December Week 2

The Friends of Southwood Park were joined by an enthusiastic group of about two dozen volunteer. They planted 200 ferns in record time with the help of Park employee Kyle Bateman. Kyle brought the Stewardship trailer and truck to the work party, and people from Lake Oswego and the Portland metro area helped to conserve this important Lake Oswego jewel and restored the natural habitat. They planted in an area that was previously cleared of invasives through the hard work of the Friends of Southwood Park volunteers.

A pre-k Spanish class from Uplands stopped by this morning for an impromptu field trip. They were out walking in Springbrook and came by to see what the building was. A couple of our players graciously let them watch a few points.

Yuletide rides on Tinseltown Trolley were held the first weekend of December.  The event, which is held in partnership with the Willamette Shore Trolley, features holiday carols, festive games, and Christmas lights.  As the trolley made its way make to the station, guests were treated to a surprise visit from Santa.  The weekend was a great success with lots of joy brought to youngsters and their families.

LO Leadership Class Learns the Ins and Outs of Public Works

On Thursday, December 14, our staff at the Water Treatment Plant and Maintenance Center had the pleasure of hosting the 2017/2018 LO Leadership Class on an in-depth tour of both facilities.

Firstly, the class visited the brand new maintenance center, which houses all our public works staff, equipment and facilities needed to keep our city’s infrastructure running – roads, sewers, water, stormwater and parks. The new center includes an administration building with maintenance and fleet shops, a decant facility, and storage for vehicles and equipment.

The second stop involved getting a first-hand look at the new water treatment plant and learning how our city’s water is purified to exceed safe drinking water standards. Class participants also learned about the city’s largest public works project ever undertaken, the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership project, which was recently completed.

Thank you, Lake Oswego Leadership Class of 2017/2018 for taking such a keen interest in learning about how our city operates and how our dedicated public works and treatment plant staff provide our citizens with essential services 24/7, 365 days a year!



On November 7 the City Council enacted Ordinance 2753, amending the CDC for purpose of the implementing the Boones Ferry Road Project (LU 17-0028), and conducted a public hearing and enacted Ordinance 2759, amending the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Maps from R-15 to Parks and Natural Areas for a property within Iron Mountain Park. (LU 17-0050)

On November 21 the City Council conducted a study session on the Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Overlay (LU 17-0064).


At its regular meeting November 13 the PC:

  • Received an update from the Forest Highlands Neighborhood Association on its proposal to amend the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Maps (LU 17-0078). This proposal is scheduled to come before the Planning Commission for a public hearing on January 8, 2018.
  • Adopted findings recommending City Council approval of Amendments to Local Street Connectivity Standard (LU 17-0053), Comprehensive Plan/Zoning Map Corrections at Ridgecrest Drive (LU 17-0024), and Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Overlay (LU 17-0064).


Library Improvements

The Library building has undergone major changes during the past year; focusing primarily on staff workspace improvements, and the installation of technological efficiencies.  Library patrons and staff have benefited from other more subtle enhancements as well. These are the changes that are helping to create a sense of place– they also highlight the talents of our city staff. Two such improvements were created by Jeremy Christensen and Eric Richardson.

The library’s Book Tree, which houses our Brian Doyle special collection.

New art lighting and art panels in the Stairway Gallery.

November Week 4

Quick action taken by Facilities
Electrician Eric Richardson came to the Adult Community Center early Nov. 28 to begin swapping out the existing fixtures for LEDs.  What he found instead were light panels full of water and standing water on the lower level.  He called Marty Butts, Building Maintenance Lead who arrived and got plumbers to diagnose the issue and a plan to mitigate possible floor damage.

Hats off to our City Facilities once again for their tireless efforts to keep our building safe and sound!


The beautiful dry weather resulted in record numbers for tree lighting. The event was emceed by Council President Jackie Manz, and Keith Dickerson and Bob Martinsson of the Chamber of Commerce.  This kick off of the holiday season featured performances from Lakeridge and Lake Oswego High School choirs and Millennium Concert Band. There was also a special visit from the big guy in red!

Library’s Youth Services Department Receives Award

Oregon College Savings Plan awards Lake Oswego Public Library
$500 in recognition of its summer reading program. The award is in recognition of their recent joint summer reading campaign, “Read a Book. Save for College. Build a Better World.”

We are thrilled with the $500 prize, which will go a long way toward enhancing our future summer reading programs,” said Andrea Milano, Youth Services Manager. “Spending time in a local library during the summer vacation can capture the imagination, keep the mind sharp, and prevent a child from struggling academically during the school year.”

According to the Oregon State Library, 64,545 youth from birth through age 18 (2,196 from Lake Oswego) signed up for this year’s summer reading program at public libraries throughout Oregon; collectively, they read 323,441 books over 880,104 hours.

This year’s Oregon College Savings Plan summer reading campaign received 5,286 entries statewide, helping to spread awareness of the importance of both summer reading and early saving for college.

“We’ve worked with the Oregon College Savings Plan on promoting summer reading for the past eight years, and it continues to be an ideal partnership,” said MaryKay Dahlgreen, Oregon State Librarian. “They’ve helped us keep kid’s minds engaged over the summer, while supporting libraries with printed materials, underwriting special performances and awarding prize money.”

About The Oregon College Savings Plan
The Oregon College Savings Plan, which is part of the Oregon 529 Savings Network, launched in January 2001 and has grown to more than $1.5 billion in assets as of September 30, 2017. The plan is managed by TIAA‐CREF Tuition Financing, Inc. For more information about the Oregon College Savings Plan, its investment options and how to enroll, visit or call toll free 866‐772‐8464. Follow the Oregon College Savings Plan on and


LOFD and LOPD receive Peer Support Training

Members from both Lake Oswego Fire and Lake Oswego Police departments participated in a three day training this week in Peer Support. The program is being taught by Tim Dietz LPC, who is a retired Captain/Paramedic from TVF&R. Tim is a recognized therapist in the country for his continued educating and treatment of first responders. The program trains the members to help with supporting other members from both traumatic events and difficult circumstances. The training corresponds with material from, International Critical Stress Foundation (ICISF).

Lake Oswego Fire and Police both have 9 members each that serve the needs of their respective departments. Each of the agencies Peer Support members also have the ability to give and receive help from other local agency Peer Support teams should needs arise.

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