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Hillsboro’s Year in Review: 2018 Key Highlights, 2019 Expectations

Post Date:01/15/2019 10:22 am

 Take a look back at 2018 accomplishments and what’s ahead in 2019 in the City of Hillsboro.

Parks & Recreation Department

  • Design concept of the 53rd Avenue Community CenterContinued development and planning work on the Hillsboro Community Center at 53rd Avenue, Crescent Park Greenway Concept Plan, and two neighborhood parks in South Hillsboro. Flip the page to “What’s Ahead for Hillsboro in 2019” for more details.

  • Partnered with KaBOOM! and the Pacific Life Foundation to improve Turner Creek Park. More than 250 volunteers installed a new playground in just six hours!

  • The City Council adopted the Hillsboro Cultural Arts Action Plan in October, in alignment with the Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan.

  • Planted 20,000 native trees in 2018, many as part of the Oak Island Marsh restoration project at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve.

  • Partnered with Friends of Trees to host 120 adults and children at two volunteer planting events at Jackson Bottom Wetlands, featuring more than 600 native trees and 5,400 native shrubs.

  • A girl with a painted faceEngaged with more than 1,000 community members on art enhancements at Shute Park through bilingual communication at events.

  • Launched a new event, Celebration of Art & Nature in Rood Bridge Park, with more than 900 people enjoying high-quality arts, music, and nature activities; including canoes and kayaks from the new accessible watercraft launch.

  • The Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council provided 18 grants totaling more than $50,000 to arts and culture nonprofits.

  • Upgraded the exterior of the Hillsboro Community Senior Center with a bright yellow color and served 19,420 patrons, an increase of 11 percent.

  • Served more than 270,000 patrons at SHARC, a new record.

Hillsboro Public Library

  • Self checkout stations at the Hillsboro LibraryIntroduced self-checkout options at Brookwood and Shute Park libraries.

  • Made kids’ materials fine-free, and began accepting online payments for fines.

  • Storytimes reached nearly 24,000 children in 2018 with 15 different storytimes themes— including seven multi-cultural and one inclusive — for a total of 80 offerings per month, or 960 storytimes throughout the year.

  • Added STEM programming, including weekly maker labs at Brookwood and Shute Park libraries, a Code Club for youth and, recently, a SLIME Lab that attracted 99 child participants.

  • Earned the 2018 Fyan Award and a $5,000 grant from the American Library Association to be used for food literacy and nutritional programming, and to expand the Library of Things with cooking equipment.

  • Added Homework Help at Shute Park Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays.Storytime at the Hillsboro Public Library

  • Received a $25,000 World Languages grant to expand the early literacy collection with an additional 750 books in seven languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Spanish, Tagalog, Russian, and Vietnamese.

  • Counted 7,586 participants in the Summer Reading Program, 756 Hillsboro Reads participants, and 430 book club participants.

  • Increased access to videos through Kanopy, a collection of more than 30,000 movies, documentaries, and educational videos for all ages.

  • Launched a new online catalog with a smarter search and easier ways to browse recommendations, rate and review titles, and share favorites.

  • Saved readers time — and improved staff efficiency — by automating the sorting of library materials shared within the Washington County Cooperative Library System.

  • Added play spaces to the Library’s children’s and youth services areas.

Finance Department

  • Helped Municipal Court customers by facilitating online payments for both traffic and parking citations.

Human Resources Department

  • Hosted more than 40 internships in City departments, including Police, Parks & Recreation, Library, and Finance.

  • Took part in 10 job fairs hosted by organizations such as The Urban League, Women in Trades, and Portland Community College.

  • Helped Youth Advisory Council members advance the first youth-led, City Council-approved policy initiative in Hillsboro’s history: restricting single-use plastic bags for retailers.

  • Continued to partner with the Hillsboro School District on workforce development efforts.

City Manager's Office

  • Affordable housing building design conceptPartnered with HomePlate Youth Services to provide job training support with the City for youth experiencing housing instability.

  • Established Hillsboro’s Smart City Strategy to leverage new technology and data to enhance City services.

  • Developed the City’s Affordable Housing Policy and Action Plan to increase and preserve the supply of affordable housing.

  • Doubled funding for the Community Services Grant Program from$100,000 to $200,000.

  • Promoted sustainability initiatives for the community, leading to:

    • 26 percent less energy usage at City facilities than in 2009.
    • 16 percent less water usage at City facilities than in 2012.
    • 30 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions from energy and fleet fuels than in 2007.
    • Further reduction in residential energy consumption in spite of continued population growth.
    • Hosted 17 youth campers at Camp EAGLE.

Information Services Department

  • Supported the City Council’s commitment to providing affordable high-speed internet service for the entire community.

  • Launched a free community WiFi network in Downtown Hillsboro providing internet connections.

 Planning Department

  • A gateway into South HillsboroCompleted outreach for the Transportation System Plan update — including more than 1,300 comments from community members about transportation needs in Hillsboro.

  • Approved construction for Hillsboro School District Bond projects at four elementary schools and two high schools, as well as the replacement of Brookwood Elementary School.

  • Continued to implement the Connecting Hillsboro Address Project to establish a consistent addressing system in Hillsboro.

  • Supported the City Council’s desire to reduce barriers for regulated affordable housing by reducing minimum parking requirements.

  • Created the Witch Hazel Village South Concept Plan and requested the expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary to include 150 acres in the Witch Hazel Village South area.

  • Created the North Hillsboro Industrial Area Plan District to reflect the City’s goals and objectives for the area.

  • Coordinated the opening of the South Hillsboro gateway at Cornelius Pass Road and TV Highway, as well as the extension of Blanton Street.

  • Implemented sustainability and high-performance energy standards for home construction in South Hillsboro, including the 2018 Street of Dreams.

Economic Development Department

  • Partnered with the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network to support local small businesses and entrepreneurs by hiring Laura Kubisiak as a Venture Catalyst.

  • Assisted 67 businesses through company visits or other research and engagement.

  • Helped Hillsboro secure 14 business expansion and relocation projects.

  • Assisted on 34 Enterprise Zone projects with approximately $2 billion in investments that added approximately 1,200 jobs. 

  • Established an Advanced Manufacturing Work Group to expand workforce development programs that help Hillsboro residents and businesses.

  • Facilitated four storefront improvement grants for Downtown Hillsboro businesses.

Fire Department

  • Eight new firefighters for the Hillsboro Fire DepartmentSwore in eight new firefighters, and five probationary firefighters currently are in training.

  • Counted 5,635 followers of the City’s PulsePoint app, with 3,354 followers CPR-enabled.

  • Added a new fire engine and three new fire prevention trucks.

  • Created two new Fire Prevention positions.

  • Verified 101 AEDs are located in public buildings in Hillsboro.

  • Implemented a new system for assessing and treating pediatric patients.

  • Continued design and development work for a Fire Training facility.

  • Connected directly with 12,000 community members at 158 outreach events.

Police Department

  • Hillsboro Police Department School Resource OfficersEquipped Hillsboro police officers with body-worn cameras to enhance safety, build trust, and demonstrate transparency and accountability.

  • Hired a Homeless Liaison Officer to work full-time to develop connections with homeless community members and help them locate available services.

  • Investigated more than 1,400 criminal cases.

  • Hired an additional member of the Crisis Intervention Team to focus on helping community members afflicted with crises resulting from mental illness.

  • Began use of the new Police Training Center in Downtown Hillsboro.

  • Hosted and participated in youth summer camps to teach safety lessons.

  • Provided School Resource Officers at two dozen Hillsboro schools.

Public Works Department

  • Public Works crews paving a roadExtended NE Cherry Drive across Orenco Creek to NE Ray Circle.

  • Extended NE Century Boulevard to connect to NE Jacobson Road, and widened and resurfaced NE Jacobson at Century.

  • Reconstructed SE Cedar Street between SE 32nd and Brookwood avenues, and installed curbs, gutters, storm drains, bike lanes, landscape strips, street trees, lighting, and sidewalks.

  • Worked to prevent future flooding at Glencoe Creek by installing a 75-foot-long, 20-foot-wide concrete storm sewer culvert at NE Lenox Street & NE Lorie Drive.

  • The 2018 Pavement Management Program paved 4.6 miles of City streets and upgraded 71 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps.

  • The Safe Routes to Schools program created action plans for students at Brookwood, Eastwood, Lincoln Street, McKinney, Mooberry, Rosedale, and Witch Hazel elementary schools.

 Water Department

  • Children drinking waterReceived approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to apply for a federal loan that will save water ratepayers from the City of Hillsboro and Tualatin Valley Water District an estimated$383 million in repayment costs on the Willamette Water Supply Program, once completed.

  • Received the “Partners in Public Health” award from Washington County for providing a free community lead-in-water testing program with free water quality testing to residents, day care facilities, and nonprofits.

  • Converted manual-read meters to automated meter-reading meters, 14 months ahead of schedule.

  • Completed a comprehensive water-rate affordability study to assess ways to assist customers.

 What's Ahead for Hillsboro in 2019?

  • Design concept of the Crescent Park GreenwayGroundbreaking for the Community Center at 53rd Avenue is scheduled for late spring/early summer.

  • Two neighborhood parks in South Hillsboro — Butternut Creek Park and Century Oaks Park — are slated to open in late spring/early summer.

  • The City Council is expected to consider adopting the Crescent Park Greenway Concept Plan.

  • The City of Hillsboro will begin providing internet service to homes in South Hillsboro in late spring, with the area around Shute Park to follow in summer.

  • Every school in the Hillsboro School District will be connected to the City of Hillsboro/HSD shared fiber network in time for the 2019 – 2020 school year.

  • Students using computersConstruction will move forward on the Washington County Event Center.

  • A partnership between PGE and the City of Hillsboro will create a new six-charger electric vehicle charging station, known as ‘Electric Avenue’, at the Sunset Esplanade Shopping Center.

  • Work continues on site design concepts and community outreach for the Block 67 project in Downtown Hillsboro with Project ^, the selected development partner.

  • The transition to monthly utility billing will continue for City of Hillsboro customers who are still on a two-month cycle.

  • The City will complete the LED Street Light Conversion Project, one of the largest energy-efficiency projects in Hillsboro’s history.

  • The Jackson School Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Project will move forward with the completion of the project’s final design.

  • Community engagement will begin to collect more ideas for the five-year update of the Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan.

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