Administrator's Blog

New police vehicle lease good for whole city

The majority of the Woodburn Police Department’s vehicles are operated on a closed-end lease. The three-year lease is staggered so only a portion of the fleet is replaced each year. This procedure allows us to maintain safe, functional late-model police vehicles without the extreme front-end capital costs of new vehicles or the excessive maintenance costs associated with high mileage police vehicles.

Urban Renewal Agency will provide much-needed funds for WFD remodel

The Woodburn Urban Renewal Agency Board (Woodburn City Council) and Woodburn Fire District Board will be having a joint meeting on Oct. 8, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall to consider a project to remodel the fire station headquarters, located at 1776 Newberg Highway.

Public's support of K9 Program is appreciated

Woodburn is extremely fortunate to have citizens who care so passionately about our police department. We have received over $65,000 in private donations to help sustain our K9 Program.

Finance department submits budget for award

Last year the City of Woodburn won an award from the Government Fiscal Officers Association (GFOA) for our 2012-13 Budget. We are proud of that award and how open our process is.

School district grant will benefit entire city

The Woodburn School District just received word from the Oregon Department of Education that it, along with 21 other organizations, received 21st Century Community Learning Center funding! The new grant cycle will sustain and grow programs for the next five years in Woodburn. The current 21st Century grant was due to expire in the spring of 2014, so this funding comes at a very opportune time. 

New bus will enhance services

Following the Council’s approval of the grant agreement for the purchase of a large transit bus at the March 25, 2013 City Council meeting, staff has been working through the procurement process with ODOT’s Public Transit Division. The $311,000 grant provides for the purchase of a “Category A” heavy duty low-floor transit vehicle. 

Popular Music in the Park series finishes successful season

It’s hard to believe how fast the summer has flown by. September will be here before you know it, quickly followed by the holidays. But I’m getting way ahead of myself.

New LED lights could benefit City

Sometimes the good work of the City does not garner a lot of attention; especially if there’s no controversy accompanying the effort or the subject matter is technical or a “little dry.” But readers should know there are positive and interesting things happening at City Hall all the time.

Downtown area getting spruced up

The City of Woodburn cares about the appearance of our City. Tall grass enforcement is one of the things the City enforces to help enhance our outward appearance. Budget cuts in recent years has curtailed what we can and can’t do as far as clean up, especially in the downtown area, but that is changing.

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.

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