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April 2021 HelloLO*****ECRWSS***** POSTAL CUSTOMER Presorted Standard U.S. Postage PAID Permit 124 Lake Oswego, OR 2 Recruitment UnderwayCouncil Corner - City Hall Wastewater Treatment PlantBudget Season Community PolicingTree Removal 3 Parks & Rec Sanctuary Garden Cooking at Luscher FarmLibrary Indoor Holds Pickup Voting Rights Workshop Interview Skills Workshop 4 Community CalendarFireworks Policy Family Radio ServiceEnhancement Grant People’s ChoiceShop Lake Grove Food Donations Trillium Festival Inserts Boones Ferry Road ACC on the Go Community ForestryInside 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 OSWEGOHelloApril 2021REOPENING PLAN FOR CITY FACILITIES Lake Oswego moved to the Moderate Risk level on February 26. Based on this, and assuming that Clackamas County stays below “Extreme Risk,” the City plans to gradually reopen City Hall and other facilities to the public. All recommended safety protocols will be in place including capacity limits tied to the State’s risk level. City Hall and Maintenance Center • April 5 - open to the public by appointment only • April 19 - open to the public for walk-in traffic • May 4 - first in-person City Council meeting These dates are targets that may be shifted later, depending on changes to the city’s risk level. Library The Lake Oswego Public Library is now offering limited indoor access! Residents can now make a brief visit (15 minutes) into the library without an appointment, for self-service holds pickup, a limited display and bundle selection, and access to rapid readers advisory and materials retrieval services. Read more on page 3. Parks & Recreation For Parks & Recreation, many facilities have reopened for in-person activities, with capacity limits and safety protocols in place. These include: Christ Church Parish, the Charlie S. Brown Water Sports Center, LO Indoor Tennis Center and Luscher Farm classrooms. The driving range at the Golf Course is also open. The full course, which was heavily impacted by the ice storm, and the club house are expected to open in early April. The Adult Community Center is still under construction and remains closed. For specific details, including appointment information, please contact the department you would like to visit directly. Contact information is available at www.lakeoswego.city/contact. Continued on page 2 The new City Hall is tentatively set to reopen by appointment only in early on April 5. DRUG TAKE BACK SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 10 A.M. TO 2 P.M., AT CHRIST CHURCH EPISCOPAL PARISH To help citizens properly dispose of unwanted or expired medications, the City is holding a one-day- only drug take back event. This collection event will take place at the Christ Church Episcopal Parish 1060 Chandler Road. This event will be a drive- thru collection - please stay in your vehicles. Due to COVID-19, face masks are required. In addition to prescription and over-the-counter medications, the following will be accepted: • Vape pens and E-cigarettes WITHOUT batteries will be accepted. Batteries must be removed ahead of time or they will not be accepted. • Unknown medicines and veterinary medications. The following items will not be accepted: • Medications from businesses such as nursing homes, doctor’s offices or any other institution or business - this collection event is for individual households only. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Hirshberger at 503-675-3992 or bhirshberger@lakeoswego.city. • EpiPens, intra-venous solutions, injectables, inhalers, syringes, chemotherapy medications, vaping devices that have batteries that cannot be removed, or medical waste. For information on how you can safely dispose of these items, call Metro Recycling at 503-234-3000. Please put all pill/tablet medications into a sealed plastic baggie or leave them in their original container (if in original container, cross out personal information). If you bring in a liquid, gel or cream medication, please put the bottle or tube in a sealable plastic bag to prevent leaks. For more disposal options, visit www.lakeoswego.city/ police/drug-medicine- disposal. RECRUITMENT UNDERWAY FOR BOARDS & COMMISSIONS Are you interested in serving your community? Let your voice be heard by applying to serve on one of our Boards & Commissions. We have many openings and positions available on: We are currently holding recruitment for: • Budget Committee • Development Review Commission CITY HALL - PHASE 2 TO BEGIN City Departments have moved into the new City Hall. The move signals the end of Phase 1 of the City Hall project and the beginning of Phase 2 - demolition of the old building. Demolition will begin on April 5 and take approximately four weeks. Construction of the upper parking lot and civic plaza will follow. Meeting sustainability goals set forth by City Council was one of the objectives of the City Hall project. This includes reducing the amount of material that would normally end up in a landfill. The City will divert between 75-90% of the total construction and demolition material from the landfill (based on weight). Additionally, any surplus furniture or items were reused, donated or sold to reduce waste. During Phase 2, part of the northbound lane on 4th Street between A Avenue and Evergreen will be closed. In addition, eastbound A Avenue will be periodically closed during daytime construction. Please note that this is an active construction site with potential hazards. During construction, the sidewalks around the site will be closed and parking will be limited. Phase 2 is anticipated to be completed by the end of August. For more information about the City Hall project, visit www.lakeoswego.city/lora/new-city- hall-project or contact Project Manager Sid Sin at ssin@lakeoswego.city or 503-697-7421. 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 COUNCILOR JACKIE MANZ Welcome to Lake Oswego’s City Hall! Phase I of the new City Hall will soon be finished. After the fences come down, the safety tape is removed, and the trucks and barricades move on to other jobs, City Hall will begin to reopen to all. For those who have been watching from day one of the construction (that would be me), take a minute and think of the bedrock on which City Hall is built. Those car-sized boulders that gave Project Manager Sid Sin, the architects, builders and contractors such consternation, are a reminder of the unique geology of our region. The mighty Missoula floods left us with gorgeous reminders that, while we are almost ready to celebrate our City Hall, it is vital to honor the land and the people who first called Lake Oswego home. In keeping with civic engagement, council goals, good governance and environmental innovations, our new City Hall is a terrific example of form meeting function. The architectural style draws from Northwest Regional, popular in the Pacific Northwest from the 1930’s to the mid-20th Century. The lines are clean, the frontage open and welcoming. We invite the community to visit for a Council Meeting, passport appointment, when pulling a building permit or whenever you need a City service. Functionally, safety and sustainability were top of mind in the design of the new City Hall. It was fortuitous that elements such as advanced air filtration, flexible work spaces, and technological upgrades in interior materials were incorporated before the onset of the pandemic. Given that our unique geology includes our proximity to local fault lines, the Cascadia Subduction Zone and a volcano or two, the new City Hall was designed to remain operational in the event of extreme environmental event. Sustainable features of the new City Hall are impressive. The new building was designed to be 30% more efficient than a building of the same size under Oregon Code (HVAC, Envelope and Lighting). The building has an energy use intensity (EUI) of 38, which is very good for a building that is open 24/7. The EUI (a measurement of a building’s annual energy consumption relative to its gross square footage) of a similar baseline building meeting the energy code would typically be 65, a net zero building would be 22. City Hall was designed following the City High Performance Building Guideline and is LEED v4 Gold Certifiable (U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). 100% use of green power, use of low/no VOC carpets and paints, and green parking are a few other sustainable features of the new building. Apart from the Council Chambers, the two retail spaces in the new City Hall (the Arts Council and Booktique) are near and dear to my heart. I, like many, look forward to enjoying a local coffee while shopping for a good book and some new art (perhaps it is a good thing council meetings are only twice a month!). Art will also be a big part of the building. The project contributed to the 1.5% Art program requirement and, in 2021, will incorporate new art pieces as well as existing art from our permanent collection. Art will also be placed in the plaza as part of the Gallery Without Walls sculpture exhibit. Phase 2 of the City Hall project starts in April with the demolition of the old City Hall and construction of the upper parking lot and civic plaza. All of the construction should be completed by September 2021. Stay tuned on our grand opening tentatively set for September! BUDGET SEASON Spring marks the start of budget season! The City follows a budget preparation process that complies with Oregon Local Budget Law established by the State of Oregon. This ensures fiscal transparency and responsibility by the City. The City adopts a Biennium Budget, which means every two years. By thoughtfully planning for the short- and long-term needs of our community, the budget pairs City resources and expenditures with the City’s overall direction and Council goals. The Budget Committee, composed of the City Council and seven citizen members, meets to review the proposed budget, which is later presented to the Council for adoption. For more details and future budget committee meetings, visit www.lakeoswego.city/finance. WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT UPDATE The City is actively exploring the option of a new and more efficient wastewater treatment plant to replace the existing Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (TCWTP). City staff, along with the City of Portland, selected a potential Public-Private Partner for services to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain a new TCWTP through a competitive bidding process. With a proposed bidder reviewed and selected by staff, Council will have a special council study session on April 13 to review the project proposal, design process, and selected bidder’s timeline before a formal approval in May. The contracting process as developed by staff provides multiple opportunities for the City to decide whether the Public- Private Partnership is a viable option or not, including multiple checkpoints with Council. The City will be weighing out the cost for redevelopment versus the necessary upgrades of the existing plant. This is a multi-year project for determining the future of Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. To stay up to date on the Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Project, visit the City’s website at www. lakeoswego.city/publicworks. Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant - looking east. COMMUNITY POLICING In alignment with Lake Oswego City Council’s initiatives for 2021, the City is engaging in a dialog about community policing throughout this spring. Thank you to everyone who participated in the kickoff event on March 9th. We greatly appreciate your willingness to share your thoughts and personal experiences. Up next we will be hosting focus groups and a community survey throughout April to learn more about the community’s expectations of our Police Department. The City welcomes those who live, work, and visit Lake Oswego to participate. For more information and to sign up for focus groups, visit www.lakeoswego. city/community-policing. TREE REMOVAL Do you have a tree that sustained damage during the recent ice storm? If you are considering removing a tree, remember, a permit is required to remove any tree that is 6” in diameter or greater. This includes the removal of a hazardous or emergency tree. Permits are required to ensure that only those trees that are dead or hazardous, or are required to be removed for permitted development, are removed. For more information, including permit requirements, visit www.lakeoswego.city/trees/tree- care-and-maintenance. BOARDS & COMMISSIONS Continued from page 1 • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board • 50+ Advisory Board • Historic Resources Advisory Board • Library Advisory Board • Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources Advisory Board • Planning Commission • Sustainability Advisory Board • Tourism Advisory Committee • Transportation Advisory Board • Youth Advisors to Boards & Commissions Interested in more than one board or commission? While Lake Oswego City Code specifies that candidates can only serve on one committee, our process allows candidates to select multiple boards and commissions to serve on, increasing their chances of being selected for one. Applications will be available online mid-April through May 31 with interviews being held in June. For more information about Lake Oswego’s boards and commissions or how to apply, please visit www. lakeoswego.city/boc/boards-commissions-vacancies or contact Kari in the City Manager’s Office at 503- 534-4225. 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. INDOOR HOLDS PICKUP IS HERE! • 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 Lake Oswego Public Library is happy to be offering limited indoor access. Residents can now make a brief visit into the library without an appointment for self-service holds pickup, a limited display and bundle selection, and rapid readers advisory and materials retrieval services. The library stacks are not available for browsing at this time. All of the recommended safety protocols are in place, and outdoor service is still available by request. Please bear with us as we continue to follow public health guidance to gradually restore access and services. For the latest information, please call or visit our website: www.lopl.org. ONLINE EVENING WORKSHOP: VOTING RIGHTS, VOTER FRAUD, VOTER SUPPRESSION AND ELECTION 2020 Wednesday, April 7, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Donna Cohen, M.L.I.S, M.Ed. This workshop focuses on voting rights, voter suppression and then traces the events of Election 2020 up to January 6. It’s a powerful presentation which includes a great deal of data and commentary from bipartisan sources. Preregistration is required. Please go to our calendar at www.lopl.org for a registration link. 40 spaces available, additional registrants will go on a waiting list. INTERVIEW SKILLS WORKSHOP Saturday, April 10, 3 to 4 p.m. Join top-rated career expert, Merryn Roberts- Huntley, for a timely talk called, “How to Ace the Interview”. Merryn will cover proven techniques to ensure success in your next interview as well as ways you should be adapting your interview skills to adjust to the new economy. Registration required. For more information, please visit our website or contact Alicia Yokoyama, Reference Librarian, at ayokoyama@lakeoswego.city. STREAMING FILMS FOR KIDS FROM LOPL VIA KANOPY Kanopy is an on-demand streaming service that offers more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including quality films for kids. Also, numerous language learning programs are offered for early learners. Free with your library card! Visit http://lakeoswego.kanopy.com, for more information. ONLINE: BUILDING BRIDGES BOOK GROUP Saturday, April 24, 10 to 11 a.m. Through the reading and discussion of acclaimed works of fact and fiction, we seek greater appreciation of the rich diversity of life, to build understanding, empathy, and connection in our world. For registration information, please contact Alicia Yokoyama, Reference Librarian, at ayokoyama@ lakeoswego.city. SPORTS Little Rippers Lacrosse Boys and girls join us at Hazelia Field to be introduced to lacrosse in a fun and safe way. In partnership with Lacrosse NW. 22268 – Ages 4-5, 1-1:35 p.m., Sundays, April 18- May 23, Hazelia, $49. 22269 – Ages 5-6, 1:50-2:35 p.m., Sundays, April 18-May 23, Hazelia, $49. ADULT CPR/FIRST AID/AED TRAINING Receive certification upon the completion of this one-day class. 22112 – Ages 10+, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, April 17, Christ Church Parish (CCP), $118. COOKING AT LUSCHER FARM Cookin’ in the Classroom – Pita Pizza & Cheesecake Cups Hands-on fun in the kitchen for kids. Ages 6-12, Luscher Farm, $32. 22056 – 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, April 10. 22356 – 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, April 14. BEEKEEPING BASICS & PRODUCTS OF THE HIVE 22217 – Backyard Beekeeping Basics An introductory workshop on honey bees and beekeeping. Ages 18+, 12-4 p.m., Saturday, April 3, CCP, $70. 22219 – Products of the Hive Learn to make your own organic balm, wax wraps, and taste testing of varieties of honey. Ages 18+, 12-4 p.m., Saturday, April 24, CCP, $80. ADULT FITNESS 22486 – VIRTUAL Calm & Meditative Yoga Ages 18+, 10-11 a.m., Mondays, April 5-26, Virtual, $61. LIBRARY GIVING DAY IS APRIL 7! Lake Oswego Public Library is accessible to everyone. In addition, there is no cost to use the library or access our virtual resources, programs and films. However, public libraries depend on support from the communities they serve. Your donations ensure the quality programming and materials that we strive to bring to the community. Thank you for considering a donation this month to the library at: www.lopl.org/donate. FOOTHILLS SANCTUARY GARDEN LAKE OSWEGO VETERAN’S MEMORIAL PHASE 2 Construction of the Sanctuary Garden at the Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial at Foothills Park begins in the next few weeks! The garden will provide an opportunity to honor and reflect. It will be located adjacent to the existing memorial. The design has been approved and funding submitted. 44 For inFormation about the City and its serviCes, go to www.lakeoswego.City or Call 503-635-0257. Contributing writers:Nell Diamond, LibraryMorgan Holen, City ArboristRobin Krakauer, Arts CouncilKari Linder, City Manager's Office Judy Nelson, Parks & RecreationDavid Smith - FireDiana Smith-Bouwer, Public InformationMadison Thesing, City Manager's Office 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. NEIGHBORHOOD ENHANCEMENT GRANT 2021-2022 GRANT CYCLE IS OPEN 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 2021-2022 grant cycle opened March 24. Applications are due by 5 p.m., May 14. More information on the program, including guidelines and criteria, can be found by visiting www.lakeoswego.city/planning/neighborhood-enhancement-program-grants. 2021 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 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. Entries need to be submitted by 5 p.m., Tuesday, September 7. TRYON CREEK TRILLIUM FESTIVAL JOIN US FOR A MONTH-LONG CELEBRATION BEGINNING SATURDAY, APRIL 3 The Annual Trillium Festival celebrates the renewal of spring in the forest. Join us in celebrating this annual event, season and our community. Although we will not be gathering in person, we will have a number of opportunities for learning and celebrating, including: • Nature Activities and Scavenger Hunts • Spring Flower Photography Slideshow • Native Planting Tips for Gardeners • Tryon hiking videos • Member gifts and weekly prize drawings For more information, visit tryonfriends.org. FAMILY RADIO SERVICE A VALUABLE COMMUNICATIONS PATH The recent snow and ice event impacted our region causing failures on not only the power grid but also disrupted telephone and internet communication paths. The disruption left some residents without a means to connect with family, friends or neighbors. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trained citizens, along with licensed amateur radio operators, were able to communicate with each other using battery powered two-way radios. While some members of the Lake Oswego Amateur Radio Emergency Service (LO ARES) group set up regularly scheduled radio check-ins to provide updates on the storm or coordinate the sharing of needed resources, other citizens used Family Radio Service (FRS) radios to talk with their neighbors to share information. FRS radios are widely available, fairly inexpensive, do not require a license to use, can operate on rechargeable or alkaline batteries and have communication range that makes them effective within a neighborhood. With multiple people using the radios on the same channel, information can be relayed a longer distance than their effective range. FRS radios make a great item to include in your 72 hour emergency disaster kit. The Lake Oswego Fire Department will be offering training opportunities on the use of portable radios in the near future. Training information will be shared on the LOFD CERT Portal page and registered users will be notified when its available. To sign up for upcoming CERT training or to access training material, you can create an account or log in at http://bttr.im/1qt7x. PEOPLE’S CHOICE People’s Choice voting is always a wonderful sign of spring and renewal for the streets of Lake Oswego. The Arts Council of Lake Oswego is excited to announce the five nominated sculptures. Community members have until May 31 to help curate the City’s public art collection by voting for the 2021 People’s Choice. The winner will become part of the nationally recognized Gallery Without Walls permanent collection. The Arts Council of Lake Oswego encourages the community to vote online at www.artscouncillo.org. Click on the People’s Choice icon and it will direct you to vote! Also, look for an ad in the LO Review in May that includes a mail-in ballot. Plus, ACLO will have paper ballots available outside their office located at 41 B Avenue, along with the new City Hall location at 380 A Avenue, Suite A. Each will have a secured ballot box for returns. Anyone who lives or works in Lake Oswego can cast a vote. Online voting ends at 5 p.m., May 31, and mailed ballots must also be postmarked by May 31. The winner will be announced once all the votes are counted. Unrestrained ForceArtist: Breezy Anderson Located on Evergreen and 2nd Street Words Artist: Sharon Warman Agnor Located on A Avenue and 1st Street Delta Hill Riders Artist: Rory Doyle Located at the West Lake Fire Station, Melrose Street Vertebra: Ocean Verde Artist: Dave Haslett Located on 1st Street and A Avenue Dependent Arising: Owl & Lemming Artist: Terresa White Located on A Avenue and 2nd Street SHOP LAKE GROVE AND WIN A $100 GIFT CARD! Have you entered the Boones Ferry Project "Shop Lake Grove" monthly raffle? Two winners are drawn each month to receive a $100 gift card to a local participating business of their choice. It’s easy to enter: • Take a photo at a participating Shop Lake Grove business (in front of or inside) • Post it on your social media account (make sure the post is public to enter!) or email info@ boonesferryproject.org • Mention the business and use #ShopLakeGrove Visit boonesfeerryproject.org to see the full list of participating businesses, and the raffle rules. Support your community by shopping local! FOOD DONATIONS Thank you everyone for the generous donations of food, clothing and blankets for families in need at the City Hall collection site over the years. We can no longer accept food donations and other items at the City Hall site. You can however, make donations directly with Hunger Fighters, 2301 Hazel Rd, adjacent to Lake Oswego High School. Non-perishable food items can be dropped off anytime outside the pantry. We hope to be able to collect items for families in need once all phases of the New City Hall construction project has been completed. In the meantime, please continue to support this local non-profit serving the LO community. For additional information, please visit the Hunger Fighters website at www. hungerfightersoregon.org. FIREWORKS SAFETY POLICY In alignment with the City Council 2021 Goals and Work Plan, City Council is exploring possible options for expanded fireworks safety. Currently under State of Oregon law, any fireworks that explode, fly into the air, or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches into the air are illegal. The City Council will be having a study session on April 20 to explore firework restriction options to protect life, safety, and property in Lake Oswego. This would not include commercial firework shows. For more information and engagement opportunities, visit www.lakeoswego.city/fireworks.