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City officials gather for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Operations and Maintenance Center.

REVIEW PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK - City officials cut the ribbon to officially open Lake Oswego's new Operations and Maintenance Center last week. From left: City Councilors Skip ONeill, Joe Buck and Jackie Manz; Public Works Director Anthony Hooper; Mayor Kent Studebaker; and City Councilors Jeff Gudman and John LaMotte.Public Works Director Anthony Hooper joined members of the Lake Oswego City Council to officially unveil the city's new $14.5 million Operations and Maintenance Center at a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week.

Roughly 200 city officials and staff attended the event, which included speeches from Hooper, Mayor Kent Studebaker, City Councilor Jeff Gudman and City Manager Scott Lazenby. Attendees were also given packages of bamboo seeds and small pots to commemorate the occasion.

The two new buildings on Pilkington Road — a main complex and a vehicle barn — are touted as highly earthquake-resilient structures with a potential lifespan of up to 100 years.

The new center broke ground 18 months ago on the same site as its 40-year-old predecessor, which was demolished in September after the main complex was completed and the Public Works Department moved in.

The new center, which is now also home to the City's Parks Maintenance division, also includes a small police office so that LOPD officers on the Lake Grove side of town won't have to drive back to City Hall to write reports.

—The Review

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