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Centralia Chronicle (Newspaper) - December 12, 2001, Centralia, Washington . West Bearcat girls Clamp Down Early on Hawks for Pac-9 win by 50 cents Adna afterschool programs going strong/a3 chromite bread lady wednesday dec. 12,2001serving the greater Lewis county area since 1889 Centralia woman s business is on the Rise / cd approves 2002 budget Centralia City Council by Paul Ali Eva the Chromic the Centralia City Council approved the City a $45.3 million 2002 budget on second and final Reading during tuesday nights meeting which was held in the meeting room of the Lewis and Clark apartments in downtown Centralia. Centralia budget of $45,324,910 includes general fund total Revenue of $8,107,885 a $449,3 to More than the 2001 budget a and general fund total expenditures of $8,062,455 a $403,880 More than the 2001 budget. The 2002 budget is $9 million More than the amended 2001 budget of $36,277,935, the Council amended the new budget to include the authorizing of an appropriation of $155,250 in hotel and Motel tax Revenue for the City a stadium fund. How the City is to spend that Money will be discussed at a later meeting. The 2002 budget includes a i percent increase in the regular property tax which would bring about $16,500 into the City a general fund. The budget also includes an estimated increase of $20,000 in tax Revenue from new construction and from increases in state assessments of the operating property of nongovernmental Public utilities. The i percent increase is in compliance with initiative 747, which passes nov. 6, and which limits the annual property tax increase to i percent. The regular property tax now being levied is $2.68 per $1,000 of assessed value. A a a Paul Ali Eva covers municipal government and Public issues for the chronicle. He May be reached by email at or by calling 807-8239. Budget appropriations by the chronicle Centralia 2002 budget which the City Council approved tuesday night appropriates $45,324,910 As follows general fund $8,854,455 Street $978,375 paths and trails $1,595 United narcotics enforcement team $257,255 repair and demolition $17,700 electric Utility revolving $100,000 Park improvement $11,000 stadium hotel Motel tax $155,250 criminal Justice $2,440 police confiscation seizure $18,000 local Law enforcement Block Grant $24,375 indoor Pool $10,000 fort Borst Park construction $50,400 Borst Home $5,750 capital projects $3,476,375 City Light $11,811,730 water $2,540,060 Wastewater $2,711,150 equipment rental $1,217,930 Washington Lawn cemetery $3,900 firefighters pension $45,000 Landfill closure $266,085 Landfill operating Trust $266,085 City Light capital projects $0 water capital projects $3,500,000 Wastewater capital projects $9,000,000 no Money has been budgeted for the Centralia City Light capital projects fund because no capital projects Are anticipated according to finance director Brad Ford. Recent incidents prompt Centralia school officials to warn pupils about personal safety by Julie m. Graham and Brian Mittge the chronicle Centralia schoolchildren Are being reminded about personal safety following two recently reported incidents in which strangers approached pupils and asked them to get into cars. Police Are investigating a nov. 28 incident in which a Middle school Pupil delivering newspapers on Washington Avenue in the Vicinity of Edison elementary school was approached by a White Man in a red sport Utility or jeep Type vehicle who tried to get the youth to come Over to his vehicle. She ran according to Centralia police department detective Kurt Reichert. Friday two primary school aged pupils from Jefferson Lincoln elementary school in South Centralia were offered peanuts by a Man after being dropped off from a school bus in the Vicinity of Wayne drive off Cooks Hill Road at about 3 p.m., Reichert and Centralia assistant school superintendent Doug Kermutt said. It is not against the Law to make such an offer Reichert said but pupils should be very wary of anyone trying to tempt them with gifts he cautioned. Police Are investigating the Cooks Hill Road incident which allegedly involved a White male in his 30s driving a Black convertible jeep Reichert said. A the obvious safety tips they re taught in school apply Here a a the detective said. A walk with your friends done to walk up to cars or people you done to know Don t take anything they offer and Tell your parents about it. Of something happens or they try to touch you make noise so neighbors will hear and people will see then notify the teachers talked with pupils tuesday morning about not going anywhere with strangers and to be careful when walking Home and letters were sent Home to families with children in kindergarten through eighth Grade Kermutt said. From what the school District knows no Force was used in either incident Kermutt said. In the Case of the Jefferson Lincoln pupils conversations within the District include the possibility that a custody Issue with one of the children May have been involved he said. The District does no to want to scare children but it does want them to be Safe Kermutt said. Bus Drivers teachers and other staff members have also been alerted to be extra vigilant he said. Steam Plant dedicates pollution cutting scrubber hhs53hi classifieds. I comics. B6 crossword Horoscope .d5 dear Abby. B5 movies. B5 news in Brief. .a4 obituaries.a4, a5, a6 opinion Page. A10 press clips. A2 what s happening. B5 county agriculture producers select representative agricultural producers in Lewis county have selected John Brunoff to serve As representative from local administrative area i on the Lewis county farm service Agency committee. Linda Ticknor was selected As first alternate while Marc Hamilton was chosen As second alternate. Marylyn Denton will serve in an advisory role As a Community committee person. In january the a a new county committee consist ing of Brunoff Sam Zion and Marvin Courtney will meet to determine who will chair the panel. The county Fra committee administers various farm programs authorized by Congress. Generally the committee will meet once a month for this purpose. Information May be obtained by telephoning Fra at 748-0083 or visiting the office at 1554 Bishop Road South of Chehalis. In tomorrow Breezy with showers Tel by tomorrow Low 3841 weather picture by Mike Brown sixth Grade Toledo Middle school see details Page a2 Gary j. Cichowski / the chronic a saving the environment first of two $200 million scrubbers up and running by Amy Emerson the chronicle tuesday the Centralia steam electric Plant held a dedication ceremony for one of the two pollution control scrubbers designed to protect the natural environment and save More than 700 Lewis county jobs. The scrubber is currently operating and the other will begin operating Early next summer. On hand for the Celebration among others were individuals representing the City of Centralia the Centralia school District the Lewis county economic development Council the . Environmental Protection Agency biologists from mount Rainier National Park Washington state legislature . Rep. Brian Baird a office. The chamber current operator tra Salta and Pacific Orp the former owners of the Plant and adjacent Coal mine. The Plant and mine were once under threat of closure because of pollution problems. The steam Plant was listed by the Washington state department of ecology As the states single largest source of pollution based on pounds of toxic emissions. A solution was found in the construction of the two scrubbers a project that Cost tra Salta $200 million and required two years to construct. Before the scrubbers were a reality Many people wondered whether government agencies lawmakers Community members scientists and steam Plant officials could come together in a collaborative decision making process to both preserve the environment and the Lewis county Economy. But in 1996 they did and five years later the scrubbers Are a testament to their efforts. State rep. Gary Alexanderr Olympia asserted that the scrubber project a sets an example to people across the state about How so Many different please see scrubbers i we Page Marilyn Christiano Littleton colo., tuesday looks up at the new Centralia steam electric Plant scrubber dedicated in memory of her husband John Christiano of the National Park service air Quality division. Christiano was instrumental in the collaborative decision making process that resulted in the new pollution control device for the steam Plant. Larry Webster senior project Engineer left describes the process that removes Fulfur from the flue Gas. Mark Miller the project manager for the Centralia steam electric plants flue Gas Dewulf urination scrubber Speaks to attendees at the scrubbers dedication ceremony tuesday afternoon. Behind the group Are the Recycle distribution pipes and pumps for a scrubber unit. Scrubbing away pollution by the chronicle the scrubber technology employed at the Centralia steam elect no Plant uses the air pollutant Fulfur dioxide to create Gypsum for Wallboard. The process from pollutant to product begins with Limestone. Each Day 656 tons of Limestone Are wet ground to produce a Limestone slurry. Limestone slurry is sprayed into an absorber vessel with a diameter of 60 feet and a height of 120 feet Coal combustion gases containing Fulfur dioxide flow through the absorber vessel the Limestone slurry absorbs the Fulfur dioxide causing a chemical reaction Between the Calcium oxide of the slurry and the Fulfur dioxide which forms Calcium sulfite air is also pumped into the absorber vessel oxidizing the Calcium sulfite and forming it into crystallized Calcium sulfite More commonly known As Gypsum. The Gypsum is then removed from the slurry washed dried and then sold to a Plant in Tacoma to be used for Wallboard

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