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Centralia aldermen approve new contract with chamber

Posted on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 6:29 am

During their monthly meeting of the General Government and Public Safety and Public Works/Public Utilities Committees, Centralia’s aldermen approved the lease-purchase finalizing the city and Centralia Park Department’s acquisition of the Centralia Golf and Social Club and its golf course.

The language of the lease-purchase read in part “The Board of Aldermen hereby directs and authorizes the City Administrator to provide a payment of $10,000.00 as a lease payment to the Centralia Golf and Social Club, Inc. pending finalization of a formal agreement for the purchase of the real and personal property associated therewith. It is understood that the $10,000.00 payment will be applied toward the overall purchase price and payment from the City, reducing the amount due from the City at closing to $125,000.”

In other business the aldermen heard activity reports from the Centralia Police and Fire Departments.

Denny Rusch, chief of the Centralia Fire Department reported on the department’s activity during March.

He said the department logged 526 personnel-hours. Sixty of it was in fire-training, 156 hours were incident response, 229 were emergency medical service calls and 15 hours were spent responding to vehicle accidents.

Bob Bias, chief of the Centralia Police Department also submitted his report. The CPD made 194 traffic violation stop, 77 animal control calls, 44 citizen assist calls and 32 ordinance violation calls, among other actions during March.

The committee also heard a statement from Centralia resident Dustin Nichols who alleged CPD patrol cars were excessively following him and the department was slow in responding to his calls for assistance.

Bias had no initial comment.

The aldermen also accepted new language in the city’s contract with the Centralia Chamber of commerce. The portion requiring an annual audit was replaced with: “Chamber shall render a full and accurate accounting for all expenditures made by it pursuant to this Agreement.” With that the committee approved the contract which should be signed during the aldermen’s April 15 meeting.