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Awards honor water project, plant manager; Four more sign leases at The Windward

Awards honor water project, plant manager

Awards and recognition continue to pour in for the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership and its now-completed, $254 million project to upgrade facilities and expand the system's reach.

The latest honors: In late April, the Partnership was recognized with two major awards — Excellence in Engineering and Excellence in Concrete Construction — for its new 38-million-gallon water treatment plant. The awards were given by the Pacific Northwest Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Oregon Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association (OCAPA), respectively.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Kari Duncan (left), manager of the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnerships new water treatment plant, accepts the Powell-Lindsay Citation from Dan Kegley, chair of the American Water Works Associations Pacific Northwest Section, at the AWWA convention in Tacoma.  In addition, treatment plant manager Kari Duncan was awarded the Powell-Lindsay Citation from the the AWWA. This award recognizes outstanding service and exceptional devotion to the activities of the organization and is the highest award the regional section presents. In 2016, Duncan became the association director for the Pacific Northwest Section, serving as the direct link to the national association and one of 60 members of the national board of directors.

The Excellence in Concrete award recognizes projects that use concrete in extensive or innovative ways. The Partnership received the award under the "Best Of Utility" category for construction of the new water treatment plant in West Linn, where more than 18,950 cubic yards of structural concrete were placed.

The Excellence in Engineering award in the "Best Large Works Project" category recognizes the treatment plant's planning and design, which resulted in overall cost savings, enhanced safety and an extended service life and sustainability.

Four more sign leases at The Windward

A fitness studio, a mortgage company, a plastic surgery office and an insurance agency will be the next four commercial tenants to move into the ground floor of The Windward in downtown Lake Oswego.

Windward Developer Patrick Kessi announced the news on Tuesday. The new businesses will join six other Windward commercial tenants that have already opened or are in the process of opening, including Salt & Straw and Chuckie Pies.

Lake Oswego resident Lindsay Barney will open Level, an Interval Training Studio with classes for up to 30 people. Barney says she sought to open the studio in The Windward to provide a needed service in the downtown area. The studio will offer child care while parents are in classes.

Employee-owned Fairway Independent Mortgage will move a branch to The Windward, and branch manager Jason Hillman says the new location will give the company better access to clients and stronger integration into downtown Lake Oswego.

Dr. Robert Tower, who currently operates Tower Oculofacial Plastics in the Pearl District, will be opening a second practice in The Windward to serve Lake Oswego patients. Tower Plastics offers a full spectrum of oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

FIT Insurance will move into an office in The Windward, offering plans designed to fit customers' lifestyles. Managing Partner Candace Jennings says the agency has a strong commitment to Lake Oswego and looks forward to supporting community events and features.

Respond to Racism sets next meeting

Organizers of Respond to Racism, a grassroots effort to gather the community for a discussion about racism and discrimination in Lake Oswego, announced they will hold the next in an ongoing series of meetings on Monday, May 14.

Liberty Miller and Willie Poinsette organized the original event in July in response to a blog post about a racist road-rage incident in Lake Oswego. That and incidents in local schools prompted Miller to start a conversation on the social-networking site Nextdoor, which led her to Poinsette. The women then decided to invite the entire community to join them for a series of monthly meetings that have attracted hundreds of people.

The next meeting is scheduled from 6-8:30 p.m. on May 14 at the Lake Oswego United Church of Christ, 1111 Country Club Road. Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m.; the work begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to register, go to tinyurl.com/RespondMay.

LOPD arrests 10 impaired drivers in April

Lake Oswego Police officers arrested eight drivers for DUII incidents in April during regular-duty patrols, the department announced. Eight of the arrests involved alcohol-related offenses; two were for controlled substances.

LOPD Lt. Doug Treat said officers also continue to partner with Oregon Impact in a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road. A driver can be impaired by a number of intoxicants, Treat said, including alcohol, illicit drugs and prescription medication.

If a driver is arrested for DUII, he said, they can be subject to a number of monetary fines, have their license suspended and spend time in jail.

"Stay safe, take care of your friends and family, find a designated driver if needed and keep others from driving if they appear impaired," Treat said. "Please act responsibly and drive sober."

— The Review

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