Annexations, SAB Appointments, Legislative Priorities and more
On Tuesday, July 15, the City Council will hold its next regular meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.
At this meeting, Council will discuss legislative objectives identified by the League of Oregon Cities (LOC) and name its top four. As a starting point, Mayor Studebaker has proposed the following four priorities that could benefit the City of Lake Oswego and have some chance of passage:
- Increased flexibility in use of lodging taxes.
- Allow for price comparison when procuring architect and engineering services.
- Enhance mental health services to take some of the burden off police and communities.
- Require earlier submission of last best offer in labor negotiations to provide an opportunity to settle without paying unnecessary arbitration fees.
Council will also hold two annexation hearings:
- To consider annexing to the City a 1.73-acre parcel located at 14061 Goodall Road. This hearing will be continued to the July 29 Council Meeting.
- To consider annexing to the City a 0.23-acre parcel located at 18430 Pilkington Road.
In addition, Council will consider approving an explanatory statement for the November 4, 2014, General Election Voters’ Pamphlet for the ballot measure amending Section 40 of the Lake Oswego Charter. Currently, this section of the Charter prohibits the City from authorizing construction of a “major road” or “major road expansion” without first publishing notice and notifying abutting property owners. If within 30 days 25 or more registered City voters sign documents requesting an election, a measure must be referred to a city-wide ballot asking for voter approval of the project. The proposed amendments would modify the signature requirement and re-define what qualifies as a “major road expansion.”
Additional agenda items include a discussion of options for filling Council vacancies; the appointments of Lisa Adatto and Richard Canaday to the Sustainability Advisory Board for three‐year terms; consideration of an amendment to an intergovernmental agreement with the Riverdale Fire District to continue to provide fire and emergency medical service to the district; and discuss new debt management policies intended to limit debt, formally implement best financial practices, and recognize that the City uses debt other than General Obligation bonds such as regular bank loans and full faith and credit debt.