D Avenue Block Party 5/22: Celebrate Public Works Week and the Completion of the New D Avenue!

Infrastructure affects all of us – it gets us to work, our children to school, captures and treats runoff, brings water to our taps and protects our public health. These resources improve our quality of life every day.

Engineering, Public Works, and the Library Departments are partnering together to commemorate the one-year anniversary of breaking ground on the D Avenue Improvement Project and to celebrate National Public Works Week (May 19-25).

Join us for a block party celebration!

Wednesday, May 22 | 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. | On D Avenue, between 4th-5th Streets (in front of the Library)*

Event highlights include:

–              Fun and creative games for all ages

–              Guest speakers – brief ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m.

–              Ice cream and popcorn

–              Equipment show and tell

–              Tours of the new rain gardens

–              Master Gardeners’ presentation on how to create your own rain garden (begins at 7pm at the Library)

Get a behind-the-scenes view of Oscar the Street Sweeper, climb aboard an excavator, or watch a live video of a robotic camera inspecting a sewer pipe. Bring the whole family!

This event is open to all Lake Oswego community members. We hope to see you there!

Fire Marshal Zoutendijk Receives Member of the year award

Fire Marshal Gert Zoutendijk received the 2019 Oregon Fire Marshal’s Association Member of the Year award this week at their annual conference. Gert has been part of OFMA for many years and has served on the board as a director for the last two years.

President of the association John Patterson said “Gert Zoutendijk pulled everything together to have two very successful events over the past year. His ability to plan things out, pool resources, call in favors, closely monitor costs while evaluating options is a skill he has honed to the benefit of the entire association. We are pleased that he chose to stay engaged and will continue sharing his experience with the Board of Directors”

Gert was re-elected to the board for a two year term and will continue to lead the education committee with setting up the annual conference and other classes.

Photo caption: Gert with the Oregon State Fire Marshal Jim Walker (left) and OFMA president John Patterson (right)

Leadership in Water

When people think about water in Lake Oswego, they think of our high quality drinking water from the Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership. Our drinking water is some of the highest quality in the state.

However, beyond the water itself, we have high quality staff serving our community every day. Our Public Work’s water crew understands the importance of technical skills, as well as leadership skills. This leadership of our Water Seniors specifically, Craig and Luis, can be seen throughout the city and regionally. Craig serves on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Association of Water Utilities, which is a professional association for water and wastewater utilities and the state affiliate of the National Rural Water Association.  Luis is currently in the American Public Works Association’s Northwest Public Works Institute, a multi-course nationally recognized leadership training program.

Thank you Craig and Luis for actively leading the way for water distribution in our community, region, and state! And thank you to our hard working, high quality water crew in all!

National Police Week

In 1962 President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, the calendar week in which it falls in declared National Police Week.  The first National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day Service was held in Washington DC in 1982.  Today thousands flock to Washington DC to pay special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

This year National Police week is May 12-18.  Since May of last year, nationwide, over 140 officers have lost their lives in the Line of Duty.  Please take some time to show gratitude to those, past and present, who have dedicated their lives to this honorable profession.

Library offerings enriched by generous Friends

Explore – Engage – Enrich

The Friends of Lake Oswego Public Library fund a long list of programs at the library, including our First Tuesday Music series, Third Tuesday Author series, Performing Arts series, Summer Reading programs, Lake Oswego Reads, our Cultural Pass program, and more.   These popular programs enrich the lives of Lake Oswego residents and contribute to the library’s mission of connecting communities through life long learning and cultural engagement.

The Friends of the Library raise funds through memberships as well as their management of the Booktique used book store, which recently moved! You are invited to visit their new location at 4 Monroe Parkway, across from the New Seasons complex.

Thank you, Friends, and thank you, City Council, for your support of the Library.


Where does LO’s drinking water come from?

Happy National Drinking Water Week (May 5-11)!

We depend on clean, safe drinking water supply daily, but where does that water come from? Many of us do not know the answer. For Lake Oswego and Tigard residents, it’s the Clackamas River – one of the highest quality water sources in the state.

The Clackamas River provides a drinking water supply to nearly 400,000 people in Clackamas and Washington Counties. The Clackamas River watershed encompasses 940 square miles and begins in the Mount Hood National Forest.

Unlike the City of Portland’s protected Bull Run watershed, the Clackamas is a multi-use watershed with various users and ownership throughout the watershed.

This week, we encourage you to get to know your local water supply source, so together we can protect and preserve it. Protecting our source ensures we have a sustainable supply for the future!

To learn more about Lake Oswego’s water source and state-of-the-art water treatment system, visit http://lotigardwater.org/?p=water-source-and-system

To watch a short film about the river and the story behind it (featuring our very own water conservation specialist, Kevin McCaleb) visit https://www.ci.oswego.or.us/publicworks/clackamas-river-and-you




On April 16, the CC conducted a study session on a Home Demolition Tax. The Council consensus was to move forward in considering a proposed ordinance adopting a Home Demolition Tax this year.


On April 22, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on amendments to the Community Development Code to allow Short-Term Rental Lodging (LU 18-0034). After receiving public testimony, the Commission closed the hearing and deliberated providing direction to staff for revising the code amendments and drafting written findings, conclusions and order for consideration at its next meeting May 13. Continue reading PLANNING & BUILDING SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS FOR APRIL, 2019

Parks & Recreation


School children came to the farm on Wednesday May 8 for No School Garden Day.  We sampled Radishes, Asparagus and Arugula straight from the garden, fed the worms, played games and painted rocks.  Another beautiful day at Luscher!


Stewardship gives 3 cheers to 74 Capernaum volunteers that did a service project at Rossman Park on May 7, Tues.  These energetic volunteers removed invasive species that hid under some bushes, planted colorful flowers and washed the play structure, park benches and light poles.  An added bonus for Rossman Park was the hands on help from the parents and aides that accompanied these hard working volunteers.  The Young Life Capernaum group made up of neurodiverse and differently-abled people.  This enthusiastic group is dedicated to giving back to their community and the Parks Department is thankful to partner with them on our third annual service project.  This work party entails extra efforts from the Parks Department and it is noted by the parents of these adults and by the local community that are out enjoying the park. What a great opportunity for Parks to network with the park users and share about this inclusive service day work party! The feedback has been overwhelmingly supportive, positive and the community is happy to see Rossman Park shine brighter than ever!





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