CONDOLENCES — The city council last week decided to send a letter of condolence to the city of Newtown, Conn., expressing sympathy and support for the community in the aftermath of a mass shooting in an elementary school there.

CITY PAY — Also last week, the council unanimously approved a new contract for many of the city government’s employees.

According to council information, employees will pay 7 to 9 percent of their monthly premiums over the next three years. They will receive a 2.9 percent cost-of-living adjustment effective this past July and another salary bump in 2013 based on inflation.

Councilor Bill Tierney thanked city staff members for making some concessions involving their health premium contributions.

“I think this is reflective of where most businesses are going,” Tierney said.

At a previous meeting, Scott Symer, president of the Lake Oswego Municipal Employees Association, asked the council to hold the line on employee contributions to their medical insurance plans. In 2009, the last time employee benefits had been negotiated, workers had to “go back to paying a portion” of their premiums, he said. Workers then reluctantly agreed to pay 5 percent.

CHARITY — The Lake Oswego Fire Department and Rotary Club joined forces Dec. 15 to gather and build food and toy baskets to donate to 62 local families. The annual event takes place in the main fire station’s apparatus bay.

FIRE — Lake Oswego Assistant Fire Chief Larry Goff has been selected to serve as president of the Clackamas Fire Defense Board, which represents 13 Clackamas County fire agencies. Goff will take a lead role in coordinating fire resources in the county, according to the city.

LANG PROPERTY — The city has a new caretaker for the Lang property, one of the city-owned Luscher Farm area sites. Beverly Omundson, the new caretaker, has a background in caretaking and will soon begin working on trailhead properties, according to the city.

COMP PLAN — The city of Lake Oswego is seeking a 21- to 35-year-old to serve on the city’s comprehensive plan citizen advisory committee. The 15-member committee, convened in 2010, meets one Thursday each month. Members are committed to serve through July 2013.

The group provides recommendations to the planning commission and city council about the ongoing update of the city’s comprehensive plan, a long-term vision and set of planning policies that guides land use, transportation systems and utilities in Lake Oswego.

More information about the committee and an application for the vacant position are available at

Applications must be submitted by Jan. 18.

OPEN CITY HALL — This coming January, a majority of city council members will be new. As a result, the city is asking residents for their feedback and thoughts about the city and government through its online forum, Open City Hall. Participate by going to

E-RECYCLING — Green Century will host a free e-waste recycling event at Lake Oswego High School, 2501 Country Club Road, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 5.

Materials that will be accepted for free include desktop and laptop computers and monitors, fax machines and copiers, printers and scanners, ink cartridges, other computer-related electronics, TVs, VCRs and DVD players, audio equipment, cellphones, personal digital assistants, handheld gaming devices, washers and dryers, phones, cameras, ovens and stoves. For more information, call Chris Regis at 503-998-5357.

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