Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Seeing Cracks in last summer's street Slurry Seal?

Seeing Cracks in last summer's street Slurry Seal? here's why:‏

The city recently heard from a resident of the Englewood neighborhood (near Hazelwood Loop) asking about cracks in the street within a year of the city’s application of a Slurry Seal to the street. Listed below is information from one of the city’s engineers about why that occurs. -Joanne



The cracks showing through new slurry seal is a normal occurrence and will be evident on all streets. This is because the asphalt pavement is flexible (compared to other paving materials), while slurry seal is more rigid. As heavier vehicles (such as garbage trucks) roll over the pavement, it flexes and the old cracks, even though they are sealed, transfer through the slurry seal and become visible again. This is not a problem because the underlying crack is sealed with flexible material that seals the pavement and extends the pavement life.



Eventually, along with the existing cracks, new cracks will appear that were too small to be seen when the cracks were sealed last year. This is a normal part of the pavement life. The advantage of the slurry seal is that the new cracks will take longer to develop, but they will still appear. These new cracks will be sealed as part of our routine crack seal program.



The main purpose of the slurry seal is to restore the pavement surface. As pavement ages, the cumulative effects of weather and vehicle usage causes deterioration of the asphalt binder (the sticky stuff that holds the road together) from the top down, resulting in widespread cracking if not treated. In a slurry seal, what looks like black paint is actually a blend of asphalt binder mixed with sand that restores the top layer of this sticky binder to seal and preserve the pavement and keep it lasting longer. It’s true that a street doesn’t look as good after a Slurry seal as it would after a thicker pavement overlay. However, as slurry seals cost much less than pavement overlays, we have found slurry seals to be a much better way to preserve and protect the pavement of our local streets, extending pavement life.


We inspected the contractors work as they apply the slurry seal to see that the slurry seal product was properly applied. We also inspect streets over the years to monitor pavement condition. This way we can monitor the results over time and evaluate that the project costs spent achieved the desired result. We will be monitoring the pavement condition in your neighborhood as part of the regular review. We are confident that the combination of deeper crack sealing (the work done before the seal was applied) and the slurry seal will extend the pavement’s useful life, but not forever.



Please feel free to contact me with any further questions.



Thank you,

Mike McCarthy

Correction to Phone Number for Mosquito Eating Gambusia fish...‏

In the April Cityscape we asked residents to reduce the mosquito population in standing water on their property. One was to do that was by stocking outdoor ponds with mosquito eating fish called Gambusia. Residents of Washington County with ponds and outdoor water features can obtain Gambusia fish for free from the County. The correct number to call is 503-846-8722.



The online version of the April Cityscape has been reposted with the corrected WA County phone number.

http://www.tigard-or.gov/community/cityscape/docs/2010-04_Cityscape.pdf

Skatepark Improvements require short closure‏

Dreamland Skate Parks, the folks who built our skate park, is going to be on site April 6-8 to make a repair and to add some features around the top deck of the park.



Here’s the temporary closure notice on the city's web site: http://www.tigard-or.gov/

If you have questions, please contact Martin McKnight, Supervisor, City of Tigard, Parks 503 718-2598

Tigard Earns Water Newsletter Award‏

Tigard Public Works just learned that their customer newsletter, KNOW H2O, has just been awarded the Pacific Northwest Section of the American Water Works Association (PNWS – AWWA) Excellence in Communication & Conservation Award.



The (PNWS – AWWA) is a non-profit, organization representing water utilities and professionals from Oregon, Idaho and Washington. The newsletter was judged by nine professionals in the communication, education and conservation fields who ultimately awarded Tigard’s KNOW H2O the best Customer Newsletter by a medium utility. Although Tigard is no stranger to winning (Tigard’s conservation calendar has won the best medium utility calendar award six times in the past seven years), this is a first for the newsletter.



The award will be presented during the opening ceremonies of the annual PNWS – AWWA Spring Conference.



View the newsletter at: http://www.tigard-or.gov/city_hall/departments/water/docs/twsa_newsletter.pdf

Monday, March 29, 2010

Activity at the Wildlife Refuge‏

What's Growing?---Guided Plant Walk

Sunday, April 25th, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Join Refuge Volunteer Botanist, Ginny Maffitt for spring and summer plant walks. Discover what’s blooming and how native plants are vital to healthy wildlife habitats. Be prepared to be outside. We encourage you to bring cameras, plant identification guides if you have them, and nature journals if you like. Binoculars are always handy for those “watchable wildlife” moments. Meet at Wildlife Center. For more information call Sarah at 503-625-5944 x 234.

All activities are free unless indicated otherwise and are held at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, 19255 SW Pacific Hwy, in Sherwood.

Tigard Celebrates Trees During April

On March 23, 2010 Tigard’s Mayor Dirksen proclaimed April to be Arbor Month in the City of Tigard. Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Nationally, Arbor Day is celebrated the last Friday of April. In Oregon, the first week of April is known as Oregon Arbor Week. In Tigard, City Council encourages citizens to celebrate trees during April.
Events are planned all month long. For more information, please see www.tigard-or.gov/trees and follow the link to Arbor Day. Highlights include:
• Tree Care Workshop - Introduction to Ornamental Tree Pruning
Wednesday, April 7 at 1:30, Library Community Room
Arborist Phil Hickey, with over 15 years of experience, will cover the basics of pruning ornamental trees, the different types of pruning techniques, how to make a proper pruning cut, and knowing how to prune select branches for good canopy structure and form.

• SOLV-IT EVENT: Mary Woodward Elementary Ivy Pull (12325 SW Katherine Street, Tigard)
Saturday, April 17, 2010, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Meet in the parking lot at the school)
Help us pull English Ivy from a new stream restoration site. For more information contact Carla Staedter at 503-718-2788 or carla@tigard-or.gov

• OMSI presents Forest Wonders at the Tigard Public Library
Tuesday, April 27, 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. (2 performances) Library Community Room | Free!
The program is open to children grades K-5. Registration is required and limited to 30 students per class. Contact Marissa Daniels at 503-718-2428 or marissa@tigard-or.gov to secure your spot.

An Arbor Day observance and proclamation are one of four standards established by the National Arbor Day Foundation to qualify for Tree City USA. This is the ninth year Tigard has received this recognition, and the city’s tenth Arbor Day celebration. More information about Tigard’s tree programs and policies can be found at www.tigard-or.gov/trees or read about the Tree City USA program at www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.

Tigard Police Participating In Oregon Special Olympics Fundraiser

On Saturday, April 17th, a fundraiser to benefit Oregon Special Olympics will take place at the Red Robin Restaurant located at 10100 SW Washington Square Rd. in Tigard. The event is scheduled to take place from 11 am until 8 pm at the popular eating establishment found in Square Too.

Ten or more Tigard Officers will be participating in efforts to raise awareness and money to help support the Oregon Special Olympics. This event is considered to be one of the most essential fundraisers to help continue the important work of Oregon Special Olympics to provide year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The event, fittingly titled “Tip-a-Cop,” is an opportunity for local law enforcement to help. Officers will assist wait staff throughout the day and find opportunity to speak to restaurant guests about the event and how they can help if interested. The high energy and fun environment typically lends itself to an even better experience while dining out. Both young and old will enjoy participating in the event.

Last year, Tigard Police and the Washington Square Red Robin location placed first amongst the entire state in the number of dollars collected to benefit Oregon Special Olympics. Tigard Police is hoping to clinch the number one berth again this year. Please consider stopping by and joining the worthwhile effort.

Metro Awarded the City of Tigard a $1 Million Grant

Metro Awarded the City of Tigard a $1 Million Grant to Purchase the Summer Creek Property.
Metro awarded the City of Tigard a $1 million grant to assist with purchasing 43 acres of property known as the Summer Creek Property. This grant represents approximately 19% of the purchase price. This property is a high-profile natural area; it is considered the best remaining unprotected land in Tigard and will soon be the City's second largest park.

This site has functioned as an outdoor lab for students at Fowler Middle School. Now the environmental education programs will be expanded to include students throughout Washington County and the whole community with the help of several community partners.

“It is great to have Metro as a partner in the acquisition of the Summer Creek Property. This park, especially with its diverse natural areas, will be an asset to the whole community for years to come,” said Parks and Facilities Manager Steve Martin.

For more information, contact Tigard Public Works Director Dennis Koellermeier at 503-718-2596 or dennis@tigard-or.gov.

The March/April issue of Rider Insider

In this issue: 5 dirty words we’re working to eliminate, taking TriMet to Portland’s parks and urban trails, tips on taking bikes on TriMet. More http://trimet.org/riderinsider/index.htm

TriMet adjusts proposal, public input

Hi, WES team,



After the public hearing process, some adjustments we made to the proposed service changes. A news release is attached, more details at http://trimet.org/news/september2010proposal.htm



The next step is public hearings the first week of April. Please forward information to your constituents as you see fit.



Thank you.



PamWilson

Date Change for Balloon Festival‏


Mark your calendars, the Tigard Festival of Balloons is scheduled for June 25-27 this year, the last weekend of the month.

For many, many years it has been held on Father’s Day Weekend. For general information on the Tigard Festival of Balloons, click here Tigard Festival of Balloons

Tigard Farmers Market notice‏

Tigard Farmers Market is looking for a volunteer interested in coordinating its' demo programs on things like gardening, landscaping, food preservation, bee keeping, etc.

Check out www.tigardfarmersmarket.com and/or contact Marland Henderson at 503-329-0159 or contact the market at 503-639-2900 for more information.

Hall Blvd crosswalk light

Great News from Engineering!‏
The Hall Blvd crosswalk light was officially turned on by ODOT this afternoon (3/18/10). ODOT has tested the light, set the timing and has finally approved it. Chad Gordon, ODOT Assistant District Manager, will look over the light in the next few days to ensure proper operation. Chad will contact me or Zen if there are any issues with the system.



Please let me know if you have any questions.



Vannie Nguyen, Project Engineer

City of Tigard

503-718-2460

vannie@tigard-or.gov

Beaverton school district boundary changes

Thank you to West Tigard web administrator, Pauline for her link to the info about boundary changes in the Beaverton School District that may impact some of the children in Tigard. According to the Beaverton SD site, parents should call 503-591-8000 to confirm which school your child will attend. http://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/home/district/attendance-area-information/



Boundary changes for Hiteon, Nancy Ryles, Sexton Mountain, and Scholls Heights elementary schools were approved by the Beaverton School Board on December 14, 2009.



There are NO boundary changes to middle or high schools for the 2010-11 school year.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

PGE construction crews in and near Downtown‏

FYI – PGE construction crews are working in and near the Downtown area. They are relocating lines and poles and laying new conduit in preparation for the Pacific Hwy / Hall / Greenburg / Main project. They are currently working in the area of Main, Commercial, Center, and Tigard Streets and around the Pacific Hwy viaduct.



Our inspectors are on site to make sure the work is done appropriately and community impacts are minimized.



That’s correct – we’ve reached the milestone of actual construction crews physically out there working on infrastructure in conjunction with this project. Contractor bids are due to the County March 24th – next Thursday – with the main contractor expected to begin work in early May.

TVF&R Chief Jeff Johnson Announces Retirement‏

Date: March 17, 2010 12:05:31 PM PDT
Subject: My Retirement/New Fire Chief

Greetings.

Last night the TVF&R Board of Directors took action on two issues that will impact our organization in the months ahead.

First, I submitted—and our Board accepted—my Fire Chief Separation Agreement. This agreement formalizes my intent to retire as TVF&R’s Fire Chief effective August 31, 2010. This action is the culmination of a succession plan that began many years ago in anticipation of the retirements of TVF&R’s executive staff. Since that time the District has been promoting and integrating individuals to key positions to ensure continuity of leadership and organizational success.

On that note, our Board’s second action last night was to appoint TVF&R Deputy Chief Mike Duyck as TVF&R’s Fire Chief effective September 1, 2010. I could not be more excited about the Board’s decision and trust in Mike Duyck’s ability to lead TVF&R. Since July 2009 Chief Duyck has been responsible for the command and administration of TVF&R in my absence while serving as IAFC President. His 15 years of service with TVF&R includes all ranks within Emergency Services from Firefighter to Deputy Chief. He also has experience on the support side of the organization including logistics, fleet services, human resources, and governmental affairs.

Between now and September 1st, the Board of Directors will work to finalize the terms of a contract with Chief Duyck, and the District will continue the steps of a smooth and orderly transition. During that time, I will retain command and control of TVF&R, while Chief Duyck continues to manage all day-to-day operations. As September nears, we will make the details of a formal ceremony known.

It has been my greatest honor to have served 15 years as the Fire Chief of one of the nation’s top fire and rescue agencies. I could not be more excited about the Board’s decision and trust in Chief Duyck’s ability to lead TVF&R’s next generation of firefighters and staff. I have no doubt that he and his team will take TVF&R to the next level of excellence and innovation.

Best Regards,

Chief Jeff Johnson

Library Program Offers Wii™ Games For Boomers and Seniors

The Tigard Library invites baby boomers and seniors to join their peers at the debut event of a Wii™ Sports series on Monday, April 12 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Participants can learn how to bowl, golf, play tennis or baseball with the Wii™ gaming system or play more traditional games. They only need the ability to swing their arm while holding a small game controller.
The program is part of the Minds at Play, a year-long gaming series for people of all ages sponsored by a grant. The series will provide opportunities for patrons to enhance their technology skills while socializing and engaging in some friendly competition.
Other gaming events in April include a Teen Game Fest with Dance Dance Revolution™, Guitar Hero®, Twister® and other games on Wednesday, April 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Community Room. A Teen Survivor: Library Edition event will provide teens with an evening of team competition, food challenges, trivia games and scavenger hunts on Thursday, April 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Puett Room.
The April gaming events wind up with a Family Game Fest that will allow the whole family to get in on the fun on Friday, April 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Community Room. Gaming in the library is a tradition that began in the 19th century. Librarians learned that inviting patrons to play games was an effective way to build community, while helping people learn to use the library.
For information, please call the Library at 503-684-6537 or visit the Library’s Web page at www.tigard-or.gov/library and click on Adult, Teen or Kids Programs. Minds at Play is supported in whole or part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.

The Potso Dog Park at Hunziker (behind the Coe Manufacturing building) is now open during the week.
FYI: Potso will be open beginning Monday March 15th during the week from 4PM to Dusk. Enjoy!!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Flashing Yellow Arrow Signals Construction

Construction has begun on the ARRA stimulus-funded project to install ‘flashing yellow arrow’ left turn signals at many intersections throughout Tigard. These signals show a flashing yellow arrow allowing drivers to turn left when there are gaps in opposing traffic and no pedestrians in the crosswalk. Drivers were previously stuck waiting at a red arrow.

The contractor has begun installation of these signals on 72nd Avenue, and will be moving to Durham Road next. When they are working on a particular intersection, they will need to close the left turn lane at that intersection for a few hours, which will result in some traffic delays during the installation. This project will include some signals on Pacific Hwy 99W, which will be installed at night to minimize traffic disruption.

Once the contractor finishes installing the signal hardware, it will take a few weeks to reprogram the signal timing before the flashing yellow arrows will be turned on. We are looking forward to spending less time waiting at red arrows, while still keeping a good level of safety.

The intersections are:
Major Street Cross Street
72nd Ave Upper Boones Ferry Rd (northern)
72nd Ave Upper Boones Ferry Rd (southern)
72nd Ave Hampton St
72nd Ave Park and Ride / Bridgeport Village
Dartmouth St Costco Driveway
Durham Rd Summerfield Dr
Durham Rd 92nd Ave
Durham Rd Hall Blvd / 85th Ave
Durham Rd Upper Boones Ferry Rd
Greenburg Rd Tiedeman Ave
Greenburg Rd Cascade Ave
Hall Blvd McDonald St
Hall Blvd Bonita Rd
Hall Blvd Oak St
Hall Blvd Sattler St / Ross St
Main St Scoffins St
Pacific Hwy 99W Main St / Johnson St
Pacific Hwy 99W Walnut St
Pacific Hwy 99W Park St
Pacific Hwy 99W Shopping Center Driveway
Pacific Hwy 99W Canterbury Ln
Pacific Hwy 99W Gaarde St / McDonald St
Walnut St 121st Ave

For more information, please visit our website at: http://www.tigard-or.gov/city_hall/departments/engineering/construction/other/small_fix.asp, contact Tigard Senior Project Engineer Mike McCarthy at 503-718-2462 or mikem@tigard-or.gov, or Washington County Lead Inspector Nancy Newcomb at 503-969-2716 for site-specific construction issues.

April Cityscape Contest‏

You may remember that in January we ran a contest in Cityscape encouraging residents in each neighborhood network area to log onto their site and leave a comment or question. A drawing was done and winners received a $50 gift card to Starbucks. The whole idea is to get residents to log on and raise awareness of them as a community resource.



Well, I’d like to do another contest in the April edition of Cityscape…but this time, ask residents to log onto their neighborhood blog and tell you (or show you with a photo!) what residents like best about their neighborhood area. Or ask folks to submit a photograph that illustrates why their neighborhood is A Place to Call Home.



This time we could award a $50 certificate (1 in each neighborhood area) to ice cream or some other spring idea…but I received an excellent suggestion to give away a gift certificate to Gardener’s Choice nursery on 99W.



What do you think??

Does this sound ok to you? Would you like to ask a different question or seek a different comment? Would you like a certificate to somewhere else? If you have any input to pass on, please feel free to do so! I’ll need your comments by March 15.

American Recovery & Reinvestment Act funding...

Construction has begun on the ARRA stimulus-funded project to install ‘flashing yellow arrow’ left turn signals at many intersections throughout Tigard. These signals show a flashing yellow arrow allowing drivers to turn left when there are gaps in opposing traffic and no pedestrians in the crosswalk. Drivers were previously stuck waiting at a red arrow.



The contractor has begun installation of these signals on 72nd Avenue, and will be moving to Upper Boones Ferry Road and Durham Road next. When they are working on a particular intersection, they will need to close the left turn lane at that intersection for a few hours, which will result in some traffic delays during the installation. This project will include some signals on Pacific Hwy 99W, which will be installed at night to minimize traffic disruption.



For questions about the overall project, contact Mike McCarthy at the City of Tigard (503-718-2462.) Nancy Newcomb, from Washington County, is the lead inspector.



Once the contractor finishes installing the signal hardware, it will take a few weeks to reprogram the signal timing before the flashing yellow arrows will be turned on. We are looking forward to spending less time waiting at red arrows, while still keeping a good level of safety.



More information is posted on our website at:



http://www.tigard-or.gov/city_hall/departments/engineering/construction/other/small_fix.asp

Tigard Library Will Feature Sarangi Performance

The Tigard Public Library presents a performance of the sarangi, a unique stringed instrument, on Saturday, April 3 at 2 p.m. Rose Okada will demonstrate the bowed instrument, which is played in northern India, Nepal and Pakistan.
The sarangi has three bowed strings and about 35 metal sympathetic strings to create a rich, resonant tone. The instrument is known as “the voice of a hundred colors” and is said to have the full expressive range of a human voice. The performance also includes accompaniment on tabla drums and tambura.
The free event will be held in the Houghton Room on the second floor of the Library. More information is available by calling the Library at 503-684-6537 and requesting the Adult Reference Desk or at Adult Events on the Web page at http://www.tigard-or.gov/library .

Tigard Library Book Groups

Tigard Library Book Groups Will Discuss

Mystery Abroad and Time Travel in April









A mystery that leaves clues throughout Europe during World War II and a novel about time travel will be featured in the Tigard Library book groups in April. The Library welcomes readers to join in the discussion at either of the book groups.

The morning book group will discuss Rennie Airth’s The Dead of Winter on Tuesday, April 13, at 10:30 a.m. As World War II rages, an ex-Scotland Yard inspector follows clues throughout Europe to track down the killer of his employee. The twists and turns lead to the discovery of the connection between the deceased Polish girl, a murdered Parisian furrier, a member of the Resistance and stolen diamonds.

The evening book group will take readers on a trip to the past with The Little Book by Selden Edwards on Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. The exiled son of a prominent Boston family is living in 1988 San Francisco until he is mysteriously transported to 1897 Vienna, where he meets Sigmund Freud and other notables of the time.

The groups meet in the Grace Tigard Houghton Room on the second floor of the Library. For more information, please call the Library at 503-684-6537 and request the Adult Reference Desk, or visit the Library’s web page at: http://www.tigard-or.gov/library/

Travel on a Shoestring

Tigard featured in magazine: Travel on a Shoestring



The new Travel on a Shoestring magazine has three Tigard related articles:

· Light rail into the past and make new friends in Tigard

· Forbidden Broadway Lampoons musicals at Broadway Rose Theatre

· Bub’s Brews highlights the Fanno Creek Brewpub

(I’ve attached the articles – and although I know the format doesn’t work for your blog, I thought you might like to see it! I’ve got a call in to the web team to see if they’re planning to host it on the city’s web site. Stay tuned!)

News from Clean Water Services: “Getting up to seed”


Looking for beautiful, drought tolerant plants that require fewer chemicals and protect water quality? Visit a native plant sale to get started.



Small Woodlands Native Plant Sale
Saturday, March 13, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Bales Thriftway, Aloha

Green Gardening Fair & Native Plant Sale
Saturday, April 10, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
THPRD Nature Park

Use our Native Plant Finder to decide which plants will suit your landscape before you go and get a free poster to help identify species.
Arbor Day is coming and Tigard celebrates throughout the entire month! Log on to the Arbor Day site to learn about the history of the event. http://www.arborday.org/arborday/history.cfm



Or consider the following events in our city:

Attend an Arbor Day Event:

Ø OMSI presents Forest Wonders at the Tigard Public Library

§ Tuesday, April 27, 1 Hour Program at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. in the Tigard Public Library Community Room, grades K-5. Free! Registration Required: Please contact Marissa Daniels at 503-718-2428 or marissa@tigard-or.gov to register.

Ø Tigard Tree Board Meeting

§ April 12, 6:30 pm in the Tigard Public Library Second Floor Conference Room

Ø City Council Meeting – Tree Stewardship Awards

§ Every year the City of Tigard presents Tree Stewardship Awards to individuals, businesses, or organizations who contribute to our city’s beautiful urban forest or a broader community understanding of the proper care and benefit of trees. Winners will be honored at the April 13, 2009, City Council Meeting. If you would like more information, please contact Marissa Daniels at 503-718-2428 or marissa@tigard-or.gov.

Ø Tree Care Workshop - Introduction to Ornamental Tree Pruning

§ Wednesday, April 7, at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room - Arborist Phil Hickey, an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and an ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist with over 15 years of experience, will cover the basics of pruning ornamental trees, the different types of pruning techniques, how to make a proper pruning cut, and knowing how to prune select branches for good canopy structure and form. The class will also cover the do's and don'ts of ornamental pruning and knowing when it's best to hire a professional for the job.

Ø Mary Woodward Ivy Pull

§ Saturday, April 17, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. meet in the parking lot at the elementary school. This invasive non-native plant species must be removed to assure that newly installed native plants will thrive free from competition. For more information contact Carla Staedter at (503) 718-2788 or carla@tigard-or.gov.
Construction has begun on the ARRA stimulus-funded project to install ‘flashing yellow arrow’ left turn signals at many intersections throughout Tigard. These signals show a flashing yellow arrow allowing drivers to turn left when there are gaps in opposing traffic and no pedestrians in the crosswalk. Drivers were previously stuck waiting at a red arrow.



The contractor has begun installation of these signals on 72nd Avenue, and will be moving to Upper Boones Ferry Road and Durham Road next. When they are working on a particular intersection, they will need to close the left turn lane at that intersection for a few hours, which will result in some traffic delays during the installation. This project will include some signals on Pacific Hwy 99W, which will be installed at night to minimize traffic disruption.



For questions about the overall project, contact Mike McCarthy at 503-718-2462. Nancy Newcomb, from Washington County, is the lead inspector.



Once the contractor finishes installing the signal hardware, it will take a few weeks to reprogram the signal timing before the flashing yellow arrows will be turned on. We are looking forward to spending less time waiting at red arrows, while still keeping a good level of safety.



More information is posted on Tigard’s website at:

http://www.tigard-or.gov/city_hall/departments/engineering/construction/other/small_fix.asp
Construction has begun on the ARRA stimulus-funded project to install ‘flashing yellow arrow’ left turn signals at many intersections throughout Tigard. These signals show a flashing yellow arrow allowing drivers to turn left when there are gaps in opposing traffic and no pedestrians in the crosswalk. Drivers were previously stuck waiting at a red arrow.
The Governor’s office has instructed public institutions to fly flags at half-staff from sunrise on Tuesday, March 9th to sunset on Sunday, March 14th, 2010 in honor of Ben Westlund, Oregon State Treasurer, who passed away this weekend.

Child Safety Seat guidelines from Tigard PD‏

Oregon’s Child Occupant Protection Laws



Child Restraint Law: Child passengers must be restrained in approved child safety seats until they weigh 40 pounds. Infants must ride rear facing until they reach both one year of age AND 20 pounds.

Booster Seat Law: Children over 40 pounds must use a booster seat until they are age 8 OR 4'9" in height.

Safety Belts: A child taller than 4'9" OR age 8 or older must be properly secured with the vehicle's safety belt. The child is properly secured if the lap belt is positioned low across the thighs and the shoulder belt is positioned over the collarbone and away from the neck. The failure to properly use safety belts or child restraints is a Class D traffic violation with a $142.00 fine—ORS 811.210 and ORS 815.055, effective October 1, 2009.



National “Best Practice” Recommendations

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advises:

1. Children should ride rear facing in their child safety seat until they reach the upper height or weight limit of the seat.

2. Children under age 13 should ride in the back seat, which reduces the risk of crash injury by 37%.

3. Children riding in a forward facing child safety seat with a harness, should remain in that seat until they reach the upper height and weight limits of the seat before graduating to a booster seat.



Additional “Best Practice” Suggestions

· Attend a check-up event or meet with a child passenger safety technician to make sure children are riding safely—visit www.childsafetyseat.org for a calendar of events or call.

· Refer to your child safety seat manufacturer's manual and the car seat information in your vehicle owner's manual for specific details.

Rear Facing: Never place a rear facing child in front of an active frontal air bag.

Forward Facing: Use the top tether when possible.

Booster: Continue riding in a booster seats until the lap and shoulder safety belt fit properly, even if age 8 or older or taller

than 4'9" in height.



When is my child ready to ride in a safety belt?

1. Is the child tall enough to sit with their back against the vehicle seat back?

2.Do the child's knees bend comfortably at the edge of the vehicle seat?

3.Does the belt cross the shoulder over the collarbone?

4. Is the lap belt low, touching the thighs?

5. Can the child stay seated like this for the whole trip?



A “No” answer means the child needs a booster seat for best protection.



503-643-5620

800-772-1315

www.childsafetyseat.org

Drop, Cover, Hold On

This week’s 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile is a reminder that we, also, live in an earthquake hazard zone. Would you know what to do if the ground started shaking right now?

When you feel an earthquake, DROP to the ground. Stay away from windows, bookcases, pictures and mirrors, hanging plants and other heavy objects that may fall. Beware of falling materials such as plaster, ceiling tiles and bricks that may come loose during the quake. Seek COVER under a sturdy piece of furniture like a desk or table, and stay there until the shaking stops. HOLD ON to the desk or table that you are under and if it moves, move with it.

DROP, COVER & HOLD TIPS
If you are not near a table or desk, move against an interior wall, and protect your head with your arms. Do not go into a doorway! Not only can the shaking cause the door to
swing shut forcefully, but many interior door frames are not load-bearing.

§ HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS – Stay away from the elevators and don’t be surprised if the fire alarm and/or sprinkler systems come on.

§ OUTDOORS – Move to a clear area away from buildings, poles, power lines, signs, and trees.

§ NEAR BUILDINGS – Beware of falling bricks, glass, plaster and other debris. Duck into an entryway and protect your head with your arms.

§ DRIVING – Pull to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses, power lines, and other hazards. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over.

§ STORE OR OTHER PUBLIC PLACE – Do not rush for the exit. Move away from shelves and displays that may fall over or contain objects that could fall on you, then drop,
cover, and hold on.

§ WHEELCHAIR – If you are in a wheelchair, stay in it. Move to cover, if possible (i.e., an interior wall), lock your wheels, and protect your head with your arms.

§ KITCHEN – Move away from the refrigerator, stove and overhead cupboards, then drop, cover, and hold on. [Have you anchored appliances and installed security latches on
cupboards to reduce hazards? Check out our information on non-structural mitigation.]

§ THEATER OR STADIUM – If possible, get on the floor between the rows and cover your head with your arms, otherwise stay in your seat and protect your head with your arms.
Do not try to leave until the shaking stops; then leave in an orderly manner.

Tigard Library Will Host Program on Travel in Europe

The Tigard Library will host a travel presentation: “What’s New in the Old World?” on Tuesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. Julie Blackman, of the travel agency Focus on Travel, will discuss new approaches to travel in Europe, including river cruising, rail vacations, and fresh tips for off-the-beaten path adventures.
This program is suitable for first-time, as well as seasoned, European travelers. It is the first of four monthly programs on travel opportunities that the Tigard Library will host in the next few months. The program will be held in the Community Room. For more information, please call the Library at 503-684-6537 or visit the Library’s Web page at http://www.tigard-or.gov/library and click on Adult Events.

Tigard Library To Host Program on Home Medical Services

On Wednesday, March 17 at 2:30 p.m., the Tigard Library will host a presentation on home medical services. Kevin Call of Adeo In-Home Care will explain the range of services available for seniors to help them remain in their own homes for as long as possible. Seniors and their families are invited to learn about existing options.
This is the third of four monthly seminars about senior citizens’ independence. The program will be held in the Conference Room. For more information, please call the Library at 503-684-6537 or visit the Library’s Web page at http://www.tigard-or.gov/library and click on Adult Events.

New Bridge to Honor Former City Councilor Tom Woodruff

The City of Tigard will celebrate the grand opening of the new Woodruff Bridge over Fanno Creek at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23.
The festivities will begin at the Tigard Public Library gazebo. Mayor Craig Dirksen will then lead a walk over the bridge for a dual celebration of the new pedestrian bridge and the arrival of spring.
The bridge has been named "Woodruff Bridge" in honor of Tom Woodruff who served on the Tigard City Council from 2004 to 2008. Woodruff was the Tigard Council representative to the Parks and Recreation board, the Metropolitan Area Communications Commission, the Willamette River Water Coalition and the Water Consortium. He was also the Council liaison to the Tigard Beyond Tomorrow Task Force and to the negotiations of the Tigard/Lake Oswego Water Partnership Intergovernmental Agreement.
The bridge and a new lighted crosswalk give residents a safer way to travel across Hall Boulevard to the Tigard Public Library. Walkers and bicyclists can now trek nearly 1.5 miles (from Main Street to Fanno Creek Drive) without leaving the Fanno Creek Trail. The bridge and a boardwalk connect the existing trail from the west side of Hall Boulevard to the new trail on the east.
Both projects promote the ongoing efforts of the City to enhance public safety through off-street pathways while ensuring habitat-friendly development.

Celebrate Teen Tech Week @ the Tigard Public Library

Teen Tech Week is Sunday, March 7-Saturday, March 13. The Tigard Public Library will celebrate with a series of free events that encourage teens to explore diverse uses of technology, from button making to self- publishing.
Teens in grades 6-12 can get a jump on Teen Tech Week with Button Making on Saturday, March 6 from 2-4 p.m. Participants will create their own buttons in a variety sizes using either original art or designs provided by the library. Registration is required for the Teen Movie Making Project on Sunday, March 7 from 1-5 p.m., where teens will write, film and edit their own movies.
The highlight of the week will be the Sing-Along Blog on Thursday, March 11 from 5-7 p.m. in the Community Room. Musical sing-alongs on the big screen will be accompanied by a lip-synching contest. Participants are welcome to join the audience or bring music CDs for the lip-synching competition. Pop or rock star attire is encouraged, but not required, and the most divine diva or dashing crooner will win a prize.
The Teen Tech Week celebration concludes with Teen Pizzine on Saturday, March 13 from noon-1:30 p.m., when teens can create the library’s spring zine while munching on pizza. For information and registration, please call the Library at 503-684-6537 or visit the Library’s Web page at www.tigard-or.gov/library and click on Teen Programs.