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Our Town: Toy Donation | Snow Removal Crews | Art Grants & Youth Awards
Beaverton Winter Donation Drives
Help local residents in need by dropping off supplies for those experiencing homelessness during a shelter donation drive and by providing toys to families and children during the toy donation drive.
Toy Donation Drive is ongoing through Dec. 8:
This holiday season, the city is collecting new, unwrapped toys to help local families and children.
- Location: The Beaverton Building, 12725 SW Millikan Way
- When: Monday to Friday until Dec. 8, 8am – 5pm
- For more information, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/DonationDrives.
After the Snow Falls, Public Works Crews Hit the Road!
Though uncommon in Beaverton, snow can certainly make it difficult to accomplish everyday tasks such as going to the grocery store or picking up a prescription. When a winter storm hits, Beaverton Public Works crews work 24 hours a day to clear roads, remove fallen trees, and keep the street lights on.
Here is a glimpse of what happens before and after a winter storm event. Before:
- Public Works crews get their equipment ready for the snow event by making sure the six snowplows and sanding trucks are in working order.
- Crews put chains on the tires of primary vehicles, heavy-duty vehicles, and police vehicles.
- If needed, Public Works staff begin to move to 24-hour shifts, with 12 hours on and 12 hours off.
- Crews continue to plow and sand streets.
- Crews prepare for thaw by clearing out catch basins to make room for melting snow.
- Trees that were knocked down due to the snow, ice, and wind begin to be removed.
What happens next:
- Crews are moved back into normal hours.
- Sand begins to be removed from the streets.
Snow Removal by the Numbers
- Approximately 1,400 staff hours are dedicated to a snow event on average, not counting prep work before an event.
- Almost 75 miles of roadway receive increased maintenance during winter events. If a storm lingers for multiple days, the work may extend beyond the specified routes as needed.
- The city has six main sanding trucks: two 10-yard trucks with a sanding hopper and plows, one 10-yard truck with Epoke sander, and three small trucks with plows and sanding hoppers. The city also has a backup 5-yard truck with a tow-behind sander.
- An average of around 130 yards of sanding rock (169 tons) is used on Beaverton streets for traction.
- Two 500-gallon magnesium chloride tanks can be used to de-ice the roads before an event.
The city utilizes its de-icer most effectively by focusing on places where a sliding vehicle would be extremely dangerous, such as a hill, busy intersection, or known problem area.
However, our wet weather must also be considered when planning to de-ice a roadway.
“De-icer is good for when we have dry conditions leading up to a snow/ice event, but for the most part, rain means we cannot apply,” said Public Works Supervisor Travis Williams. “Rain will just wash away the product and be a waste of money.”
When can I expect my road to be serviced after a snow event?
For small or short winter events, sanding is sufficient. In the case of a larger event, the city has added a large plow to complement the three smaller plows. Through an intergovernmental agreement, there are streets inside the city that are maintained by the state and county and sanded by the city. In exchange, the city gets several roads, overpasses, and bridges pretreated with de-icer. High-volume streets, major arterials, and collector roadways are given the highest priority. Residential streets are not normally sanded, except for roads used for emergency vehicle access.
Residents looking for more information, including a route map, can visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Sanding.
Beaverton Arts Grants and Youth Awards
Applications are available for a variety of grants and youth arts scholarships.
Youth Arts Awards
The city’s Arts Program will accept applications beginning in December for the Youth Arts Awards, a scholarship program that recognizes the accomplishments and academic pursuits of young and emerging artists in the performing and visual arts.
These scholarships encourage promising academic advancement and aim to help foster a diverse and flourishing arts community. Multiple scholarships, up to $2,500 each, will be awarded to high school seniors enrolled in K-12 traditional education settings as well as to students enrolled in non-traditional settings (i.e., home school) within Beaverton School District boundaries.
Our Emerging Talent Awards are non-monetary awards given to one high school junior per high school in the Beaverton School District. These awards recognize the growth and potential of these individuals and will serve to acknowledge their accomplishments in advance of their college/university applications or post-secondary studies.
Open Format Grants
Open Format Grants have a rolling deadline and award amounts up to $2,500 to arts and culture practitioners. These grants are intended to provide support for individuals and organizations that have needs not met by other traditional funding programs. We call it “open format” because we ask that applicants simply tell us what their most emergent and impactful needs are. Funds could be used to support studio, office, or venue rental; pay staff salaries; produce a discreet project; hire a consultant to lead strategic planning efforts for an organization; or any number of other reasons. You tell us what you need, and we will consider funding it.
Small Project Grants
Small Project Grants are intended to provide support for new or unanticipated projects and those with an urgent timeline — especially for individual or emerging artists, BIPOC and LGBTQ artists, students, or organizations new to the grant-making process. Projects could include programs or art activities that provide a public benefit to Beaverton residents.
For more info and to apply for any of these opportunities, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/ArtSubmit.