Beaverton kicks off the "State of the City" season
Beaverton was the first WEA member to host its 2018 "State of the City" address.
Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle shared with the morning audience the challenge of doing more and more with tight resources.
Despite this challenge, the Beaverton City Council passed its budget without a tax increase for the 9th year in a row.
He thanked volunteers in the city, including more than 200 volunteers, who gave 1,500 hours of their time to operate the city's severe weather shelter, which opened its doors to 447 people during the inclement weather of 2017.
The Mayor touched on the city's diversity and its message of being a welcoming city to all.
He said the city is also working on being a more pedestrian and ADA compliant friendly city with an active transportation plan that includes safe routes to school, sidewalks, bike lanes, and more connected intersections.
The Mayor also said planners are looking at urban design standards that allow for more density.
Doyle said the city has supported the construction of 1,000 housing units in the last five years, and 1/3 of these are affordable housing units.
As many stood around the room, the Mayor thanked his council and the partners from around the region.
He spoke of the partners and said, "What I love most about our group is we can sit down at a table, not always happy, and take on challenging issues of the day - work together collaboratively and solve problems that serve people."
To see the speech in its entirety, visit the WEA Facebook page - there is also a very creative video featuring the Mayor shared on the page too.