An audience of three attended the June 19 meeting of Centralia’s board of aldermen.
Rezoning was on their plate as was comments from citizens regarding crossing Highway 22 around the intersection of Hwy 22 between the Centralia Community Golf Course and the Orschelns intersection.
Centralia Mayor Chris Cox, said he has had to explain maintenance of that stretch of road lies with MO Dot, not the city. “It is a mess though, especially those intersections and entrances along the north side of the highway,” he said.
They voted to pay $787,371.61, worth of bills.
They also discussed the schedule for replacing the slaker, which will soften the city’s water. Strain said the device would not be complete until July 2024, then shipped to Centralia. “There is potentially a time when push comes to shove on what we are going to pay and what we are not going to pay, depending on the advice from legal counsel,” Cox said regarding paying for the new slaker and project management fees to Bartlett and West, who were contracted to manage the water plant project for the city. “At what point we draw a line in the sand is something we need legal counsel to tell us,” he said. “We need counsel on when we say, ‘the well has dried up.’” They unanimously voted, minus Ward I Alderman David Wilkins, who was absent, to pay the $2,419.20 bill.
They also voted to pay $1,358.20 to Bartlett and West as part of the wastewater project.
For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.