The city council last week appointed new members to the budget committee, made up of the mayor, city councilors and seven citizens.

On Jan. 15, the council voted unanimously to appoint Dave Berg and Charles Collins to the budget committee with Jackie Manz as an alternate.

With a new mayor and three new councilors in city hall, the move was essentially a do-over of action taken by the previous council.

In December, the council voted to appoint Duke Castle and John Turchi to the committee with Linda Adler as an alternate, even though a subgroup of councilors that interviewed applicants had recommended others for the open spots.

Mayor Kent Studebaker said Castle and Turchi subsequently called him and offered their resignations.

“Both said their goal is to do what’s best for the city of Oswego,” Studebaker said. “They wanted this city council to succeed and they chose to resign in order to avoid any kind of hullabaloo or hassle. ... They were very gracious, showed a lot of class.”

Dr. Ritu Sahni of Lake Oswego has been elected to serve a two-year term as president of the National Association of EMS Physicians, an organization of medical services professionals.

Emergency medical services is a relatively recent addition to the country’s official medical subspecialties, making it an exciting time for the national EMS physicians group, according to the city. Sahni, an emergency physician for Providence health systems, serves as medical director of the city’s 9-1-1 dispatch center and the Lake Oswego Fire Department.

The planning commission is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at city hall, 380 A Ave. The agenda includes community development code amendments and work sessions related to updating the city’s comprehensive plan.

The meal delivery program remained popular and grew in 2012. According to figures released by the city, the program was responsible for cooking, serving and delivering 20,549 meals in 2012, compared to 17,626 in 2011. Meal costs were kept down to an average of $2.84 each, which was 32 cents less than in 2011.

TRAFFIC — 2012 totals for the city’s traffic engineering division were recently shared. Last year, the division responded to more than 1,700 inquiries, including 700 traffic control plans for utility companies, private development or maintenance, 75 event permits, 124 requests for changes or new traffic signs and 94 questions about pathways.

The city is accepting submissions for two posters promoting its seasonal farmers market.

Entries are due by 6 p.m. Feb. 6 to the parks and recreation department, at the West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way. Details are available online at

The city is accepting input about draft code amendments meant to streamline commercial zoning and land-use standards and reducing obstacles to creating mixed-use development in some areas. Comment forms are due Jan. 31. For details, go to

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