WESTRIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD SURVEY RECAP – as of 08/13/2014

I would like to give thanks to the 70 households who responded to our survey. As more surveys are submitted, the Recap will be updated. So far, we have received surveys from 36% of the homes. This sample revealed the following:

Of the 70 homes that returned the survey, only two are rentals. The average length of residence in these homes is 17½ years. 10 owners have lived in Westridge for over 30 years.

In the 70 homes live 189 residents:

41 are children 0-17 years old

2 are preschool age

18 attend Westridge Elementary 

9 attend Lakeridge Jr. High School

12 attend Lakeridge High School

20 are 18-39 years old

22 are 40-49 years old

29 are 50-59 years old

77 are 60 years old and above

43% of our neighbors are retired, and 31% of the homes have at least one person over 60 residing.

Of these 189 residents

45 residents work outside of Lake Oswego

22 work in Lake Oswego

14 work in home offices

46 are retired

All those employed commute by car. 44 ride their bikes in the neighborhood, 28 ride bikes elsewhere. A few of the kids take their bikes to school, weather permitting.

Our neighbors enjoy walking, an average of 4 times a week and run an average of once a week.  Only two residents run in areas outside of Westridge.

65% have accessed the Westridge web site

65% have had some experience with a neighborhood association

51% expressed some interest in getting involved with the association

Our goal is to have a general meeting in September to discuss some of the concerns voiced in the survey, establish the priorities, and form action committees.

27% of the households expressed concern about traffic issues, such as speeding and not obeying stop signs.

17% of the households are less than pleased with some of the homes and yards that are not being maintained.

Other issues raised were:  gardening power tool noise, water rates, and overgrown tree growth.

7% would like more pathways, whereas 6% do not want more paths.

13% are opposed to expanding government involvement.

For the most part, all of those surveyed love their neighborhood for the following reasons:  quiet, nice homes, safe environment, great neighbors, and quality schools.

Please consider some additional topics of interest which we can explore at the September meeting – date to be announced.

 

Many Thanks,

Dave Sengenberger, Chair.

Bill Bregar, Treasurer

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 11/26/2013 – Lake Oswego School District Open House December 9th, 2013

The School District is holding an open house at the Lakeridge High School Library on Dec 9, 2013 at 6:30pm to discuss some “major” improvements to the Lakeridge High football field incl a press box, 6-foot high fence around the field, accommodations for concessions, team room and weight room.  No mention of cost. This is open to anyone who would like to come.

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5/22/13 Lake Oswego May Meetings

As spring turns toward summer, Lake Oswego has a series of meetings coming up regarding city and community business. 

The Lake Oswego Citizen Advisory Committee will meet tomorrow; 5/23/13, at City Hall.  The main purpose of the advisory committee is to advise the city council and the planning commission using the Lake Oswego Comprehensive Plan as a guide.  The committee also acts as an advocate for the concerns of city residents in years to come, helping our council make choices that look toward the future as well as the present. 

Starting at 4:00 pm, the CAC will engage in their regular meeting.  From 5:00 to 7:00, the CAC will be joined by members from the Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation and Sustainability Advisory Boards.  The discussion will focus on the goals for Healthy Ecosystems actions and key policy issues.   Please find the meeting agenda here

On 5/29/13 at 6:30 pm (also in council chambers of City Hall), the Planning Commission will meet with the Commission for Citizen Involvement to discuss how we contribute to our community as individuals and neighborhood organizations.   Citizens are, as usual, invited to share their concerns and ideas.   This topic especially lends itself to the public platform!  Here is the agenda.

Finally, next Tuesday, 5/21/13, the Lake Oswego Redevelopment Agency (LORA) will meet at 6:30 pm (agenda) , followed at 7:00 pm by the City Council (agenda). 

All of these meetings are opportunities to find out what’s going on in  your neighborhood and to hear the hopes and plans of your neighbors. 

 

 

 

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4/23/13 Annual Lake Run

The Lake Run, hosted by the Lake Oswego Women’s Club, is coming up on Saturday, May 11th.  The annual event features a variety of courses for runners of all abilities and ages and is open for registration now. If you’d like to participate or cheer on your fellow citizens, more information can be found here.  

However, the long routes of this half day run can cut off the roads for Westridgians and leave us trapped on the hill if we aren’t prepared!  This year, check out the run routes for the 10k and 5k races early and plan ahead.  

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4/1/13 Westridge Playground Improvement Project

As mentioned before on this site, the Westridge Elementary School playground is in need of serious repair and improvement.  Lacking available funds from the district, the Westridge PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization) has taken on the effort of fundraising and planning.  The renovations will involve improving drainage in the play area (which currently becomes unusable in wet weather),  resurfacing the black top and play areas, and replacing aging, worn out play equipment.  

The PTSO is now selling personalized paving stones to fund the project.  You can read more about the scheduling, funding, and how to get involved at the PTSO website’s Playground Project page.     

Please feel free to contact Angie Baker for more details (information available via the WNALO Member Directory).

 

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3/25/13 – Spring  Daffodils in Westridge

 Have you seen the sign? 
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3/21/13 – Agenda for Joint City Council Agenda and a New Literacy Newsletter

On March 26th, 2013, the city councils of Lake Oswego and Tigard will come together for a special joint meeting.  The councils will discuss the water partnership between the cities.   The public is welcome to attend.   You can find more information at: 

Tigard and Lake Oswego Council Agenda 

Check out Lake Oswego Public Library’s new Early Literacy Newsletter here.  It has great recommendations for helping young kids get excited about reading.  

 

 

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3/20/13 – City Council votes to Remove Sensitive Lands Designation from Residential Property

In a great success for our neighborhood association, the Lake Oswego City Council has voted 5 to 2 to remove the “Sensitive Lands” designation from residential properties.  Westridge Neighborhood Association has advocated for this position in the past as a means to both treat our residents with fairness and respect and use our resources to protect our region’s natural areas efficiently.  Read this notice from the LO Stewards for more information:

LO Stewards Newsletter

You can also visit the LO Stewards website for discussions about this and other local issues at www.lostewards.org 

Thank you for paying attention to this issue!

 

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3/14/13  Local Awareness Resources

If you are ever searching for current news, statistics or information about local government, city planning and projects, here is a list of links that may be valuable:

LOCAL: The Lake Oswego Citizens Action League 

  www.locitizens.com

LOCAL is a non-partisan political action committee with a mission to inform the public about local issues. 

The Lake Oswego Review 

 www.lakeoswegoreview.com

The Lake Oswego Review is the LO community paper in league with the Portland Tribune and other community-based papers in the greater metropolitan area.  Look for the paper around town or online.  It’s always free and isis frequently updated with relevant local news, opinion sections, classifieds and feature stories. 

Lake Oswego Neighborhood Action Committee

   www.lonac.shutterfly.com

This site provides a nexus for several neighborhood organizations. It’s an excellent database for current city meeting schedules, budget information, planning committees, and general city and government information.

City of Lake Oswego Neighborhood Website

   www.ci.oswego.or.us/planning/neighborhoods

All current neighborhood associations, their websites, and current projects are listed here. 

The Mayor and City Council 

 http://www.ci.oswego.or.us/citycouncil/mayor-and-council

Are you familiar with the mayor of Lake Oswego?  How about the city council members?  Look here for a profile of the mayor and each councilor, and explore further to get to know election prodecures, government organization and the current leadership’s vision for our city. 

 

These links are also available on the LO Info page under “Local Awareness.”  

 

 

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Westridge Neighborhood Association Spring General Meeting: Draft Minutes 

3/14/2013:  The following are minutes from the Westridge Neighborhood Association’s Spring General Meeting. The minutes have not yet been officially approved by the board and are therefore currently “draft” minutes.  Please review the minutes and note the elections of neighborhood board members, discussions about neighbor communication and emergency preparedness, new members of the community and upcoming plans for the spring and summer. 

 WESTRIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION SPRING GENERAL MEETING

DRAFT MINUTES

Tuesday, March 5, 2013   7:00 p.m. Westridge Elementary School, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm and those in attendance introduced themselves.

Roll Call: Board Members In Attendance, Dave Sengenberger, Tim Kitch, Howard Russell, Bill Bregar, Ruth Bregar, Shery Dorn.

Other Members in Attendance: 4

Dave Sengenberger read from the last board meeting minutes, 1/14/13. Howard Russell made a motion to adopt the 1/14/13 Board Meeting Minutes and Ruth Bregar seconded the motion. All in attendance were in favor.

Sherry Dorn raised the issue of lighting the sign, and we have determined that we will pursue this after the new City Council has settled in.

Neighborhood Awareness of Local Issues.

Example of a local issue: Dave Sengenberger raised the issue of LO Water from Clackamas River. At first the cost was estimated at 70M, and then it ballooned to 250M and growing. A line was to be run under the Willamette River. One neighbor attendee brought out that the city initially started this project in an effort to increase our capacity to provide water.

Another issue is the sensitive lands ordinance which affects many neighbors in Lake Oswego. One neighbor in attendance raised that the issue affects his property which prohibits him from cutting any trees. Another raised that it became a burden for younger families who are not allowed to install trampolines, etc. Dave mentioned the website of LOStewards.org, and it was unanimously agreed that we would put a link to their website on our website. Dave mentioned that if we are better informed, we can be better citizens. He also pointed out that our NA is non-partisan and non-political.

The issue was brought up of how can we communicate better in the case of a catastrophic event? One member raised identifying a meeting place in the event of a catastrophe. Another member raised the idea of identifying housebound and elderly persons in our neighborhood. Another suggested identifying in the phone book medical doctors and nurses – with their permission of course. It was offered that it would be a good idea to have the school be a meeting place, and a place where emergency supplies can be brought. We discussed contacting a school employee, such as Kelly Troike, to see if they could give access to the building in the case of a catastrophic emergency. A neighbor in attendance, Angie Baker, expressed willingness to talk to Kelly to look into the possibility of having access to the school in the event of an emergency. One member mentioned that the school has emergency supplies in the cache on the school property. It was discussed the possibility of having a relationship between the neighborhood and the school relating to an emergency plan. Perhaps the neighborhood could agree to re-supply and maintain the cache, which is thought possibly not to be well-maintained at present.

The possibility of a walkie talkie system for emergency preparedness was mentioned.

It was asked if the NA has a representative that attends the LONAC meeting. Dave Sengenberger attends. Anybody can attend. Their meetings are the 1st Saturday of the month at the Heritage House in LO. There are minutes that are taken there. We will have a link to the LONAC website on our website. This is one of the links that we determined to include during our last board meeting on 1/14/13. This and the other links will be added to the website right away.

The evacuation of the school about a year ago during the shelac vapor release incident was poorly handled. Emergency numbers were locked inside, but nobody was allowed in the building.

Bill Bregar presented the treasury report, and it was unanimously adopted in substance. Bill is going to redo the form so that it is more easily understood.

The annual picnic was discussed and scheduled for the second Saturday in July. There was a discussion about how to get more participation. It was suggested that we need to have a draw, such as croquet, or badminton – things that would appeal to the kids. It was suggested to get a huge screen (inflatable) and show a movie. A Westridge School movie night where this was done was well attended and enjoyable. The idea of having somebody dressed up in a costume was offered.

Angie Baker came to talk about PTSO’s desire for upgrading the Westridge Playground. The current one is too small and it is muddy because of drainage from the soccer fields. They are fundraising between now and April to begin construction during July. A proposal was made to fix the drainage problem in the play structure area. Sometimes they actually have to rope off the play structure area because it is too soggy and wet. The PTSO is working on trying to get the city involved. They will be selling pavers with people’s names on them ($125 normal size, $250 for larger bricks) as a fundraiser. The project is $400,000.00 which will cover new play structures, drainage, asphalt and pavers. The project will be in phases in order to accommodate available funds. Bill Bregar made a suggestion to discuss this further to determine how we as an NA might support it – this will be handled via email. Tom Coffey and Mr. Donaldson (City Managers) were recommended to discuss the issue that water off of the City’s fields is running off and making the playground all soggy and unusable for kids. The school district doesn’t have the money to do it, though they are being asked for $25,000. The PTSO can go door to door in the neighborhood and ask for donations. They don’t have to ask the WNA. We will put a link and other information on our website to promote the project. Angie will get cost information to Dave regarding the cost of a bench, and depending upon the cost, the NA may be willing to support it by buying a bench. It was discussed that Hallinan School has a great playground, and it is a valuable neighborhood asset. It was funded by a wealthy donor. The school board considers it a school district matter, and they are not funding such projects at this time. This was considered unfortunate by those in attendance. The LO stadium was funded by a wealthy donor. It was raised that the phases of the project and contingencies need to be made very clear to donors so that donors are clearly apprised where their donations are being spent so there are no disappointments. One neighbor in attendance suggested that the bricks need to be mortared in to prevent vandalism. It was determined that the WNA board will huddle in April regarding the playground issue.

Election of Board Members – Howard nominated the following board members and Bill Johnson seconded the nomination: New Board: Nancy Shatsky, Sherry Dorn, Dave Sengenberger, Bill Bregar, Ruth Bregar, Howard Russell – The voting for this board was unanimous.

Election of Officers – Howard nominated Dave Sengenberger as the Chair, and Ruth seconded the nomination. The voting was unanimous.

Ruth nominated Howard Russell as Secretary and Webmaster and Dave seconded the nomination. The voting was unanimous.

Ruth nominated Bill Bregar as Treasurer, and Sherry Dorn seconded the motion. The voting was unanimous.

Our next board meeting will be in April.

The meeting was adjourned.

Signed:

____________________________ ____________________________

Dave Sengenberger, Chair Howard Russell, Secretary

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