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RAILROAD CROSSING

— Officials are gearing up to publicize an upcoming improvement project at the Lower Boones Ferry Road railroad crossing, also called Chow Corner, that will provide pedestrian pathways connecting Lake Oswego to Tualatin while fixing up crumbling rail crossings. A major road closure will be necessary for the work to occur in mid-August.

SECOND STREET

— Construction from A to B avenues on Second Street is on track to wrap up a few weeks ahead of schedule. Originally expected to finish mid-June, the project will likely finish in May. It includes new stormwater-filtering planters, street trees and other amenities along with fresh pavement. For more information, call the city’s construction hotline at 503-635-0261 or visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/lora/second-street-improvements.

IVY ACCIDENT

— The city is working to make up for the accidental removal of ivy at the Bay Roc Apartments after a contractor hired to remove invasive species on public properties sprayed and killed vegetation behind the apartment building.

Parks maintenance staff racked up 108 hours in all clearing dead ivy and wood debris this month, removing more than 12 bags of garbage and four yards’ worth of yard debris, according to the city. The next step involves a negotiated settlement for the area’s replanting. Lake Oswego’s insurance carrier will handle that part of the resolution process, according to the city.

MEMORIAL DAY

— City hall and most other offices, including the library, will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. However, the golf course will be open normal hours, and the tennis center will be open for reserved times.

PLANNING

— The Lake Oswego Planning Commission is tentatively scheduled to convene as the Commission for Citizen Involvement to consider a request to make Westlake an official city neighborhood association at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at city hall, 380 A Ave. The agenda also could include a work session on the draft comprehensive plan section about healthy ecosystems.

WATER

— The city recently announced that Tigard has agreed to increase the amount of drinking water it purchases from Lake Oswego from 0.5 million gallons per day to 1 million gallons per day.

NEIGHBORHOOD GRANTS

— Neighborhood associations have until June 24 to submit applications for the city’s neighborhood enhancement grants. The program provides up to $5,000 for specific projects not funded through other city programs in categories such as street tree planting, neighborhood signs, emergency preparedness, neighborhood sustainability, association leadership and capacity building and community building. For details, visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/planning/neigh

borhood-enhancement-program.

VOLUNTEER

— Positions are open on two city advisory boards. May 31 is the deadline to apply for a spot on the 50-plus advisory board and the sustainability board. Information about the boards and applications are available online at www.ci.oswego.or.us/boc/boards-commissions-vacancies.

BOONES FERRY ROAD

— The Oregon Department of Transportation is taking public input on a bunch of projects competing for state grant money, and the city of Lake Oswego has a proposal in the running. The city has applied for $4 million to make pedestrian and cyclist improvements, part of a bigger effort to overhaul and revamp Boones Ferry Road in Lake Grove.

If the city gets the grant, the money would supplement other funding sources, including a $5 million bond measure approved by voters last November and urban renewal dollars.

To learn more about the city’s proposal, visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/lora/boones-ferry-road-stip-grant. Public comments can be submitted to the state by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; they’re due by June 30.

YOUTH ADVISERS

— The city is accepting applications from volunteers for youth positions on advisory boards. Terms last one year. Applications are due Aug. 15. More information is available at www.ci.oswego.or.us/boc/boards-commissions-vacancies.

SELLWOOD BRIDGE

— Construction of a new Sellwood Bridge continues to affect traffic between Lake Oswego and Portland on Highway 43. For more information, visit sellwoodbridge.org.



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