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Centralia’s aldermen deal with telecommunications, hire new city clerk

Posted on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 6:29 am

An audience of four residents sat in Centralia City Hall the evening of August 6.

They were there for a meeting of the Centralia Board of Aldermen and its Public Works and Public Utilities

Tara Strain Centralia's new city clerk.

Tara Strain Centralia’s new city clerk.

committee. Telecommunications and a new city clerk were on the agenda.

They opened with a discussion of a telecommunications pole to be located at the corner of Adams and Lakeview Street. The pole would be the object of long-term lease between the City of Centralia and Kingdom Telecommunications. As part of the lease, the city office will receive back-up high speed internet service at no charge for the duration of the agreement. The lease would concern 1,200 square feet of the southeast corner of that intersection.

It passed unanimously, minus Ward III’s Landon Magley, who was absent.

They next empowered Centralia Mayor Tim Grenke to apply for state revolving funds from the Missouri Department of Natural Resource to help fund the sewer plant renovation. It also passed 5-0.

They also approved the purchase of new garage doors for the fire department. The current electric doors do not work, said Heather Russell. The new doors will cost $10,500 and the installation was unanimously approved.

They also discussed hanging a banner across Allen Street between 104 and 103 Allen Street. Robert Wright had asked permission to hang a banner no lower than 15’’ high across the street to promote his October 20 Pumpkin Festival at Centralia City Square Park.

They then approved promoting Amy Maenner from customer service representative to assistant city clerk 1. They unanimously approved her promotion and concomitant pay raise. They passed an ordinance setting Maenner’s salary as well as that of three others. They were

CPD chief Bob Bias – $50,000 annually

Water/wastewater equipment operator Cody Ricklefs $14,062

Water/wastewater equipment operator Aaron Kroeger $14,062

Maenner – $12,054.

During closed session, they voted to hire Tara Strain as city clerk. She previously worked as warrant supervisor for the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. They also voted to draft a contract for legal services contract with city attorney Cydney Mayfield.