Teaming up on State of the City on the true Westside


Dalin Truax   Like a good duet, Cornelius Mayor Jef Dalin and Forest Grove Mayor Pete Truax sang the praises of their cities in their "State of the City" addresses, but like a good ballad, there were concerns raised as well.
   Dalin spoke with enthusiasm about the opening of Cornelius' new library, which had a soft opening recently - the formal ribbon cutting will be Saturday, March 30.
   The new library will have 44 affordable senior housing units above it.
   Dalin also talked about a new business that is moving to town called Higher Taste, which produces grab and go vegetarian and vegan meals.
   Higher Taste broke ground last month on a 17,194 square foot building and is expected to employ 60 people in the near future.
   Dalin also talked about an aqua storage facility where 10 million gallons of water will be stored.
   Cornelius is also in the process of preparing for a five year fire levy renewal.
   The Mayor spent a few minutes at the end of his speech to reference an incident where someone broke into his home, who was in the middle of a mental health crisis.
   He said the need for mental health services is critical.
   The mayor also touched on a possible urban renewal district in Cornelius' downtown; the upcoming 2020 Census; police services; partnerships for providing public services; and housing.