The following is an open letter to the Lake Oswego City Council:
Please keep the West End Building and consider: World class library and media center we, as a community, support knowledge and education, and our library system should reflect that. Having a world class library near the entrance of our city, as opposed to having the likes of a cookie cutter hotel and all that brings (just take a look at the blotter lately) will be a strong statement about our commitment to community and education. Tennis courts our community appreciates the benefits of physical activity and tennis is a part of that for a portion of citizens. Disc golf a sport that is getting popular with young adults, encourages community interaction and is easy to learn and play for all skill levels. And startup costs are very minimal. West end Wednesday farmers market even throughout the recession, farmers markets were thriving. They continue to do so as people learn more and more about the importance of good nutrition. A weekday market could draw shoppers from the area that are employed but not necessarily living here, but would now be spending their hard-earned food dollars locally. And dont forget that market farmers are small-business owners in our state. Community gardens for the homeowners in the area on small lots who would like to share the benefits of gardening and local food production with their families. Food preservation facility to preserve the bounty from either the market or the community gardens. There is a large portion of our community who are food preservationists and it would be a great benefit to have a local facility. I would also like to see the Carman Drive historic home preserved. This great community was founded by hard-working, creative folks with imagination for a great future. We should preserve that history. There is very little of it left. Allow a honeybee swarm catch box and hive installation at Luscher Farm. A group of ladies in the Lakeridge 2013 class wanted to do an installation for a senior community project to share the wonderful world of pollinators and their benefits to our food chain. They were denied. If you cant have a beehive on a farm for heavens sake, where can you have one?
Best of luck in the new year.
Patricia OBrien is a resident of Lake Oswego and submitted her opinions at the request of the Lake Oswego City Council, which asked residents to share ideas in advance of its goal-setting session.