Access, a new water main and street work were considered by Centralia’s aldermen and their 15-member audience, the evening of July 8 at Centralia City Hall during their combined Public Works/Pubic Utilities and Public Safety/General Government committee meetings.
A private driveway with no city easement off the intersection of Columbia Street and Hwy. 22, was the first topic and Centralia resident Kenny Coolley said he was concerned about “dirt-bags and others going up and down…. my private road.”
City administrator Heather Russell said a fenced drive such as Coolley proposed, would make it difficult for city utilities to access a manhole or a power pole. “You’ve seen the situation Mike, you’ve been very helpful,” Cooley said to Mike Forsee, city director of public works and public utilities.
Matt Rusch said the water department would be glad to take a fence down when access was needed, but would not guarantee putting it back up.
Ward II’s Don Rodgers said: “I’m 100 percent for this, but it could be contagious.”
Mayor Chris Cox said there was a matter of utility easements to consider.
The aldermen, minus Ward I’s Don Bormann who was late, voted in favor of allowing Cooley to erect a fence or gate to restrict access to the drive.
Forsee announced that the street work around city hall would begin in early August.
Matt Rusch said the water department had installed a new water main to service Addy Lane, the newest street on the Southwest Country Estates in Centralia’s south west quarter, which is currently platted for 27 lots, Forsee said.
Then they entered executive session, for 65 minutes, to discuss personnel issues. Ward II aldermen Robert Hudson said the only vote taken was to return to open session.
In other business Cox said Randolph Road “would be on the agenda next Monday.”
For the complete article, see the July 17 issue of the Centralia Fireside Guard.