Council OKs $39,000 in grants
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 dont 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 didnt 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: