Centralia City Council Approves Bid for Mamma Antonia's Concrete Wall ProjectThe Centralia City Council approved a bid Tuesday evening regarding the concrete block wall project at the Mamma Antonia's building at 306 East Broadway. The city received funds through the CDAP Flexible Opportunity for improvements to the downtown area. As part of the project, a concrete block wall will be placed along the exterior wall of Mamma Antonia's. DePew and Owen Builders submitted a bid of $84,000, along with the required bid bond. The change order will allow for the installation of flashing needed to terminal the top of the masonry wall to tie the Mama Antonio's building to the block wall. The cost is estimated at $6,000.
The Council approved an agreement for the sale of certain real estate by the city and authorize the said sale of lot 9 of the Raccoon Lake 8th addition. Two bids were opened at the last Council meeting for the property at 1936 Shady Lane. The Coucil accepted the highest bid from Dan Nichols in the amount of $21,501.
The Council was informed that the VFW building demolition will be finalized within the next few weeks. The cornerstone of the building has been taken to the city yards and will be at the park as a permanent replacement. The Council was also informed that 17-to-18 inches of water has to be dropped at Raccoon Lake in order for the work of replacing two gates to begin.
Mayor Tom Ashby proclaimed next week "Women in Business Week". BPW of Centralia will hold their Woman of the Year Brunch on Sunday, October 14th. The Centralia Business and Professional Women Scholarship Salad Luncheon will take place on Friday, October 19th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Post 446 t 117 S. Poplar in Centralia. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door.
The Wabash Avenue project is still in phase four due to recent rains. Asphalting will begin next week, with the beginning of phase five to begin as well weather permitting. No progress has been made on the Lincoln and Calumet Street projects as IDOT still has not finalized any plans. Work on new sidewalks from Schiller School to Willow Grove School has yet to begin. Easements are still needed to be done, as well as getting compliance from ADA. The city received a $250,000 grant from IDOT for the project.
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