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Centralia To Complete Repairs to Raccoon Lake Dam and Spillway

September 28, 2016

The Centralia City Council has voted to proceed with the final phase of improvements to the Raccoon Lake Dam and Spillway.

A $99,750 bid was awarded Monday night to Shores Builders of Centralia to complete the work.

City Manager Dan Ramey says the level of the lake will once again have to be lowered to allow the project to be completed.

“The city started about three years ago on doing some improvements to the dam, including replacing the gates, sandblasting and painting them, and the bulk head as well as replacing a lot of the concrete. We were very concerned with the erosion problems we were having there. So far we have done about a third. This year we would like to complete the other two thirds,” said Ramey. “There may be a couple feet on each end we don’t do, but it should put the dam in good shape for decades to come.”

Ramey says work won’t start until November so there is as little impact as possible on the fishing season from the lowering of the lake.

Ramey reported the service station on South Elm Street downtown will be reopening in the next week. It will include a newly installed car wash.

The council entered a professional services agreement with Crawford, Murphy and Tilly, Incorporated for Design Engineering for Airfield Pavement Marking at the Centralia Municipal Airport. A contract has already been approved for the work itself to be completed.

The council approved vacating one alley and accepting land for a replacement alley in the block between Brooks and Pullen Boulevard near the new Dollar General Store. The movement of the alley was part of the original construction plans.

The council approved the sale of two parcels of real estate at 523 and 525 North Locust to Robin Bruce at $1,000 apiece.

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