UNSUNG HEROES — The city is accepting nominations for “Unsung Heroes,” people who spend their free time volunteering, helping neighbors and generally making a difference in the lives of those around them. To nominate someone, go to The deadline to submit ideas is Nov. 2.

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Friends of Iron Mountain group plans to host a cleanup from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Volunteers should meet at the trailhead off Brookside Road and dress for physical work, including wearing a good pair of gloves, because the group will remove invasive species to improve habitat and water quality.

OPEN CITY HALL — Did you attend a city event over the summer? The city wants to know and is seeking responses on its Open City Hall website. If you attended Pets on Parade, the Star Spangled Parade or other city-sponsored events, or if you have ideas for next year, provide input at Responses will be accepted through the end of October.

PUBLIC WORKS — Construction work on A Avenue downtown is complete, and city staff members are putting the final touches on the project, which included repaving and repairing the road from State Street to 10th Street, with a new turn lane from eastbound A Avenue to northbound Third Street, new catch basins, rebuilt pedestrian ramps at curbs and new pedestrian ramps where they didn’t already exist. In addition, work to shore up a retaining wall along Stafford Road is in the final stages.

WATER — The numbers are in for the city’s annual water conservation campaign, Beat the Peak, which kicked off July 1 and ended mid-September.

Citizens failed to meet the campaign’s goal of using less than 12 million gallons per day just once during that time, according to the city. That was on a 100-plus-degree day in early August, when the city’s demand measured 12.4 million gallons in a day.

Overall, the average Lake Oswego daily demand in the summer of 2012 was 9.1 million gallons. Those figures are up from 2011, when the highest daily demand in the city was 11.2 million gallons and the average daily use was 7.3 million gallons.

The Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership spearheads the campaign.

Tigard’s water use this year stayed within the goal, with a maximum daily use of 10.5 million gallons of water, and an average use of 8.6 million gallons each day.

ELECTION — Lake Oswego voters can drop off ballots for the general election at the Lake Oswego Public Library during regular library hours: from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Even if the library is open later, ballots must be deposited by 8 p.m. on election day, Nov. 6.

The library is located at 706 Fourth St. Additional Clackamas County drop sites can be found at The county voters’ pamphlet is available for download at

CITY COUNCIL — The city council is scheduled to meet Tuesday. The meeting is tentatively set to begin with a 6 p.m. redevelopment agency executive session. The regular council meeting will include information about the arts council, a public hearing on code amendments and a study session about Foothills-related comprehensive plan map and code amendments. The LORA board is also poised to forward a Foothills urban renewal plan to the planning commission at the meeting. The planning commission would then make recommendations and send the plan to the city council for final approval.

WALMART — The new Walmart neighborhood market in Lake Oswego opened this week. The company also has announced the award of $10,000 in grants to groups such as the food pantry at Hope Community Church in Lake Oswego, Friends of Tryon Creek State Park, Clackamas County 4-H and the Chelsea Hicks Foundation.

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