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Cornelius pipe repair could happen soon

Repairs to a major Joint Water Commission (JWC) transmission line running through Cornelius that began leaking Feb. 11 are expected to be complete within the next two weeks, according to city officials.

Cracks in a 54-inch valve on the 72-inch pipeline caused the leak, noted Tacy Steele, public information officer for the Hillsboro Water Department, JWC’s managing partner. The valve is next to Veterans Memorial Park on 12th Avenue and is more than 10 feet below ground.

Mark Crowell, Cornelius public works director, said Wednesday that a new valve had been located out-of-state and should be installed soon.

Meanwhile, he added, “the water supply is secure and there is more than enough [water] for this time of year, including for fire suppression.”

Cornelius is a wholesale customer of Hillsboro Water, Crowell said. The JWC also has customers in Hillsboro, North Plains, Beaverton and the Tualatin Valley Water District.

Cornelius customers “may notice some fluctuations in [water] pressure” during repairs, Steele said last month. But Crowell downplayed any big water concerns for city residents.

“The line is not yet repaired, but we have water coming into the system from the south transmission line feeding into the east end of the city,” he said.

Boone to run again for House District 32

Oregon state Rep. Deborah Boone (D-Cannon Beach) has filed to run for a sixth term in the state Legislature representing House District 32, which includes most of Clatsop County, the northern half of Tillamook County and the western portion of Washington County.

Boone said her top priorities are emergency preparedness, energy, education and the economy.

“We need a focus on implementing the Oregon Resilience Plan,” Boone said, “to protect our residents, businesses and coastal communities that will be in harm’s way in the event of a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami.”

Boone also highlighted opportunities in the renewable energy sector, pledging to work with coastal community colleges on a shared curriculum for renewable energy technician training. Boone was first elected in 2004.

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