Administrator's Blog

Street Closure on Astor Way

There will be a street closure on Astor Way (between Rainier Road and Hwy 214/Newberg Hwy) related to the Force Main and Sanitary Sewer Relocation project. This closure will begin today, May 20, 2013 from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM and on Wednesday and Thursday, May 8th and May 9th from 8:30 AM until 4:30 PM.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Public Works Department, Engineering Division, Eric Liljequist, PE at 503-982-5241 or Dago Garcia, PE at 503-982-5248 or our main phone line at 503-982-5240.

Public Works Department does a lot around community

 

The Woodburn Public Works Department was recently selected by the Pacific Northwest Section (Idaho, Oregon and Washington) of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) for receipt of their Excellence in Communications Award for a small utility.

Budget explained in simple terms

 

This week, I had the privilege of being the guest speaker at the Woodburn Chamber of Commerce’s Forum Lunch. I really enjoyed the opportunity to address our community and business leaders. My goal was to provide a brief overview of the City’s annual budgeting process and the upcoming FY 2013/14 Budget. 

McDonald's generosity will benefit Library patrons

 

McDonald’s restaurant recently donated a large fiber optic art, which used to be installed at the old McDonald’s location on Highway 99E, to Woodburn’s Library.

Transit route changing

 

Our Community Services Department is in the final stages of securing transit funding for FY 2013/14. There is a great deal of change occurring in the federal grant programs that support transit services throughout the country. 

Interchange project moving forward

 

The Interchange project will begin the process of becoming a reality this summer. Bids for the $80 million project will go out in May and the contract will be awarded sometime in June. This is exciting time for everyone in Woodburn.

Woodburn Together grants City $3,000

 

As many of you may know, Woodburn Together is a local community action team made up of community volunteers that focus their efforts on five goals:

Willow Avenue extension would have many benefits

 

Informal discussions are underway with Specht Development, Do it Best and representatives from Souls Harbor Church of the Nazarene on extending Willow Avenue south of Newberg Highway.

Extending Willow Avenue south to South Woodland Avenue will provide an additional access for development onto OR 219. Specht Development has an option to purchase the properties immediately west of WinCo Foods, if and when the proposed Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) is approved. While the City’s UGB decision is delayed at the Court of Appeals, Specht Development, the Oregon Department of Transportation and City staff have met to evaluate transportation options the properties immediately west of WinCo. 

Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Grant Approved

 

The City was recently notified that its application for a 2013 Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) grant has been approved by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), for a grant award pending Fiscal Year 2013 appropriations. RSVP is America’s largest volunteer network for people age 55 and over.  With RSVP, volunteers choose how and where they want to serve. They choose the amount of time they want to give, and whether they want to draw on their existing skills or develop new ones.

WPD planning for the future

 

The Woodburn Police Department, due to the nature of their work, is consistently committed to a strategic plan. Currently, the department is operating under an “Interim Policing Plan” that encompasses a 1-3 year operational time frame. This plan has as its core the current goals and objectives identified in the FY 2012-13 Budget.

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