Plus, water treatment forum set for Thursday and age-friendly businesses are praised by the City Council.

The Portland City Council on Thursday unanimously approved the recommended route of the proposed Southwest Corridor MAX line.

The 12-mile line is intended to link the city, Tigard and Tualatin. It is estimated to cost between $2.3 billion and $2.9 billion, with half the funding coming from the federal government. Metro, the elected regional government, has promised to refer a transportation funding measure to the November 2020 ballot to help pay the other half.

Construction could start in 2022. TriMet will build, own and operate the line. The regional transit agency will appoint a new steering committee to decide such details as the exact alignment and station locations.

Water treatment forum Thursday

The Portland Water Bureau has announced a community forum on upcoming water treatment programs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, 10301 N.E. Glisan St.

Planned treatments over the next nine years include increased corrosion control to reduce the risk of lead entering the water from home plumbing fixtures by 2022, and the construction of a filtration plant to remove the microorganism cryptosporidium and other potential contaminants by 2027.

Those attending the forum will learn about the projects and will be able to ask questions and provide feedback to bureau staff and Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who now is in charge of the bureau. Free lead-testing kits, water bottles and a TriMet pass also will be provided at the event (as supplies last). A children's play area and refreshments will be available.

Age-friendly businesses praised

The Portland City Council proclaimed Oct. 31 to be Age-Friendly Business Day.

Portland was the first U.S. city to be certified by the World Health Organization as Age-Friendly in 2011. The proclamation was intended to recognize businesses that are certified Age-Smart Employers, and to encourage others to embrace age-diversity and create workplaces that value equity, inclusiveness and intergenerational respect.

Present for the proclamation were representatives of Portland State University's Age-Friendly Cities Project, Elders in Action, AARP Oregon, and Venture Portland. Eleven local business were honored.

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