Lake Oswego’s 2018 Dog Calendar Wins Award of Excellence

The City of Lake Oswego was recognized by the City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA) with the Award of Excellence for its 2018 Dog Calendar. The 2018 Savvy Awards take place annually at the 3CMA Conference. Each year the number of entries in 3CMA’s Savvy Awards competition increases in quality, array and scope of programs submitted. The program reflects the growing skills of communications professionals, as more and more local governments and agencies embrace and employ the concepts of enhanced marketing and communication with citizens. This year, there were 740 entries from 198 jurisdictions throughout the United States. Lake Oswego’s 2018 Dog Calendar won in the category Printed Publications – Calendars.

In addition to featuring stunning photos of dogs in locations around the community, the calendar provided citizens with information on a variety of topics based on “frequently asked questions” to the City’s Public Information Office. The publication also included information on popular City events, City services, and a note page where people could write important emergency contact information.

The City’s 2019 Dog Calendar is expected to be released in November.

Lake Oswego’s 2018 Dog Calendar was a collaborative effort with photographer Dave Arpin (LO Parks & Recreation) and writer/graphic designer Bonnie Hirshberger (LO City Manager’s Office – Public Affairs)… and the dogs (all owned and loved by City staff).


Parks September week 2

Twilight on the Farm Dinner
Friends of Luscher Farm
Fantastic weather, fine food, tasty drinks, friends and smiles. Another successful fundraising event by the Friends of Luscher Farm. Here are some images from the dinner by local High School senior Sam Seawright.


29th Annual Mayor’s Golf Championship at
Lake Oswego Golf Course, Saturday September 8, 2018

Low Gross (50):   Dori Hamilton                     Low Net     (52):  Kevin Soyk
Nancy Deland                                                                    Dick Griffin
Valerie Vernon                                                            Mark Sidlo                                   Barbara Rose                                                                      Scott Richards


2nd Gross   (52):  Barry Hofmann                     2nd Net        (53):  Kent Studebaker

Diane Hofmann                                                 Glen Fahs

Brian Markey                                                    Joel Komarek

Marla Ross                                                        Tyler Anderson


3rd Gross    (60):  Annie Warner                      3rd Net        (58):  Sue Rothenberger

Kevin McKearney                                             Linda Johnson

Leah Winfret                                                                Deb Wilkinson

Mimi Hunter                                                                Helen Meyer


Men’s KP #6:           Kevin McKearney

Men’s KP #12:          Mark Sidlo

Women’s KP #4:      Nancy Deland

Women’s KP #17:    No qualifying shots


Putting Contest:          1st Place: Marla Ross

Tie:          Kevin McKearney

Tie:         Glen Fahs



New Engine 212 Placed in Service

We have placed in service a 2018 Pierce Velocity at our South Shore station. Engine 212 has a 1500 gallons per minute pump and carries all the necessary equipment for fire and medical calls. The engine was ordered one year ago and construction started in January of this year. Firefighters have been training to get familiar with this new engine for the last two weeks while some finishing touches were completed with installing some last items.

Come and visit the South Shore fire station on October 6th for an open house to view both this new fire engine and our new boat we placed in service a few months ago.

Open House
South Shore Fire Station, 1880 South Shore Blvd.
October 6th from 11 AM to 2 PM.

Lake Oswego Recognized for Stewardship and Water Conservation Program

On September 6, 2018, the City of Lake Oswego was recognized by the Oregon Water Resources Department’s (OWRD) 2018 Stewardship and Conservation Award Program, for outstanding commitment to promoting responsible water management and conserving water resources through its Water Conservation Program.

The City was awarded Second Place (Silver) under the category “Best Conservation Program” for large municipalities.

The OWRD’s Stewardship and Conservation Awards program celebrates those making a meaningful difference in our most precious natural resource. The program includes three awards that recognize water users from around the state that have made water conservation and management an integral part of their day-to-day operations.

“It’s a great honor for the City to be recognized for our water conservation efforts and for demonstrating that we are indeed good stewards of our water,” said Kevin McCaleb, City of Lake Oswego water conservation coordinator. “This recognition shows that the Lake Oswego community does not take our resources for granted, understands the importance of efficient water use and has a strong appreciation for the value of its water; in and out of the Clackamas River.”

The City’s Water Management and Conservation Program has been in place for more than ten years. Since the introduction of the program, historic consumption and peak per-capita water demand has reduced by almost 20 percent. The program is multi-faceted, and combines public education on efficient water use, individual assessments of equipment, rebates for inefficient appliances and equipment, and recommended solution strategies (free water audits) to expand customer base awareness of sustaining long-term water management best practices.

For more information on the conservation program, visit or call 503-675-3747

Firefighters Trained for High Rise Building Fires

The last two weeks firefighters from Lake Oswego joined Clackamas County Fire District No. 1 firefighters for specialized training. The training occurred ta the Hillside Manor in Milwaukie and focused on fires in a high rise building. Quick hose deployment and where to place the apparatus is key to success in these types of fires.

Lake Oswego has one official high rise building located on Meadows Road. Being able to train with fellow firefighters from the region to keep their skills up is vital so all know to work together because in an incident like this, Lake Oswego would either be helping other agencies or they would be helping us if we would have a large scale incident.








The City’s annual Tree Protection and Removal Workshop took place on Thursday, August 23, 2018 with 20 participants attending presentations for both the professional sector and the general public. City staff provided a summary of tree regulations contained in Municipal Code Chapter 55. Attendees explored the various types of tree removal permits, learned about requirements and conditions of approval for tree protection plans, and participated in an outdoor demonstration with examples of measuring tree diameter, tree protection fencing, and techniques for protecting trees during construction. Find information about other upcoming workshops at Please call 503-635-0290 or email for free registration.


On August 13, the PC:

  1. Held a work session to review background research and provide direction on a work plan for analysis of the current Residential Infill Design (RID) Variance procedure (PP 18-0006). Next steps include a tour of building projects approved with RID review. The Planning Department would like to thank Kincaid Intern, Charity Taylor, for serving as the staff lead on this project.
  2. Held its third work session and received public comment on Short-Term Rentals (LU 18-0034). The Commission approved adding a community survey to the work plan for Short-Term Rentals.
  3. Received an update from staff on the review of the Citizen Involvement Guidelines (PP 18-0005). In addition to reviewing the requirements for City-recognition of neighborhood associations, this project includes a review of the pre-application procedure and neighborhood contact requirements for certain types of development applications.

Please refer to the following web page for the current PC meeting forecast:


At its regular meeting on August 6, 2018, the DRC met to consider the following public hearing:

LU 18-0026, a request by CenterCal Properties and Trammell Crow Company for approval of a mixed use project with 208 residential units, approximately 50,000 sq. ft. of commercial space, and the removal of 43 trees. [Note: An additional 51 invasive trees will be removed under a separate permit.]

The site is located at 3975, 4015, & 4095 Mercantile Drive, and the vacant lot at the SW corner of Mercantile and Hallmark Drive.

The DRC continued this hearing to August 20, 2018 for additional testimony. At the August 20 hearing the DRC continued the hearing to September 5, 2018 for deliberations only.

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At its regular meeting on August 20, 2018, the DRC considered the abovementioned LU 18-0026 and the following:

LU 17-0084, a request by Sangeeta Kamineni for approval of the following:

  • A 6-lot subdivision with a private street. Five of the lots will be flag lots (Lots 2-6);
  • Buffer averaging of the previously delineated RP District, per LOC; and
  • Removal of 27 trees to accommodate the project (Additional trees will be removed under separate Invasive and Dead tree removal permits).

The site is located at 1107 Yates Street. Due to the length of the first hearing on the agenda, this hearing was continued to September 5, 2018, and will be the first evidentiary hearing for this case.


HRAB did not hold a public meet in August. However, they completed their brochure; “Preserving the Architectural History of Lake Oswego” Why you should consider landmark designation for your home”. This brochure is the final product for this year’s Certified Local Government Grant (CLG) and provides information, technical resources and incentives for designating your historic property.


In August, staff held ten pre-application conferences as follows:

  1. A request for a modification of an approved Development Permit to reduce the self-storage facility to one story on Rosewood St.
  2. A request for a 3-parcel minor partition on Palisades Terrace Dr.
  3. A request for a minor variance to retaining wall and fence heights on Greentree Rd.
  4. A request for a Development Review Permit for a new multi-family structure on D Ave.
  5. A request for RP delineation to determine if a low lying deck is feasible in the rear yard on Devon Ln.
  6. Discuss development options and access to lots on Bickner St.: either a lot line adjustment and lot consolidation resulting in two single-family lots, or develop a home on each of the three existing lots of record.
  7. A request for Annexation and 2-parcel minor partition on Waluga Dr.
  8. A request for a 2-parcel minor partition, potentially with one flag lot, on Andrews Rd.
  9. A request for Annexation, RP Delineation, and RP crossing for a driveway in order to construct a new single-family dwelling and accessory dwelling on Fielding Rd.
  10. A request for Development Review to cover existing outdoor baseball bullpens at Lakeridge High School on Overlook Dr.













In the month of August, Planning staff reviewed and approved 24 building permits, five sign permits and 17 business licenses.


Fifteen Code Enforcement cases were resolved in August, all without Municipal Court action.


Customer Contacts: During August, Permit Center staff served 1,036 walk-in customers and responded to 1,590 phone calls, or approximately 115 customer contacts per day. Of the walk-in customers, 48% were for Planning, 28% for Building, 17% for Engineering and 7% for other services.

Building Permit Activity: During August, Building staff issued four demolition permits for:

  1. 2nd St.
  2. Bonaire Ave.
  3. 3rd St.
  4. Parker Rd.

Staff received four NSFR Permits. In addition, one (1) NSFR permit and two (2) townhouses permits were issued as follows:

  1. Pilkington Rd.
  2. C Ave.
  3. 4th St.


* The number of days for Engineering review this month is skewed due to one multi-unit development that failed to follow its approved public improvement plan and had to reconstruct a portion of its street frontage in compliance with city standards.

Apart from anomalies like the one described above, the  City of Lake Oswego has been consistent for several years, turning new single family residential building permit applications around in 4-6 weeks. The above median timeline for review is from application completeness to “ready to issue”. It includes time that applicants need to address corrections required for code compliance or factors beyond the City’s control.

In addition to NSFR permits, Residential Structural Permits include remodels, additions, decks, etc., of which there were 38 issued in August by Building staff, with the median days being 94. Commercial Structural Permits include Commercial, Industrial, Multi-Family and Institutional, of which there were 11 issued, with the median days being 17.

Several City of Lake Oswego Employees Awarded at APCO

Recently our Communications Center, LOCOM, made a switch to a new Computer Aided Dispatch system (CAD). LOCOM joined with other Portland metropolitan centers looking to save money and integrate technology solutions to improve service, forming MAJCS ( Metro Area Joint Cad System) a group of four Public Safety Answering Points (911 centers): LOCOM, Columbia County 911, Washington County Consolidated Communications and Clackamas County Communications.  The group made a conscious decision to use the same CAD system for emergency service calls in Columbia, Washington and Clackamas Counties.  Working in conjunction with law and fire user agencies, across three counties, the MAJCS group worked on a collaborative approach to providing the fastest allocation of emergency resources to all priority police and fire calls.

Committees comprised of subject matter experts were formed to ensure adequate system functionality for communications officers (dispatchers), police and fire users, IT technical support and GIS table design and maintenance.  During implementation the project submitted significantly less help tickets, documentation of issues that arise when the project goes live, than most technology projects.  This achievement speaks to the dedication and skills these professionals brought to the project.

Because of the success of our project, the project manager submitted award nominations for the National Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Technology Leadership Award, Oregon APCO Commitment to Excellence Award and the Oregon APCO Technology Award.  The MAJCS project received all submitted awards and the City of Lake Oswego had a number of award winners. All did an excellent job and our IT and GIS departments were the talk of the group! Below are the individuals and their respective awards.

Jeff Harmon–GIS-Engineering

  •                National APCO Technology Leadership Award
  •                Oregon APCO-NENA Commitment to Excellence Award

Derrick Berg—Information Technology

  •                National APCO Technology Leadership Award
  •                Oregon APCO Commitment to Excellence Award
  •                Oregon APCO Technology Award

Wes Pay—Information Technology

  •                National APCO Technology Leadership Award
  •                Oregon APCO Commitment to Excellence Award
  •                Oregon APCO Technology Award

April Benedetti—LOCOM

  •                National APCO Technology Leadership Award
  •                Oregon APCO Commitment to Excellence Award

LeAnne Senger—LOCOM

  •                National APCO Technology Leadership Award
  •                Oregon APCO Commitment to Excellence Award

Clayton Simon—Police Department

  •                 National APCO Technology Leadership Award
  •                 Oregon APCO Commitment to Excellence Award

Sue Scobert—LOCOM

  •                National APCO Technology Leadership Award
  •                Oregon APCO Commitment to Excellence Award

Leslie Taylor—Retired LOCOM Manager

  •                National APCO Technology Leadership Award
  •                Oregon APCO-NENA Commitment to Excellence Award

Making Progress on D Avenue

Crews placed the first base layer of asphalt on D Avenue in late August, and lifted the full closure between 1st and 10th!

The first block of D Avenue between State and 1st Street remains closed to traffic, as pedestrian curb ramp work at the intersection of State Street is not yet complete.

Check out this video of paving taking place on D at 8th Street.

1st Street between D and E Avenue also received a new base layer of asphalt, and some minor restoration work took place throughout the project limits.

Restoration work will continue over the coming weeks. 8th and 9th Streets are expected to be repaved between D and E Avenues later this month when the final lift is paved on D Avenue.

Crews are now focused on excavating the stormwater planters (treatment facilities) and raingardens, installing liners, and placing rock.

Although the full closure for D Avenue between 1st and 10th Streets has been lifted, intermittent rolling daytime road closures will be in place in the blocks where crews are working. This is expected to continue through fall, as crews work on the final stages of the project.

State Street/Hwy. 43 Temporary Lane Closure – Late September

Crews need to rebuild new pedestrian curb ramps at the intersection of State Street (Hwy. 43) and D Avenue, and also repave this intersection. In order to safely conduct this work and to maintain a pedestrian route through this intersection, the outer southbound lane on State Street at the intersection of D Avenue will be closed 24/7 for about a week. This work is expected to occur in late September.

Warning signage will be placed on Terwilliger Boulevard and on State Street to alert drivers of the upcoming lane closure and a construction speed limit of 25 MPH will be in place. Please drive with caution, plan ahead and expect delays during this temporary closure.

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