Centralia Foundation Donates $50,000 for Demolishing Dilapidated Properties, Council Tables Property Exchange AgreementThe City of Centralia received a donation to the help the city on their quest to clean up the town. The Carillon Bell Charitable Foundation made a $50,000 donation to the City that will be used to help demolished dilapidated homes in Centralia. John Perrine with the foundation stated that he is proud of what the city is doing for the community.
“In appreciation for the work that you've been doing and continue to do and the demolition of dilapidated buildings and beautification of the town, thank you very much and we humbly present you this check for $50,000”, said Perrine. Perrine says they were committed to help the city in any way they can.
After a public hearing and much discussion, the Council tabled a resolution regarding the exchange of properties between the City of Centralia and Regions Bank Tuesday evening due to a lack of a vote. The Council discussed the proposal at a public hearing that took place before the regular Council meeting.
The city completed the demolition of the former VFW building at 328 East Broadway, in which the city owns. The property is 80 x 100 feet. A portion of the city's public works building sits at 114 East 5th Street, which was owned by the Centralia Foundation. The property is 1.5-acres. Once the agreement is approved, the property on East 5th Street would go to the city and the former VFW building site would go to the foundation.
Although the majority of the Council agreed that the proposal would be a good thing for the city, the resolution lacked a 3/4th's majority it needed to go before the council. Mayor Tom Ashby and Councilman Bill Smith were absent from Tuesday's meeting. The resolution was tabled until the next Council meeting.
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