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Council also amends city code for state bag law and provides series of updates during Feb. 4 meeting

While the agenda wasn't chalk full of discussion, public comment or agenda items during the Feb. 4 City Council meeting, the council moved forward with two important items: the bag fee and the 2020 council goals and policies.

Amending the bag fee ordinance

The council moved to enact an ordinance that amends city code to repeal existing language and replace it with identical verbiage as the state law set forth by House Bill 2509 — a sustainable shopping initiative requiring retailers and restaurants to provide customers with reusable or recycled paper bags, and to charge a minimum of 5 cents per bag.

The only difference is that Lake Oswego increased the bag fee for all retailers to 10 cents.

Setting goals for 2020

The City has a final set of goals and policies for the new year. The council unanimously adopted the 2020 council goals and policies during the Tuesday night meeting.

"I wanted to thank City Manager Martha Bennett for a beautiful document," said Council President Jackie Manz.

The rest of the council echoed that gratitude and expressed pleasure with how the goal setting retreat went last month.

"This is one of the greatest directions we've gotten from a brainstorming session," Councilor John LaMotte added.

The Council agreed on 19 major initiatives under eight different overarching goals.

The eight goals are: "Support business investment and job creation in Lake Oswego;" "increase the diversity of people serving on City Boards, Commissions and Committees and employed by the City of Lake Oswego to meet the needs of all of the City's residents;" "protect natural resources in a changing climate; Support strong operational practices and fiscal policies that increase public trust in the City;" "invest in Lake Oswego's basic infrastructure to ensure reliable and cost-effective services for residents and businesses;" "invest in Lake Oswego's high-quality parks, natural areas, and recreational amenities;" "improve transportation connections, mobility and safety for all types of trips in Lake Oswego and reduce automobile congestion;" and "plan for future population and business growth to conserve the community's character and quality of life."

Stray council notes

Lake Oswego resident Debbie Craig announced that the Hallinan and Black Properties at the top of Cornell Road near Luscher Farm were for sale and encouraged the City to consider buying the properties. She said if the City were to purchase the two parcels, it would provide an important role in connecting the Willamette River to Tualatin River Path.

LaMotte expressed interest in having staff learn more about what's happening with the Hallinan Property. Mayor Kent Studebaker said they will discuss this at a later date.

Also during the council meeting, Councilor Theresa Kohlhoff, who is part of the Oregon Department of Transportation Region 1 Area Commission on Transportation , shared news that the state plans to pursue tolling on I-5 in Portland and on I-205 near the Abernethy Bridge. She said the tolls would likely go into effect in 2023 — though there was no information on the cost.


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