Category Archives: Washington County Government

Election News May 2022

• Vote by May 17
• Campaign finance information
• Track your ballot

Road News May 2022

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• Cornell Tunnel update
• County seeks input on two options for Saltzman Road

CPO News May 2022

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• May Meeting: Ballot Measures, Cedar Hills development
• CPO 1 appeals the Thompson Crossing development approval, Biggi sues the county
• CPO 1 April Meeting Summary

Call Before You Dig

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Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) reminds you to “Call before you dig.” Many of us get outdoors when the Spring weather arrives and start projects like repairing or installing fencing and decks or planting trees. There are many underground utilities, water, wastewater, fiber internet and other telecommunications cables, and power and gas lines. Fortunately, the risk can be avoided.

Washington County CAN!

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Washington County Citizen Action Network (WC CAN) is a coalition of grassroots advocates (individuals and groups) dedicated to improving quality of life in Washington County by promoting healthy and sustainable communities, social and economic justice, and open and responsive government.

Where the sidewalk starts: Washington County pedestrian facilities

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Because there has been confusion and frustration among neighbors recently over what the county requires in the way of “road amenities,” we asked Melissa De Lyser, Public Affairs and Communications Manager for the county’s Land Use and Transportation Department, to give us a rundown on what the county requires in various situations.

CPO News April 2022

• April meeting: Candidate Forum
• Land use and your CPO
• Neighborhood meetings
• Development applications
• CPO March Meeting Summary

Community News April 2022

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• Student Academic-Contests for Grades 1-12
• Ask WCSO
Neighborhood Ready? How to win friends and survive a disaster!
• SAMBA Can and Bottle Drive
• Summer childcare help from WCK
• Inside WashCo Shows
• Events at The Reser
• Old Wood Stove Turn-in Event
• Donate a bike to Free Bikes for Kids
• Registration for WashCo Bikes Saddle Up Summer Camps is now open!
• Driver’s Ed for Cyclists
• Legislative Town Hall
• State of the County 2022
• Artist Mingle
• Earth Care Fair
• Call for Beaverton Night Market Vendors
• Public Affairs Forum
• Viva Village April activities
• Everyday Choices Can Improve Your Odds

CPO News March 2022

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• March CPO 1 meeting
• Neighborhood meetings
• Development applications
• February CPO 1 meeting summary

WashCo News March 2022

• WashCo property tax statements and payment info available online
• Budget Town Hall
• Year-round Shelter Community Meetings
• Boards and Commissions Vacancies Spring 2022

Legislative News March 2022

• Maxine Dexter Zoom Town Hall
• End of Session Town Hall
• Tax information webinar
• Joint End-of-Session Town Hall

Development News February 2022

A sampler of the food we will find at Abuela Chona!

• Milltowner adds new tenants
• McDaniel commercial property opposite BS Elementary
• Gas station next to a wetland

Washington County News February 2022

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• Commissioner district boundaries will change
• Washington County Broadband Investment Strategy study

Hard-to-recycle items and Ridwell in Washington County

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In 2018, a new company began offering a recycling service to 60 homes in the Seattle area. By November 2020 they expanded to Portland. We’re not exactly sure when they started offering their service in our area, but it quickly became popular. Ads regularly popped up on the neighborhood NextDoor social media feed.

CPO News January 2022

Preliminary lot plan for Bonny Slope Estates

• CPO 1 January meeting
• Neighborhood meetings
• Future of the CPO program discussed with Commissioners
• CPO 1 December meeting

Saving Animals at the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter

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The Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter is one of Washington County’s best-known hubs of animal services—from dogs and cats to bunnies and even tortoises, Bonnie Hays reunites lost pets with their owners. Bonnie Hays seeks to give every animal proper care, and when animals go unclaimed, their partnerships ensure that each pet gets a second chance at a loving new home.

Road News January 2022

• Saltzman PAC meeting
• Thompson Road/Kenny Terrace Online Open House
• Cornell Road project now underway
• Filbert sidewalk project delayed
• Walker-Murray intersection construction update
• Oregon 217 Auxiliary Lanes Project
• TriMet service reductions start January 10
• Cornell tunnel update

Washington County Boards and Commissions Vacancies Winter 2022

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Various boards, committees, and commissions advise the Board of Commissioners (BCC) on matters of interest to people who live and work in Washington County. Commission members are volunteers appointed by the BCC. Committees themselves do not pass ordinances to establish policy; their purpose is to study issues and make recommendations.

Road News December 2021

• Barnes/CHB intersection improvements
• Upper Saltzman—another PAC meeting, Open House, BCC briefing

CPO 1 News December 2021

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• December meeting: Why our water rates must go up
• CCI requests Planning Commission changes
• Development Applications: West Union gas station; Leahy Estates
• Neighborhood Meeting online rules
• CPO 1 November Meeting Notes

WashCo News December 2021

• New anti-vaping law
• Juneteenth adopted as a paid county holiday
• Rental assistance continues in Washington County
• Chair Harrington’s 2021 End of Year Address
• eBooks are now available through Law Library
• Current and new WIC participants will receive extra fruit and vegetable benefits through March 2022

Ridwell in Washington County

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We had planned to do a roundup of news about the efforts of Ridwell, a small northwest company, to offer a service to collect hard-to-recycle items and materials from our doorsteps. We ran out of time and space for this month, and things are still in flux.

Road News November 2021

• Kenny Terrace/Thompson Road realignment
• Saltzman update

CPO 1 News November 2021

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• CPO 1 November 9 meeting
• Neighborhood Meetings
• Development applications
• CPO 1 October meeting notes

Washington County News November 2021

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• Commissioner District reapportionment
• Metro redistricting
• WashCo Town Hall

CPO 1 News

• October meeting
• September meeting notes

Join an advisory board, represent your community!

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• Washington County Boards and Commissions
• Beaverton Advisory Boards
• THPRD Advisory Committees

Washington County News October 2021

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• Proposed TVF&R Bond Measure 34-308 on November Ballot
• May 2022 primary

Road News September 2021

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• Cornell Road closing through the tunnel
• Thompson Road realignment
• MSTIP 2023-2028 Funding Allocation Process Work Plan is in progress

WashCo News August 2021

• BCC gives green light to develop comprehensive substance use treatment center
• What is Middle Housing?

Road News August 2021

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• Kaiser Road closure
• Upper Saltzman

CPO 1 News July 2021

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• No July or August meetings
• CPO 1 June Meeting Summary
• Neighborhood meetings

Washington County News July 2021

* Conflict at WashCo Planning Commission
* No fireworks ban for Washington County or nearby cities

CPO 1 News June 2021

Cedar Mill Creek

• CPO 1 June meeting
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• CPO 1 May Meeting summary

Earth Month editorial

With some effects of climate change already upon us, we challenge Washington County to view all their actions through the lens of climate.

If we don’t stop contributing to the problem, our efforts at achieving equity will be meaningless. The powerful will find ways to avoid the consequences, and the rest of us will have to adapt to a planet that may not support the life we want for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren.

Washington County should establish a Climate Challenge Task Force to advise all county divisions on how to establish goals, make climate friendly decisions, and implement sustainable practices. The Task Force needs to include representatives from commerce, industry, development, science, and community organizations.

We understand that it will take time and effort, but we must begin now. If you agree, send a message to your Washington County Commissioner and to the Chair.

County leaves ped-bike safety on the table

When we finally get around to putting in a sidewalk here, taxpayers will have to buy the ROW if there's even enough.

People who want safer routes for bicycles and pedestrians look to Washington County to, if not build them, at least encourage them. In some cases, a developer is required to build them when new houses go in.

CPO 1 News April 2021

• CPO 1 April meeting
• Neighborhood Meetings
• Development applications
• CCI news
• March CPO 1 Summary

Road News March 2021

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• Upper Saltzman
• Filbert Sidewalk
• Thompson/Kenny road project
• Cornelius Pass now Highway 127
• Complete Streets Open House

Development News March 2021

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• Access to the proposed Target store still in question
• Peterkort Sunset Subdivision extension approved
• No updates for Milltowner, Kirkland

CPO News March 2021

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• CPO 1 March Meeting: Water When We Need It?!
• CPO 7 looks at bike-ped safety
• Middle Housing is coming to Washington County
• CPO 1 February meeting recap
• Public hearing on Catlin Gabel new middle school
• Cornell Farm new building
• New Touchmark building approved

Does the WCSO allow people to give anonymous complaints or comments?

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The Washington County Sheriff’s Office actively seeks community input—we want to do our best! There are several ways to let us know how we’re doing, including methods for openly reporting so we can contact you if you would appreciate that, and anonymously reporting.

2021 County boards and committees openings

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• Aging and Veteran Services Advisory Council
• Behavioral Health Council
• Civil Service Commission
• Developmental Disabilities Council
• Enhanced Sheriff’s Patrol District (ESPD) Advisory Committee
• Housing Advisory Committee (HAC)
• orth Bethany County Service District for Roads Budget Committee
• Park and Recreation Advisory Board
• Public Health Advisory Council
• Solid Waste Advisory Committee
• Washington County and SDL No.1 Budget Committee
• Washington County Salary Commission