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Posted on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 6:23 am

Concerns over contract

An audience of one attended the March 28 meeting of the Centralia Board of Aldermen.

One item discussed and missed by those not in attendance involved commerce as well as government.

The marketing contract between the city of Centralia and the Centralia Chamber of Commerce is under scrutiny and its approval by the Centralia Board of Aldermen, tabled.

Toward the end of their March 28 meeting the aldermen reviewed the annual economic development and promotion services contract between the Centralia Chamber of Commerce, and the city.

“Do we feel comfortable having a contract signed that is not being adhered to,” asked Ward III’s Robert Hudson when the question of the contract and its audit arose.

Neither City Administrator Heather Russell nor Ward 1’s David Wilkins said they could recall ever seeing an audit showing how the chambers spends the money it receives from the city for marketing, which they agreed, is part of the contract.

That portion of the contract reads: “The Chamber agrees to furnish the City, within a reasonable time after the end of each of the Chamber’s fiscal years within the contract period, a complete financial audit report of all the Chamber’s finances (income and expenses) for each Chamber fiscal year, prepared by a professional accountant.”

For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.