Goodwill denied, city council to discuss West End Building and more

SCHOOL BUSES — The Waluga Neighborhood Association wants the city government to encourage the Lake Oswego School District to relocate its bus facilities.

Cheryl Uchida, co-chairwoman of the neighborhood association, told the council last week that the school district remains one of the city’s “most valuable assets,” and buses travel to and from all of its schools back to one central location: Lake Grove Elementary. Uchida said the city, which continues to analyze its own facilities and needs, could collaborate with the school district in hopes of moving buses out of the heart of the Waluga neighborhood and to “a more appropriately zoned site.”

“We continue to urge you to explore all possible ways to partner with the school district to … seek solutions for the permanent relocation of this facility,” she said.

BLOOD DRIVE WIN — Lake Oswego outdid city halls from West Linn, Beaverton, Gladstone, Happy Valley and Milwaukie as well as area libraries in the American Red Cross’s 2013 City Blood Challenge, according to the city. The blood donation drives were organized by Lake Oswego Adult Community Center employee Berta Derman.

FIBEROPTIC STUDY — The city council last week gave staffers the go-ahead to investigate the feasibility of adding a fiberoptic line connecting Lake Oswego’s water treatment plant in West Linn with other city facilities when building a new water pipeline.

The city already has some other fiberoptic lines between its buildings, City Manager Scott Lazenby said. This new one would run 3.5 miles and could save the city on fees it now pays to Comcast.

Officials think Lake Oswego will need more bandwidth with the upcoming expansion of its water treatment plant and other infrastructure. That would likely raise the rates the city pays Comcast for data and communications to the water plant from $800 monthly to an estimated $1,200.

If the city owns its own line, Lazenby said, it wouldn’t have to pay those charges.

“It would be an asset with future value outside of the water treatment facility most likely,” he added.

The anticipated cost of the fiberoptic line is $200,000 to $300,000, although it’s now only in the study phase. The council will decide later whether the investment makes sense, possibly during its Tuesday meeting, when the study results are tentatively scheduled for discussion.

CITY COUNCIL — The council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday for an executive session followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. at city hall, 380 A Ave.

During the meeting, a council president will be elected for 2014.

GOODWILL DENIAL — The Lake Oswego Development Review Commission voted to reject a request from Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette to build a new donation center and retail building at 17150 Boones Ferry Road.

The denial, which took place during a public hearing Jan. 6, was based on a requested “hardship variance” to allow a direct access point to the property from Boones Ferry Road; the commission didn’t find that any hardship prevented reasonable use of the property without that access point, according to the city.

The decision is set to become final during a DRC meeting next week.

POLICE — The Lake Oswego Police Department participated in a nationwide “high visibility detail” effort through Jan. 2. Over a two-week period, local officers arrested six motorists on suspicion of impaired driving and issued about 200 traffic citations, according to the city. The enforcement took place during special times set for the broader safety event in addition to during regular patrols.

WATER PLANT TOURS — The Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership will host monthly tours of construction activity happening at its water treatment plant in West Linn.

Tours will take place at 10 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month, with the first one planned for Jan. 23. Tours are expected to last 30 minutes.

Advance registration is required, and space is limited. Guests must also wear study, closed-toe shoes. Hard hats and vests will be provided. To sign up, call 503-697-6502 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The plant is located at 4260 Kenthorpe Way, West Linn.

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