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City Council Approves Annexing and Taking Ownership of County Roadway, and Authorizes Right-of-Way Acquisition - 01/19/18

WILSONVILLE, OR -- At the Jan. 18, 2018, Wilsonville City Council meeting, the Council took three major steps simultaneously to advance preparations for development of the Portland-metro regionally significant Coffee Creek industrial area of high-wage employers in Wilsonville.

The Council approved on second reading the annexation into City limits of 4.9 acres of roadway located in the northwest industrial area of Wilsonville. Approximately one mile of existing rural and unimproved county roads were annexed, including Garden Acres Road, Cahalin Road and Clutter Street.

In conjunction with annexing the existing roadway, the Council adopted a resolution seeking to transfer the road authority from Washington County to the City, which would then take ownership of the roads for improvements.

The Council also authorized the acquisition of approximately 102,000 square feet or 2.3 acres of right-of-way and easements from 14 property owners on 34 separate tax-lots that border Garden Acres Road, which stretches a half-mile from Ridder Road north to near Day Road.

Finally, the Council renewed a five-year intergovernmental agreement between the City and other local and state governmental agencies that are members of the Oregon Public Works Emergency Response Cooperative Assistant program. The City's participation in the program formalizes the exchange of equipment, supplies and personnel among government agencies during emergency response or recovery efforts.

Under Mayor's Business, the Council confirmed the reappointment of several volunteers to City boards and commissions, including:
* Reappointment of Arthur Park to Budget Committee for a second term from Jan. 1, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2020.
* Reappointment of Gerald Greenfield to Planning Commission for a second term from Jan. 1, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2021.
* Reappointment of Fred Ruby to Development Review Board Panel A for a second term from Jan. 1, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2019.
Development Review Board Panel A
* Reappointment of Samy Nada to Development Review Board Panel B for a second term from Jan. 1, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2019.

Under City Manager's Business, the Council approved sending a letter to Oregon legislative leaders opposing potential legislation in the "short" February session of the legislature that would remove public-review processes to allow the Oregon Dept. of Aviation to 'supersite' an extension of the Aurora State Airport runway in Marion County. The Council directed staff to work with Clackamas County to oppose legislation that preempts public participation in the land-use process and results in increased urban-level activity in a rural location lacking municipal governance, adequate infrastructure and surface-transportation facilities.

During Communications, the Council heard an update from Nina Carlson, Government & Community Affairs Consultant, of NW Natural describe the utility's efforts to move to a "low-carbon future" that reduces overall carbon-emissions by 2035.

During work session prior to the meeting, Council heard a number of reports from City staff. Public Works Director Delora Kerber presented a recently completed inventory of street trees in the city that showed 24,208 trees of 274 different species border 79 miles of Wilsonville roadways; the tree inventory will help the City to better manage and plan for the selection of trees in the future. Finance Director Susan Cole and Police Chief Rob Wurpes presented on the costs and benefits of various scenarios for the use of "red-light cameras" to capture driver violations of traffic-control devices. The Council decided to pause this initiative to install red-light cameras since a new traffic law-enforcement officer is scheduled to start in March that may result in decreased traffic infractions that impact public safety and traffic flow.

Community members can watch a replay of all or a portion of the City Council meeting on Comcast/Xfinity Ch. 30, Frontier Ch. 32 or on the City's video-on-demand service at

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Workers Lay Concrete Roundabout For Kinsman Rd-WWSP Project.
Workers Lay Concrete Roundabout For Kinsman Rd-WWSP Project.
Wilsonville Kinsman Road Extension to Open Four Months Early and On Budget, Combines Multiple Projects to Save Taxpayer Funds (Photo) - 01/12/18

WILSONVILLE, OR -- The City of Wilsonville announces that the new Kinsman Road extension that connects SW Barber Street to SW Boeckman Road is opening on budget and four months ahead of schedule during the week of Jan. 15. In addition to providing another routing connection for travelers, construction of the roadway incorporated simultaneously other water- and sewer-installation infrastructure projects that resulted in reduced public disruption and costs.

Originally scheduled for completion in June 2018, the $8.6 million half-mile-long roadway segment, located between Villebois and the industrial westside of Wilsonville, connects two major arterials that greatly improves the city street-grid and provides increased connectivity for both freight and residential traffic. The new Kinsman Road extension was constructed as a heavy-duty concrete roadway complete with sidewalks and bike lanes that also provides increased public access to the Wilsonville Transit Center, including SMART Central bus and Tri-Met WES commuter rail service.

City engineer Zach Weigel, PE, who oversaw the project, indicates that advance planning and permitting activities, favorable weather and well-coordinated government agencies and contractors contributed to the early completion of the project. City Community Development Director Nancy Kraushaar, PE, said, "The Kinsman Road extension project is a real win-win for the public that provides new travel routing options, as well as reduced costs for additional major water and sewer projects."

City engineers worked to combine $5.1 million of other public infrastructure projects with the long-planned road extension in order to more efficiently use taxpayer-funds. The Kinsman Road project included the installation of a $4.0 million segment of a major drinking-water pipeline and a $1.1 million sanitary sewer pipe. Simultaneous construction of the road, Willamette Water Supply Program (WWSP) water pipeline and sewer project allowed various local governments to all save money and minimize disruption to the public by utilizing one contractor and sharing common costs, such as contractor mobilization, traffic control, permitting, project design, right-of-way acquisition and environmental protections that all three projects would have incurred if performed separately.

The Willamette Water Supply Program, a partnership between the Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) and the City of Hillsboro, installed nearly 3,000 feet of 66-inch diameter pipeline that is the first completed section of 30 miles of large-diameter water-supply pipeline from Wilsonville to Hillsboro and Beaverton. The pipeline is made of half-inch thick steel with welded joints, a cement mortar lining inside the pipe, and a highly durable polyurethane coating on the outside. Future segments of the pipeline are to connect along Boeckman Road to the east and on Kinsman Road to the south of Barber Street.

The City also installed over 3,000 feet of new sewer line in the acquired road right-of-way that is designed to serve the regionally significant Coffee Creek industrial area now under development.

The Coffee Lake wetlands complex adjoins both sides of the Kinsman Road extension. The west side of the new roadway features an extra-wide sidewalk and benches for wildlife and habitat viewing. Fencing along the road and a series of wildlife corridor passages beneath Kinsman Road, including round and box culverts, were constructed to improve safety for both drivers and wildlife. These details maintain wildlife corridors within an urban landscape and mirror the natural resource protection previously achieved with the Boeckman Road project that also crosses the wetlands.

The project design team was led by OBEC Consulting Engineers, and Emery and Sons Construction Group of Salem managed the construction project. The water-supply pipe was manufactured by Northwest Pipe Co., which specializes in large-diameter steel pipelines. A total of 90 local jobs are estimated to have been sustained during the course of the 12-month-long project.

Funding for the combined $13.7 million road-sewer-water pipeline project came from City transportation and wastewater system development charges, federal/state funds (U. S. Dept. of Transportation Multimodal Transportation Enhance Program (MTEP) through the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and Surface Transportation Program Urban (STP-U)), and the ratepayers of the TVWD and City of Hillsboro.