Public Works office moves to new site north of airport
Need to stop by Hillsboro's Public Works Department? Effective Monday, staff have moved to a new location north of the Hillsboro Airport.
Starting Monday, the vast majority of the city's public works department will be housed at 4415 N.E. 30th Ave., a 15-acre property at the corner of Northwest Evergreen and Sewell roads.
The new Public Works Facility is the culmination of more than a year of construction to build a permanent home for the department, which is responsible for maintaining the city's roads and sewer systems and responds to emergency incidents, such as snow and flooding.
Prior to Monday's move, staff had been split at a few sites across the city.
The city broke ground on the new facility in 2015, and some employees started working from the new headquarters last November, but construction of the building didn't wrap up until this month, when the rest of the city's public works department moved into the space.
"This investment into our Public Works facility is also an investment in public safety," then-Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey said last fall when the facility opened. "Keeping our roads and sewer systems in good working order is essential to our health and safety."
In addition to maintaining the city's roads and public infrastructure, the department works with the public to review engineering construction drawings, processes event and developer permits and handle planning for new infrastructure.
"We're excited to have this great new facility that will help our employees serve the Hillsboro community every day," Public Works Department Director Tom Arnold said.
According to city officials, the move will "streamline and improve work flow, offer a more efficient layout to support continued growth and expansion well into the future, and, most importantly, enable staff to better serve customers' permitting needs."
Public Works will continue to have a presence at the Civic Center, said city spokesman Patrick Preston.
"They'll be here as liaisons for the rest of the facility," he said.
Both the new facility and the Civic Center will handle permitting for engineering, grading and erosion, right of way and events, Preston said.