Centralia City Council Moves Forward on Work to New City Hall
City Also Moves Forward with Changes to Its Revolving Loan Fund as State Prepares to Shut Down Old Program
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The Centralia City Council continues to move forward with conversion of the former Community Resource Building at Broadway and Locust into the new city hall.

The council awarded two bids for work on the project Monday night. Merz Heating and Air Conditioning of Centralia received a $72,610 bid to install a new HVAC System. The council awarded a contract without bidding to Mulvin Painting and Drywall of Centralia for $40,350 for drywall and painting work.

The council approved a $21,124 bid from Dorries Builders to construct a Metal Pole Building at the Animal Shelter.

Two resolutions were approved to transfer general account funds from the city's five active revolving loan funds. City Manager Dan Ramey said without the change the city faced loss of $425,000 when the state shuts down the program statewide. Future received payments under the existing loan agreements will be deposited into the Residential Opportunity Fund that has been renamed the Residential and Economic Opportunity Fund. The rules and provisions governing use of the funds will also be changed. Mayor Tom Ashby says this appears to be the best option for the city.

"The city manager has spent countless times with him and feel this is the safest to protect the funding that we have and also maintain the revolving loan program itself. I think this is the most effective means to do that."

When the city turns over the balance of the fund to the state they will be eligible for up to two projects for the Revolving Loan Fund Closeout Account amount that would be exempt from the standard grant ceilings.

The council agreed to continue to utilize Good Energy for the Electric Aggregation program for residential and small business electric customers in the city.

An agreement was approved for Rhutasel and Associates to perform preliminary engineering and engineering inspection services for the 208 Motor Fuel Tax Street Maintenance program.

Ramey told the council inside work on the Pinnacle Foods water tower has been completed, but painting of the outside of that water tower and the one by Monsanto would wait until spring to avoid potential damage from cold temperatures.

Ramey also announced he expected the new Best Western Motel on the city's west side and the new East side McDonalds restaurant to be opening during the first two weeks of December.

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