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Tualatin wants focus on Hwy. 99W, Tigard council approves Tigard Street Heritage Trail restroom

Tualatin City Council signs letter for Highway 99W improvements

The Tualatin City County has signed on with a letter of support for funding that would create a Highway 99W corridor plan along with accompanying safety improvements.

The city joins King City, Tigard and Sherwood in a joint letter saying they would like Highway 99W included for discussion by a Metro Transportation 2020 Task Force as they go out to voters for projects included in a 2020 transportation bond measure.

Currently, Highway 99W is known as a Tier 2 corridor, meaning it is ranked lower on a list when it comes to making improvements. At the same time, the Oregon Department of Transportation has said it would chip in $50,000 to get an idea of what a corridor plan along that highway would look like.

Record numbers set for Tualatin Crawfish Festival

The recent Tualatin Crawfish Festival hit an all-time attendance record this year. The event, held on Aug. 2 and 3, attracted 8,400 people, according to figures from the Hood to Coast Relay, organizers of the event.

(Friday's attendance was 2,900; Saturday's was 5,500.) That beat last year's record of 6,500.

City officials believe several factors may have contributed to the large turnout including the musical lineup. Friday's headliner was Stone in Love, a Journey tribute band, while Saturday featured Petty Fever, a Tom Petty tribute band.

Also popular were events in the CrawKID Zone, which featured such activities as a fishing pond and soap bubble machine, according to city officials.

Residents also flocked to see who would win the annual crawfish-eating contest, an event where winner Dr. Paul Pumilia, consumed 10 pounds of the crustaceans. At the same time, 40 watermelons were consumed by children in the annual watermelon-eating contest.

Tigard levy bond task force to convene

The Tigard City Council on Tuesday agreed to reconvene a Tigard levy bond task force to look at the possibility of seeking additional resources for city services through a local option property tax levy.

The council has asked the 17 members of a former levy bond task force convened in 2017 for a 2018 levy if they would be interested in discussing looking at issues related to the possibility of sending another measure to voters.

Of those task force members, 12 said they would be interested in that role.

New members will include Ahsha Miranda, Brenda Frank, John Roberts, Linda Monahan and Marc Woodard. Woodard is a former Tigard City Council member.

The task force will hold its first meeting on Aug. 21.

Restroom approved for Tigard Street Heritage Trail

The planned Tigard Street Heritage Trail and Rotary Plaza projects will officially have a bathroom along the three-quarters of a mile trail.

On Tuesday, the Tigard City Council approved the purchase of a $161,840 pre-engineered restroom for the downtown Rotary Plaza. It will be located next to the Symposium Coffee/Tigard Chamber of Commerce office.

While the structure is expected to cost a total of $238,000 when installation and other fees are added in, only $135,500 budgeted. The remaining funds will come from a supplemental budget carry-forward and additional appropriation requests from the city's urban renewal fund.

The restroom will be added to the amenities for the trail that will include fencing, lighting, landscaping, art features and a public open space adjacent to Main Street.


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