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School zone enforcement nets 27 citations; Holiday Retirement to close LO office; Waluga 1 Reservior is almost back online

School zone enforcement nets 27 citations

Lake Oswego Police officers issued 27 citations last week during a school zone enforcement operation on Country Club Road. One of the drivers stopped for speeding was taken into custody for a warrant issued by the City of Beaverton related to a previous hit-and-run incident.

The grant-funded operation took place from 7:15-8:30 a.m. on April 27 in the vicinity of Lake Oswego High School and Lake Oswego Junior High. The 20-mph school zone is marked with flashing yellow lights and enhanced school zone signage.

The highest speed cited during the enforcement detail was 41 mph, while the lowest was 32 mph. The average speed cited was 34 mph. All speeding citations in a school zone carry a minimum fine of $320, but the driver of the car going 41 mph faces a $520 penalty.

Six of the citations were not related to speed. They included failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, failure to obey a traffic control device, cellphone use and driving without an operator's license.

The enforcement detail was part of an ongoing effort by the LOPD to increase pedestrian and driver safety in school zones and reduce the number of auto/pedestrian accidents in the city. Additional enforcement details will be held later in the school year at school zones across the city, including one scheduled in May on Boones Ferry Road near Lake Grove Elementary.

Holiday Retirement to close LO office

Holiday Retirement, a chain of senior living centers headquartered in Lake Oswego, has announced that it will close its corporate office on Meadows Road later this year and move the company to Florida.

The company, which describes itself as "a robust family of more than 300 senior living communities," told The Review last week that it will begin hiring in the Orlando area soon and plans to close the Lake Oswego office by the end of the year.

Brian Fawkes, Holiday Retirement's corporate communications director, said in a statement emailed to The Review that roughly 200 local employees would be impacted.

"Some will relocate, others will not," the statement said. "There are programs in place to reduce disruptions as part of the relocation and smooth the transition for our associates."

On Wednesday, the Oregon Dislocated Worker Unit said 186 workers would be laid off.

The company moved its corporate headquarters from Salem to Lake Oswego just over five years ago. An April 2012 press release said the move would bring 200 jobs to the Portland area, and then-CEO Jack Callison called the site on Kruse Way "a terrific location and well-designed building for Holiday Retirement's new headquarters."

Waluga 1 Reservior is almost back online

Officials say reconstruction of the roof of the Waluga Reservoir 1 on Carman Drive in Lake Oswego has now been completed.

The tank was scheduled to be cleaned and chlorinated this week and will soon be filled for testing, which is expected to take an additional week. After that, the reservoir will be put back into service alongside the newer Waluga Reservoir 2.

Worksite restoration is expected to be completed in late May, and the walking paths through the site will be reopened after that. The paths have been closed for safety reasons while the work was completed.

Work on the roof replacement began last fall, with the newly completed second reservoir taking over as the city's primary water storage facility. An inspection of the older reservoir revealed that the roof and interior support columns needed a full replacement, but the rest of the structure was found to be in good condition.

With the new roof in place, the reservoir is expected to remain in service for decades. With the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership completed and the new system supplying water to both cities, officials say the capacity of both reservoirs will be needed to meet the demands of the system in the future.

— The Review