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SUBMITTED PHOTO - Work is underway on a project to replace the roof on Lake Oswegos Waluga Reservoir 1. It's expected to wrap up in spring 2017.

Construction begins on Waluga Reservoir 1 roof

The older of Lake Oswego’s two Waluga reservoirs is about to get a new roof.

An inspection earlier this year revealed that the roof on Waluga Reservoir 1 urgently needs to be replaced, although the rest of the structure is in good condition and expected to last another 50 years.

Preliminary activities at the Carman Drive site were scheduled to begin this week, with workers installing tree-protection fencing and erosion controls around the area. Primary construction is scheduled to begin in the first half of October and continue through the winter, with project completion tentatively scheduled for spring 2017.

Nearby residents can expect occasional noise as the old roof is saw-cut and new concrete is placed, according to Katy Kerklaan of the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership. Although cranes, equipment and trucks will be present, no rock excavation or concrete crushing will occur onsite, she said.

Work hours will be limited to 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday, although some Saturday work may be required.

The site will be closed to pedestrians during construction, and the path from Parkhill Street to the reservoir site will be closed due to cranes moving materials overhead, Kerklaan said. Other trails from Parkhill Street through East Waluga Park will remain open.

Lake Oswego wins award for blood drive challenge

Lake Oswego will be honored by the American Red Cross next week for recruiting the most donors and collecting the most blood in the 2016 Red Cross City Blood Challenge.

Twenty-six cities in Washington and Oregon sponsored blood drives as part of the fourth-annual challenge, which was held from Aug. 1 to Sept. 11. Altogether, the participating cities collected more than 1,100 pints of blood.

Lake Oswego earned the distinction of recruiting the most donors and collecting the most blood — 141 pints from 163 donors. Milwaukie had the highest perecentage of blood-drive goal achieved, with 130 percent; Happy Valley had the most first-time donors, with 20.

In honor of the accomplishment, the Red Cross will present Lake Oswego with a trophy at the next City Council meeting, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. But while the City Blood Drive may have ended, Lake Oswego’s efforts have not: the City will host another blood drive on Oct. 7, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at City Hall, which is located at 380 A Ave.

Walk-ins will be accepted, but appointments can also be made by going to www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation and using the sponsor code “LOCityHall” or calling 1-800-733-2767.

— The Review