Recycling day, family survival, Boones Ferry Road and more government briefs

RECYCLING — The city has teamed up with Republic Services to host a recycling event on America Recycles Day. The event, from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, will allow residents to recycle compact fluorescent lightbulbs, eyeglasses, ink cartridges, cellphones and more. The event will take place in the Willamette Room at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way in Lake Oswego. For more information, contact Elizabeth Start at 971-213-0562 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BOONES FERRY ROAD — The city council next week will meet at the West End Building instead of at city hall to focus on plans for revamping Boones Ferry Road. The meeting will begin with a project open house at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a discussion with property and business owners in the area at 6:30 p.m. It will take place in the Willamette Room at the WEB, 4101 Kruse Way, and will not be broadcast on TV.

FAMILY SURVIVAL — The city will host author Alan Corson for a discussion of emergency preparedness and his book, “The Family Guide to Survival.”

Corson’s interactive presentation and demonstration will cover shelter, fire, safe drinking water and the myths and facts of emergency survival, according to the city.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth St.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS — The city of Lake Oswego has created an emergency preparedness guide to help residents be ready for various disasters, from bad weather to major earthquakes.

The guide covers everything from the city’s snow-plow routes and public works procedures to tips for making house numbers more visible. It was distributed with the city’s monthly newsletter but is also available online at

PUBLIC WORKS — City Manager Scott Lazenby has asked Public Works Director Guy Graham to supervise operations superintendents in addition to his existing duties rather than hiring a new operations manager, a position recently vacated when John Harris retired. The move aims to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the department while reducing overall management costs, according to the city.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS — Crews are already getting started decorating the city for the holidays. Lights were recently installed at Millennium Plaza Park and Sundeleaf Plaza, according to the city.

HRAB — The Lake Oswego Historic Resource Advisory Board has denied a request to remove the landmark designation from the Carman House, a historical farmhouse built in the 1850s at 3811 Carman Drive. According to historical information, the home was built by Charles Bryant for Oswego pioneers Waters and Lucretia Carman and remains in their family today. It may have been one of the first homes in the region to be equipped with running water and is considered a rare and well-preserved example of residences from the territorial period.

DEVELOPMENT REVIEW — The city is looking for someone to serve on the Lake Oswego Development Review Commission. The seven-member DRC reviews land use applications, and members are appointed by the city council to serve three-year terms.

In addition, the city has openings on the Historic Resources Advisory Board and Library Advisory Board. Applications are due Nov. 26 for the DRC, Nov. 30 for HRAB and Dec. 15 for the library board. To apply, go to

MUDSLIDE FOLLOW-UP — Late September’s record rainfall highlighted the need for a public effort to address drainage problems on a stretch of Highway 43, where a mudslide temporarily shut down the road during some of the first storms of the season, according to the city. Staff members are looking for temporary solutions to get through the rainy winter until a bigger project can be designed and funded, the city reported.

MORE DRAINAGE PROBLEMS — Officials recently became aware of failing stormwater lines running through properties and under some homes in the Hallinan neighborhood, where at least two pipes are broken and releasing water during storms. In the short run the plan is to repair the pipes in place, but in the long run officials will need to consider rerouting the drainage infrastructure so it’s in the public right of way instead of on private property, according to the city.

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