Happy New Year, Tigard!
Before we look ahead, I want to thank our Public Works employees – Erron Anderson, Kenny Clark, Adam Jensen, Derek Johnson, John Lof, Jeff Nylen, Chris Plumber, and Isidro Venegas – for plowing our roads around the clock during the December snowstorm. Their wonderful work minimized the impacts on our daily routines and holiday activities.
With 2021 in the rearview mirror, I would like to highlight how we will continue to advance our vision “to become an equitable community that is walkable, healthy, and accessible for every-one” in 2022. Each of the following initiatives will be pursued with the Community Promise in mind, which prioritizes equity, engagement, excellence, the environment, and the economy.
Ballot Measures – Term Limits and City Facilities:
I hope you are registered to vote. If you aren’t, there is still time. The Council will consider referring two ballot measures in 2022. On the May ballot, you may be asked to vote to clarify vague language in the city charter about Council term limits. The Council is also considering asking voters in November to address city facilities that are significantly undersized and seismically unsafe.
Development of Steve Street Park:
Developing the Steve Street Park in 2022 will allow more community members to live within a 10-minute walk of a well-maintained park. Visitors to the Steve Street Park will enjoy access to community garden beds, a play structure, and a trail.
Library Cards for Every Student:
Every student in the Tigard-Tualatin School District will get a public library card this January. Students will gain access to online resources, books, streaming videos, homework help, and programming.
Main Street Green Street Continues:
The second phase of construction will begin on Main Street Green Street (from the railroad tracks to Scoffins Street). You can expect pedestrian – and environmentally friendly – features to include new street lighting, improved sidewalks, and safer access to downtown businesses. Please note: Businesses will remain open during con-struction!
Splash Pad at Universal Plaza:
It’s true! The first phase of Universal Plaza begins this year, and it will bring to life the community’s most requested amenity: an interactive water feature and splash pad.
If you have questions or comments about any city-related issue, you can reach me at email@example.com or 503-810-0269.