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Centralia City Council Monday Night To Consider Property Swap and Caboose Donation

By Bruce Kropp

The Centralia City Council Monday night will be asked to accept the donation of an Illinois Central railroad caboose. The fully restored caboose would be displayed behind the existing IC 2500 steam engine at Fairview Park. The city will move the NMUSAF airplane currently on display to another location in Fairview Park. City public property crews would be responsible for disassembling and moving the airplane. The Age of Steam memorial organization will be responsible for the maintenance of the caboose.

The council is expected to take a vote Monday night on an exchange of property between the city and the Parish Fund of the Centralia Foundation. The exchange would give the city the property where the Public Works building currently sits. The foundation would receive the land where the former V.F.W. building downtown was recently torn down. No objections were raised at a public hearing on the proposal at the last meeting.

The Centralia City Council will consider the disbursement of funding from the tax increment financing district to three businesses outlined in development agreements approved earlier by the city. Heritage Woods of Centralia is scheduled to receive a $50,390 disbursement based on reimbursement of 60-percent of their property tax bills. The Villas at Centralia Heritage Woods are scheduled to receive a payment from TIF representing 75 percent of their property tax bill or $22,763. Don Karchmer Enterprises is scheduled to receive a $40,916 payment for investment in the TIF district on the northwest side of the city.

The council will be asked to approve the power boat races on Raccoon Lake from August 1st through August 4th of next year.

Mayor Tom Ashby is recommending Jay Miller be appointed to serve on the Parks Advisory Committee to replace Mark Robbins and Dick Carpenter to replace Kevin Finney on the Centralia Recreation Board.

The council meeting begins at seven tonight at Centralia City Hall. 

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