STORMS — While public works crews were out in force this week to keep storm drains clear and prevent flooded roads, citizens can help by clearing leaves and debris from street grates. City Manager David Donaldson even raked leaves out of one downtown — bare-handed — on Monday.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY — The Lake Oswego City Council has declared this coming Saturday to be “Small Business Saturday.” The adopted resolution states that small businesses are “the backbone of our economy and the glue that holds communities together” and urges residents to support small businesses and merchants the Saturday after Thanksgiving, as well as throughout the year.

TRAFFIC — Drivers should expect some traffic delays on Boones Ferry Road from Kruse Way to Madrona next week, as the city plans for temporary lane closures and turning restrictions at major intersections while a surveying contractor conducts small excavations. Flaggers will likely direct traffic while the work occurs, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday to Nov. 30.

PLANNING — The planning commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at city hall, 380 A Ave.

CITY COUNCIL — The council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. The agenda includes a public hearing on code amendments related to redevelopment of the Foothills district.

LORA — The Lake Oswego Redevelopment Agency approved a $584,432 contract with Hillsboro-based Benchmark Contracting Inc. last week.

Benchmark is tasked with constructing improvements on Second Street, a project included in the city’s plan for the downtown urban renewal area. The work will include new ADA-compliant ramps at curbs, wider sidewalks, decorative streetlights, a new sitting area, stormwater planters and trees and rebuilding of the roadway. Construction is expected to being mid-February and to finish by June.

LIBRARY — Lake Oswego library staff members have been working on their annual “weeding” of materials. The labor-intensive work aims to clear out titles that haven’t circulated as much as others during the past year.

TOY DONATIONS — The Lake Oswego Fire Department is collecting new, unwrapped toys for its 2012 holiday toy drive. The Tualatin Valley Elks Lodge will distribute the donations to families in need throughout the area. Toys can be dropped off at the city’s main fire station, 300 B Ave. The deadline to donate is noon Dec. 21. For more information, call the fire department at 503-635-0275.

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