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STARBUCKS - Lake Oswego police and engineers are set to meet with Starbucks and a traffic consultant later this month to discuss congestion around the coffee giant's drive-through on Boones Ferry Road.

Baristas are filling latte orders faster than ever, with a 40-second order-to-delivery time, according to the city. But that has only added to the traffic problems, because the promise of fast service has drawn even more drive-through customers.

NORTH ANCHOR - The Lake Oswego Redevelopment Agency board recently authorized city staff to execute the purchase option on its lease agreement for 500 First Street.

The site plays a key role in the city's planned North Anchor project, a major urban renewal effort that could change the face of the north side of downtown.

Officials won't have a specific configuration for the project until enough properties are acquired, but they hope to build a new public library and parking garage in conjunction with private development around First Street and B Avenue.

Under an agreement with Barry Cain, owner of the First Street property that formerly housed Lacey's bar, the city could lease the property for two years for about $11,750 monthly, with an option to buy it for $2.35 million.

In January, the LORA board gave staff members the go-ahead to begin the process of buying 525 First St. for $1.18 million. That property could also be used for the North Anchor project.

After an overall site is settled, the urban renewal agency will convene a citizen task force for the project.

CITY COUNCIL - In addition to considering an urban growth boundary expansion, the city council on Tuesday will hear an update from Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette, present a distinguished service award to Lake Oswego City Manager Alex McIntyre and hold a public hearing on the reorganized development code.

In addition, council members will consider restoring a principal engineer's position from half- to full-time and will discuss a police station siting study and an amended Foothills predevelopment agreement.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday at city hall, 380 A Ave.

PLANNING COMMISSION - Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved a proposal to allow coffee shops, bagel shops, juice bars and other 'specialized food stores' in the city's campus research and development and office campus zones. Findings will come back for the commission's final approval in a couple of weeks.

TRAFFIC OPERATIONS - The city's engineering division has released data on 2011 traffic operations calls. According to the city, in 2011 the traffic section:

n Reviewed 438 traffic control plans;

n Received almost 700 special requests related to traffic counts, signal modifications, signage, pathways, speeding, vegetation and more, resulting in 63 changes within those areas;

n Handled 59 special event permits.

In addition, the data shows there were 177 traffic accidents, five pedestrian accidents and six bicycle accidents last year.

CHILD SAFETY - Lake Oswego police and firefighters conducting a quarterly child safety seat clinic found an 82 percent rate of misuse.

Fire and police employees plus one volunteer - all trained as child passenger safety technicians - checked and helped properly install child seats in 44 vehicles Feb. 4.

FARMERS MARKET - The city's farmers market has received a $2,500 grant from New Seasons Market for this coming season, paying for a matching funds program to support patrons relying on supplemental nutrition assistance, or food stamps.




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