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Centralia City Council To Consider Creation of Image Committee

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The Centralia City Council will be asked Monday night to pass an ordinance establishing the City of Centralia Image Committee.  

The committee will be made up of a mixture of members from the private sector, retail business, community organization and civic leadership.  The group will work with the Mayor, City Council, Department Heads, Schools, Chamber of Commerce, Civic Clubs and Service Organizations to provide positive policies and programs that will encourage the collaboration of those organizations toward the physical and cultural improvement of the city.  

The group will replace the Image Committee through the Centralia Chamber of Commerce that has disbanded.   Phil Gustafson of St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital, who served as chair of the old image committee, has agreed to continue that role with the new group.  

City Manager Dan Ramey says Gustafson and others on the committee felt they were beginning to make progress and gain some tangible momentum toward addressing the issues in the community, such as neighborhood blight, promotion of private sector and retail development, residential stabilization and development, positive image promotion, among others.  

The first meeting of the group will be held on September 27th, 2013.  Upon establishment of the committee, those recommended members suggested by Mayor Tom Ashby will be contacted and asked to serve on the committee.  Their confirmation will occur the first city council meeting in September.  Both Community Development Director Allison Austin and Economic Development Director Kala Lambert will serve as the resource for the committee.  Ramey will serve as a voting member.  

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