headquarters to a more central location so it can better serve its taxpayers. The bond includes funding to relocate TVF&R’s Command and Business Operations Center (CBOC). TVF&R has purchased a building in Tigard and has hired an architect to prepare the building’s interior for occupancy.

The current headquarters facility in Aloha was built in 1979 to support five stations; today it supports 23. It has space for only a portion of TVF&R staff and lacks adequate transportation access.

While the original plan was to co-locate CBOC with a station in Wilsonville, a substantial drop in commercial real estate prices has enabled TVF&R to acquire a new building in Tigard for significantly less money and sooner than first planned.

The future Command Center will be centrally located in our service area. In addition to housing command and operations personnel, CBOC will also have a Fire Operations Center to direct all resources during a disaster. The building is unfinished, requires seismic upgrading, and should be ready to occupy early in summer 2010.

News Update on free Thursday dinners...

Hi everyone,

I’ve learned that Tigard Covenant Church has cancelled their free monthly Thursday night dinner. The good news is that they will continue to operate their food pantry on Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to Noon.

St. Anthony’s Community Café will continue to host a free nutritious hot meal to community members in need every Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Held in the St. Anthony School cafeteria, the Community Café offers a safe and warm place to enjoy a free hot meal. For more information email

St. Anthony’s also operates an Emergency Pantry at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church (12645 S.W. Pacific Hwy. Tigard.) Learn more at or check out the info below from the Oregon Food Bank:

St. Vincent de Paul Tigard at St. Anthony's Church

12630 S.W. Grant Ave.

Tigard, OR 97223


Nearest public transportation: Bus 12, 45, 94

Serves Tigard and Portland, ZIP codes 97223 and 97224

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Noon to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday Noon to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Tigard Covenant Church

11321 S.W. Naeve Street

Tigard, OR 97224


Nearest public transportation: Bus 12

Serves Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood, ZIP codes 97223, 97224, 97062, 97140

Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to Noon

News from TriMet's blog‏

News and links from TriMet:

· Feb. 2 is WES Commuter Rail’s first birthday. Have you tried WES yet? Riders say WES is fast, comfortable and friendly; plus, they can spend more time doing what they want, instead of fighting traffic. More

· 42% of WES trips were previously made via auto; work on Tualatin quiet zone underway. More

· If you have not tried WES, TriMet’s commuter rail line, now is a great time. As part of TriMet's WES anniversary celebration, you can enter a drawing to win an Amazon Kindle (no purchase necessary to enter or win). Please pass this information on to your friends and co-workers. Enter February 2 through 5 p.m., Friday, February 26, 2010. More

Neighborhood Network Open House in February‏

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to send you the information about the Neighborhood Network Open House that’s coming up on February 6 (Saturday) between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Library Community Room. We’ll have a laptop set up for each of the blogs, large maps of your Neighborhood Area and postcards from each area for folks to take with them.

If you are interested in stopping by, I think it would be neat to get a quick photo of you – maybe posted somewhere on your site with a note like “contact your blog administrator” or something like that. What do you think?

The event is drop-in, and some of you have already let me know you’ll stop by. If so – that’s Great news!! I can’t wait to see you :)

If not, please consider placing the info on your site, or reconsider stopping by…did I mention that there’s gonna be really good (and free) food??

I hope to see you there,


Neighborhood Network Open House
You’re invited to drop by the Tigard Library Community Room on Saturday, February 6, anytime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the 3rd Annual Neighborhood Network Open House.

Check out your neighborhood web page, get information, discover community resources, connect with neighbors and explore opportunities to get involved.

The Neighborhood Network program has something for everyone! Let us show you what it can do! City staff and representatives from the Neighborhood Network Program will be on hand to answer your questions and listen to your ideas.

Refreshments will be served!

Need more information? Contact Joanne Bengtson at 503-718-2476.

mapping how-to‏

Tigard Maps Demonstration

Wednesday, March 10

7-8 p.m.

Houghton Room

Need to look up property information about your house? Look up permit history? Learn about crime in your neighborhood? See which businesses are located in your area? Join us as we explore some of the details of the City of Tigard’s online mapping application.

Bike Tigard‏

Cool program!

I’ve added the info to the Bike Tigard web page:

Hi Nancy,

At our last bike map team meeting, I found out about a program for Tigard businesses to get free bike racks—all they have to do is request them! Is this something we can add to the Bike Tigard website? Is there anywhere else we can share this information?

No bike rack? No problem. The Washington Transportation Alliance is offering free bicycle racks to Tigard retail stores. Tell the businesses you frequent about this great program:


Andrea Consalus

GIS Intern

City of Tigard


Tigard Committee for Citizen Involvement Openings

The Tigard Committee for Citizen Involvement (CCI) is recruiting for four at-large positions and one youth position.

Recent CCI focus areas have included:

Increasing outreach to new and under-represented groups in the community
Evaluating the structure and content of the Neighborhood Program
Forming 2010 Census Complete Count Committee

The CCI generally meets from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at the Tigard Public Library. All committee agendas and minutes are available at

Community members who have a passion to serve, experience working in community involvement, and are willing to give of their time are especially encouraged to apply. Encouraged also are residents who wish to develop their skills in public involvement, who represent the diversity of the community, and who are active in the City sponsored Neighborhood Network program.

The five members (4 regular and 1 youth) will be appointed through the City's established application and interview process. Applications are available online, at Tigard City Hall, or by calling Marissa Daniels at 503-718-2428.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 12, 2010.

Marissa Daniels, Associate Planner

Long Range Planning

City of Tigard, Oregon

13125 SW Hall Boulevard

Tigard, OR 97223

(503) 639-4171, ext. 2428

Where to buy TriMet tickets and passes‏

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Tigard Library Seeking Oral History Interview Participants in February

In conjunction with its community reading program in February, the Tigard Library would like to interview people who lived during the Great Depression. Tigard Reads 2010 will feature John Steinbeck’s classic novel The Grapes of Wrath. The Library will present a series of events throughout February focusing on the 1930s and the impacts of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl.
In association with the Tigard Historical Association, the Library would like to video-record those who grew up during the Depression about their own experiences and memories. The Library will provide participants with a copy of the interview and also add the interviews to its collection.
Oral history interviews will be conducted between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each Saturday in February at the Library. Each interview will last about 45 minutes. Interviews will be conducted by appointment only. Please call the Library at 503-684-6537 and ask for extension 2517 to register.

"Tigard Reads" Examines the 1930s at the Tigard Public Library

The Tigard Library will examine the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl-era of the 1930s in February with a month-long series of programs. “Tigard Reads” is the library’s community reading program and the selected book for adults is John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.
The community reading program encourages people to read and discuss the same book. For the first time the program includes books for children and young adults that correspond to the 1930s theme. The Library will hold discussion groups for all three books, as well as a Depression Dance with instruction for 1930s-era dances like the Foxtrot and the Lindy Hop.
The kick off on Saturday, January 30, at 1:30 p.m. will introduce Tigard Reads with family-friendly entertainment from the local folk duo, The Wanderers. Complementary copies of all three books will be available at the kick-off while supplies last. They were purchased by a donation from the Friends of the Tigard Library.
Other February events for adults include:

The Oregon Story: Agricultural Workers, Monday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m.
Oral History Interviews Saturdays, Feb 6, 18, 20, 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Book Discussion Groups, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 10:30 a.m.-noon and Wednesday,
Feb. 24, 7-8:30 p.m.
John Steinbeck Double Feature Films—The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men, Saturday, Feb. 13, noon-4 p.m.
Living Sustainably Workshop, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 7-8:30 p.m.
Starting Your Own Vegetable Garden and Edible Landscapes Workshop, Thursday, Feb. 25, 7-8 p.m.

Please visit the Library or the Library website at a complete listing of Tigard Reads activities for adults and children or call the Library at 503-684-6537 for more information.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Phishing, Email Scams & Bogus Census Web Sites

There have been reports of the potential for scams related to the 2010 Census. Listed below is information from (and a link to) the U.S. Census web page on this topic.

This looks like the best resource, it comes directly from the Census:

Also, this includes information about how to report such scams.

Phishing, Email Scams & Bogus Census Web Sites
What Is Phishing?
'Phishing' is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, social security numbers, bank account or credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Phishing is typically carried out by email and it often directs users to enter sensitive information at a fake web site whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one.

The Census Bureau does NOT conduct the 2010 Census via email or the Internet.
Census Bureau initiated communication through email

You may receive an email from the Census Bureau regarding your participation in a survey, however:

The Census Bureau does not request detailed personal information through email.
The Census Bureau does not send email requesting PIN codes, passwords social security numbers or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.
How to report phishing, email scams and bogus Census web sites
If you receive an email or find a web site that you suspect is falsely representing the Census Bureau:

Do not reply or click on any links within the email.
Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain code that could infect your computer.
Forward the email or web site URL to the Census Bureau at
After you forward the email to us, delete the message.
You will not receive a confirmation email after forwarding the information to us. However, the Census Bureau will investigate the information and notify you of its findings. The Census Bureau can use the information, URLs and links you forward to trace the hosting web site and alert authorities to help shut down the fraudulent site.

Is your survey legitimate?
If you have questions regarding the legitimacy of a survey questionnaire received in the mail, a phone call or visit by a Census Bureau employee, or other concerns of a non-cyber nature, please visit our Are You In a Survey? page.

Earthquakes Happen Here – Are You Ready?

As we watch the devastation unfold in Haiti, our hearts go out to those who are suffering and in need. Buildings have collapsed, supplies are running low and families struggle to communicate with each other. Even though Haiti’s suffering is made worse by poverty and a lack of building codes, this week’s earthquake is a reminder that a similar earthquake could someday devastate our homes here in Oregon.

Geologists tell us that the Pacific Northwest will someday suffer a catastrophic earthquake. It’s only a matter of time. Buildings will fall, roads will crack, the power will go out and your cell phone will not work.

Do you know what to do when the ground starts shaking?

§ Are you prepared?

§ Do you have an emergency kit that can feed and shelter your family for several days?

§ Does your family have a plan? Do you have a meeting place? How will you reach each other when cell phones don’t work?

TVF&R has a comprehensive list of resources that can help you plan. Click here to see that list.

Most importantly, if you don’t have a plan, develop one now before you forget. “Almost everyone thinks about it, then our vanishing attention span takes us to someplace else,” says TVF&R’s Emergency Manager Jeff Rubin, “then eventually we’re in the middle of an emergency or disaster and wishing we had followed through. If you’ve ever worried for an hour about an overdue loved one, imagine worrying for a month.”

OLCC Compliance Checks in Tigard

Last week the Tigard Police Department assisted the Oregon Liquor Control Commission who was visiting Tigard area businesses which sell alcohol. A pair of OLCC inspectors along with two Tigard Police Officers accompanying an eighteen year-old male acting as a decoy, visited 33 establishments. Oregon Administrative Rules strictly set guidelines for the OLCC regarding such random and unannounced checks at businesses selling alcohol. Random checks are conducted periodically to ascertain compliance regarding the sale of alcohol to minors. Compliance checks may also be initiated based on complaints lodged with the OLCC or local law enforcement.

The recent checks in Tigard indicated 97 per cent compliance. Only one business, a bar, provided alcohol to the minor acting as a decoy. In this case, the minor provided the requested identification, however the server followed through with the sale even though the valid identification presented clearly indicated the holder was 18 years old and underage.

This nearly perfect compliance check significantly surpassed the dismal 30 per cent compliance results obtained earlier this year when a similar sweep was conducted. Increased education, enforcement and awareness may be attributed to the dramatically improved score.

The Tigard Police Department plans to continue its efforts to reduce the sale of alcohol to minors in Tigard. One way police are working to combat the problem of underage drinking is to partner with the school district and become involved with programs promoting healthy and substance-free lifestyles amongst youth. In addition, police plan on continued enforcement and additional compliance checks to reaffirm the importance to such businesses that the sale of alcohol to minors will not be tolerated.

Hike around Hagg Lake

Get some outdoor exercise this month by hiking around Hagg Lake. The Mazamas are leading a 9 - 10 mile hike around the lake on Saturday, January 30. The trail covers different terrain including grassy hillsides, marshy areas, open forest, stream crossings and viewpoints of the lake. Hikers should be prepared for muddy terrain and keep a look out for deer, coyote and a variety of waterfowl. There is a $4 fee for non-members and a carpool will meet at 9 a.m. at Target on 185th. Contact trail leader David Fickett at (360) 314-2102 for more info.

Get dirty for a good cause

If your list of New Year's resolutions included volunteering, why not plant some native trees to protect our watershed? Streams lined with native plants provide cleaner, cooler water, better flood management and habitat for fish and other wildlife. If you'd like to join in and get dirty for a good cause, see the schedule below for upcoming plantings. Events are Saturdays at 9 a.m. Click on the location link for more info and to volunteer.
• January 16, Pascuzzi Pond, Tualatin
• January 23, Durham City Park
• January 30, King City Park
• February 6, Durham City Park
• February 13, Platanus Trail, Sherwood
• February 20, Mary Woodward Wetland, Tigard
• February 20, Ibach Park, Tualatin
• February 27, Pascuzzi Pond, Tualatin

Plan your planting

It's not quite time to start your spring planting, but now is the time to start planning. Here are some resources to help you with native plants, natural landscapes and water-friendly gardening practices in your yard.
Sign up to be a Clean Water Hero and get up to three hours of free, on-site, technical assistance to help you create a sustainable stormwater landscape to fit your yard.
Attend a free naturescaping class to help plan your landscape:
Naturescaping Basic Workshop
Sun., February 21, 1 - 5 p.m.
Tualatin Hills Nature Park
Register online
Site Planning 1
(Must take Basic Workshop first)
Sat., March 13, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Tualatin Hills Nature Park
Register online

Download Metro's Grow Smart, Grow Safe guide to help you find lawn and garden products that are the least hazardous to your family, pets, wildlife and watershed.
Order native plants from East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District. Place your order by Sunday, February 7 and pick up Saturday, February 20.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Early Childhood Resource Fair‏

Free Early Childhood Resource Fair
At St. Anthony School Cafeteria
12645 SW Pacific Highway
Tigard, OR 97223
Saturday, February 6, 2010
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Thank you, Tena

Tena Oehler

Director, St. Anthony Preschool

12645 SW Pacific Hway

Tigard, OR 97223

503-639-4179 ext 257

Census Open House Invitation

From the US Census Bureau:

Invitation to Open House

January 15, 2010 at 1 P.M.

Beaverton Local Census Office

The Village on Scholls Ferry

16315 SW Barrows Rd.

Beaverton, OR 97007

We wish to cordially invite you to our Open House on Friday Jan., 15, 2010. The purpose of the event is to increase community awareness of the decennial Census, our activities, and the importance to the community of being counted. As a Partner, we especially wish to invite you to attend.

Our festivities will feature keynote speakers. We anticipate having congressional, state, and county leaders on hand as well as some entertainment and local foods. We hope you will join us in celebration.

We would appreciate your confirmation, by Monday January 11, 2010 for our planning purposes. Please call us at (503) 716‐1235 to RSVP.




Local Census Office Manager

Beaverton Local Census Office The Village at Scholls 16315 SW Barrows Rd, Beaverton, OR 97007


Winter Driving Tips from the Tigard Police‏
Ice and snow in the Willamette Valley can come down on us sometimes when we least expect it. We learned that lesson again this month during the storm that took many of us by surprise while it developed in the middle of our work week. It was also apparent that these storms can impact our roads quicker than the City, County and State can react, so it is only wise for all of us who depend on traveling to prepare for navigating the roads when they get bad.

The web is full of winter driving tips for motorists, but here are a few universal ones that law enforcement recommends to avoid becoming involved in a crash or getting stuck:

· Allow enough time. Get an early start and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

· Keep your gas tank full. It may be necessary to change routes or turn back during a bad storm or you may be caught in a traffic delay.

· Keep windshield and windows clear. You may want to stop at a safe location to use a snow brush or scraper. Use the car defroster and a clean cloth to keep the windows free of fog.

· Slow down. Posted speeds may be safe in most weather, but are an invitation for trouble on snow and ice due to stopping distance, so keep your seat belt buckled and leave more distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead. Bridge decks and shady spots can be icy when other areas are not. Remember to avoid sudden stops and quick direction changes.

· Be more observant. Visibility is often limited in winter by weather conditions. Slow down and watch for other vehicles that have flashing lights, visibility may be so restricted during a storm that it is difficult to see the slow moving equipment.

· If you get stuck, try to move your car completely off the roadway and use your emergency flashers. It is generally not ok to leave your vehicle on the shoulder since the lane markers may be obstructed by snow and moving traffic may need to use the highway shoulder to get by. Call for a tow with your cell phone or try to flag down someone to call for you.

DO NOT ABANDON your car. Police have an obligation to protect life and property by keeping the roads clear (including the shoulders) so that other traffic can keep moving. Any car left in the right-of-way could create a liability hazard for the owner and the city. If your car is obstructing traffic in any way, even on the shoulder, it could be towed by law and police tows are usually accompanied with a citation in addition to an increased tow fee.

A great downloadable guide is available from the AAA website at the following link:

Interested Young Adults Wanted by Tigard Police

The Tigard Police Department is currently recruiting young adults who are interested in both law enforcement and volunteering in their community.

The Explorer Post is a program for young men and women ages 16 – 20 interested in learning about future careers in the field of law enforcement. The program provides an opportunity to experience first-hand the functions of a police department. Tigard Explorers assist with various community functions such as the annual Festival of Balloons, Tigard Tree Lighting event, Main Street Halloween, teen movie nights at the Tigard Library, as well the annual Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration. The events provide Explorers with invaluable experience and involvement within their community while creating opportunities to meet new friends and gain useful knowledge.

Once accepted into the program, Explorers are required to attend an 80 hour Explorer Academy. The training provided at the academy includes report writing, traffic stops, crime scene investigations, defensive tactics, firearm safety, arrest procedures, criminal law and a host of law enforcement related aspects.

Once graduated from the Explorer Academy, Tigard candidates are required to volunteer 16 hours a month while maintaining a 2.0 GPA in school.

To apply, obtain an application at Tigard City Hall or download one from the City of Tigard website: More information about the program can be obtained by calling 503-718-2578.

Revised Street Maintenance Fee

Tigard City Council Passes Revised Street Maintenance Fee
In a public hearing this evening, Tigard City Council responded to concerns about recent action taken on Tigard’s Street Maintenance Fee and adopted a revised fee schedule. The Street Maintenance Fee is used to maintain existing Tigard city streets to prolong their life and prevent expensive reconstruction. Maintenance costs are accelerating and the condition of Tigard streets has been slowly deteriorating.

In a public hearing on December 8, 2009, Council approved an increased Street Maintenance Fee after a year-long process. During the hearing, members of the business community commented that the increase was too high during these economic times. In response to those comments, members of Tigard Council and staff met with several people who testified to listen to their concerns. Based on those meetings, a new proposal with lower fees was jointly developed which was adopted by the City Council.

The lower fees will fund a downsized pavement management program. The revised program is intended to hold the line on street condition to prevent further deterioration, but will not provide the planned improvement in the average street condition for Tigard. Street condition is commonly measured using an index from 0-100. Tigard has a long-term goal to increase the average condition of city streets to be between 70 and 75. The adopted program will hold the average pavement condition at 67. The program also includes improved right-of-way maintenance, which was not funded previously. Funding is at a decreased level than adopted December 8th with an estimated $100,000 going to maintain rights-of-way and medians.

The fees will have a three-part phase-in that will start July 1, 2010 and will be complete on January 1, 2012. To prevent the program from falling behind inflation, the fees are indexed, but will not increase by more than seven percent per year.

Below is a summary comparison of the action taken by Tigard City Council:

Comparison of Tigard Street Maintenance Fee by Ordinance
Customer Type Prior Ordinance Ordinance Passed at Dec 8, 2009 Hearing
Ordinance Passed at January 5, 2010 Hearing

Initial Phase Final Phase* Initial Phase Final Phase*
Residential $2.18 $3.22 $6.01 $3.01 $5.25
Non-Residential $0.78 $1.23 $2.42 $0.92 $1.19
Start Date Current July 1, 2010 July 1, 2012 July 1, 2010 Jan 1, 2012
* Final Phase amount prior to inflationary adjustment

news from DEQ‏

It's Now Illegal to Trash that Computer or TV!
The new year brings an important reminder to all Oregonians: Beginning Jan. 1, 2010, it's illegal to dispose of computers, monitors or TVs in the garbage or at disposal sites such as landfills, transfer stations and incinerators.

This disposal ban is part of the same law that created Oregon E-Cycles, which provides free recycling of computers, monitors and TVs at any of the program’s 220 collection sites statewide. The law states that anyone violating the ban could receive a penalty of up to $500 for each violation. Each computer, monitor or TV disposed of improperly is considered a separate violation.

Visit Oregon E-Cycles to find a conveniently located collection site or call the toll-free hotline at 1-888-5-ECYCLE (1-888-532-9253).

Neither the ban nor Oregon E-Cycles covers computer peripherals (keyboards, mice, etc.) or other types of electronics, but DEQ encourages all Oregonians to recycle these items as well. You can find a partial list of other electronics recyclers on the Oregon E-Cycles website.

For questions about the new disposal ban, check out DEQ’s Q&A on the topic.

Learn About Tigard Police

The Tigard Police Department operates an eight week Citizens Police Academy once a year. The Department is presently recruiting interested citizens who want to learn about their police department for the upcoming academy beginning April 7th, 2010. The academy is conducted on eight consecutive Wednesday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM at Tigard City Hall; 13125 SW Hall Blvd.

The purpose of the academy is to create better understanding and communication between citizens and police through education. The intent is not to produce citizens trained in law enforcement, but to help citizens better understand their police department. When citizens know and understand the limitations and abilities of law enforcement, the police can then better serve the community.

The academy subject matter covers a wide range of law enforcement topics such as investigations, patrol, training, community policing, gangs, narcotics and firearms. All sessions are conducted by members of the Tigard Police Department. A graduation on June 2nd will conclude this year’s program. To date, 350 community members have participated in previous academies, which have grown to be extremely popular.

Academy graduates leave with increased knowledge and enthusiasm to share the newly learned knowledge with their family, friends and neighbors. Further, some Citizens Police Academy graduates pursue volunteer efforts that closely match their interests. Other graduates have expanded on their interests in law enforcement or other elements of the community.

If you are interested and able to commit to attending most, if not all of the sessions, you are encouraged to apply. A criminal history background check will be conducted to determine eligibility. Apply early as enrollment is limited to 20 participants. Application deadline is March 25th. You can find an application online by visiting our website. Completed applications can be returned in person to the Tigard Police Department, faxed to
503-718-2645 or mailed. For more information, please call (503) 718-2561 during normal business hours.