Centralia City Council Extends Contract With City Manager Dan Ramey
Ramey's new contract is for one year beginning July 15th. His base salary will be $98,500.
Mayor Tom Ashby says he wishes the city was able to pay Ramey more, saying the salary isn't adequate for the job Ramey does. Ashby says the city manager is doing the right thing for the love of his community. "He was number 20 on the payroll. Number 20. There were 19 other individuals who made more money than he did in the City of Centralia by the time you figure their benefits and other stuff. How can you ask someone directing all those employees when they are making more money?" said Ashby. "I know it happens in Major League Baseball, but it shouldn't happen in the City of Centralia."
The four councilmen also expressed admiration for Ramey's job over the last two years. Councilman Bill Smith says Ramey saved more money for the city than the council ever dreamed.
In other action, the council approved sending letters to the owners of 18 properties indicating the city's intent to have their properties declared derelict and to proceed with demolition. Before meeting, the council added a house on 515 North Maple to a previously published list of derelict properties. Those on the list include the Holiday Motel Property on North Poplar and the former Demoulin factory on North Poplar Street. Individual residences at 118 North Cherry, 415 West Fourth, 131 South Hickory, 218 West Kell, 712 East Cormick, 705 East Cormick, 400 South Walnut, 527 North Locust, 525 North Locust, 614 East Rexford, 1003 McKee, 821 Oak, 615 North Lincoln, 507 Rhodes, 1223 1/2 Hester Avenue are also on the list.
The council approved an ordinance to remove the north and south stop signs at the intersection of Lincoln and East Third Street. The signs were originally placed to allow for Irving School and Centralia High School students to safely cross the street.
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