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Centralia City Council to be asked to move forward on five demolition projects; sell vacant property

Centralia City Council to be asked to move forward on five demolition projects; sell vacant property

The Centralia City Council Monday night will be asked to direct the demolition or repair of five dangerous and dilapidated homes.

With the council’s concurrence, letters will be sent to the property owners at 402 West Rexford, 701 and 703 Gragg, 811 North Cherry, and 140 North Beech announcing the city’s intent. The money for the demolition would come from the city’s 2021 Community Development Demolition Fund.

The council is also being asked to allow bids to be sought on the sale of surplus real estate at 416 North Maple, 426 South Pine, 815 Arbor Lane, and 1834 Duck Lane. All of the minimum bids have been reduced as a result of no bids being received during an earlier sale of surplus property.

The Centralia City Council will also consider a resolution for temporary suspension of water disconnection due to COVID-19. It allows for any individual who has an issue for the first time and
the water bill is under $200 not to be shut off. City Manager Lowell Crow is recommending the temporary suspension remain in effect until March 30th, but that could be extended.

The council will recognize three employees for their years of service. Fire Lieutenant Garrick Parson is being recognized for 20 years, telecommunicator Codie Melton for five years, and police officer Andrew Harvard for five years of service.

The council meeting will begin at six Monday night. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it will be held via zoom conference call and anyone wanting to address the city council should contact City Clerk Kim Enke by four pm this afternoon.

Here’s how to join the meeting and specifics on making citizen comments.

To join by link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88266220817

To join by phone: Dial:  1-312-626-6799

Meeting ID :882 6622 0817

Anyone wishing to address the Mayor and City Council during public participation should contact the City Clerk, Kim Enke, at kaenke@cityofcentralia.org or call 618-533-7636 by 4 p.m. on the day of the meeting to receive further details about how to participate.