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March 2021 HelloLO*****ECRWSS***** POSTAL CUSTOMER Presorted Standard U.S. Postage PAID Permit 124 Lake Oswego, OR 2 North Anchor ProjectWastewater Treatment Plant Council Corner Woodmont Natural Park Iron Mountain Park & TrailsStorm Debris Collection2021 Pavement Work 3 Parks & Rec Medical Ride Reimbursement ACC Remodel Update Spring Break Camps Library Simplify! Love it. Use it Or Lose It! Adam Miller 4 Community CalendarWhat's in the new City Hall Virtual Drink & DrawVisions of 4 Exhibition Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Test Your Smoke Alarms! Personal Care Items Needed Insert Water Conservation Year In Review Inside For inFormation about the City and its serviCes, go to www.lakeoswego.City or Call 503-635-0257. O . O L . THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE CITY OF LAKE OSWEGOHelloMarch 2021Continued on page 2 LAKE GROVE FARMERS’ MARKET Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation Department is delighted to unveil a pilot farmers’ market in Lake Grove! The pilot season of the Lake Grove Farmers’ Market is presented by sponsor Mercato Grove, and celebrates farmers and foodies alike, offering the finest food & agricultural products in the Pacific Northwest. The event begins March 7 and will continue through April 25 on Sundays from 1-5pm on Hallmark Drive (between Mercantile Drive & Collins Way). The small-scale market will feature 15-20 weekly vendors, and customers can expect to find fresh produce, flowers, meats, seafoods, rotating value-added products, hot foods and more. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) matching up to $20 will also be available thanks to the generous support of the sponsor. Parking will be available at neighboring Lake Grove Elementary School. The pilot market aims to evaluate community interest in a permanent market on the westside of Lake Oswego. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place, including capacity limits, required face coverings and physical distancing. For additional information and parking locations, visit www.lakeoswego.city/lofm. CITY COUNCIL 2021 GOALS Every year, our City Council sets goals and initiatives for the coming year. These goals guide the overall City vision, department workplans, and prioritizes projects. This year, Council identified 8 major goals for the 2021 strategic workplan. • Ensure a safe and secure community for all • Support business investment and job creation in Lake Oswego • Foster diversity, equity and inclusion in Lake Oswego and in the City as an organization • Combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening the community’s resilience to climate impact • Support strong operational practices, infrastructure investments, and fiscal policies that increase public trust in the City • Invest in Lake Oswego’s high-quality parks, natural areas, and recreational amenities • Improve transportation connections, mobility and safety for all types of trips in Lake Oswego • Conserve the community’s quality of life by planning for change and growth To read more about the identified Council initiatives and projects under each goal, visit www.lakeoswego.city/citycouncil. CITY HALL PROJECT UPDATE The City Hall Project is nearing another major milestone with City departments moving into the new City Hall throughout the month of March. The move will signal the end of Phase 1 of the project and the beginning of Phase 2, deconstruction of the old City Hall and construction of the upper parking lot and civic plaza. After the move, the building will remain closed to the public until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. If for any reason you have business at City Hall, there are two main entrances: • The A Avenue entrance on the north end of the building has parking on A Avenue. • The south entrance can be accessed through City Hall’s existing lower parking lot from 4th Street. During Phase 2 construction, there will be very limited on-site parking in the lower parking lot off of 4th Street. There is also very limited on-street parking near City Hall. To minimize any impacts to abutting neighbors, the City encourages the use of the City’s public parking lots in the downtown area along State Street or at First Street and B Avenue. Phase 2 is anticipated to be completed by the end of August. The official building opening with ribbon cutting event is tentatively scheduled for September. For update-to-date information on the construction schedule, please check the project webpage at www.ci.oswego.or.us/lora/new-city-hall-project.Read more about the new City Hall on page 4 COMMUNITY POLICING In alignment with Lake Oswego City Council’s initiatives for 2021, the City will engage in a dialog about community policing this spring. Council, City Manager Martha Bennett and Police Chief Dale Jorgensen collaborated to develop the following statement about the desired outcomes for community engagement: “The City of Lake Oswego is committed to providing high quality services to every person in our community. As a local government that provides law enforcement services, we believe systemic racism needs to be evaluated in law enforcement nationwide. And, we are part of that system. We are undertaking these community dialogs to identify ways to strengthen how our police department collaborates with all of the people in our community to provide public safety. We will thoroughly evaluate our systems, structures, policies, procedures, processes, and practices with the goal of building public trust and relationships, especially with the people in our community who have been marginalized. As part of that process, we will seek feedback from the community, police officers, and elected PAVEMENT WORK PLANNED FOR 2021 Pavement rehabilitation and patching will happen on many city streets from late spring through early fall. Streets identified for pavement rehabilitation include Bryant Road (between Jean Road and Canal Woods), Overlook Drive (between Westview Drive and Tree Top Lane), Melrose Street (between Fosberg Road and Peters Road), and the Lake Shore Road loop. More streets will receive major spot patching repairs. Neighbors on streets with pavement work will receive information by mail this month. Visit www.lakeoswego.city/pavement for the full map of pavement repairs funded for this summer. Daniel Nguyen City Councilordnguyen@lakeoswego.city Jackie Manz City Councilorjmanz@lakeoswego.city 2 Massene Mboup City Councilormmboup@lakeoswego.city Aaron Rapf City Councilorarapf@lakeoswego.city Rachel Verdick City Councilorrverdick@lakeoswego.city John Wendland City Councilorjwendland@lakeoswego.city Joe Buck Mayorjbuck@lakeoswego.city City Council503-635-0215 City ManagerMartha Bennett503-635-0215 COUNCIL CORNER FROM MAYOR JOE BUCK Every single resident of Lake Oswego knows firsthand the havoc the February storm wreaked on all aspects of our life. Most residents were without power for multiple days, others were unable to work amidst a time of low work for many, and local businesses - already struggling from the pandemic - took another hit as they lost significant inventory and traffic to the outages. Throughout the past year, with the pandemic and wildfires, we’ve seen the Lake Oswego community come together during times of crisis. This storm was no different. Our City staff worked around the clock to clear blocked roadways, to safely manage our water system and to coordinate the disaster response and keep residents safe. I commend them for their phenomenal work. As I watched the news I could not help but notice how much of the bright side of this horrific storm emanated from Lake Oswego. First there was the story of the Maayan Torah Day School community coming together to remove a massive felled tree and then donating the firewood to neighbors needing fuel for heat. And even our beloved Lake Oswego pets rose to the occasion when Lilly, the Martin family cat, alerted the household to a carbon monoxide leak and potentially saved their lives. I am grateful to each one of you who lent a hand to a neighbor, checked on the vulnerable and pitched in to help piece the community back together. In the time ahead we, the City, will be evaluating our response and finding ways to keep our community residents protected and prepared for these weather events. Thank for all for showing how resilient we are when we work together and think of others first. WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT - UPDATE The City is continuing to make progress on exploring options on how to address the aging Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (TCWTP), which needs significant investments to meet necessary DEQ requirements. The goals of the project are: • Keep costs at a level equal to or below the cost of upgrading the TCWTP • Optimize risk transfer to the private developer • Obtain a reliable plant design that is more compact, requires a smaller footprint, and would be a better neighbor to the existing and future development through odor control and a more visually appealing design • Achieve reliable operations and effective maintenance • Achieve the earliest date of operations that is consistent with reliable, high‐quality design and construction • Minimize life cycle costs, consistent with the above objectives On February 10, the City, in partnership with the City of Portland, received proposals from three Public-Private Partnership bidders for services to Design, Build, Finance, Operate, and Maintain the new TCWTP. Proposals will be reviewed and interviewed then presented to Council for approval in late spring. To stay up to date on the Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Project, check out the City’s website at www.lakeoswego.city/publicworks. NORTH ANCHOR PROJECT - UPDATE The North Anchor redevelopment site at First Street and B Avenue is one step closer to development of a mixed-use project anchored by a boutique hotel. Urban Development + Partners (UDP), the Redevelopment Agency’s development partner in the project, has partnered with Mosaic Hotel Group to bring a unique boutique hotel experience to downtown Lake Oswego. The project will also include approximately 75 apartment units, ground floor retail and on- site parking. The Lake Oswego Redevelopment Agency Board will receive project updates over the next several months. A land use application and disposition and development agreement will follow later in the year. WOODMONT NATURAL PARK IS OPEN! Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of newly renovated Woodmont Park! The park, which is 6.8 acres, is located at 13600 Atwater Lane. The site has been developed and restored to provide a place for the community to recreate and to connect with nature. Features of the park include: two new overlooks / viewpoints of the park, improved biodiversity and native habitat, repurposed natural material from the site, interactive natural areas made of local and site specific Walnut tree materials, and "Nest” by local artist Hannes Wingate, which is located in forested area. In addition, there is an Oak savannah planting area, enhanced wetland planting, grassy play area, new native trees, planted shrubs and perennials, improvement of the existing forest trail, and 5 miles of new trail and realignment IRON MOUNTAIN PARK & TRAILS ARE OPEN With great excitement, we are proud to announce that Iron Mountain Nature Park is open! Come check out the new nature play features which include a slide and sand table and meander through the pathways to explore the improved native habitat. With the park development, improvements have been made to the natural area with the relocation of the stream to improve the flow along with additional native plants to provide wildlife habitat. A bridge crosses the creek to lead you into the forest, connecting you to the existing trail system. The new trails create a mile loop, so go explore! Amenities include parking, restrooms, drinking fountain and picnic tables. The improvements made at Iron Mountain Nature Park have increased opportunity for nature play, enhanced park access, and preserved the cultural and ecological history. The park is located at 2401 Iron Mountain Road within the approximately 51-acre natural park. Rendering: Multifamily development, view from SW along B Avenue. officials, about their expectations for law enforcement in Lake Oswego. This feedback will enable us to strengthen our best practices and identify areas where we can adapt and improve. Our vision is of a Police Department that is committed to providing equitable enforcement and outcomes and which does not make decisions based on a person's race so that all people in Lake Oswego feel safe and welcome.” The City will be hosting a virtual community kickoff on Tuesday, March 9, at 5:30 p.m. This event will allow City Council and the police department to learn more about the community’s expectations around policing in Lake Oswego. Attendees will be provided the opportunity to share their expectations of law enforcement and learn more about the Lake Oswego Police Department. For more information about the City’s community policing dialog and upcoming ways to provide feedback, please visit: www.lakeoswego.city/community-policing. POLICING Continued from page 1 DEBRIS DROP OFF The City arranged several opportunities for residents to dispose of tree debris from the February storm. The final collection day is Saturday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (or until boxes are full) and is free of charge. This is for tree debris drop off and should only include large branches and plant material (no large tree stumps or root balls, no landscape waste or treated wood, hazardous waste or household garbage). Locations: • LOHS Parking lot- 2501 Country Club Road • Lakeridge HS parking lot- 1235 Overlook Drive For specific information, visit www.lakeoswego.city/ community/ice-storm-2021. Face coverings and physical distancing is required at all times. For details on these and other events, visit www.lakeoswegolibrary.org or call: Main Number, 503-636-7628 Reference Desk Number, 503-675-2540 Donate online, www.lopl.org/donate 3 Your Community Resource for Information and EnrichmentCITY LIBRARY PARKS & RECREATION Location: 17525 Stafford Road Mailing: PO Box 369For more information or to register for Parks & Recreation (LOPR) programs, call 503-675-2549 or visit www.loparks.org. ADULT COMMUNITY CENTER MEDICAL RIDE REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM The Lake Oswego Adult Community Center is announcing a new medical ride reimbursement program. Starting March 1, Lake Oswego residents over 60 qualify to be reimbursed up to $50 for a medical ride taken with a ride share company, such as Lyft or Uber or a cab. Proof of origin, destination, and cost of the ride is required for reimbursement. The funds used for this program come from a generous grant that is renewed annually. For more information on requirements and the process, please call Trace Rew at 503-675-6425. REMODEL UPDATE Work continues with the interior demolition. The removal of hazardous materials is complete. Structural support is being installed, and the project is on schedule. The complete interior remodel will address long term issues with heating, venting and air conditioning, electrical upgrades, wayfinding and accessibility. The remodel project will provide better circulation for users, improve programming space, relocate the front desk operations and improve office layout for better function. For more information on the ACC remodel, visit www.lakeoswego.city/parksrec/adult- community-center-rehabilitation. SPORTS 22278 - Girls Lacrosse Grades 1 & 2 Have fun learning from experienced players! Instruction will be Saturdays and Sundays from April through early June. For more details, visit www.lakeoswegosports.com. Register at loparks.org. SPRING BREAK CAMPS 22274 - Intro to Fencing Learn the basic skills of the Olympic sport of fencing. Fencing offers challenges to quick thinking, coordination, strength and agility. Equipment provided. Ages 7-12, 1-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday, March 22-25, Christ Church Parish (CCP), $104. 22093 - Minecraft Engineering with LEGO Materials Build engineer-designed projects such as a Creeper, a Lava Trap, and a Minecraft. Create your favorite Minecraft mobs, tools, and objects. Ages 5-7, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday-Friday, March 22-26, CCP, $157. 22094 – Minecraft Master Engineering with LEGO Materials Build an Iron Golem, the Nether Portal, and the Ender Dragon concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture will be explored. Ages 7-12, 1-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, March 22-26, CCP, $157. SKYHAWKS SPORTS CAMPS • Tiny-Hawks Soccer Camp, Ages, 3.5-5 • Mini-Hawks Soccer Camps, Ages, 5-7 • Skyhawks Soccer Camp, Ages 7-12 • Mini-Hawks Flag Football, Ages 6-8 • Skyhawks Flag Football, Ages 8-12 Register at www.skyhawks.com or call 1-800-804-3509. OUTDOOR HOLDS We are pleased to continue to offer no-contact outdoor holds pick-up by appointment only from: • 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday • 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday ONLINE: THE LEARNING GROUP CATHERINE LEJEAL SIMPLIFY! LOVE IT. USE IT OR LOSE IT! ™ Friday, March 5, 7 to 8 p.m. Catherine LeJeal is a Professional Organizer, Home Decor, Move & Staging Expert, Life Coach, Public Speaker & Writer. Owner of Escape Your Chaos Organizing & So Much More™ We will be watching her 30-minute DVD Simplify! Love it. Use it Or Lose It! ™, providing step by step instructions on how to organize your home and storage with before and after photos. A 15-minute question and answer session will follow. Register via www.lopl.org or contact Librarian Shannon ssedell@lakeoswego.city to receive the registration link. ONLINE PERFORMING ARTS: ADAM MILLER Wednesday, March 17, 7 p.m. Join us for St. Patrick’s Day as we hear folksinger and autoharpist Adam Miller. He returns for virtual performance to present a St Patrick's Day program of “The Real McCoy: The Irish Roots of Traditional American Folksongs," 7-8:30 p.m. Adam Miller is a renowned old- school American troubadour and a natural-born storyteller. Pianist George Winston calls Miller, “one of the great autoharpists and folksingers of our times.” Will stream live online. For more information, please contact Librarian Shannon at 503-534-5663 ssedell@lakeoswego.city ONLINE BOOK DISCUSSION: A BOOKISH AFFAIR Sunday, March 14, 11 a.m. to noon Open to all devotees of romance and happily- ever-after stories. We will read widely in the genre, focusing on diverse voices and including every kind of love story. We will be meeting on Webex discussion on Sunday, March 14 at 11am to discuss If the Boot Fits by Rebekah Weatherspoon. Registration is required. For more information, please contact Shannon Sedell at ssedell@lakeoswego.city. ONLINE: BUILDING BRIDGES BOOK GROUP Saturday, March 27, 10 to 11 a.m. Through the reading and discussion of acclaimed works of fact and fiction, we seek and discuss the greater appreciation of the rich diversity of life, to build understanding, empathy, and connection in our world. For more information or to register, contact Alicia at: ayokoyama@lakeoswego.city INTRODUCING - THE POWER OF READING KITS! We know that parents of new readers face the challenge of identifying which books are appropriate for their new readers. Library has a solution! Our Power of Reading kits. These kits, individually leveled by librarians, make it possible for parents of new readers to easily find and place holds on the appropriate books for the reading level. Reading kits can be retrieved by searching “power of reading” In the library catalog. The kits contain five titles appropriate to that level, and each kit is unique. Kits may be checked out for 28 days. 44 For inFormation about the City and its serviCes, go to www.lakeoswego.City or Call 503-635-0257. Contributing writers:Maria Bigalow, Adult Community CenterJoe Buck, MayorNell Diamond, LibraryJamie Inglis, Parks & RecRobin Krakauer, Arts Council Iris McCaleb, PlanningSidaro Sin, RedevelopmentCharity Taylor, City Manager's OfficeMadison Thesing, City Manager's OfficeJan Wirtz, Parks & Rec Citizen inFormation speCialist and hellolo editor/writer Bonnie Hirshberger 503-675-3992 bhirshberger@lakeoswego.city This newsletter is printed on Processed Chlorine Free 100% recycled content paper, using soy-based ink. Community Calendar In order to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the City implemented strategies including canceling programs, camps, and meetings. The City is in the process of reopening and many of these programs will be rescheduled. To see the status of City services, please visit www.lakeoswego.city/coronavirus. For updates to events and meetings, please visit the online community calendar: WWW.LAKEOSWEGO.CITY/CALENDAR The health and safety of our community members and staff is of utmost importance, as is providing the community with essential services such as police and fire protection, quality drinking water, and well-maintained infrastructure. VIRTUAL DRINK & DRAW IS BACK! The Arts Council’s virtual Drink & Draw is back for March! Join Jennifer Wilcoxon, from FLORAWOOD, for a fun night of making Kokedama - the Japanese art of creating pot-less plants using a unique soil mixture, moss, and string on March 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The virtual class is $40 per person and includes the Zoom session with Jennifer and kits that contain all the materials - a 4-inch plant, Kokedama soil, sheets of moss, and waxed cord. You will need to supply a medium bowl and scissors from your home. You also may want to cover your surface because we will be working with wet soil and moss. Kits will be available for no-contact pick up at 41 B Avenue, Lake Oswego, the week before the event. This Drink & Draw project is suitable for ages 12 and above. Space is limited so sign up soon! For more information and to sign up, visit the Arts Council’s website at www.artscouncillo.org. VISIONS OF 4 EXHIBITION ON VIEW NOW THROUGH APRIL 2 The Arts Council of Lake Oswego is excited to present Visions of 4 featuring photographs of Richard Blakeslee, Kevin Felts, Jon Lesch, and Reagan Ramsey. These 4 photographers create images for the love of photography and not commercial gain. The exhibition highlights both local and international imagery capturing moments in time. The ARTspace Gallery is located at 41 B Avenue, Lake Oswego. Gallery hours are 10 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. All COVID-19 precautions are being taken for a safe visit. For more information, visit ACLO’s website at www.artscouncillo.org. Cape Kiwanda by John Lesch Old Barn Hurricane by Kevin Felts NEIGHBORHOOD ENHANCEMENT GRANT 2021-2022 GRANT CYCLE OPENING SOON Do you have an idea for a project that would improve quality of life in your neighborhood? The City’s Neighborhood Enhancement Program supports neighborhoods by providing grants for projects that provide a community benefit. The City is tentatively scheduled to open the 2021- 2022 grant cycle in March. Information on the program and updates can be found by visiting www.lakeoswego.city/planning/neighborhood- enhancement-program-grants. WHAT'S IN THE NEW CITY HALL? The new City Hall is located at the corner of A Avenue and 3rd Street in downtown Lake Oswego. At 73,000 square feet, the new City Hall provides a seismically safe, energy efficient and better functioning building for the community and City staff. It includes space for existing departments including police and the 911 dispatch center, as well as public meeting places. In addition, it includes storefront space for the Lake Oswego Arts Council and the Friends of the Library’s “Booktique.” * Upper parking and plaza part of Phase 2, expected to be complete in August. Arts Council (Suite A)7 Public Entrance (A Ave entrance to 2nd Floor)1 2 3 4 5 6 Public/Police Entrance (4th Street entrance to 1st Floor) Public & Staff Parking * Civic Plaza * Main Stairway Booktique (Suite B) 1ST FLOOR  Police Department  Information Technology 2ND FLOOR  Building Department  Engineering Department  Planning Department  Public Information Office RETAIL  Arts Council  Booktique 3RD FLOOR  City Manager’s Office  City Attorney’s Office  Council Chamber / Court Room  Finance Department  Human Resources  Municipal Court  Redevelopment Agency  Sustainability COVID-19 VACCINE Plans for vaccine distribution are evolving rapidly. For the latest vaccine information, please visit the Oregon Health Authority at http://covidvaccine. oregon.gov or Clackamas County at www. clackamas.us/coronavirus/vaccine. PHOTO CONTEST Photos are now being accepted for the 13th Annual City of Lake Oswego Photo Contest! For a chance to win, enter your best images anytime through 5 p.m., September 7. In each of the categories, first place winners will receive a $150 gift card; second place winners a $100 gift card; and third place winners a $50 gift card. Please visit www. lakeoswego.city/publicaffairs/photo-contest, for contest details and to submit photos online. TIME TO TEST YOUR SMOKE ALARMS! Sunday, March 14, marks the beginning of daylight saving time and serves as a good reminder for Oregonians to test their smoke alarms. Ensuring you have working smoke alarms in your home is the single most important step you can take to increase your family’s safety from a home fire. Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area (hallway).Test your alarm batteries by pushing the test button at least once a month, replace the batteries when needed. Alarms 10 years old or older should be replaced. For more fire safety information, visit www. lakeoswego.city/fire/safety-tips or call the Lake Oswego Fire Department at 503-635-0275. PERSONAL CARE ITEMS NEEDED The start of the new year has been tough on a lot of families in Lake Oswego. Hunger and personal care items (masks, paper towels, toilet paper, etc.) remain in short supply for those in our community. The Rotary Club of Lake Oswego’s Community Service Committee and Hunger Fighters Oregon are asking the public to support a hygiene drive-through event on Saturday, March 13, from 10 to noon at 510 1st Street, Lake Oswego. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/lakeoswegorotary.