Monday, June 27, 2011

4th of July Parade

The Centralia Veteran Affairs Committee will be hosting a Fourth of July Parade in collaboration with the American Legion. The event will take place on the Fourth of July, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The parade will commence at the intersection of West Broadway and South Chestnut Street and travel west on Broadway to the Fairview Park entrance (0.74 miles) where the parade will terminate and participants may enjoy the American Legion 4th of July activities at the park. The parade lineup will start at 4:00 p.m. at the intersection of Chestnut Street & Broadway.
Anyone interested in participating in the parade must complete a Participant Registration Form, found on the download link below, and submit the completed form to the Parade Registration Coordinator, Jackie "Butch" Mathus. Mr. Mathus may be reached via email at or by phone at 533-5602. All parade entries must be received NO LATER THAN JUNE 24, 2011.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Republic Services, Inc. to Provide Automated Trash Collection Services

Republic Services will be changing the method in which they provide trash collection services from a manual collection system to an automated solid waste collection system. To accomplish this, Republic Services will be distributing 95 gallon trash carts to all Centralia residential customers. These trash carts are provided AT NO COST and are designed to allow an automated collection vehicle to drive to the cart location and utilize an automated arm that will empty the cart into the truck and return the cart to its original position, without the need for a crew member to leave the vehicle. This service is provided AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE to residential customers and is a capital investment made by Republic Services in efforts to increase efficiency in operations and provide for a safer work environment for their employees.

The trash carts will be delivered to each residential customer’s home by a Republic Services’ agent as early as April 16th and April 17th. Once you receive your trash cart you are asked to PLEASE NOT USE THE CARTS UNTIL MAY 1st as the company prepares their equipment to utilize the new carts. Each trash cart will be delivered with an informational flyer on the proper use of the carts along with answers to frequently asked questions. You may also download this flyer from the City’s website by visiting

Important information about these trash carts:

· The carts are provided AT NO COST TO CUSTOMERS


· Make sure the container is at least 3 feet from mailboxes, parked cars, trees, light posts and the handle and lid is closed to prevent damage.

· The exact time of day in which your trash is collected may change so please have your trash out by 6:00 a.m. on your normal trash day.

· All boxes need to be broken down and placed in your trash cart.

· If you have additional items to be collected (i.e. couch, stove, desk), please contact Republic Services 1-800-631-1156 and inform them the items will be out on your trash day so that they can make proper arrangements for its collection.

· If you move please DO NOT take the trash cart with you. Please just leave the trash cart at the residence for future use.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

2011 Budget Document

(Click the image above to view the 2011 Budget Document)

The 2011 Annual Budget, approved December 13, 2010 is available as a .pdf document above. The document continues its citizen-driven look and format for this year by continuing new additions such as the 10 Year Road Improvement Plan, Capital Improvement Plan Road Overlays for 2011 - 2015, Amount Change columns in Budget Line Item Sheets, Comprehensive Citizen Survey Section spanning 65 questions/responses and continued improvement of visuals to enhance aesthetics and comprehension.The 2011 Operating Budget Section now includes the Top 5 Goals for each Department/division to compliment the previously listed Top 5 Accomplishments of each Department/division. City officials encourage you to explore the City's 2011 Budget Document and continue to stay informed on important issues facing our great community.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Senator Durbin Meets with City Officials

On Tuesday, February 22nd Senator Dick Durbin met with Centralia City Officials Mayor Rebecca Ault and City Manager Grant Kleinhenz to discuss issues facing the City. Mayor Ault discussed three major projects with the Senator Durbin: 1) Raccoon Lake Dredging 2) Water Treatment Plant Replacement and 3) Relocation/Realignment of the Norfolk Railroad Crossing at US 51. Discussions on the projects focused around potential funding sources and avenues to explore to move the projects forward.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

2010 Community Scorecard

The 2010 Community Scorecard is a collection of performance data and information that measures how well the City is doing in meeting the goals in these eight key focus areas:
  • Economic Development
  • Community Planning
  • Community Image
  • Transportation
  • Infrastructure
  • Public Safety
  • Citizen Services
  • Finance & Management
The data comes from the City's monthly performance audits which were established in collaboration with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Center for Performance Measurement.

2010 Community Scorecard Online Version
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2010 Community Scorecard Print Quality
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