Money to fund neighborhood projects

The Lake Oswego City Council last week approved almost $39,000 in grants for neighborhood projects ranging from preparation for major disasters to new signage and playground equipment.

Neighborhood enhancement grants provide funding for projects that offer public benefits but don’t receive support under other city programs. The city has dispensed about $356,440 to support these projects since its first round of neighborhood enhancement grants was awarded in 1999.

While the program once focused on improvements made in public rights of way, it also now provides money to help neighborhood associations increase residents’ participation in their activities and to fund small capital projects on public property, according to the city. The maximum award for any one association is $5,000.

Of 13 requests made for this cycle, 12 were recommended for full or partial funding by a six-member committee made up of city employees.

The only neighborhood project that didn’t score some cash was Birdshill, which had requested $1,000 to pay for maps of slope grades and an emergency preparedness book. However, the city has pledged to provide the maps outside of the grant program and to purchase copies of an emergency preparation book for the library.

Of $40,000 allocated for the program in the 2013-14 fiscal year, $38,630 was awarded, including:

  • $1,550 to Forest Highlands for Tryon Creek watershed awareness signs at the southeast corner of Woodmont Nature Park, on Knaus Road and at the intersection of 19th Avenue and Lower Boones Ferry Road.
  • $890 of $2,700 requested by Glenmorrie residents for ivy removal on Highway 43, Old River Road and Glenmorrie Terrace followed by a community gathering.
  • $3,300 to residents in the John’s Woods area for new signs to replace old ones at the entrance of Kerr Parkway and Duncan Avenue and Tempest Drive and Boones Ferry Road.
  • $3,500 to Mcvey-South Shore to move a sculpture on loan to the city to McVey Avenue and Laurel Street and hold a community event celebrating the installation.
  • $1,700 of $2,240 requested by Old Town for a 25th anniversary celebration of the neighborhood.
  • $750 to Rosewood for neighborhood signs, although specific locations aren’t yet identified.
  • $10,000 combined to the Uplands and Lake Grove neighborhoods to build four kiosks at trailhead entries to Iron Mountain Park.
  • $1,949 of $3,349 requested by Waluga for emergency preparation activities.
  • $14,991 combined for Blue Heron, Palisades and Westridge to help pay for playground improvements at Westridge Elementary School.
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