Tis the season of giving! Each year the City partners with a number of organizations to help those in need in our community. Together we can make this holiday season a little brighter!
Our Fire and Library departments have partnering to bring holiday cheer to children in need! They are collecting new, unwrapped toys that will be shared with local families in the area. Please drop off toys by December 15 at the Lake Oswego Fire Main Station (300 B Ave) or the Lake Oswego Library (706 Fourth Street).
Hunger Fighters Oregon
Hunger Fighters continues to see a record number of people in Lake Oswego who need emergency food. You can donate nonperishable food items at City Hall (south entrance vestibule, open 24/7) or directly with Hunger Fighters (located at 2301 Hazel Road).
Meals on Wheels
Did you know that Lake Oswego has its own Meals on Wheels service? It is operated by the City with fundraising by the volunteer LO Meal Network with 20,000 meals served annually. Since the start of the pandemic, delivery participation has increased by nearly 10%, and to-go meal participation has tripled. To donate to this essential service, visit lakeoswegomealsonwheels.org
Personal Care Items
The City is collecting basic need items for our families in need programs. Please consider donating unused items such as shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, disposable razors, diapers, deodorant and sunscreen. Donations barrels are available to drop off items at City Hall (south entrance vestibule, open 24/7).
We created a temporary utility payment assistance for City of Lake Oswego utility customers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Donations to the fund can be made by anyone. All donations are placed into a fund used exclusively for emergency utility assistance and administered by a local non-profit. More details.
CONTEST: Wearing a face covering protects our community and helps reduce the spread of COVID-19. So let’s see those selfies, Lake Oswego! Enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card to a local LO business of your choice!
The well-being of our community continues to be our top priority. We appreciate everyone’s efforts to stay informed and help reduce the spread of COVID-19. For the latest information about City services and the coronavirus, please visit www.lakeoswego.city/coronavirus, or follow our City accounts on social. We are all in this together — #LOTogether.
Council Corner- Councilor Theresa Kohlhoff
Over the coming weeks we will highlight a different member of our Council and ask them three questions on how they are keeping up their spirits during COVID-19.
- What is something you are thankful for during COVID-19? I have been treated by all “essential” workers in a kindly way, with smiles and thoughtfulness. As I move forward, I will remember this and always have their backs.
- Summer Olympics has been postponed till 2021. If you had to participate in a Summer Olympics event, which would it be? Even at my age, I have always thought I still have at least one Ironman Triathlon in me. After all, the Iron Nun, Sister Madonna Buder, at 89 completed her 360th triathlon.
- What is your favorite meal to cook at home? Clam Spaghetti or Pasta Alle Vongole is still a go-to. I’m sure my Italian relatives never make it the many ways I do, and I did not grow up with it, but it’s often what’s cookin’ at Chez Kohlhoff.
City facilities remain closed to walk-in traffic. Starting Monday, June 1, some City Hall services will be provided by appointment only. For more information or appointments, please contact the appropriate department directly.
Gov. Kate Brown approved Clackamas County’s application to reopen on Saturday, May 23. Entering Phase 1 means easing restrictions and specific business types can open if they meet all the guidelines set by the State.
The County must stay in Phase 1 for at least 21 days before it can consider the next phase of reopening. Requirements and details of Phase 2 and Phase 3 are still being developed and have not yet been provided by the State.
Clackamas County launched “Go Teams” – mobile staff members, equipped with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), to go out into the community to help individuals and families who are struggling with anxiety, unemployment, grief and other emotional and social problems during COVID-19. To access the Go Team service, call 503-655-8585 or visit https://www.clackamas.us/coronavirus/go-teams.
Business Oregon has created a Supply Connector resource to connect businesses and communities with PPE manufacturers and suppliers to fight the spread of COVID-19 and keep employees safe.
There are no significant changes in City operations. We are continuing to comply with Governor Brown’s Executive Order. For City closures and information regarding the City’s response to coronavirus, visit www.lakeoswego.city/coronavirus – this webpage is updated daily.
We have created a Temporary Utility Payment Assistance Program for City of Lake Oswego utility customers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. We are contributing $20,000 to jump-start the fund, but donations can be made by anyone. Donate today and help a LO neighbor!
Our Library and Parks & Recreation Departments have launched free virtual programming for all! Explore the numerous online resources, which include recreation classes, craft projects, story times, and stay-in-place events. We will continue to find ways for us to stay connected.
We have partnered with Hunger Fighters to collect gift card donations. Next time you grab take-out or head to the grocery store, buy a gift card to donate to a local LO household in need. You can drop-off donated gift cards at City Hall’s utility payment box (south entrance).
Our Lake Oswego Fire Department is collecting homemade cloth masks for Lake Oswego senior and assisted-living residents who are in the high-risk category for COVID-19. Call 503-635-0275 to arrange a drop-off or for LOFD to pick them up!
Coronavirus does not discriminate and can infect anyone. A person’s ethnicity, language, or association with a country or region is not a risk factor for this virus. It affects every one of us – every race and ethnicity. Sadly, local incidents of bias, stigma, and hatred against people of color have increased in conjunction with rising COVID-19 concerns. We are committed to supporting our communities of color during this crisis. We urge everyone to stand firm against hate and bigotry by following the Oregon Health Authority’s guidance to Spread Facts, Not Fear about COVID-19.
As we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, many traditional support systems for families are unavailable or altered. High-stress home environments can increase the likelihood of domestic violence and abuse that children either experience or observe. To report suspected abuse or neglect of a child or adult, call 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).
Please continue to be kind to each other, help create a welcoming and inclusive community, and treat everyone with respect.
How can you help our local community during COVID-19 crisis? Check out these activities!
For the latest information about City services and the coronavirus, please visit www.lakeoswego.city/coronavirus. Or follow our City accounts on social media – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Here are some quick updates on City operations & programs related to COVID-19:
There are no significant changes in City operations. For City closures and information regarding the City’s response to coronavirus, visit www.lakeoswego.city/coronavirus – updated daily.
Due to the overwhelming response and high volume of applications, the LO Business Assistance Grant application process is now closed. Please check the City’s COVID-19 Business & Employee Resources for additional resources.
Council approved Temporary Utility Assistance Program to Lake Oswego utility customers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Funding for the program will come from donations and will be administered by a non-profit selected by the City. More information to come!
With our community Staying Home to Save Lives, we have fewer cars on our roads and highways. All drivers must adhere to speed limits, traffic signs, and traffic laws. If you are driving recklessly, you are putting yourself and others at extreme risk.
This year has been a big year for Water upgrades! We are currently underway updating our outdated, manually-read water meters to the new, wireless-read technology. The wireless reads will eliminate contracted meter reader services, provide accurate usage readings, and alert our crews when repairs are needed.
In total, we will be replacing nearly 12,000 residential meters over the next 3 years. This change out season, we focused on the Westlake area and completed 1,325 meters with the help of temporary staff. During the off-season, we will be focusing on the software integration with Utility Billing and large meter installs completed by our Water Crew. Overall, the feedback from residents has been very positive!
We will be keeping the community and Council up-to-date as we continue to make progress on the project. Thank again for your continued support!
This last week marked the one-year anniversary of Public Works’ implementing a new work management system software. Our system is completely web-based and paperless. It directly interfaces with our LOMap and existing GIS asset data — all with real-time data!
The online work management system provides our team the platform to submit service orders, plan routine maintenance, and assign team tasks. Our crews are able to use the program to open service orders, such as a request to patch a pothole or check for a water leak, perform the work needed, and clear the request all while being out in the field.
In the last year, Public Works has completed 9,276 “tasks”. This includes all work activities from Streets/Storm, Water, Wastewater, Electricians, Utility Locates, and City Beautification. These tasks were either assigned by crew leads or customer requests.
Thank you to all the Public Works Staff for embracing our new system. And thank you to GIS, Engineering, IT, and Finance for continuing to be great partners in this project!
Have you seen any of those beautiful hand-made pillowcases out the front of the Public Information Office at City Hall recently? Those were made with love by nine dedicated city staff, and one generous Lake Oswego citizen.
In late October, Maria Bigelow (ACC) and Diana Smith-Bower (Public Information Office) received notice that the Fill A Stocking, Fill A Heart Program that the City and the LO community have been a part of for well over 10 years, would not be operating this holiday season.
Diana and Maria decided to rally a team of city staff together, to try and backfill the program in a very short period and sew at least 150 pillowcases by mid-November. Thanks to the generosity of our community we received plenty of fabric, enough to create more than 200 fun, delightful and simply beautiful pillowcases!
Nine city staff members from almost every department volunteered to coordinate fabric, cut, pin, iron and sew after work to reach our goal of 150 pillowcases in time to make them available for the community to fill for the holidays. Grace Tuttle, a Lake Oswego citizen, also volunteered to join the team and make pillowcases.
For three late evenings after work, Diana graciously hosted the Pillowcase Extravaganza Project Team, where they sewed more than 150 pillowcases! One night they made 63 pillowcases with a team of seven.
The team included the following cross-departmental staff:
- ACC: Maria Bigelow
- Engineering: Erica Rooney, Katy Kerklaan and Donna Broadhurst
- Finance: Jennifer Waverly
- IT: Karen Luby
- Library: Collette Lewis
- Public Affairs: Diana Smith-Bouwer
- Public Works: Rachel Sykes
The team of ladies created such an amazing assortment of cases, any of which would make a delightful gift for someone, young or anyone of the many seniors who might need a thoughtful gift this holiday season.
Please feel free to stop by and pick up an empty pillowcase at City Hall (380 A Ave.) or the Adult Community Center (505 G Ave.), fill them with items and return them to those locations by Dec. 14!
Read more about this wonderful team effort in this week’s LO Review: https://pamplinmedia.com/lor/48-news/413371-314301-pillowcases-filled-with-hope
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Lake Oswego by the Governmental Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. The City has received the Certificate of Achievement for the past 26 years.