Mayor’s Corner: March 2020

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Bee City USA – Springtime Plantings

Last year Tualatin joined 100 other communities to become a Bee City USA affiliate. With springtime around the corner you can help sustain bees in our city by planting some of the following plants that attract bees and other pollinators:

Yarrow is drought tolerant, comes in many colors of flowers, and attracts bees and butterflies. It makes an excellent cut flower (fresh or dried).

Delphinium has tall spires of blue, lavender, red, pink, purple, or white flowers that not only look beautiful, but they attract hummingbirds. There are more than 400 types of Delphinium.

Bumblebees, hummingbirds, and butterflies adore Penstemon. They’re available in a variety of colors and sizes and make for a nice fresh-cut flower.

Bee Balm attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to your garden. Also known as Oswego Tea, this plant’s dark green leaves have a nice orange-mint scent when crushed. The flowers can be red, purple, white, lavender, or pink.

Catmint is a relative of catnip and a member of the mint family. Catmint’s loose spikes of lavender, white, or pink flowers attract bees from late spring through summer.

Census 2020

Another reminder that Census 2020 begins in mid-March. Most addresses in the United States will receive a postcard with instructions to participate online, but you will also have the option to respond via phone or mail. Through spring and summer 2020, Census Bureau employees will follow up in-person at addresses that have not yet been counted.

The complete online census questionnaire will be available in twelve languages other than English. Telephone responses will be accepted in the same additional 12 languages. Paper forms will be printed in English and Spanish. Language guides and glossaries will be available in 59 non-English languages, plus Braille.

Please take the time to complete the census as we need a complete count in Tualatin to ensure we get the proper federal funding for hospitals, schools, roads, and other resources in our city.

Coffee with the Mayor/State of the City

My first coffee with the mayor of 2020 will be held on March 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Community Café at Marquis, 19805 SW Boones Ferry Road. Please stop in and let me know your ideas for the city and/or concerns about the city or if you just want to learn about something going on in the community.

The State of the City will be held on May 14 from 7:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. at the Community Café at Marquis. The format will be like a morning talk show and it will include all city councilors plus special guests. Enjoy a free breakfast and hear what was accomplished in 2019 and what to look out for in 2020. 

Frank Bubenik