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April 2014 Hello LOApril 2014THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE CITY OF LAKE OSWEGOHello 2 Water Pipeline Construction Sustainability Action Plan Clean Water Canines Proposed Budget Presented CERT Training Board & Commission Vacancies 3 Parks & Recreation City Library New Playground at George Rogers Park 4 Trillium Festival & Hardy Plant Sale Volunteer Opportunities Architectural Treasure Hunt and “Blockbuster” Walking Tours Community Shred Day Community Calendar Insert Living 50+ Urban & Community Forestry For inFormation about the City and its serviCes, go to www.Ci.oswego.or.us or Call 503-635-0257.Inside O . O L . *****ECRWSS***** POSTAL CUSTOMER Presorted Standard U.S. Postage PAID Permit 124 Lake Oswego, OR Continued on page 2 Continued on page 2 DRUG TAKE BACK APRIL 26 FROM 10 A.M. TO 2 P.M. To help citizens properly dispose of unwanted or expired prescription medicines, the City is holding a one-day-only drug take back event. This collection event will take place at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Avenue, on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Unwanted prescription medicines will be collected from individual households only. Medications cannot be accepted from businesses such as nursing homes, doctor’s offices or any other institution or business. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Hirshberger at 503-675-3992 or bhirshberger@ci.oswego.or.us. CERT TRAINING BEGINS APRIL 15 The next Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training hosted by Lake Oswego Fire Department is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 15. CERT Training consists of seven evening sessions followed by a Saturday disaster simulation. Classes will be 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. each Tuesday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 31, at the Westlake Fire Station, 4900 Melrose Street. KENSINGTON PULLS OUT OF WEST END BUILDING SALE The prospective buyer of the City’s West End Building, Kensington Investment Group, has decided to terminate its purchase and sale agreement with the City. In November, Kensington and the City had agreed to a sale price of $16.5 million for the property - contingent on Kensington being satisfied with its inspection of the property. On March 6, Kensington notified the City that it was unable to come up with a development plan that would financially work, and thus, the company would need to cancel the agreement. At its March 18 meeting, City Council reaffirmed its intention of selling the West End property. Mr. Nick Bunick, a Lake Oswego developer, has previously proposed to purchase the site, along with an adjacent City parcel immediately to the west, for $20 million. City officials will be considering this proposal in the coming weeks as well as hiring a commercial realtor to assist with the sale of the property. The City’s proposed zone change of the West End property from Office Campus to General Commercial is on hold until the commercial realtor can advise the City. For additional information, please contact Brant Williams, Redevelopment Director, at 503-635-6138. MESSAGE FROM MAYOR STUDEBAKER WHY DOESN’T COUNCIL TALK ABOUT WIZER’S OR THE WEB? If you have kept abreast of community issues, you know there has been controversy surrounding the proposed development of the Wizer Block and re-zoning the West End Building (WEB) property. Many of our citizens have written to City Council expressing their opinions on those projects. A number of citizens have also tried to have face-to-face conversations with Council members about the projects. Council members have made a concerted effort not to respond, and because of this, there may be some feeling in the community that the Council does not care or has already decided on its course. In fact, neither of those things are correct. If any of the parties in these projects appeal a decision by the Development Review Commission or the Planning Commission, the appeal would be to the City Council. Because these two proceedings are “quasi-judicial,” members of the City Council must do everything they can to avoid communicating with citizens outside the formal hearing process. We VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SCULPTURE Cast your ballot for the People’s Choice Award and help choose the next piece of art for the City of Lake Oswego’s permanent art collection. Five pieces of sculpture in the rotating Gallery Without Walls exhibition are on the People’s Choice Ballot, available now through April 14. Continued on page 4 Audrey by Guy Wilson 2nd and B Avenue Unwrapped by Dan Toone 3rd Street between A & B Avenue Sunflower by Patricia Vader Sundeleaf Plaza Guardian of the Lake by Brian Mock 1st Street just south of A Avenue Egg by James Lapp 3rd Street and A Avenue Continued on page 2 Ballots are available online at www.artscouncillo.org and at the following businesses: Accessories from the Heart, Massage Envy, Nicoletta’s Table and The Oilerie plus at City Hall, the Library, WEB and the Arts Council office & Museum. For more information, call the Arts Council of Lake Oswego at 503-675-3738. WATER PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION EXPECT TRAFFIC DETOURS AND DELAYS Last month, Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership pipeline crews were busy laying 36-inch water pipeline along Lanewood Street in the Lake Grove neighborhood. A second crew also began installing 42-inch water pipeline along Chandler Road in the North Shore Country Club neighborhood. OFF TO THE ZOO ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER DAVID DONALDSON ACCEPTS NEW POSITION Congratulations to Assistant City Manager David Donaldson on his new job as Vice President of Human Resources at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo - a job that matches his passion for zoos with his interests in Human Resource Management. David, leaving the City on April 18, is sad to say good-bye but knows the City is in good hands. David, who began his career with the City in December 2006 when he was hired as Assistant City Manager, will be missed. In that role, David directly oversaw several departments including Human Resources, Finance and Budget, Information Technology, Library, Parks and Recreation, and Public Works. David was also an integral part of the City’s Emergency Management Executive Team and served as the City’s representative on the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce Board. In addition, David served as acting City Manager for ten months in 2012 in a limited term appointment. The City wishes David the best of luck! Skip O’Neill City Councilor 503-781-7664 (Cell) Lauren Hughes City Councilor 503-734-6925 (Cell) Kent Studebaker Mayor 503-201-2270 (Cell) Jeff Gudman City Councilor 503-780-1524 (Cell) Donna Jordan City Councilor 503-675-1120 (Home) Jon Gustafson City Councilor 503-348-5191 (Cell) Karen Bowerman City Councilor 503-858-5983 (Cell) 2 City Council 503-635-0215 503-697-6594 (fax) City Council e-mail: council@ci.oswego.or.us City Manager Scott Lazenby 503-635-0215 VACANCIES The City is seeking applicants for the Planning Commission, Sustainability Advisory Board, and 50+ Advisory Board. For more details, go to www.ci.oswego.or.us/boc/boards- commissions-vacancies, or contact the City Manager’s Office at 503-635-0215. Applications can be filled out online. Acceptable items for collection are: • Expired or unwanted prescription/pharmaceutical medicine • Unknown tablets and capsules • Veterinary medications Items not accepted: • No thermometers, sharps or medical waste or equipment will be collected. For information on how you can safely dispose of these items, call Metro Recycling at 503-234-3000. • Ordinary hand lotions, deodorants, and products that can be safely disposed of in your regular garbage. • Over-the-counter medicines and first aid ointments • Supplements such as vitamins and protein powders. Please put all pill/tablet medications into a zip-seal bag. We do not want the plastic prescription containers. Empty plastic prescription bottles can’t be recycled curbside, however, they can be recycled at the Lake Oswego Recycling Center, 341 Foothills Road. If you bring in a liquid medication, please put the bottle in a sealable plastic bag to prevent leaks. For more disposal options, visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/ police/drug-medicine-disposal. DRUG Continued from page 1 SUSTAINABILITY ACTION PLAN FOCUSING ON IMPROVING THE SUSTAINABILITY OF MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS The City has recently reviewed and updated its Sustainability Action Plan for City Operations (Plan). Focused on improving the sustainability of municipal operations, the Plan provides a framework and set of strategies and prioritized actions that support the continued provision of quality services to Lake Oswego citizens. These actions are presented in a fiscally prudent, socially responsible, and environmentally sound way, ensuring that current needs are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Incorporating sustainability into the City’s strategic decision making: • Results in efficiencies that can save time and money • Contributes to a healthy and supportive workplace and community • Helps to protect and enhance the natural environment • Prioritizes opportunities that increase revenue, reduce costs, mitigate economic, social, and environmental risks, and improve the City’s brand image The Plan’s seven action areas, identified as the highest impact areas of City operations with the most opportunity for improvement, include: • Fiscal Responsibility and Organizational Stability • Quality Services • Greenhouse Gas Emissions (energy, fuel, and other contributing sources) • Water Conservation • Waste Prevention • Toxics Reduction • Habitat Enhancement and Stormwater Management The core of the Plan is an updated set of strategies and actions prioritized for implementation in the next five years. Informed by the results of past efforts, summarized in past sustainability progress reports, the strategies and actions outline the work needed to move toward the Plan’s goals. The updated Plan, progress reports, 2007 Plan, and associated reports and presentations can be found at www.ci.oswego. or.us/sustainability. PROPOSED BUDGET PRESENTED ON APRIL 22 The City’s fiscal year 2014-15 budget process continues on Tuesday, April 22. At this public meeting, the Budget Committee will meet to review the City Manager’s Proposed Budget, receive public comment, and deliberate on any changes. The Budget Committee is made up of the City’s seven elected officials and seven appointed citizens. In addition to approving and forwarding a recommended budget to the City Council, the Committee receives public testimony and approves the tax rate. Once approved, the City Council reviews and adopts the Budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2014. An additional Budget Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 1. The meetings begin at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall and will be televised and also viewable online at www.ci.oswego.or.us/citycouncil/ watch-meetings-online-and-cable-tv. During April, crews will continue laying pipe along the southerly leg of Douglas Circle, and a portion of Upper Drive, between Twin Fir Road and Iron Mountain Blvd. By mid- April, crews will be laying pipe along Iron Mountain Blvd., west from Chandler Road. Expect detours and temporary delays for through traffic in construction zones. There may be partial and full street closures in some locations. Visit the map at lotigardwater.org for more information on traffic detours and road closures. Since December, the Partnership has been reviewing alignment options around the Lake as an alternative to tunneling under Oswego Lake in order to keep costs controlled. Investigations to determine feasibility are currently being conducted along the preferred alignment, which include part of McVey Ave., George Rogers Park, Durham Street and B Ave. For more information about Partnership projects in your neighborhood, or traffic detours, email lotwater@ ci.oswego.or.us or visit “construction activities” at lotigardwater.org. You can also sign up to receive periodic emails about pipeline work, Waluga Reservoir work or any Partnership projects you are interested in. Your patience is appreciated as this important improvement to your water supply system is constructed. WATER PIPELINE Continued from page 1 In 2009, the City’s water rates were re-designed to encourage water conservation through three increasingly costly volume tiers. MONTHLY UTILITY BILLING IS COMING Water, wastewater, surface water and street maintenance are all utility services provided by the City and billed every two months. Many of you have asked for monthly billing, and it is coming. Often, Lake Oswego residents and businesses call to ask why their bill is so high, not realizing that it is for 60 days and not 30. Monthly bills will make the service time period much clearer. “By switching to monthly billing, our customers will see smaller, more regular amounts. In addition, service time and payment amount are better linked, so that unintended use can be detected sooner,” says Finance Director Ursula Euler. Take a look at the first two digits of your account number, and you will know when your first monthly bill will be in your mailbox. Residents and businesses whose account numbers start with 05, 07, 08, or 09 will receive their last two-month bill in late March, while all other residents and businesses will receive their last two-month bill in late April. Afterward, the bills will come monthly. While this switch will add additional expense in meter reading, postage, and bill printing, David Donaldson, Assistant City Manager, states: “We are hopeful that more and more of our customers will opt to receive e-mail bills and make electronic payments. This will help off-set some or all of the increased expenditures in the future.” With that said, late payment timeframes will also shrink. We would like to encourage anyone who has past due balances to take care of them. Payments are accepted online at www.ci.oswego.or.us/pay, or in person by cash, credit card or check at City Hall during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Outside of business hours, payments can be dropped into a drop box located in the back lobby at City Hall. In 2009, the City’s water rates were re-designed to encourage water conservation through three increasingly costly volume tiers. For your convenience, usage in each tier will continue to be shown on the bill along with a past usage graph. Fees and volume tiers are staying the same, but the tiers will be stated as monthly steps and will be half at 1-8, 9-16, and 17+ units for Tiers 1, 2 and 3, respectively, on the monthly bill. More information on utility fees can be found on the website, at www.ci.oswego. or.us/finance/master- fees-and-charges. In this free course, you will learn about disaster preparedness, fire suppression, medical operations, search and rescue, disaster psychology, terrorism, and team organization. At the end of this training, you will have a greater understanding of helping yourself and your family be better prepared in the event of a disaster. For more information or to enroll, contact the Fire Department at kcarnahan@ci.oswego.or.us or 503-635- 0275. Class size is limited to 25. CERT Continued from page 1 CLEAN WATER CANINES Spring is here, along with the opening of the LO Farmers’ Market, and another year of Doggy Daycare. To celebrate Opening Day on May 17, look for City staff at Doggy Daycare - they will be recognizing Clean Water Canines and their owners who take the pledge to: • Stay on leash and on trails in natural areas • Avoid contact with streams and wildlife • Pick up pet waste and dispose of it in the garbage • Remain in off-leash boundaries when off leash For more information call: Main Number, 503-636-7628 Reference Desk Number, 503-675-2540 or visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/library 3 y o u r C o m m u n i t y r e s o u r C e F o r i n F o r m a t i o n a n d e n r i C h m e n tCITY LIBRARY d i s C o v e r a C t i v e l i v i n gPARKS & RECREATION West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way For more information, call 503-675-2549 or visit www.lakeoswegoparks.org JOIN THE YOUTH ACTION COUNCIL! Earn volunteer hours and make a difference in your community. Applicants must be in high school in order to serve on the Council. Applications open on April 1 for the 2014-15 school year and are available from the Teen Lounge or at www.LOTeenScene.org. Applications are due no later than 5p.m. on Wednesday, April 30. BE A VOLUNTEER JR. CAMP COUNSELOR We are accepting applications until Thursday, May 15, for Volunteer Camp Counselor positions at various summer camps. Counselors are needed throughout the summer at camps that begin on Monday, June 16, until Friday, August 22. Help lead games, setup supplies for activities, cleanup and more. Volunteers must be ages 13+ and available everyday for assigned weeks of camp. Qualities for this position include ability to follow directions, work independently at times, responsible, punctual, and willing to lead a group of children in an activity. We also desire friendly, helpful, and smiling individuals. Applications are available at www.ci.oswego. or.us/parksrec under “Things to Do,” “Volunteer Opportunities.” Interviews will be conducted the last two weeks of May. Students selected will be required to attend a volunteer training on Friday, June 13. Call Cydny at 503-697-6589 for more information. LEARN TO ROW Come enjoy the wonderful spring weather on the water and learn how to row! Lake Oswego Community Rowing, through Parks & Recreation, is offering adult (18 and up) Learn to Row classes that begin in April. Each class is eight sessions, and there are several days and times to choose from. For more information and registration, go to www.lorowing.com/learntorow. FUN AT LUSCHER FARM Garden Babies Parents bring your wee ones to the Farm for some fun garden-based activities. Parents must accompany children. Class is held rain or shine! Ages 0-3, Free Drop-In Program, 10-10:45 a.m., Mondays, April 7 to May 19. Barnyard Tales Join Luscher Farm staff for a weekly story time on the farm followed by a short tour of the Children’s Garden. Parents must accompany children. Ages 3-8, Free Drop- in Program, 10-11 a.m., Wednesdays, April 9 to May 28. Barnyard Chickens for Kids Do chickens have ears? Learn this and other fun facts about the chickens at the Farm through games, stories and a fun art project. Learn the chicken dance! Ages 5-8, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 5, $10. Little Chefs- Sun Toast and Fruit Kabobs Bring your preschooler to the Farm for an interactive learning experience. Make a healthy snack together with produce from the garden and develop a life-long love for the culinary arts. Ages 3-8, 9:30-10:15 a.m., Saturday, April 26, $19. FEATURED CLASSES AT THE WEB Line Dance-Try It Out For FREE Class April 11 Here’s your opportunity to check out the line dance program with instructor Holli. All abilities welcome and no partner is necessary. Benefit from improved memory, coordination, confidence and muscular strength. Plus enjoy great music! Tiny Boppers An independent dance and movement experience that helps children develop confidence. Dancers move to music that works on motor coordination, rhythm, and strength. A wonderful foundation for all dance forms, sports and other physical activities. Ages 3 to 6, Wednesdays, April 16 to May 21, 10:45 to 11:30 a.m., $45. Mini-Ballerinas An introductory dance class with the goal of fostering the love of movement in each participant. Young dancers improve flexibility, coordination, and musicality plus build self-confidence in a fun and creative environment. Ages 4 to 7, Thursdays, April 17 to May 22, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., $60. PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS First Tuesday Music Series – Laila Murphy & Friends April 1, 7 p.m. The Library presents Laila Murphy & Friends for its First Tuesday Music Series. Murphy is an accomplished flutist, singer and performer. Her music ranges from classical to jazz. Come See the Library’s New 3D Printer! Friday, April 4, 3 to 4 p.m. See the Library’s new FlashForge Creator 3D printer in action, and hear a presentation about the potential of 3D printing. Special Author Program – Diane Hammond Tuesday, April 8, 7 p.m. Diane Hammond is the author of four critically acclaimed novels, Seeing Stars, Hannah’s Dream, Going to Bend, and Homesick Creek, as well as the recently released novel Friday’s Harbor. She is the recipient of an Oregon Arts Commission literary fellowship. Performing Arts Series – Rose Laughlin Wednesday, April 9, 1 p.m. Considered a "true folk music chanteuse," Rose Laughlin will perform her Celtic and American roots folk music program: a captivating take on traditional tunes that is interspersed with poetry. Third Tuesday Author Series – Michael Heyn April 15, 7 p.m. Michael Heyn is the author of In Search of Decency: The Unexpected Power of Rich and Poor. In this uncommon memoir, Heyn shares what he experienced and learned living across 15 countries over 50 years. Oregon Humanities Program features Wendy Willis Tuesday, April 22, 7 p.m. The Library is very pleased to present, “We Are What We Eat: Connecting Food and Citizenship” with Wendy Willis. This free discussion about citizenship and food is part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversation Project. Get eBooks from Your Library! Learn how to get ebooks from your library and use them on your devices! Individual appointments are available throughout the month of April. Call the Reference Department to schedule an appointment. Sign up for free classes for adults held at the Library: • Adult Craft: Beginning Drawing • Adult Craft: Make an Artist’s Book • Keyboarding & Internet Searching • Search the Internet with Google Call 503-675-2540 for dates and times. PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN Children’s Storytimes Special reading adventures tailored for a range of ages. Baby Storytime (birth - 18 months) Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m.; Toddler Storytime (19 months - 3 years old) Wednesdays at 11:45 a.m.; Preschool Storytime (3 - 5 year olds) Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Special Series: Musical Laptime with Anne Clark Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Families with babies from birth through 18 months are invited to a series of musical laptimes presented by early childhood music specialist Anne Clark. “Trees for You and Me” with Penny’s Puppet Productions Saturday, April 12, 2 p.m. Presented in honor of Arbor Week, this fun, musical puppet show celebrates the wonders of trees. Penny Walter has been bringing kids puppet fun for ten years, and she teaches puppetry classes for teachers, professionals, and families. Lego Club for Grades 3-6 Monday, April 14, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Kids are invited to work on projects and learn more about LEGOs with Blair Amos, local LEGO maven. Materials are provided for this free program but registration is required. Call 503-697-6580 to sign up. “Year of the Horse” Celebration Saturday, April 19, 11 a.m. to noon Join the students from Lake Oswego’s Chinese American International School (CAIS) as they celebrate with dance, songs, poetry, and native costumes. The performance will include a fun question and answer session. The program also includes a horse craft and Chinese calligraphy bookmarks created by local artist Jean Ye. PROGRAMS FOR TEENS Poetry Slam! Thursday, April 3, 7 to 8 p.m. The Library’s Teen Board presents an open mic opportunity for teens in grades 8-12 to share their passion for poetry. Teen poets are warmly invited to participate. Audience members as well as performers are welcome. Please register at loteen@ci.oswego.or.us or 503-697-6580. NEW PLAYGROUND AT GEORGE ROGERS PARK The Parks & Recreation Department is excited to announce a new playground has been scheduled for construction at George Rogers Park! The old playground, built in 1995, has recently been removed. The new structure - estimated to cost $150,000 - will include play areas for younger and older children and a larger sandbox area. Children can look forward to lots of climbing and spinning activities, and parents can look forward to a new picnic shelter area to gather around and visit with friends. The playground is expected to be completed the first part of June and a grand opening ceremony will be scheduled accordingly. 44 This newsletter is printed on 100% recycled content paper, using soy-based ink. Citizen Information Specialist and HelloLO Editor Bonnie Hirshberger 503-675-3992 bhirshberger@ci.oswego.or.us For inFormation about the City and its serviCes, go to www.Ci.oswego.or.us or Call 503-635-0257. Event dates are subject to change. More details are available online at: www.ci.oswego.or.us/calendar. For more information, call 503-675-3992. April 1 Tuesday • City Council Regular Meeting, 5:30pm • Library Music Series, 7pm 2 Wednesday • NRAB Meeting, 6:30pm • First Addition/Forest Hills Neighborhood Coordinating Meeting, 6:30pm • First Wednesday, Oswego Heritage House, 7- 8pm 3 Thursday 4 Friday • Blood Drive, City Hall, 9:30am-3pm 5 Saturday • Trillium Festival, 10am-4pm 6 Sunday • Trillium Festival, 10am-4pm • Arbor Week Festival and Tree Planting, MPP, 12-3pm • Runway on the Lake, ACC, 2pm 7 Monday • DRC Meeting, 7pm 8 Tuesday • Free a Tree, 10-11am • Author Diane Hammond, Library, 7pm 9 Wednesday • Better Lighting, Lower Costs Work- shop, Clackamas Co., 7:30am-12pm • Barnyard Tales & Heritage Tree Walk, Luscher, 10-11am • Library Performing Arts Series, 1pm • Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant CAC Mtg, 4-6pm • TAB Meeting, 7pm • HRAB Meeting, 7pm • LAB Meeting, 7pm 10 Thursday • Heritage Tree Dedication, 5-6pm 11 Friday 12 Saturday • Walk For Water, Foothills, 8:30am • Community Shred Event, WEB, 10am 13 Sunday 14 Monday 15 Tuesday • Historic Home Tour tickets go on sale • CERT Class begins, 6:30pm • City Council Regular Meeting, 6:30pm • Library Author Series, 7pm 16 Wednesday • PRAB Meeting, WEB, 6pm 17 Thursday • 50+ Advisory Board, ACC,8:30am • Uplands NA Board Mtg, 7pm 18 Friday 19 Saturday 20 Sunday 21 Monday • SAB Meeting, 6:30pm • DRC Meeting, 7pm 22 Tuesday • We Are What We Eat, Library, 7pm 23 Wednesday • Volunteer Info Meeting, WEB, 5:30pm 24 Thursday • Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Open House, 5-7pm • Budget Committee Meeting, 6pm • Deadline for Arbor Day Art Contest 25 Friday 26 Saturday • Tree Pruning Workshop, WEB, 9am- 12pm • Drug Take Back Event, ACC, 10am-2pm 27 Sunday • Film Screening - “A Fierce Green Fire: Battle for a Living Planet”, 1-3pm • Friends of Iron Mtn Ivy Pull, 1-3pm • Glenmorrie Neighborhood Annual Ivy Pull, 1-3pm 28 Monday 29 Tuesday 30 Wednesday May 1 Thursday • Budget Committee Meeting, 6pm 2 Friday 3 Saturday • Child Safety Seat Clinic, Main Fire Dept, 10am-1:30pm • Historic Walking Tour, Sundeleaf, 2pm Community Calendar ACC Adult Community Center DRC Development Review Commission HRAB Historic Resources Advisory Board LAB Library Advisory Board LORA Lake Oswego Redevelopment Agency MPP Millennium Plaza Park NA Neighborhood Association NRAB Natural Resources Advisory Board PRAB Parks and Recreation Advisory Board SAB Sustainability Advisory Board TAB Transportation Advisory Board WEB West End BuildingGlossaryARCHITECTURAL TREASURE HUNT AND “BLOCKBUSTER” WALKING TOURS TO FEATURE HISTORIC COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS Lake Oswego, founded in 1850, is one of the oldest towns in Clackamas County. The City has a number of historic commercial buildings, yet little has been done to showcase these treasures -- until now. The Lake Oswego Preservation Society was awarded a $5,000 Clackamas County Community Partnership Program grant to create an architectural treasure hunt. Contestants may pick up a treasure hunt brochure at local hotels, city hall, or the chamber of commerce; it’s also available on the Society’s website. This brochure contains photographs of architectural details, which are clues to the identity of five historic buildings in Lake Grove and ten in downtown. The contest will run through April and all correctly-completed entries received by May 1 will be entered in a drawing. Prizewinners will be announced on May 15 during the National Historic Preservation Month presentation before City Council. As part of this grant, the Society will offer the "Blockbuster" walking tour free of charge on Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 18. Fourteen buildings in downtown Lake Oswego ranging from 1875 to 1962 will be featured. The walking tours are offered through the City's Parks & Recreation Department’s Winter/Spring catalog. Reservations may be made by contacting the Society by email: 4lohistory@lakeoswegopreservationsociety.org or by calling 503- 481-2479. For more information about the treasure hunt and the “Blockbuster” walking tour, please visit www. lakeoswegopreservationsociety.org. COMMUNITY SHRED DAY APRIL 12, FROM 10 A.M. TO 1 P.M. (OR UNTIL THE TRUCK IS FULL) On April 12, safely and securely dispose of sensitive documents such as bank and credit card statements, old tax forms, and pre-approved credit card offers, at the free Community Shred Event. Stop by the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, to dispose of up to three boxes (case-of-paper size) or bags of material per household. Participants are also encouraged to bring canned food for donation to the Oregon Food Bank. For more information, including identity theft prevention tips, waste reduction and recycling resources, and year-round shredding options, go to www.ci.oswego.or.us/sustainability/secure-document- shredding. For questions, contact Susan Millhauser at 503-635-0291 or smillhauser@ci.oswego.or.us. TRILLIUM FESTIVAL & HARDY PLANT SALE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, APRIL 5 AND 6, 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M. Every spring leading nurseries from around the state come to Tryon Creek with a large range of native and hardy plant inventories available for purchase. In addition, the Festival will feature guided interpretive nature hikes by Friends’ volunteers and State Parks staff, a nature discovery open house where families can explore the natural world, and gardening presentations to help festival attendees understand the value of native gardening and how best to care for native plants. The Festival will also include local craft and garden art vendors. A free shuttle is offered from Lewis and Clark College (located just north of the park on Terwilliger Blvd. and Palatine Hill Rd.) during festival hours which makes it easy to get to and from the event site. This year’s Trillium Festival is co-sponsored with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For details and a schedule of events, visit www.tryonfriends.org. Indian plum have been advised by our City Attorney that decision-makers in quasi-judicial proceedings are required to avoid any discussion of the issues or merits of such projects outside of the hearings, in order to avoid the appearance of making decisions based on ex parte contacts. We are following that advice because we truly do want to follow the legal requirements. If we don’t, the whole lengthy decision-making process could be challenged. Speaking for myself, I have listened to the hearings in order to be as informed as possible without violating the ex parte rules. On another note, the annual budget process is underway with the first Budget Committee Meeting taking place on March 20. As Chairman Dave Berg pointed out in a Lake Oswego Review article, we are dealing with a finite amount of funds. We have a substantial amount of bonded debt because of our need to maintain infrastructure. The rescinding of the WEB purchase agreement adds another $1.5 million annually to our indebtedness. Our challenge will be to plan for continued maintenance of our assets without placing further financial burdens on our citizenry. Some of the capital projects under consideration in the coming years include improvement of the Operations/Maintenance Facility, a new Communications center, Boones Ferry improvement, and upgrade of the South Shore Fire Station. Obviously, these cannot all be done in one, two, or even three years. Please be assured that we will be as frugal as possible while still preserving the quality of this wonderful community. COUNCIL - EX PARTE RULES Continued from page 1 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Parks & Recreation has some great opportunities for you to volunteer whether it’s the Farmers’ Market that suits your fancy, summer concerts or maybe the Star Spangled Celebration on the 4th of July. Why not take on a supportive role and take part in producing these lively, engaging community events? Learn more at a brief informational meeting at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, on Wednesday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Mary Kelly, Volunteer Coordinator, at 503-697-6517 or mkelly@ci.oswego.or.us.