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November 2023 HelloLO*****ECRWSS***** POSTAL CUSTOMER Presorted Standard U.S. Postage PAID Permit 124 Lake Oswego, OR What's Inside For information about the City and its services, go to www.lakeoswego.city or call 503-635-0257. O . O L .Hello No v e m b e r 2 0 2 3 THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE CITY OF LAKE OSWEGO • New Garbage Rates • Boones Ferry Rd Project Wins Project of the Year Award • Organize a Leaf Collection • Stormwater Facility/Green Infrastructure Strategy • Small Business Saturday • 2024 Council Goals Input • Recycle Aseptic Containers • Avoid Becoming a Victim • First Sunday Market in Lake Grove - Bottles and Bites • Parks & Recreation Achieves CAPRA Accreditation • Rassekh Groundbreaking • LO Recreation and Aquatic Center • Traffic Closures on Stafford Rd • Music: Bernie Sims • Authors: Emmett Wheatfall and Christopher Luna • Tree Lighting Festival • Meals On Wheels Fundraiser • ARTmart - Donate Art • Giving Opportunities • Food & Toy Drive - Drive-Thru Event HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF PARKS & REC Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation is updating its Parks, Recreation, and Natural Areas System Plan for the year 2040. Learn more about the project by visiting www.lakeoswego.city/parks-plan-2040. UNSUNG HEROES DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 4 P.M., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 Since 2001, the City has honored individuals or groups who worked quietly behind the scenes on behalf of the community without any expectation of recognition. This “Unsung Hero” award is intended to seek out and recognize community members, including students, who have been involved in volunteering and are not well-known by the general public for the good deeds they do. We want to celebrate both long-time volunteers as well as those who have stepped up recently to help our community. We want to know who those heroes are and say Thank You! If you know someone or a group who is a hero, long-term or short-term, please take a moment to submit your story at www.lakeoswego.city/ publicaffairs/unsung-heroes. For additional information or questions, contact Kim Vermillion with the City Manager’s Office at 503-675-3984. 2022 Unsung Heroes: Michael Zhang, Riley O’Mara, Jack Tracey, Gretchen Moline, Beth Carr, and Caroline Glad with Councilor Rachel Verdick and Mayor Joe Buck. Not pictured: Steve Meyer. COUNTY APPROVES AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROPOSAL IN LAKE GROVE Clackamas County has granted preliminary funding for Hacienda Community Development Corporation (CDC), Oregon's largest Latino-led community development organization, to proceed with its proposed affordable housing community in Lake Grove. To be located at the southwest corner of Boones Ferry Road and West Sunset Drive (the former Boones Ferry Road Construction Staging property), this project will bring 55 new affordable apartments to Lake Oswego. While Clackamas County's approval is a significant milestone, the project's final endorsement is pending from Metro. Hacienda is currently seeking community-based organizations and support agencies in the area that would like to be involved in community engagement efforts. Following community engagement, the project will seek approval through the City’s land use development review process. To learn more about the project, visit www.lakeoswego.city/ publicaffairs/clackamas-county-approves-hacienda-cdcs-affordable- housing-proposal-lake-grove. MAYOR BUCK’S COMMUNITY ROUNDTABLE The Mayor’s Roundtable is a community forum to hear directly from the Mayor and Council members on top issues or goals of the community. The Roundtable is a quarterly meeting with different topic focuses, as well as guest Councilors. This is a great opportunity to share your questions, thoughts, and ideas with local elected officials in a conversational style. Please join us on Thursday, November 16 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall for the topic of Housing Needs and Production. We will also weave into the conversation how we incorporate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) into our processes throughout the City. For questions, contact Kim Vermillion, City Manager’s Office, at 503- 675-3984 or kvermillion@lakeoswego.city or visit www.lakeoswego.city/citycouncil/mayor- bucks-community-roundtable-6. PARKS PLAN 2040 OPEN HOUSE Tuesday, November 14, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Join us for this family-friendly open house at the Adult Community Center - Oak Room, 505 G Avenue, anytime between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., to talk with staff, meet the project team, and share your thoughts about the future of Lake Oswego’s parks, natural areas, and recreation activities. Snacks, beverages, and a kids activity will be provided! This open house allows you to learn more about the project, see what we have learned so far, and help shape the future of our parks and recreation system. Can’t make it? Visit the project website, www.lakeoswego.city/parks-plan-2040, to learn more about the project, check out upcoming events, and find other ways to get involved. TAKE THE PARKS PLAN 2040 COMMUNITY SURVEY Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation is looking ahead to plan for the future of parks, natural areas, and recreation activities. As part of this process, we would like to hear from you. What do you like? What do you want more of? How can we improve? And what are your concerns? In this survey, you will have an opportunity to provide us with your feedback. The results of this survey will be used to inform the goals, needs, recommendations, and projects in Parks Plan 2040. When complete, the survey results will be made public, and you will have an opportunity to see how your fellow community members feel about the City’s parks, natural areas, and recreation activities. Scan the QR code to take the survey or go to www.lakeoswego.city/ParksPlan2040Survey. 2 Trudy Corrigan City Councilor tcorrigan@lakeoswego.city Massene Mboup City Councilor mmboup@lakeoswego.city Ali Afghan City Councilor aafghan@lakeoswego.city Aaron Rapf City Councilor arapf@lakeoswego.city Rachel Verdick City Councilor rverdick@lakeoswego.city John Wendland City Councilor jwendland@lakeoswego.city Joe Buck Mayor jbuck@lakeoswego.city City CounCil 503-635-0215 City Manager Martha Bennett 503-635-0215 GOT LEAVES? ORGANIZE A LEAF COLLECTION! For a great opportunity to meet your neighbors, clean up leaves, and help reduce flooding, neighborhoods are encouraged to organize a community leaf clean- up. The City has a limited number of free drop boxes available through a contract agreement with Republic Services, our garbage and recycling service provider. Neighborhoods can apply for a free drop box to help collect neighborhood leaves. For additional information, contact Amanda Watson, Sustainability Program Manager, at 503- 635-0291. Visit www.lakeoswego.city/publicaffairs/ neighborhood-drop-box to submit your application online. RECYCLE YOUR ASEPTIC CONTAINERS Did you know you can recycle aseptic containers (commonly labeled with "Tetra Pak") with your curbside mixed recycling? A few examples of items in aseptic containers are broth, soups, juice boxes and milk. These containers can be placed in your curbside recycling bin - just make sure there is no liquid or food inside your cartons and throw away any plastic caps. BOONES FERRY ROAD PROJECT WINS PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD On Thursday, October 19, the City was recognized by the Oregon Chapter of the American Public Works Association for 2023 Project of the Year for the Boones Ferry Road Project. The award recognizes excellence, innovation and cooperation in the management and administration of public works projects through an alliance of the managing agency, consultants and contractor who, working together, complete public works projects. Completed in summer 2022, the Boones Ferry Road Improvement Project involved completely reconstructing and widening nearly a mile of undersized arterial roadway to transform it into a welcoming, comfortable and accessible corridor for all. Congratulations to our City team and community for all the hard work getting this successful project across the finish line! For more information, visit boonesferryproject.org. TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR HOME AND POSSESSIONS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON As we head into the fall and we all start preparing for the holidays, it’s a great time to talk about how to avoid becoming a victim of theft. Here are some simple things you can do to make yourself less inviting to thieves: • Don’t leave packages in plain view – Bring packages inside as soon as possible or have them delivered to a hub or receiving facility. • Don’t leave gym bags, purses, or backpacks in your vehicle – Never leave bags or purses in your car, even if it’s a gym bag. Thieves don’t take time to see what’s in it before they break a window. If possible, hide it or put it in your trunk before you get where you’re going! • Lock your doors – Always lock your doors and close your garage when it is not in use. • Turn on outside lights – Make sure you have good exterior lighting and motion-sensing lights near doors and windows. • Install surveillance cameras – Installing surveillance cameras and video doorbells helps to deter thieves and help catch them if a theft does occur. 2024 COUNCIL GOALS INPUT The Lake Oswego City Council will hold its annual goal setting retreat on Saturday, January 20, 2024 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Adult Community Center. In preparation for its annual goal setting retreat, the City Council would like to hear from the community. Please take a few minutes between Wednesday, November 15 and Tuesday, December 26, to visit www.lakeoswego.city/formslf/CouncilGoals and share your input. Comments will be shared with the City Council before their retreat. STORMWATER FACILITY/GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE STRATEGY PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD OPEN UNTIL NOVEMBER 15 Green infrastructure – stormwater rain gardens, planters, swales, and permeable pavers/pavement – play an important role in collecting stormwater, providing flood protection, and filtering pollutants to protect our rivers, lakes and streams. The City is developing a new stormwater strategy to prioritize green infrastructure for managing stormwater from all development and redevelopment projects in the city. The strategy is available for public comment through November 15, 2023. To review the strategy and share your comments visit: lakeoswego.city/publicworks/ stormwater-facilitygreen-infrastructure-strategy. NEW GARBAGE RATES START JANUARY 1 At its October 17 meeting, City Council approved an adjustment to garbage, recycling, and organics collection service rates charged by Republic Services. Residential customers will see an increase on their bi- monthly bills from Republic Services of 6% starting January 1, 2024. This equates to a $2.17 increase per month for residential customers with a 35-gallon cart. Your charges are based on the size of your garbage container. To change the size of your container, contact Republic Services at 503-636-3011. Commercial container rates will increase by an average of approximately 7%. A reminder that as of January 2023, commercial container rates include commercial organics (food scraps) collection in addition to garbage and recycling. Rate increases are due to rising costs of disposal and recycling processing and labor. The new rate sheet is available on the City’s website at www.lakeoswego.city/recycle. SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY SHOP SMALL ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2023 Saturday, November 25, 2023 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. This year, enjoy the day supporting our nation’s nearly 32 million independent businesses this Small Business Saturday and all holiday season long. Remember, when deciding which businesses to support, start small. Your everyday choices can benefit small businesses and the communities you care about in a heartwarming way. Project team staff from the City’s Engineering Department, Consultant Consor, and Contractor Wildish are presented the award from APWA Presidents For details on these and other events, visit www.lakeoswego.city/library or call: Main Number, 503-636-7628 Reference Desk Number, 503-675-2540 Donate online, www.lopl.org/donate 3 Y our C ommunit Y r esour C e for i nformation and e nri C hmentCITY LIBRARY PARKS & RECREATION Mailing: PO Box 369, Lake Oswego 97034 For more information or to register for Parks & Recreation programs, visit www.lakeoswego.city/parks or call 503-675-2549. LAKE OSWEGO RECREATION AND AQUATIC CENTER We continue to make progress on the Recreation and Aquatics Center. Walls are being erected in preparation for the roof trusses to be installed later this fall. The goal is to have the recreation building enclosed to start work on the interior spaces. The pool areas are now dug. The next stage will be to install rebar and footings in preparation for concrete. The Annex (formerly the Golf Course Clubhouse) is undergoing window replacements in the coming month with additional finishing touches on the interior, including painting, installation of the bathroom fixtures, and door installations. TRAFFIC CLOSURES ON STAFFORD ROAD We thank the community for their patience and cooperation with the construction work along Overlook Drive and Stafford Road. Waterlines and other utility services continue to be completed. For November, lane closures and flaggers will be out from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please keep an eye out and proceed with caution. For additional information, go to www.lakeoswego.city/ parksrec/recreation-and-aquatics-center. LIBRARY CLOSURES Veterans Day - Saturday, November 11 Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 23 FIRST TUESDAY MUSIC: BERNIE SIMS Tuesday, November 7, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Local musician Bernie Sims brings his unique blend of rock and soul to Lake Oswego Public Library's First Tuesday Music Series. Bernie has been performing, solo and in bands, for over 40 years. Now living in Sherwood, he spent his formative years in Salt Lake City before moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1974. His many influences include Kenny Loggins, Paul McCartney, Boz Scaggs, Billy Joel, Donald Fagen and Stephen Stills. These influences can be heard in Bernie’s songs, which speak to love and love gone awry, nature and people’s place in it, and the search for meaning in a world spinning too fast. Bernie produced and released his first CD “Alter Ego” in April of 2002. The CD’s nine, fresh adult contemporary songs feature several outstanding Portland players and vocalists. The Lake Oswego Review said this of the album: “Expressing feelings and experiences people will relate to is the force behind singer songwriter Bernie Sims’ artistic work.” The library is located at 706 Fourth Street. A livestream will also be available at www.youtube.com/@LakeOLib/ streams. For more information, contact April Younglove at 503-534-5667 or ayounglove@lakeoswego.city. This presentation is made possible by the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library. PARKS & RECREATION ACHIEVES CAPRA ACCREDITATION! The department is joining the ranks of elite parks and recreation agencies across the country by earning accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). This mark of distinction indicates that the department met rigorous standards related to the management and service to our community! Last month, this distinguished accomplishment was awarded at the 2023 National Recreation Parks Association conference in Dallas, TX. Stay tuned for more information on how the community can learn more about the process and how the department achieved this accomplishment. Many thanks go to all the dedicated Parks & Recreation Staff and other City entities who made this happen! For additional information, go to www.lakeoswego.city/parksrec/capra. THIRD TUESDAY AUTHORS: EMMETT WHEATFALL AND CHRISTOPHER LUNA Tuesday, November 21, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, November 21 at 5:30 p.m. two premier Oregon and Washington poets, Emmett Wheatfall and Christopher Luna, will be featured for the first time together. Both will share poetic works covering different genres and forms. Each an excellent poet in their own right, they will surely inspire and enlighten. This presentation is made possible by the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library. For more information, please contact Alicia Yokoyama, Adult Services Librarian, at 503-534-4228 or ayokoyama@ lakeoswego.city. PARKS - PROJECTS UPDATE RASSEKH GROUNDBREAKING Last month, City leaders, staff, contractors, and the community gathered for the groundbreaking of Rassekh Park and Skatepark. The event marks an important milestone in implementing the community’s vision in the long-range parks and recreation system plan (Parks Plan 2025) and the 2023 City Council goals. Rassekh will be developed in phases, with this first phase projected to open in the summer of 2024. This phase focuses on the completion of the public utilities and infrastructure that sets the stage for its full buildout while providing amenities such as the skatepark, public restrooms, vehicle and bicycle parking, reconstruction of the Stafford Road multi-use pathway, one stormwater facility, and landscaping. Building the park in phases represents the City’s commitment to continued fiscal responsibility. Subsequent development phases will include a playground, athletic fields, additional parking, a maintenance building, and an additional stormwater facility. For additional information, go to www. lakeoswego.city/parksrec/rassekh-park. FIRST SUNDAY MARKET IN LAKE GROVE - BOTTLES AND BITES Sunday, November 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This Sunday, join us on Hallmark Drive and embrace an afternoon of delight at our Bottles and Bites event, where you can explore, savor, shop, and sip to your heart's content. Enjoy delicious wine available for purchase, treat yourself to various delectable bites, and listen to live Jazz Saxophonist Tyler Waltner Trio. For more information, visit www.lakeoswego.city/lgfm. 44 Contributing writers: Donna Harlan, Library Katy Kerklaan, Engineering Robin Krakauer, Parks & Recreation Erik Olson, Planning Wendy Riley, Arts Council Madison Thesing, City Manager's Office Kim Vermillion, 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. For information about the City and its services, go to www.lakeoswego.city or call 503-635-0257. The City of Lake Oswego fosters a welcoming and inclusive community where all people have the opportunity to thrive and have equitable access to City services. For Americans with Disabilities Act or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services, or more information call 503-635-0270 or Oregon Relay Service 7-1-1. ¿Hablas espanol? 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November 1 Wednesday 2 Thursday 3 Friday 4 Saturday • Stewardship Work Party, Springbrook Park, 9am 5 Sunday • First Sunday Market in Lake Grove, 11am-3pm • Stewardship Work Party, Freepons Park, 1pm 6 Monday • Brian Doyle Day, LIB, 10am • Bryant NA Mtg, 7pm 7 Tuesday • City Council & LORA Mtg, 5:30pm • Library Music Series - Bernie Sims, 5:30pm 8 Wednesday • Oregon’s First Peoples (Oregon Historical Society), ACC, 10am • HRAB Meeting, 6pm • LAB Meeting, 7pm • Mtn Park NA Community Event, 7pm 9 Thursday • Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn, Lakewood Theatre, 7:30pm 10 Friday • City Holiday - CITY OFFICES CLOSED 11 Saturday • City Holiday - LIBRARY CLOSED 12 Sunday • Stewardship Work Party, Woodmont Park, 1pm 13 Monday • Special City Council Mtg, 3pm • Planning Commission, 6:30pm 14 Tuesday • Parks Plan 2040 Community Open House 4:30pm • Pints from the Past: Death and Burial in Oregon, 6:30pm • Hallinan Heights NA Mtg, 7pm 15 Wednesday 16 Thursday • Mayor Buck's Community Roundtable, City Hall, 5:30pm 17 Friday • 50+ Advisory Board, ACC, 10am • Living Well Dance featuring the Millennium Dance Band, 7pm 18 Saturday • Reunion Farmers' Market, 9am-2pm • Bridging Divides: Political Polarization in America, LIB, 2pm 19 Sunday 20 Monday • SAB Meeting, 6:30pm • DRC Meeting, 7pm 21 Tuesday • City Council & LORA Meeting, 3pm • Authors: Emmett Wheatfall and Christopher Luna, LIB, 5:30pm 22 Wednesday 23 Thursday • Thanksgiving - CITY OFFICES CLOSED 24 Friday • City Holiday - CITY OFFICES CLOSED • Tree Lighting Festival, MPP, 3-7pm 25 Saturday 26 Sunday 27 Monday • Planning Commission, 6:30pm 28 Tuesday 29 Wednesday 30 Thursday December 1 Friday • Blood Drive, City Hall, 9:30am-3pm 2 Saturday • Stewardship Work Party, East Waluga Park, 9am 3 Sunday • Stewardship Work Party, Hallinan Woods, 1pm Event dates are subject to change. More details are available online at: www.lakeoswego.city/calendar For more information, call 503-675-3992. Community Calendar MEALS ON WHEELS FUNDRAISER AT NEW SEASONS MARKET It is time for the annual “Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels Donate Dinner" fundraiser sponsored by New Seasons Market. From November 15 through 22, volunteers at both the Mt. Park and Palisades New Seasons Markets will be handing out a fact-filled, colorful card to shoppers asking them to add a donation to the Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels program when checking out with their holiday purchases. Thanks to you, last year Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels raised over $37,000 in donations! Lake Oswego Meals on Wheels program is currently looking for volunteers to stand at the doors to remind shoppers to donate. If you would like to help, please sign up for shift at: https://bit.ly/MOWvolunteerSignup. DONATE YOUR ART AT ARTMART The Arts Council of Lake Oswego (ACLO) is hosting ARTmart, an exhibition and sale of donated artwork, in January 2024. If you’re clearing out space in your home or office or have artwork you no longer love, you can donate it to ARTmart. Your donations play a significant role in supporting public art programming. Artwork in good condition, such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, ceramics, quilts, fiber art, photographs, unframed works, mixed media, and more will be accepted! You can donate artwork on November 9, 10, 11 and January 2, 3, 4. The donation drop- off site is Marylhurst Commons bookstore building (Clark Commons) at 3162 Furman Drive, Marylhurst. Visit artscouncillo.org for more information on how you can donate. TREE LIGHTING FESTIVAL FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24, FROM 3 TO 7 P.M. AT MILLENNIUM PLAZA PARK The City of Lake Oswego and the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce invite you to kick off the holiday season at the annual Tree Lighting Festival. This marks the 59th anniversary of this time-honored tradition. Festivities take place at Millennium Plaza Park! Stop by and enjoy the holiday music, festive vendors, letters to Santa, sweet treats, and more! Savor the season's sights with an old-fashioned horse-drawn ride through downtown—reservations are required. First come, first serve tickets are available on-site. Plus, Timberview Farm will have reindeer on view to get in the festive spirit! The celebratory lighting of the Millennium Tree takes place at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.lakeoswego.city/ parksrec/2023-tree-lighting-festival. GIVING OPPORTUNITIES • Fill a Stocking, Fill a Heart - pick up a stocking, filling it with needed items and returning it to the City Hall (380 A Avenue) or Adult Community Center (505 G Avenue) by December 6. • New Coats/Hats/Gloves/Socks - by December 8 drop off at the Adult Community Center (505 G Avenue), the LO Fire Department (300 B Avenue), and at the LO Public Library (706 Fourth Street). • Toy Drive - by December 15, drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Main Fire Station (300 B Avenue) and the LO Public Library (706 Fourth Street). • Food Donations - all year, you can drop off non-perishable food and essential hygiene items at the LO Public Library (706 Fourth Street), LO Fire Department (300 B Avenue), or at Hunger Fighters Oregon at 4 Monroe Parkway. • Gift cards (to places like Fred Meyer, Target, Walmart, and Amazon) - drop off November 15 through December 10 at the LO Public Library (706 Fourth Street). Gift cards will go to Clackamas County Women’s Services. For more details, please visit www.lakeoswego.city/ community/2023-toy-drive-other-giving-options. FOOD & TOY DRIVE - DRIVE-THRU EVENT December 9 from 10 a.m. to noon The Rotary Club of Lake Oswego and the LO Fire Department are joining forces for a drive-thru collection event at the Main Fire Station, 300 B Ave. Drop off your non-perishable food and drop off new, unwrapped toys at the same time! Toy donations will be delivered to families in need throughout the local area, including Lake Oswego, by the Tualatin Valley Elks Club. Food will go to Hunger Fighters Oregon.