Wednesday - June 11, 2014

Pre-schoolers help Tigard officials celebrate Bonita Pump Station Construction

Learning Tree students from the “Bumblebee” class

Sixteen Bonita Road Learning Tree students from the “Bumblebee” class helped some Tigard elected officials celebrate the groundbreaking for the Bonita Pump Station (BPS) on Thursday, June 5. Sixteen small hard hats and child-sized “golden” shovels mirrored those used by the elected officials, Tigard Mayor John Cook, Tigard Councilor Jason Snider and Lake Oswego Mayor Kent Studebaker.

Click here to watch a video of the groundbreaking event!

Mayor Cook and Councilor Snider emphasized the clear importance of this facility to the community for drinking water, fire fighting and a seismically resilient water supply. Officials also touched on the symbolic importance of it: investment in and ownership of a new, contemporary water system for future generations.

“Without this strategic investment in clean water for the future, our kids would be facing the uncertainty and liability of searching for a water source--then paying for that infrastructure at a cost that would inevitably be much, much higher than today,” said Councilor Snider.

Mayor Cook echoed that Tigard’s new water system—“a water system that citizens of Tigard own—will become one of our City’s most valuable assets.” The Mayor also thanked “Lake Oswego for partnering with Tigard to save both communities money. The Partnership approach is saving millions of dollars for our customers.”

Construction of the new pump station will continue through summer 2015.

Tigard Mayor John Cook, Tigard Councilor Jason Snider and Lake Oswego Mayor Kent Studebaker

Lake Oswego Mayor Kent Studebaker, Tigard Councilor Jason Snider
and Tigard Mayor John Cook