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Growth, traffic topics of conversation with Roy Rogers

County commissioner updates Citizen Participation Organization 4K members
by: Barbara Sherman FUTURE FORECAST — CPO 4K Chairwoman Kathy Stalkamp listens to Washington County Commissioner Roy Rogers discuss the impact of growth on the area west of King City, which might someday be incorporated into the city.

Washington County Commissioner Roy Rogers discussed growth, traffic and other issues affecting the southwest Bull Mountain area at the November meeting of Citizen Participation Organization 4K (King City).

He pointed out that Beef Bend, Bull Mountain and Roy Rogers roads are all county owned, but the county officials hope that at some point, Tigard will take over Beef Bend and Bull Mountain roads.

"The only one we want to maintain is Roy Rogers," Rogers said, and yes, the road was renamed for him years ago to honor his decades of work on transportation issues in Washington County.

He pointed out that Washington County has 1,200 miles of roads, "which makes it difficult for us to maintain."

The current population of the county is 530,000, with most living in the incorporated areas (cities), and only a small percentage living in rural, unincorporated areas. "We must maintain the arterials and collectors (streets) in those areas," Rogers said.

In addition, 750 new people a month are moving into the county, according to Rogers.

"We can't create enough jobs for them," he added. "And we are out of land for large sites - there are very few developable sites for big companies like an Intel or Nike."

Someone at the meeting asked Rogers about installing traffic lights at the intersection of Roy Rogers and Beef Bend roads because of the difficulty for people on Beef Bend trying to pull out onto Roy Rogers and or turn left from Roy Rogers onto Beef Bend.

"The traffic counts don't warrant signal lights at this time, but eventually they will be put in and paid for by development coming in," Rogers said.

He explained that the county is getting far less money from gasoline taxes than it used to, so there are fewer funds for road construction projects.

CPO 4K Chairwoman Kathy Stallkamp told Rogers about a problem with overgrowth on the sidewalk and ditch at Fischer Road and 131st, saying, "You have to duck."

Rogers told her to call 503-846-ROAD (7623) to report the problem and someone would come and take a look at it. He also told the group that there is an online request form.

Capt. Troy Spisla from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Station 35 in King City gave a brief report on the station's activities.

"We are among the top five stations among TVF and R's 22 stations for volumes of calls," Spisla said.