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Faces change on city council as three councilors depart

by: Josh Thomas, New Lake Oswego City Councilors — from left, Roger Hennagin, Kristin Johnson and Donna Jordan — were sworn in Tuesday evening at Lake Oswego City Hall.

Outgoing members of the Lake Oswego City Council - Jack Hoffman and Gay Graham - were awarded distinguished service awards Tuesday at the first meeting of the incoming city council.

'For me this is a real transition because I'm losing councilors that I just think the world of,' said Mayor Judie Hammerstad, while offering certificates of appreciation and a sailboat sculpture to each.

She recognized Graham for beginning and supervising the Unsung Heroes Awards and the city's Antique Fair.

Hoffman was recognized for his legal perspective on city issues, for his work as the city's liaison to Metro's Policy Advisory Committee and for beginning the Arts Downtown program.

Lynn Peterson was sworn into the Clackamas County Commission Tuesday and could not attend the ceremony.

Recently elected councilors -Roger Hennagin, Kristin Johnson and Donna Jordan - all took the oath of office and joined Ellie McPeak, Frank Groznik, John Turchi and Hammerstad on the Lake Oswego City Council.

McPeak was appointed council president and will preside over the Lake Oswego City Council in Hammerstad's ab-sence.

RAIL INFO - Lake Oswego will see more train traffic now that Portland and Western Railroad has taken over the operation of two Burlington Northern Santa Fe trains that used to operate via Albany, Salem, Portland and Vancouver.

Union Pacific Railroad trackage rights that were formerly used to operate the train recently expired. PWR is now operating both trains on their own tracks and on BNSF trackage rights. The trains will now run via Albany, Lake Oswego, Portland and Vancouver.

Times of increased traffic vary.

Rail neighbors may see a few more trains per week, according to officials at PWR.