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PLANNING COMMISSION: The Lake Oswego Planning Commission will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall to hold its first work session on the Commercial Code Streamlining Project, with public comments accepted. In addition, the Commission for Citizen Involvement will discuss the master planning process for Iron Mountain Park and consider Community Development Code amendments related to stormwater management. For more information, call 503-697-6591.

CITY COUNCIL APPLICATIONS: The City Council is recruiting qualified applicants to fill the seat being vacated by Councilor Karen Bowerman, whose resignation is effective Aug. 31. Those interested in serving the rest of her term through Dec. 31, 2016, are encouraged to apply online at www.ci.oswego.or.us/boc/webforms/city-council-application. The deadline is Aug. 20. For more information, contact City Recorder Anne-Marie Simpson at 503-534-4225.

PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION: With pipe now installed under the railroad tracks on State Street, crews working for the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership will move soon to Foothills Road and the Oswego Village shopping center parking lot. Work will occur primarily at night, from 8 p.m.-5 a.m. Monday through Friday, and is expected to last about two months. Foothills Road will be open to traffic, with intermittent lane closures and delays; access to businesses in the shopping center will be maintained and sidewalks will remain open, but parking will be limited in some areas. In the fall and winter, crews will progress through the Old Town neighborhood, along McVey Avenue and into George Rogers Park. For more information, go to www.lotigardwater.org.

FIRE MARSHAL ATTENDS TRAINING: Lake Oswego Fire Marshal Gert Zoutendijk attended an advanced public information class this month taught by the Emergency Management Institute. The class, which is usually conducted in Maryland, was brought to Portland to accommodate 60 regional public information officers from a variety of agencies. The class, which simulated a major weather-related incident, is designed to teach participants how to collaborate in a joint information center in the event of a regional, widespread incident or disaster. This week, Zoutendijk got to put some of that training to use: He was dispatched to John Day to help battle the Canyon Creek Complex fire.

CROSSWALK ENFORCEMENT: Lake Oswego Police Department officers participated in a pedestrian safety enforcement operation on Aug. 13, handing out 24 citations and 10 written warnings. The goal of the operation, which was held at B Avenue and Third Street from 8 a.m. to noon, was to remind drivers to stay vigilant and educate them about the laws regarding pedestrians and distracted or unsafe driving. Citations ranged from failure to stop and using a cell phone while driving to driving while uninsured.

STAGE 1 WATER ALERT: Water levels on the Clackamas River are currently below normal, triggering a “Stage 1” alert under the city’s Water Management and Conservation Plan. This indicates a proactive, voluntary call-to-action among Lake Oswego water customers, who are urged to take steps to conserve water and lower use this summer. For more information and for tips on conservation, visit www.ci.oswego.or.us/publicworks/water-conservation-program.

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