The Canadian National Railroad has made a $20,000 donation to further develop the new railroad village and pavilion in Fairview Park.
CN's Vice President of Mechanical Jim Danielwicz made the presentation to allow the addition of restrooms near the new pavilion. "It's good to be back in Centralia. It's a great town and a lot of great people here. CN is proud to be a partner with Centralia and we run trains through your town 24 hours a day," said Danielwicz.
Mayor Tom Ashby not only thanked Danielwicz for the new donation, but for his assistance in development the railroad village, as well as his involvement in many other community projects.
The Centralia City Council has given authorization to tear down five more deteriorating homes in the city that are a hazard to the health and safety of the area around it. They are at 915 North Lincoln, 321 South Walnut, 606 West Noleman, 718 South Cherry and 873 East McCord. A lien will be placed on each property for the full amount of demolition and court costs.
The council approved the purchase of three police vehicles from Morrow Brothers, who holds the state contract. Two of the cars will be for patrol and the third for administration. Morrow submitted the only bid.
City Manager Dan Ramey reported the new Walmart Store has set a tentative May 11th opening day, with the gas station in the front of the store scheduled to open April 27th. The new Dollar General Store is scheduled to open in mid-March. Ramey reports the shopping center has almost completed plans for a new store to replace Dollar General at their current location.