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BUDGET COMMITTEE

— The city of Lake Oswego is scheduled to hold a budget committee meeting at 7 p.m. today at city hall, 308 A Ave. The meeting is supposed to be televised. The agenda includes elections of the committee chairman or chairwoman and of the vice chairman or vice chairwoman.

In addition, the committee will discuss the city council’s 2013 action plan, review citizen input on budget planning and review assumptions related to property tax rates, utility rebates, employee pension and insurance spending and revenue projections.

VOLUNTEER BOARD OPENINGS

— Positions are open on multiple city advisory boards. Citizens interested in serving on the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Advisory Board have until 5 p.m. Friday to apply. April 15 is the deadline to submit an application to serve on the Lake Oswego Planning Commission, and April 30 is the deadline to apply for a seat on the city Historic Resources Advisory Board or the Natural Resources Advisory Board.

Information about the boards and applications are available online at www.ci.oswego.or.us/boc/boards-commissions-vacancies.

PAVING ACCOLADES

— The reconstruction of A Avenue last summer has landed the city an award. Lake Oswego received the 2012 Asphalt Pavement Association of Oregon Excellence in Paving Award for urban arterials, according to the city. Crystal Shum, who managed the project, accepted the award March 5 on the city’s behalf.

DEVELOPMENT REVIEW

— The commission has approved construction of a new veterinary clinic on Douglas Way. The decision will be adopted at the DRC’s Monday meeting at city hall, 380 A Ave.

CODE UPDATES

— Work continues to improve Lake Oswego’s community development code. The goal is to make the code more clear, adaptable and user-friendly and to facilitate future housing and job growth in existing commercial areas rather than in low-density neighborhoods, according to the city. The planning and development review commissions will hold a joint study session at 6:30 p.m. April 8 to review draft code language.

FOOD FOR FINES

— In February, the annual “Food for Fines” month at the Lake Oswego Public Library, patrons who donated nonperishable food were forgiven 50 cents for each item contributed. As a result, the library collected 3,411 pounds of food for families in need, enough to feed about 150 families for a week, according to the city.

LORA

— The Lake Oswego Redevelopment Agency Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall, 380 A Ave. The meeting is tentatively set to start with an executive session, followed by budget committee appointments and a discussion of the North Anchor project, an urban renewal plan for the area around First Street and B Avenue.

CITY COUNCIL

— The city council is scheduled to meet after the LORA Board at about 7 p.m. on Tuesday. On the agenda: Discussion about a firm to hire for the city manager recruitment process, public hearings related to two zones of benefit and on a code amendment allowing fitness, exercise and sports facilities in the city’s industrial-park zone.

UTILITY RATES

— The council will also discuss 2013-14 utility rates and hear a briefing on the sensitive lands program at its meeting on Tuesday night.

FLOOD MAPS

— The city council last week approved revisions to the city’s flood management area maps that stemmed from reduced base flood elevations around Oswego Lake. The changes reflect Oswego Lake dam modifications that lowered the 100-year floodplain, or base flood elevation, by 4 feet.

The Lake Oswego Corporation and Federal Emergency Management Agency grant money helped pay for the dam spillway project, completed in 2011, which allows the dam to release water faster, reducing the potential for flooding around the lake.

Shrinking the flood hazard zone gives homeowners on Oswego Lake, Blue Heron Canal, Lakewood Bay and West Bay more flexibility in how they develop their properties, and in some cases it will eliminate the need for them to purchase flood insurance, according to the city.

“That’s good news for the property owners around the lake,” said Denny Egner, the city’s assistant planning director. “This is a good change for the community.”




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