Lynn Schoessler, executive director of Oregon’s Infrastructure Finance Authority will join Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Director Dick Pedersen and other local leaders on Saturday, August 3 to celebrate the completion of a major overhaul for Oak Lodge Sanitary District’s water reclamation facility.
The ceremony will be held at the plant located at 13750 SE Renton Ave. in Oak Grove. A family-friendly community event that features, music, hot dogs and hands-on public works equipment displays begins at 11:00 a.m. followed by the keynote address at 11:30. Tours of the new facility will be offered until 3:00 p.m.
District Board of Director’s President, William Wild wants the community “owners” to come see their new treatment facility: “We mailed an invitation to every customer in our District. This project has been a true community effort. We are thrilled to share this special day with our customers and others interested in clean water.” He reminds community members to bring their families. “This investment was for our future—our children and grandchildren,” Wild explains.
On November 3, 2009 voters in the Oak Lodge Sanitary District approved the sale of up to $44 million in general obligation bonds to rebuild the aging wastewater reclamation plant. The measure was approved by a wide margin – with 85% of voters saying “Yes”. Construction at the water reclamation facility began in June 2010.
Formed in 1956, Oak Lodge Sanitary District provides sanitary sewers and stormwater management for a service area population of 30,000 in Oak Grove, Jennings Lodge, Oatfield Ridge and portions of Gladstone and Milwaukie.