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July 2021 HelloLO*****ECRWSS***** POSTAL CUSTOMER Presorted Standard U.S. Postage PAID Permit 124 Lake Oswego, OR 2 Councilor Aaron RapfPavement Season is Here Oakridge/Reese/Boones Ferry Intersection Work Lake Grove Post Office AccessBackflow TestingVegetation - Your Responsibilities 3 Parks & Rec Swim Park Open! Summer Events Library Story Line Recordings Summer Reading Deepening Connections 4 Community CalendarDementia-Friendly Engagement People’s Choice AwardTake a Trolley Ride Real IDBlowers, Mowers, Wind Chimes & Other Neighborhood Noise Insert Parks & Rec 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 OSWEGOHelloJuly 2021MIDDLE HOUSING UPDATE - HB 2001 House Bill 2001 is an Oregon state law that was passed in 2019 that requires cities in the Portland Metro area with a population of over 1,000 (including Lake Oswego) to allow “middle housing” – including duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, townhouses, and cottage clusters – in areas where single family housing is permitted currently. The City is undergoing a multiyear project to align Lake Oswego housing needs and neighborhood context with state law requirements. In order to thoughtfully and strategically address these changes, the Planning Department is carrying out a two-phase approach. The first phase has been to review current neighborhood plans and Community Development Code, as well as to gather community input through a community-wide survey and meetings with Neighborhood Association Chairs to understand which neighborhood characteristics the community values most. Thank you to everyone who participated! The Neighborhood Character Report and Middle Housing Opportunities Report can be found on the City’s website at www.lakeoswego.city/planning. The second phase will explore options for potential code changes with input from a Middle Housing Code Advisory Committee (MHCAC) appointed by City Council. The MHAC is to provide high-level policy guidance to the Planning Commission on middle housing implementation. The MHCAC will be meeting from July through September, after which the City will seek feedback from the Neighborhood Associations and the broader community in the fall. Stay tuned! Questions? Please contact Erik Olson, Senior Planner, at eolson@lakeoswego.city or 503-697- 6524 2021 PHOTO CONTEST SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS TODAY! 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. CELEBRATE 4TH OF JULY SAFELY In the last twenty years, there have been 39 fires caused by fireworks in Lake Oswego. These fires have been from both legal and illegal fireworks. In total, these fires have caused more than a million dollars in damage. Along with property damage, fireworks can cause serious burns and injuries. The safest way to avoid fireworks related fires, injuries, and property damage is not to use fireworks. A few ideas to get into the patriotic spirit without fireworks: 1. Use glow sticks. They glow in the dark and are a safe alternative to a sparkler. 2. Host an outdoor movie night. Set up a screen and projector. Don’t forget the bug spray! 3. Try red, white and blue silly string. Fun for all ages and won’t scare pets. 4. Make a patriotic craft with the family, like a firecracker piñata or pinwheels! 5. Throw a birthday party for the USA. Don’t forget the cake! If you still chose to use legal fireworks, please use extreme caution when lighting fireworks – even legal fireworks can be dangerous and unpredictable. Stay safe this 4th of July with these four B’s: • Be Prepared before lighting fireworks: Keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket. • Be Safe when lighting fireworks: Keep children and pets away from fireworks. • Be Responsible after lighting fireworks: Never re-light a dud. Wait 15 to 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water before disposal. • Be Aware: Use only legal fireworks and use them only in legal places (not in City or State Parks). Questions? Please call the Fire Department at 503-635-0275 or visit www.lakeoswego.city/fireworks. Continued on page 4 REAL ID WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW The identification requirements for air travel or entering a secure federal building will change on May 3, 2023. That is when the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will no longer accept a standard Oregon driver license or ID card to pass through airport security checkpoints. LIBRARY BROWSING RENEWED Lake Oswego Public Library is again open for browsing on all 3 floors, 7 days a week. Enjoy new books and displays, explore the stacks, and visit with our friendly and helpful librarians who can help you find what you’re looking for. Building hours are currently Monday -Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. The library’s digital services remain available at all hours. Many other in-person services are also available at the library: • Receive help at all public-service desks – register for a library card, get research help, seek reading recommendations, and more • Use internet computers on a walk-in basis, as well as copiers and printers – please expect some temporary limitations to computer use • Sign-up for the Summer Learning Challenge – kids and teens receive a free book and adults are entered to win their own prizes including an overnight trip to the Oregon Coast, courtesy of the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library Thank you again for your patience and support as we continue to restore access and services. For the latest information, please visit www.lopl.org. Example of cottage style development - Greenwood Ave Cottages by Ross Chapin Architects 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 AARON RAPF July 1 kicks off the City’s new fiscal year! One item I am particularly proud of in the FY 2021-2023 biennium budget is the commitment we have made to direct money to pathways, paving projects, and pedestrian improvements. This pairs the Council goal of ‘Increasing funding for pedestrian facilities, beginning with safe routes to schools’ with the resources needed to accomplish this goal. Pathways As a father, pathways and safe routes to schools are a priority. I am proud that we have committed roughly $2.5M to pathways, along with future funding beyond this biennium for school related pathways. These projects are not only important for our children, but important for our community to feel connected. As you know, with a city full of active community members of all ages, these investments in our pathway system is required to connect walkers, runners, bikers (and pets) to our parks, schools, shopping centers, and neighbors - making Lake Oswego a great place to live, for everyone. Paving I’m a big believer that municipal government has a monumental ability to improve the lives of its constituents, more-so than the federal government, by doing simple things like keeping the road in front of your home or where you drive regularly smooth and without potholes. For the two-year biennium, we have committed roughly $8M to paving, allowing us to keep our paving standards at a high level. Proactively preventing roads from deteriorating is an important factor for keeping costs low and when selecting roads and timing of re-paving, the City looks at areas in the City with other construction impacts during the year to benefit from economies of scale to get the highest value with your tax dollars. We will continue with our mission is to keep Lake Oswego’s roads in good condition. I am proud that when we recently passed our biennium budget I fought and got approved an additional $1.5M to increase our paving resources because you’ve told us that this is important to you. Pedestrian Enhancements Equitable access to all the beautiful elements we have here in Lake Oswego is a priority for our City Council. One thing you will see throughout the City with our large roadway capital projects is improvement to pedestrian facilities and ADA access. Projects like the Boones Ferry Road Project create a welcoming and convenient pedestrian and bicycle environment, where auto traffic is accommodated efficiently and safely. We are proving that it does not have to be an either/or project, but rather a project that serves all transportation needs in our community. As your City Council, we work for you to build and maintain the Lake Oswego you want to live in, as well as the Lake Oswego our children will inherit. It is important that you continue to be involved and collaborate with us because we are in this together and we need your leadership. VEGETATION YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES Is the vegetation next to the roadway along your property a hazard? It may be if it restricts visibility at an intersection, obstructs the view of a sign, blocks a street light, impedes traffic or pedestrians, or hinders maintenance work. Lake Oswego City Code requires property owners to keep sidewalks and the public right-of-way adjoining their property free from rocks, leaves, yard clippings, ice, snow and other debris. In addition, property owners must keep sidewalks, streets and the public right-of-way adjoining their property free from projecting or overhanging bushes, brush and limbs that may make the passage of vehicles or pedestrians unsafe. Property owners are responsible for both the clearing and disposal of debris. Branches, leaves and other vegetative growth shall not be allowed to project an elevation of less than 9 feet above the level of the sidewalk and 13.5 feet over a street. If your property is at an intersection, the corner must be kept clear of vegetation over the height of 30 inches for the visibility of vehicles and pedestrians. For more information, contact Diana Smith-Bouwer at dbouwer@lakeoswego.city or 503-635-0257. PAVEMENT SEASON IS HERE USE CAUTION IN WORK ZONES Annual pavement rehabilitation and patching has begun in Lake Oswego. The work will last through early fall and impact several streets. In July, you’re likely to see work on Bryant Road, Overlook Drive, Melrose Street, Lake Shore Road, the intersection of Boones Ferry Road and Country Club Road (night work), and other pavement patching locations. Please be sure to pay attention to signage and flaggers in work areas to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Visit www.lakeoswego.city/pavement for more details and the map of pavement repairs funded for this year. For more information, please call the construction line at 503-635-0261. BACKFLOW TESTING DUE BY JULY 15 In plumbing, a cross connection is created if a water supply pipe is connected to a water source that could contaminate the water, such as irrigation systems, hot tubs, pools, and private wells. Backflow, or the reverse flow of water from the cross connection, may contaminate the water. To protect the public water system, customers with actual or potential cross connections are required by law to install a backflow prevention assembly and have it pass an annual test by a certified tester. In Lake Oswego, all backflow testing must be completed by July 15. For more information, visit www.lakeoswego.city/ publicworks/backflow-and-cross-connection-control- program or call LO Public Works at 503-534-5674. BOONES FERRY ROAD PROJECT OAKRIDGE/REESE/BOONES FERRY INTERSECTION WORK In mid-July, the intersection of Oakridge/ Reese/Boones Ferry Road will be completely reconstructed and paved. A portion of Reese Road will also be paved. This work is planned to occur July 8 through July 10. During this time: • Reese Road will be closed to through traffic between Boones Ferry Road and Sunset Drive • Oakridge Road at Boones Ferry Road will be right in/right out only • Northbound and southbound traffic on Boones Ferry Road will remain open, but at times flaggers will direct traffic • Access will remain open to all businesses in the corridor • There will be periods where traffic will be traveling on gravel or rock while they rebuild and grade the roadway – please drive safely Please plan ahead for extra travel time or find an alternate route during this work. Schedules are subject to change. LAKE GROVE POST OFFICE ACCESS CHANGE Access to the Lake Grove Post Office from northbound Boones Ferry Road will change in early to mid-July. Instead of turning left into the parking lot: • Continue north on Boones Ferry Road, • Make a U-turn at the new Lanewood Street traffic signal, • From southbound Boones Ferry Road, turn right into the parking lot. The Post Office will keep its current one-way entrance from Boones Ferry Road and one-way exit to Oakridge Road. Access is changing because contractors will install a raised, landscaped median as part of the Boones Ferry Road improvements. The new access replaces a sometimes challenging and potentially hazardous left turn across multiple traffic lanes. For more information, call 503-697-6573, visit boonesferryproject.org, or email info@boonesferryproject.org. 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. LIBRARY CLOSURE Independence Day - Sunday, July 4 SWIM PARK OPEN! The Lake Oswego Swim Park, located at 250 Ridgeway Road, opened July 1! The Swim Park features diving platforms, inner tubes, outdoor showers, lounge chairs. picnic tables and covered areas. The park is open seven days a week, 1 to 6 p.m. through the end of August. Children ages 11 and under must be accompanied by an individual 16 years or older. Entry is free and available to all residents of Lake Oswego. Lifeguards on duty. For more details, including any COVID-19 protocols, please visit www.lakeoswego.city/ parksrec/lake-oswego-swim-park. The library is now open to the public for browsing! For the latest in our service offerings, please check our website or give us a call! STORY LINE RECORDINGS Mondays in July - 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Listen to Poetry and Short Stories on Demand With the library’s new Story Line service, poetry and short stories for adults are just a phone call away! To listen in anytime, dial 503-636-7628 and press 6. New content is available every Monday, so call back often - or whenever you’re in the mood for a little lift! BUILDING BRIDGES BOOK GROUP Saturday, July 31 - 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. Our July selection is Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo. Contact Alicia, Reference Librarian, at ayokoyama@lakeoswego.city to register or if you have questions. DEEPENING OUR CONNECTIONS: A THREE-PART SERIES ON AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE Sunday, July 18, 2-3:30 p.m. Join the Lake Oswego Library and Respond to Racism for Part 2 of our three-book summer discussion series as we seek to deepen our connections to one another, strengthen our understandings of African American experiences and perspectives through literature, and continue the community conversation surrounding race and caste in America. On Sunday, July 18, from 2-3:30 p.m. we will gather on Zoom to discuss the second titles in this series, Quicksand and Passing, both by Nella Larsen. Place a hold on these titles at www.lincc. org or by calling 503-675-2540. To learn more and register for the discussion, visit www.lopl. org. Questions? Email Reference Librarian Rachael at rhyde@ lakeoswego.city. All are welcome and we hope to see you there! SUMMER READING CHALLENGES CONTINUE! The Library is offering many opportunities for summer fun, learning and cultural enrichment. Library users of all ages can join a program and earn free books and other prizes just by reading, listening, exploring, and learning new things. Sign up online by creating an account and adding one or more reader profiles. If you choose to use a paper form, return it to the library before August 31 to be included in the prize drawings. KIDS For kids from birth to entering 6th grade Kids will earn a FREE prize book, fine voucher and Booktique coupon just for registering. TEENS For teens and tweens entering grades 7-12 Teen program will hold weekly drawings (gift cards to Powell’s Bookstore). ADULTS (LAZINFEST) For adults ages 18+ After logging in books, adults will earn raffle tickets for our weekly edible or bookish treat drawings - and a chance for the Grand Prize gift certificate for a stay at the Oregon coast! Register at www.lopl.org, or for registration assistance, please contact us at 503-636-7628. SUMMER COMMUNITY EVENTS Summer is here and the City’s Parks & Recreation Department has planned a number of outdoor events for you to enjoy! Events include: • Farmers’ Market: Saturdays through October 2, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Millennium Plaza Park. • Picnic in the Park: Thursdays in July and August, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Weekly concert and meal from local vendor. Enrollment based on lottery. July lottery winners have been awarded. August lottery will be drawn on July 13 and performers include: Kalimba (August 5), Petty Fever (August 12), Jennifer Batten & Full Steam (August 19) and Radical Revolution (August 26). • Flicks at the Farm Carpool Cinema: July 30, Raya and the Last Dragon and July 31, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Luscher Farm. Registration required. • Movies in the Park: August 10 at Millennium Plaza Park featuring Moana and August 17 at Westlake Park featuring The Croods: A New Age. Registration required. • Drive-in Concert at Luscher Farm: August 21, 6:30 to 9 p.m. featuring open CJ Mickens and headliner Hit Machine. Registration required. • Barnyard Bolt: August 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Luscher Farm. Fun run featuring splashes, bubbles and obstacles. Registration required. • Barks in the Park: September 9, 5 to 7 p.m. at Hazelia. Pet-friendly event featuring DJ, costume competition and vendors. For more information, including registration requirements, pricing and performer lineup, please visit www.lakeoswego.city/ParksRecEvents or call 503-675-2549. Kalimba performs at Picnic in the Park on August 5. 44 For inFormation about the City and its serviCes, go to www.lakeoswego.City or Call 503-635-0257. Contributing writers:Melissa Kelly, LibraryKaty Kerklaan, EngineeringRobin Krakauer, Arts CouncilJamie Inglis, Parks & Recreation Kristen Kibler, JLAErik Olson, PlanningDiana 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. OUR PLACE AT THE CENTER DEMENTIA-FRIENDLY ENGAGEMENT AND CAREGIVER RESPITE Our Place at the Center - the dementia-friendly engagement and caregiver respite program - will begin in- person classes on July 7. This program offers enrichment and enjoyment through art, music, movement and cognitive stimulation to adults living with mild to moderate dementias. In addition, the program provides valuable respite for their family care partner. Enrollment is required and space is limited. For more information and enrollment, call Karen Galloway at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center at 503-675-6218. PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD Arts Council of Lake Oswego is excited to announce the winner of the 2021 People's Choice Award, Dependent Arising: Owl & Lemming, by local artist Terresa White and sponsored by Gary and Melissa Hanifan. The sculpture currently on view at A Avenue and 2nd Street was installed last year as part of the 2020-22 Gallery Without Walls rotating public art program. Constructed of bronze, this piece celebrates mutuality and respect for all beings in survival. It will be located there for another year until it finds a permanent home in the summer of 2022 as part of the City's collection. Gallery Without Walls is celebrating its 21st year in 2021. The program has evolved to include 30 on-loan works and over 54 permanent sculptures with a total of 84 pieces throughout the City by artists of local, regional, and international acclaim. The People's Choice winner will be highlighted at the Gallery Without Walls Celebration in September. If you want to pick up a Gallery Without Walls walking tour brochure and visit the collection, stop by the Arts Council at their new location in City Hall, located at 380 A Avenue, Suite A. Artist Terresa White is Yup'ik Eskimo and French Canadian and is inspired by Yup'ik stories of transformation. For more information on artist Terresa White, visit www.terresawhite.com. TAKE A TROLLEY RIDE! Enjoy a ride on the Willamette Shore Trolley this summer! Rides begin on July 3 and depart from the depot – 311 N. State Street. Learn about the Willamette Shore Line’s historic past while enjoying a relaxing ride along the shore of the Willamette River. This scenic 30-45 minute roundtrip ride features spectacular views plus several unique railroad attractions. For trolley schedules and to make your reservation, visit wst.oregontrolley.com or call 503-697-7436. Free parking is available at the Trolley Station, the public lot next door to the station and at Lake View Village. Oregon now offers you a choice of ID - a standard card or a Real ID card. • You may already be Real ID ready. There are many forms of identification that meet the Real ID requirements, so you may already have an ID that works. The most common is a passport or passport card. • Getting an Oregon Real ID will require an appointment. If you decide that an Oregon Real ID license or ID card is the right choice for you, you’ll need to schedule an appointment to visit a DMV office. • If you choose to get an Oregon Real ID, be prepared for your appointment to avoid delays. Create a personalized checklist of the documents to bring with you using the DMV's online tool. DMV does not accept photocopies of important documents, so plan ahead in case you need to get something like a certified birth certificate which may take time. For more information about Real IDs, visit www. oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/pages/realidtraveler. REAL ID Continued from page 1 PASSPORT BOOKS AND PASSPORT CARDS ARE ALTERNATIVES TO A STATE-ISSUED ID. If you need a passport book or card, the City can help. The City of Lake Oswego Finance Department is an official Passport Acceptance Facility that accepts applications for passports and passport cards and forwards them to the Regional Office of the United States Passport Agency. A few things to note: • Passport application processing is by appointment only. Appointments are on an individual basis - if you are getting passports for your family, a separate appointment is needed for each family member. • Appointments can be made through our online scheduling portal. To make an appointment, and to find out what documentation is needed, please visit www.lakeoswego.city/finance/passport- service-city-hall. • With the new federal ID requirements, appointments are filling up quickly. Appointments open up on a two-week rolling schedule with an additional day added each day. Please be patient. BLOWERS, MOWERS, WIND CHIMES & OTHER NOISE Summer is here and most of us are ready to enjoy time outdoors and have our windows open to feel the sweet summer breeze. But hold on. There is nothing quite as annoying as having your relaxing space invaded by the unwanted sounds of the neighbors’ blowers, mowers, pool heaters, air conditioning units, water fountains, and any number of loud, disturbing sounds. So what can you do? A good way to start is to be considerate of your neighbors - as you would like them to be considerate of you. When engaging in activities in your home or yard, think about if and how that activity could be impacting others. Examples would be loud noise from mowers, blowers, construction, barking dogs, and parties. Take steps to site mechanical equipment away from neighbors’ windows and patio spaces, if possible. Shield outdoor lights, turn off pumps at night, and close windows if you play loud music. You may not be in violation of city code, but it is your responsibility to take whatever steps are needed to mitigate the effects of your actions on others. Although your noise might be perfectly reasonable, the neighbors around you may be trying to sleep or enjoy their own space. Be considerate and assume that if you are loud, you will be disturbing your neighbors. Choose a reasonable hour to do work, otherwise expect your neighbors to take whatever steps necessary to get you to stop, including calling the police. We all value our community and want to enjoy our home and garden. Don’t be the reason your neighbors call to complain. Be the reason they thank you for being a great neighbor! If you have questions, please call the Public Information Office at 503-635-0257.