West Linn joins "State of the City" addresses


Mayor Russ Axelrod 2    Not to be left out, West Linn Mayor Russ Axelrod gave his annual "State of the City" address in front of a full room at the West Linn Library recently.
   Axelrod said his wardrobe choice of a Jerry Garcia tie was inspired by Forest Grove Mayor Pete Truax.
   Mayor Axelrod spoke about West Linn's accomplishments, including the projects completed with it's GO (General Obligation) Bonds.
   He gave kudos to his finance staff for a recent award they received for budgeting.
   Axelrod shared about the hiring of new Police Chief Terry Kruger.
   The Mayor also praised the West Linn Public Works Department, who service water, storm water, and transportation infrastructure - the department recently received APWA (American Public Works Association) Accreditation designation - the fourth city in Oregon and the first in the Portland metro area to receive this status.
   Axelrod also touched on partnerships, like with the City of Tualatin on the Stafford area; an alliance working on diversity, equity, and inclusion; Community Living Above, which works on collaborating on keeping the community drug free; the West Linn School District bond renewal; the city council's work on civil discourse; and the council's goals and themes for 2019.
   He also talked about the waterfront project and the city's work with PGE and others to bring people back to the river, including reopening the locks on the Willamette River.