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Centralia aldermen committees target speed limits, paving schedule

Posted on Friday, August 14, 2020 at 6:15 am

The paving is almost done for the season and Centralia’s aldermen are discussing how fast, or slow, city residents may drive on their new asphalt.

Those were two of the items covered during the Centralia Board of Aldermen’s August 10 meeting of the General Government and Public Safety and Public Works and Public Utilities committees.

The city paving projects for the year are almost complete.

City Administrator Heather Russell and Centralia Police Chief Bob Bias said the combined meetings lasted no more than 35 minutes.

Russell said the one of the main topics was lowering the speed limits on Centralia City streets to make most of them compatible with the school zones’ 25 mph speed limit.

She stressed there would be exceptions.

The city, Russell said, would not be changing the speed limits on the sections of Highways 22, 151 and 124 that are within the city limits.

She also said the speed limit reductions as Route Z merges into Jefferson Street would stay in place.

Regarding the city paving project, there are two more portions of city streets slated for paving later in the summer.

“We’re going to pave the portion of South Columbia St. to Gano Chance and the portion of Clark Avenue from Allen to Hickman Streets, after the car wash is complete.”

The Centralia police and fire departments presented their monthly reports.

The CPD report said the department responded to 621 calls in July. The four calls were: 103 traffic stops 83 animal control calls, 69 assist citizen calls and 66 suspicious activity calls.

Denny Rusch, chief of the Centralia Fire Department, said fire department volunteers put in 395 hours in July. Of those 42 were fire training, while answering 207 emergency medical service calls, 49 incident response calls and five vehicle accidents.