Guest Speaker: Upcoming Bond Measure

LOSD to Present and Discuss Upcoming Bond Measure

Where: Westridge Elementary School Gym
When: Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 @ 7pm

  • Hear about the findings of the recent school assessment study, including the condition of all K-12 buildings and specific repairs that are needed.
  • Get first-hand information on the upcoming school bond measure from the LO School Board.
  • Learn more about the campaign supporting the school bond from members of the Keep Lake Oswego Schools First coalition
  • Q&A to follow presentation

We will hold a quick Westridge Neighborhood Association meeting @ 7pm prior to the guest speaker:

  • 2017 Neighborhood directory update
  • Neighborhood enhancement grant voting
  • Sidewalk maintenance reminder (shrubs and snow)

For more information, contact our Neighborhood Association Chair, Taylor Finley, 503-729-3396

Westridge Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes

Westridge Neighborhood Association Meeting November 29, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by board president, Dave Sengenberger.  The board members present: Dave Sengenberger, Taylor Finley, Ruth Bregar, and Bill Bregar.  Absent: Angie Baker. There were a total of 12 people in attendance.

Dave read the minutes from the October board meeting.  The minutes were approved as read.

Neighbors then went around the table and introduced themselves.

The treasurers report:

There is about $1,800 in the Westridge account.

Dave set the date of the next general meeting for March 14, 2017.  The board meeting will be held on February 7, 2017.

The following people were nominated and approved as new board members: Rebecca Weinstein and Kristen Hilton.

Old business:

Dave spearheaded a discussion about speeding in the neighborhood. The city manager, Scott Lazenby, suggested that neighbors call the non-emergency police number and report the license plates of offenders. The police department will then contact the speeding parties and remind them to obey the speed limit and to come to a full stop at the stop signs.  Taylor will put this information on the WNA website.  The information will go out to all the people for whom Taylor has email addresses.

Leann Barrett suggested having speakers at the general meetings.  She noted that attendance for the meetings goes way up when there is a speaker.   Taylor moved that the board should have a goal to get a speaker for the general meetings.  The motion passed.

New Business:

Dave brought up the subject of updating the neighborhood directory. There will be a committee to work on the directory.  There are 196 homes in Westridge. There has been a lot of turnover recently.  Angie Baker volunteered to help as did Kristen, Dave, Taylor, and Bill.  Since neighbors are reluctant to have a digital directory, the update will be a hard copy.

The next topic was walkability of sidewalks in the neighborhood.  A motion passed to have Taylor approach the city and get a document citing the code for keeping sidewalks clear of debris and obstruction.  If there is a problem property, the board will notify the homeowner using the city form.

Dave recognized Taylor for all his work on the Website.  WNALO.org.  Taylor updates the site every couple of weeks with pertinent information.

 

Future business:

Dave reported that the city planners were pushing for both high density and affordable housing.  The city code is complex.  There was a proposed multi-building duplex in the Evergreen neighborhood that the planning commission approved.  However, the Development Review Board voted it down.  Dave’s concern is that the zoning codes in any neighborhood could be changed and multi-family housing could  be constructed, even in Westridge.

A motion was passed to have a member of the school board speak at the next WNA meeting in March.

Carolee Lamata (?) spoke about trying to get the city to help pay to improve Barton Road.  The rain runoff adversely affects properties along the road.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 pm

A brief board meeting followed with election of officers.  They are as follows:  President, Taylor Finley; Secretary, Rebecca Weinstein; and Treasurer, Bill Bregar.  Ruth Bregar, Kristen Hilton, and Angie Baker will be directors.

A Prep Westridge meeting was held at 8:00.

Submitted by,

Ruth Bregar

Prep Westridge Guest Speaker – Enhabit

Meeting Details
Prep Westridge – Emergency Preparedness Group
Guest Speaker – Jessica Bond – Enhabit
Date: Monday 3/14/2016
Time: 7pm
Location: Westridge Elementary School Library

Company Details: Enhabit (formerly Clean Energy Works) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Portland, Ore. that’s focused on building more resilient communities. Enhabit is the next step for homeowners who want to make their homes work and feel better. From the initial review of your home, to choosing a trusted contractor and financing to make the right efficiency, health and safety upgrades affordable, Enhabit is committed to high-performance home renewal that makes sense

Jessica will be presenting for the first 15 minutes of the meeting followed by a Q&A, so please be there on time.

Here is their website (ENHABIT) and here is a teaser of her presentation

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Tips to Get Ready for the Big One
By Stephanie Swanson, Enhabit

We’ve all heard about “The Big One”—a major seismic event that could hit Oregon within the next 40 years. While many efforts are underway to retrofit Oregon’s schools and commercial buildings, homeowners can also act to keep homes and people safe. Here are some earthquake preparedness tips to get you started:

Build An Emergency Kit. Gather supplies, such as flashlights, sturdy shoes, food, water, and a first aid kit. Store supplies in an easy-to-access location. Visit ready.gov for more on building and maintaining your kit.  

Identify Home Hazards. Heavy objects that can be dangerous if they move or fall during an earthquake. Secure bookcases, electronics, appliances, and any other items to walls with fasteners, or move them away from beds and seating.  

Make a Plan. Identify a meeting spot for friends and family. Pick an emergency contact, someone out-of-state to coordinate with. Everyone should know this person’s phone number.

Retrofit. Reinforcing older homes—bolting them to the foundation, reinforcing the “cripple wall” between the first floor and the foundation and shoring up weight-bearing posts and beams—helps them stay standing after an earthquake. A seismic retrofit can also help you get earthquake insurance, and since your home is your biggest investment, make sure it’s protected.

Portland has about 100,000 older homes that may be vulnerable. Learn how our non-profit can help you retrofit, and secure a spot now for a seismic assessment by visiting: enhabit.org/seismic
Enhabit (formerly Clean Energy Works) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Portland, Ore. that’s focused on building more resilient communities. Enhabit is the next step for homeowners who want to make their homes work and feel better. From the initial review of your home, to choosing a trusted contractor and financing to make the right efficiency, health and safety upgrades affordable, Enhabit is committed to high-performance home renewal that makes sense.  

 

 

Join us for the initial Prep Westridge Meeting 12/7 @ 7pm

 

emergency-preparedness

Please mark your calendars for December 7th, 7pm @ Westridge Elementary School for the initial Prep Westridge meeting. We will cover the following in about an hour:

  • Group objectives and tasks we will cover
  • Future meeting dates and times (bring your calendar)
  • 72 hour pack build demo and discussion

Here is your initial task before next meeting: Invite your neighbor to come to the meeting or to join the Prep Westridge Google Group. An earthquake is going to effect all of us and we need to prepare as a neighborhood and not as individuals.

Thanks for everyone participation so far! Please feel free to email me directly with any questions or if you are having issues signing up for the google group: finley [dot] taylor [at] gmail [dot] com

Taylor

Joint Neighborhood Association Meeting – Emergency Preparedness

On Monday, November 2nd, we held a neighborhood meeting at Westridge. It was a joint meeting with the Blue Heron neighborhood. Our guest speaker, Jan Castle, presented on emergency preparedness to inform us on what to expect after the Really Big One – a Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake.  The meeting was well attended with around 75 attendees.  About half were from the Westridge neighborhood and half were from Blue Heron.

Here is a link to Jan’s presentation for those who missed it: LINK COMING

In an effort to become more resilient as a neighborhood, we have started a group called Prep Westridge.

JoinPrepWestridge

The group will have small monthly tasks to collectively prepare for an earthquake.  We will meet monthly to show and tell and to establish the following month’s tasks.  The group is open to any neighbors that want to participate. By preparing together, we can make the tasks seem smaller an less complicated so you don’t run out and spend a fortune at REI. Google Groups will be the primary source for communication, so please use the link to signup. It will allow us to send emails for upcoming events and for good group discussions like we had at the presentation by Jan Castle. You will not be SPAM’ed and it is not a public list. If you are a Gmail user, please check your “Forums” tab now and then because these group emails might be automatically organized for you in that folder. If you are anything like me, I do not pay attention that folder very often.  If you would like instructions on how to ensure you are getting these emails in your primary inbox, please feel free to ask me for assistance. You can sign up for the group here: 

You will see Prep LO updates on this website periodically.  The Prep LO is a “parent” of the Prep Westridge group and is designed to interact with the city and to establish standards for the neighborhood level groups like Prep Westridge.

Here were some of the resources that were handed out at the meeting:

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Living on Shaky Groud (Oregon.gov)

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Map Your Neighborhood (hard copies can be picked up at the first stations)

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The Really Big One – The New Yorker

Much more resources will be shared among the members of the Prep Westridge group via email, so please join the Prep Westridge group (link above).

Neighborhood Meeting Minutes 5/27/2015

General Meeting

Date: MAY 27, 2015  @ 7:00 pm
Location: Westridge Elementary School Library

There were 18 in attendance, including the five board members.  Angie Baker and Taylor Finley were recognized as the latest additions to the board.

An overview of the minutes from the previous board meeting on April 14, 2015 were discussed.  The biggest concern was directed at careless drivers that are either speeding or running stop signs.  Tedd Tritt shared with us an effective method of providing our police dept. (Officer Lt. Treat) with the license number of car that made a turn through a crosswalk in which Tedd was walking.  Lt. Treat will have a motorcycle officer visit the owner of the car and “suggest” that they observe stop sign violators.  We agreed this may prove to be an effective technique we can use to create more awareness for drivers exercise more safe driving habits.

A key concern of the board is the need to improve communications with our neighbors to keep them informed of developments in Westridge. One example is to use our website to make folks aware of developments at City Hall that will have an impact on us, specifically, code changes, zoning regulations, and the sensitive lands ordinance.  It seems that staff is driving all the changes; our politicians are simply accommodating.  One example that will impact new families moving into our neighborhood is the fact that kindergarten classes are now full at Westridge. All kindergarten classes all full day for the first time in accordance with state law and Westridge is seeing an influx after Palisades elementary closing. Enrollment will fluctuate throughout the summer so it is recommended that parents sign up children as early as possible for future years. The alternative is for parents to take their kids to Lake Grove Elementary.

The most important subject was our need to get more people involved in the neighborhood.  There has been poor attendance in the past few years. However, tonight’s attendance was very encouraging.

Some ways to improve the interest level were presented by Taylor Finley, who is also responsible for redesigning our website, some features of which were explained to those at the meeting. One important feature of the website is that we now have good distribution lists and people can be well informed by signing up to be “subscribed” to new posts like this on the website. He is an advocate of using street captains as a conduit for the neighbors to use to improve communications.  They would also serve as a link to emergency services in the event we experience a major disaster.  Forming some committees, such as Welcome Wagon, Parents Committee, Picnic Committee, etc. would be an effective way to build relationships.  There are plans to either publish a hard copy or digitized format of a neighborhood directory, the latter which seems to gain favor.  Taylor will spearhead the follow up for the volunteers for the committees.

Treasurer’s report showed a registered balance of $2,422.14.

Meeting was concluded at 8:05

– Dave Sengenberger, WNA Chair

 

Westridge Neighborhood Meeting 5/27 @ 7pm

When: Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 7-8pm
Where: Westridge Elementary School Library
Why: To participate in making our neighborhood awesome
Who: You, yes, you. Bring your neighbors too. Seriously, bring everyone on your street.

Agenda

  • Website orientation
  • Publishing new neighborhood directory
  • Proposal of new committees
    • Street Captain Committee
    • Welcome Wagon Committee
    • Spring Picnic Committee
    • Parent’s Networking Committee
    • Directory Committee
    • Social Committee

While you’re here, ‘subscribe’ to the website for timely neighborhood updates by entering your email address in the menu to the left. You will not be spam’ed and you will only get about 1 email per month. You can easily unsubscribe at any time using the unsubscribe link in the emails.

For agenda suggestions, contact Dave: dave.sengenberger@frontier.com

Upcoming Building Code Changes

Upcoming  Building Code Standards for Lake Oswego . . . and how this might impact the Westridge Neighborhood, will be presented at a public hearing at the Tuesday March 3 City Council meeting which begins at 6:30pm at City Hall.

Your local government  (specifically the staff at the Planning Department – many of whom are not residents of Lake Oswego) have proposed legislative amendments to sections in the Community Development Code pertaining to nonconforming structures and adjustments, alternatives and variances intended to update, streamline and simplify these code sections so they are easier to understand and administer. Upon hearing testimony, the City Council will probably vote on these issues at the next City Council meeting.

Our character of our neighborhoods are now subject to change due to these variances, specifically the means to increase population density in Lake Oswego.  An example of this new variance is now being presented by Eslinger Homes which is representing the property owners at 17430 Kelok Rd. who want to want to make a ‘minor’ partition change on a legal lot of record. The proposal is asking for a result in two legal lots of record.  This will discussed at a meeting at the West End Bldg on Kruse Way at 6:00pm on Monday, March 16.

These events should be cause for concern for our community since it will have an impact on the city.

Westridge Neighborhood General Meeting Notice

Westridge Neighborhood General Meeting Notice

7:00 – 8:00  on  Wednesday, October 15 at Westridge Elementary School Library

The following outlines what will be discussed at the October 15 meeting:

The role of the Association and how it can complement our neighborhood.
Brief recap of the recent neighborhood survey revealing concerns of our neighbors.
Suggest ways to address these concerns by forming small committees.
Open meeting for discussion, i.e., comments, opinions.   Agree to an action plan.
Invite folks to become more involved in the WNA.

We look forward to seeing you.

WNA Board

Lake Oswego School District Open House December 9th, 2013

 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.