Administrator's Blog

Redflex traffic cameras about to become reality

As everyone may recall, the City entered into a contract with Redflex Traffic Systems in 2010. Redflex provides red light traffic cameras that identify red-light runners for police and aid traffic accident investigations. We have waited nearly three years for Redflex to get permits from the Oregon Department of Transportation to install a photo-stoplight system at the Highway 99E and Highway 214 intersection due to the difficulty involved with safely enforcing traffic laws at that intersection. Original plans called for traffic loops to be cut into the pavement to operate the system, which ODOT opposed.

Police Memorial and 'Welcome to Woodburn' monument sign will be located at new Transit Facility

The groundbreaking for the Interchange and Transit Facility Project is scheduled for July 29 and I anticipate many of you are planning to attend. This is major milestone for our community and will be instrumental in our future economic vitality and identity.

Citizen volunteers: The heartbeat of Woodburn

I’ve been thinking about those individuals who work hard to better our community; mostly without fanfare or recognition. Woodburn wouldn’t be the great city it is without our fantastic volunteers. People should know that Woodburn is fortunate to have many people who commit to making a difference in our city. Our volunteers give freely of their time and do so purely to benefit our community.

Aquatic Center kiosk is a community-wide benefit

The Woodburn Aquatic Center and Recreation Services recently installed a self-serve kiosk at the front desk counter of the Aquatic Center.

A road map through Woodburn's budget

Happy new year!

Well, almost. July 1, 2013 is the beginning of the City’s new Fiscal Year (FY), meaning that our newly-adopted budget will take effect very soon. We are proud of our budget, particularly the clarity and transparency contained not only in the documents itself, but the process used to develop this road map to how your tax dollars are spent. 

Secondary Disinfection Reduced Maintenance Flushing Savings

Secondary disinfection of our water supply system has resulted in enhanced water quality and it exceeds federal water quality standards as reported to our water users in the recently released annual Water Quality Confidence Report. Customer complaints with regard to odors and inconsistent water quality as observed due to varying levels of turbidity have ceased. While the water supply system requires constant monitoring and maintenance, the volume of water needed to cleanse the system has been dramatically reduced.

Pool attendance and revenue up

A couple years ago we went through a thorough process to revamp our Aquatic Center and make it less burdensome on Woodburn taxpayers.

Transit ridership increasing in Woodburn

Public transportation is important in all communities. Per the March 25 Woodburn City Council meeting, the following comparison of transit ridership statistics from calendar years 2011 to 2012 were comprised.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

As many of you may know, our plan was to be under construction with Phase 1 of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade. The design for the upgrade is currently on hold with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) due to litigation filed against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approving the DEQ-proposed Total Maximum Daily Limit (TMDL) pollution limits.

We are coming into street maintenance season

You wouldn’t know it by the recent weather we have been having but spring is here and summer is rapidly approaching. That means the City will be picking up its street maintenance program.


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