Centralia Mayor Chris Cox spoke to the Centralia Kiwanis Club a year ago during his campaign for mayor of Centralia.
A year later he returned to the Centralia United Methodist
Church to discuss this first year as mayor.
The extremely short version of his 30-minute speech was, “Being mayor is a full time job.”
“The value of peoples’ property,” he said “One of the biggest purchases people make is your home. It is really critical to maintain your home and keep property values up,” Cox said as he described driving Centralia Police Department Code Enforcement Officer Sandy Buck.
He said she compiled a list of trash piles and junked cars that needed to be dealt with.
“I don’t care what economic background someone has, you can’t expect somebody to live above their means, but they can be neat, they can be clean. I knocked on peoples’ doors and told them I didn’t want to be giving them I didn’t want to be giving them citations for ordinance violations. I just wanted them to understand there was a need and to be upfront about giving them an opportunity to rectify things.”
For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.