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Clean Streams contest focuses on manhole lids

CLEAN STREAMS - Help the city of Lake Oswego celebrate Clean Streams by designing the look for new storm water manhole lids.

Send your design by July 28 and compete for a cash prize of $200. The final design will be chosen by a city-appointed selection panel in August.

Visit the Clean Streams Web site at www.cleanstreams.info or stop by the finance desk in Lake Oswego City Hall, 380 A Ave., for contest rules, contest categories, templates, and design instructions.

CITY COUNCIL - The Lake Oswego City Council next meets July 22 at 6 p.m. at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way.

DEVELOPMENT - On July 7, the Development Review Commission took the following actions:

* Tentatively approved a permit to construct a three-story, 6,670 square-foot office on Carman Drive. Written findings are scheduled to be approved July 21.

* Continued a request for a permit to remodel and convert an automotive service building on Boones Ferry Road into a convenience store until July 21.

POLICE - Smile. You just might be on a candid camera. Small video cameras are now being worn by some uniformed officers employed by the Lake Oswego Police Department. The tiny cameras record police contacts with potential lawbreakers. Developed by bicycle cops in the Seattle area, the cameras are now being introduced to several area police agencies.

SUSTAINABILITY - The print shop at the city of Lake Oswego recently tested a variety of recycled paper and found that paper made with 100 percent post-consumer recycled content performed very well.

The city previously used paper with a minimum of 30 percent post-consumer recycled content. Post-consumer content is recycled fiber from products that are actually reclaimed and used in new paper products. This is in contrast to the 'recycled' or 'recycled content,' which only indicates that the paper contains recovered fiber, which may be pre-consumer and/or post-consumer.

The city uses about a pallet (or 40 cartons) of paper per month. Based on calculations from PaperCalculator.org, the switch to 100 percent post-consumer paper will result in the following environmental savings each year:

* Wood use: 29 tons less, or the equivalent of about 202 trees.

* Total energy: 140 million BTU's less, or the equivalent of all of the energy used by about two homes per year.

* Greenhouse gases: 17,708 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent less or the equivalent of about two cars per year.

* Wastewater: 73,502 gallons less, or the equivalent of less than one swimming pool.

* Solid waste: 9,439 pounds less, or the equivalent of less than one garbage truck.

- Source, city of Lake Oswego.