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The Lake Oswego City Council met Tuesday, Nov. 19 to hash out a plan to create a funding reserve for the future replacement and renewal of Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership facilities, and council members were also informed about the Private Stormwater Facility Inspection Program and the Clackamas County Library District Task Force that Lake Oswego staff will take part in.

Repair and replacement funding

City staff presented three options to council members during the Tuesday meeting that gave different preferred savings rates for the replacement and renewal fund for Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership facilities.

Total lifecycle repair and replacement costs for the water partnership facilities are expected to be $92.7 million for Tigard and $86.9 million for Lake Oswego.

Each city is expected to have a plan in place to decide how to pay for the repair and replacement of such facilities — though each City is not required to have the same savings plan.

The first option would require the City to reserve 1% of total repair and replacement costs annually, which would be $869,000 a year from Lake Oswego. A funding shortfall would occur in 2030.

The second option would require the City to reserve 1.5% annually, or $1.3 million a year. Funding shortfall could occur in 2045.

The third option — which the council unanimously preferred — would increase the percentage in "blocks" over time to ensure that future generations would pay a larger amount of future repair and replacement costs.

Staff recommended the City reserve $1 million per year until 2038, when the City's bonds are paid off. Then the reserve would increase to $2.17 million per year, which is 2.5% of the total repair and replacement costs. Staff said it might result in a funding shortfall around 2030, but the increase in reserve funds in 2038 would reverse it.

Councilor Jackie Manz said the third choice was the most logical option and advised staff to set up a separate reserve fund for the repair and replacement savings and bring it back to the council so council members could see what that would look like.

Staff will speak with the Tigard representatives to confirm which approach the city will be taking.

Private stormwater facility inspection program

City staff informed the council about a new inspection program associated with private stormwater facilities, and talked about how the program — which is long overdue — would be implemented.

Stormwater facilities are important because they help empty pollutants before the pollutants enter streams. Lake Oswego's stormwater is regulated through a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit, which was last issued in 2012.

Staff said the main goals of the program are to educate the community, show commercial facility owners what they need to do to help water quality, and to comply with the permit and improve the water quality of streams.

This City is required to oversee the stormwater facilities and to also make sure homeowners are properly educated and taking care of the stormwater facilities.

City staff said they've inspected some stormwater facilities in the past but there was no formal plan or procedure in place.

The City will now have routine, non-routine and follow-up inspections of stormwater facilities. After the stormwater facility is initially expected, the owner will receive a report that includes how the owner can correct the facility and make it compliant.

"This new program ... brings the City into compliance with the requirements set forth in the MS4 Permit; and more importantly, successfully works towards ensuring cleaner stormwater from the impact of development," read the council report crafted by Sonja Johnson, stormwater specialist, Rob Amsberry, stormwater group

lead and Erica Rooney, city engineer.

Clackamas County library task force

In an effort to make library services more equitable across Clackamas County, the Clackamas Board of County Commissioners authorized a task force to analyze issues like inequity facing the Clackamas County Library District — which consists of libraries and cities with varying levels of resources.

Staff said that while the Lake Oswego Library can provide a high-level of service to its community members, other libraries in the district struggle with providing basic resources to residents.

Since there are many stakeholders with different concerns, staff said the task force will provide a forum for the library representatives to discuss issues and then allow the group to present a recommendation in a unified fashion.

The task force appointments will officially come before the council in early December.


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