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Changes in the works for city

The city of Lake Oswego took a lengthy mid-year 'retreat' Monday to discuss the status of city goals in preparation for the upcoming city council election.

City officials felt it was important to set aside a special meeting to prioritize before September, when Jack Hoffman, Gay Graham and Lynn Peterson will leave the council.

'We wanted to look at what we have to get done … what they want to see us do and how to position the council for the new members,' said Mayor Judie Hammerstad.

Circumstance and opportunity have caused 'significant' priority changes to the list of 13 goals council members opted to pursue at a meeting in March, according to Hammerstad.

At that time, council members opted to focus their energies on the possibility of a new community center rather than proceed with the redevelopment of Foothills.

The city recently closed a $20 million deal with Safeco Insurance to purchase the company's 14-acre campus on Kruse Way for use as a community center. A 20-member citizen steering committee will work with architects on the design.

Their top goal was the only one achieved so far this year.

'Now that the community center has been slowed down and put into a public process, that gives us the opportunity to work on Foothills,' Hammerstad said.

Other major goals aimed at improving neighborhoods, target senior issues, increase housing choices and add to sustainable practices to Lake Oswego, including a possible ban on phosphorus fertilizers.

The city's 2006 goals will keep city government busy through 2007 and into the following years, said City Manager Doug Schmitz.

'Our goals are primary longer term goals,' he said. 'They are certainly not goals that can be completed in one year.'

'Generally, I think we're progressing on all fronts,' he added.

At the eight-hour meeting, the council reaffirmed its commitment to sustainability by emphasizing a continued discussion about a phosphorus fertilizer ban. The ban is anticipated to go into effect by the end of the year, officials said.

'We're seeking ways we can extend that more into the community,' Hammerstad said.

Replacement of the in-lake sewage interceptor, a pipe that carries sewage from one end of Oswego Lake to the other, continues to be explored. Council members approved phase twoof the interceptor's pre-design on Tuesday.

Additional movement on other projects, such as adopting the Lake Grove Village Center plan, the redevelopment of Foothills and bringing the streetcar to Lake Oswego, will most likely happen in the fall and progress through next year, Schmitz said.