BUDGET COMMITTEE — The city of Lake Oswego is scheduled to hold a budget committee meeting at 7 p.m. March 14 at city hall, 308 A Ave. The agenda includes elections of the committee chairman or chairwoman and of the vice chairman or vice chairwoman. In addition, the committee will discuss the city council’s 2013 action plan, review citizen input on budget planning and review assumptions related to property tax rates, utility rebates, employee pension and insurance spending and revenue projections.

CITY COUNCIL — The Lake Oswego City Council is tentatively scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. March 19. The agenda includes a public hearing related to two zones of benefit and study sessions related to the city’s sensitive lands program and utility rates for 2013-14.

BOARD OPENINGS — Citizens interested in serving on the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Advisory Board have until 5 p.m. March 15 to apply. For more information, visit

TEEN ADVISERS — The Lake Oswego Public Library Teen Advisory Board has seen great success with the monthly Teen Writers Group it helped launch. The teen board has recommended the library offer a Spanish language discussion group for youths, too, according to the city.

SECOND STREET — Construction on Second Street, from A to B avenues, is under way. Businesses on that street will remain open during construction, which is expected to finish by mid-June. For more information, call the city’s construction hotline at 503-635-0261 or visit

SELLWOOD BRIDGE — Construction of a new Sellwood Bridge continues to affect traffic between Lake Oswego and Portland on Highway 43. Starting Wednesday, crews will blast rock off the hillside just north and south of the bridge on its west side. The work will take place at night, likely two or three nights per week with two or three blasts between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. those nights.

Before each blast, flaggers will stop traffic on the detour bridge and Highway 43 for up to 20 minutes, according to information about the project. Each detonation will be preceded by a series of warning sirens, or air horns.

This part of the project is expected to wrap up in about four weeks.

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