POLITICAL SIGNS — Signs from the election season can be recycled at Far West Fibers in the Foothills area.

The facility is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 341 Foothills Road. In addition to political signs, Far West Fibers recycles paper, metal, glass, plastics, electronic items, clean footwear, cellphones, battery chargers and batteries, microwaves and cooking oil. It also recycles “white goods” such as stoves, dishwashers, hot water heaters, washers and dryers for no fee. For more information, go to or call 503-200-5411.

POLICE RECYCLING — Far West Fibers has also received business lately from the Lake Oswego Police Department. According to the city, Officer Wendy Svaren, who works in the property and evidence room, now keeps recycling bins for batteries, plastic and metal items and electronics. She uses the system to purge case materials not deemed worthy of being sold at auction, including cellphones, pirated CDs and DVDs and metal lighting hoods used in marijuana growing operations. The items are recycled at the Foothills recycling center.

NEIGHBORHOOD GRANTS — The city has received applications for 2012-13 neighborhood grants. Thirteen neighborhood associations applied with requests totaling more than $27,000 for efforts related to community building, neighborhood communications, emergency preparedness and signage. The city council is expected to consider the requests at a meeting in December.

BUILDING BUMP — The city recently reported an increase in construction activity. In the first four months of the fiscal year, the building department issued 1,342 permits — marking a trend that, if it continues through the entire year, would result in “one of the best years of construction in the last 10 years,” according to the city.

EMERGENCY PREP — Residents can get free 2013 emergency preparedness calendars either by downloading them or requesting copies from the city. The calendar covers preparation for bad weather and other emergencies, what to do during a flood or landslide, how to be ready for earthquakes, what to do with pets during an evacuation, fire prevention and medical emergencies. To preview the calendar or order one, go to For more information, call 503-675-3992.

LUSCHER — The draft Luscher Area Master Plan remains under review. Throughout this month and in early December, city staff members will meet with a working group to go over the entire document, which will also be analyzed by the planning commission to identify any “fatal flaws” or additional needs, according to the city.

The city council has requested to see the draft at a meeting in December. A final version of the document will eventually come back to the planning commission for a public hearing, likely in 2013.

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