Voters have already spoken on Cornelius library project

Karen Hill has written several articles in support of the new library in local newspapers. The issue that I have is, there are contradictions and speculations in the articles.

The citizens of Cornelius currently have a library that is large enough for our small town. Hill is quoted saying “at any given time, 25 percent of the collection is checked out” (“Library project would boost community,” News-Times, Jan. 15 issue). This feels to me that we have an adequately sized library for our community. When this was brought up during the council meeting earlier in January, it was stated that of the 40 people who attended, the vast majority of them were in favor of the library. This has been put on an official county ballot in the past and was voted down by 53 percent.

The real issue is, they are not just wanting a library; they are trying to add free cultural space and a café that would compete with local businesses and taxpayers. We currently have a Cultural Center that is just a block away from the current library. With a larger library, they would need to add additional costs including staff, facility and other operational expenses, and the total budget is expected to increase by about $190,000, according to Hill’s commentary.

In the same article, Hill writes that under current conditions, it is possible that the new library will not cost Cornelius any more money than it does today. This seems to be contradictory. Hill says “major fundraisers indicated this project could potentially raise $2,180,000.” This is not money they have in hand. Cornelius City Council member Dave Schamp has been quoted as saying “the levy funding is a big wild card.”

If they don’t make the money in fundraising, then who will pay for it? The citizens of Cornelius. And already our water bills are expected to go up, so we don’t need more of our money taken from us. Especially when we already have a functioning library that suits the needs of the community.

For those people who are in agreement with the library project, the town has spoken — and we said “NO!”

Thomas Clough


Happy to be a new resident of Washington County

Rarely do you feel like an elected official is in your corner and will go the extra mile to help. It is even more extraordinary for a group of elected officials, many of who do not even represent you, to stick their neck out on your behalf.

Washington County Chairman Andy Duyck and several state legislators did just that in helping my neighbors and I solve a longstanding problem we had as residents of Multnomah County (“County welcomes Area 93 in new year,” Hillsboro Tribune, Jan. 10 issue).

Because of the steep topography and location of our property in suburban northwest Portland, we were cut off from essential public services such as sewer access and timely police response. Chairman Duyck recognized our predicament and tirelessly led the process to work with Multnomah County, the Oregon Legislature and the Metro Council to find a resolution.

On Jan. 1, after 11 long years of searching for a solution, our property was moved into Washington County. Fifty-five of my neighbors and I will now have access to clean water, sewer services and consistent police protection as Washington County residents.

I would like to thank all of the public officials involved, especially Andy Duyck, for his leadership in making this boundary change a priority. It is truly remarkable that four separate governments were able to reach consensus and improve the quality of life for all of us involved.

Mike Nelson


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