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STATE OF THE CITY — Mayor Kent Studebaker is scheduled to give the annual “State of the City” speech to the Lake Oswego Rotary Club on Monday.

FOOD FOR FINES — The Lake Oswego Public Library is allowing patrons to donate food in exchange for some forgiveness for overdue fines they’ve accrued. Throughout February, the library will waive 50 cents in fees for every nonperishable food item donated. The food will benefit families in Clackamas County.

ADVISORY BOARDS — The city has open seats on its transportation and parks and recreation advisory boards.

The deadline to apply for the transportation board is Saturday. The deadline for parks and recreation applications is March 15. To learn more or apply for one of the volunteer positions, visit ci.oswego.or.us/boc.

MEALS ON WHEELS — The local Meals on Wheels board is also looking for new members. Experience on nonprofit boards and with fundraising, marketing and design is a plus, along with a passion for helping vulnerable adults. For more information, contact Lake Oswego Adult Community Center Manager Ann Adrian at aadrian@ci.oswego.or.us.

HERITAGE TREES — The Lake Oswego Natural Resources Advisory Board recently voted to designate three new Heritage Trees, according to the city: a saucer magnolia on Fernwood Circle, an Oregon white oak on Da Vinci Street and a gingko tree on Third Street. A ceremony celebrating the trees is being planned for Arbor Week, April 6 to 12.

TRIMET — The Lake Oswego City Council has scheduled a study session to hear a presentation from the Cascade Policy Institute, which recently recommended that cities and counties in TriMet’s service area leave the transit district. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday at city hall, 380 A Ave.

CITY COUNCIL — Also Tuesday evening, the council is tentatively scheduled to discuss offering the services of its IT department on contract to the city of West Linn, to approve a proclamation recognizing the Lake Oswego Millennium Concert Band’s recent Silver Scroll award and to hold a public hearing on the updated comprehensive plan.

GOALS — The city council approved its 2014 goals last week. Overall, according to the city, they aim to:

  • “Balance community expectations for city services, infrastructure maintenance and facilities within existing resources, adjusting taxes and fees, when necessary, with fiscal prudence and restraint"

  • “Balance the goals of community aesthetics and environmental quality with the preservation of property rights and individual freedom”

  • “Improve the city’s infrastructure to meet current standards and provide for managed future growth”

  • “Build the tax base by supporting business investment in Lake Oswego”

  • “Improve the effectiveness of Lake Oswego’s city government”

    Some of the policies and goals extend beyond the current council, such as streamlining the development code to make it friendlier to businesses and setting aside money for future facilities projects.

    Others are anticipated for completion this year. Those include amending the tree code to more appropriately address large tree lots, doing initial work on plans for an upgraded operations center, investing in more street maintenance and reviewing the council’s policy on debt.

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