Forest Grove & Cornelius partner on "State of the City"


Jef Dalin and Pete Truax   Forest Grove Mayor Pete Truax and Cornelius Mayor Jef Dalin joined together for their "State of the City" addresses in February. 
   In his address, Truax touched on transportation; the city's "tree city" designation and what that means as trees in the city age; the city's storefront improvement plan; police outreach; the fire department's participation in fighting fires on the west coast; the circulation at the library; affordable housing; and the carbon reduction efficiencies at the light and power plant.
   Dalin highlighted the Cornelius Library project and how it's still taking donations.
   The new library is a $5.2 million project and will include senior affordable housing above a new library.
   Dalin said it was one of five projects chosen to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
   He also spoke about the Washington County Sheriff's Office's partnership with the city and the various events attended, as part of its public outreach. 
   Cornelius is also in the process of asking residents for their vision for the city's downtown core.  
   Dalin said his city is also anticipating a 33 percent increase in population as a new housing development becomes home to about 4,000 residents.