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Centralia Chronicle (Newspaper) - December 15, 2001, Centralia, Washington Best of the Bunch chronicle names All area volleyball team / by weekend edition chronicle 50 cents saturday dec. 15,2001serving the greater Lewis county area since 1889 Street scape project hits delays some flood warnings end a truck navigates the rising water of Airport Road in Chehalis Friday afternoon. The Road was closed because of the rising water. Winter storms pretty Good system coming this weekend according to meteorologist by Julie m. Graham the chronicle flood warnings have ended for the Chehalis River in Grays Harbor and Lewis counties but remain in effect for the Chehalis and Skookumchuck Rivers in Thurston county the National weather service announced mid afternoon Friday. Winter Rains however Are far from Over and their Impact May be Felt again As soon As sunday or monday said Ted Buehner warning coordination meteorologist with the National weather service. Quot we re mopping up from our last soaker and we re preparing for our next a a but now we have the potential to push the Levels higher than we be seen in quite some Ted Buehner National weather sen in e Buehner said. A Quot pretty Good system is coming in today and sunday he said. The Hood watches thus far this year have been Quot testing the system Quot he said. Quot but now we have the potential to push the Levels higher than we be seen in quite some time a Buehner said. He added that he Wasny to referring to the floods of the please set weather pane a Mossyrock police chief resigns Post by Cap Pattison the chronicle Mossyrock a police chief Shelby Clements announced at thursday nights Mossyrock City Council meeting he is resigning at the end of the month after it became apparent councillors would take no action on a proposal to use City Utility taxes As a Way to pay the salary of a second police officer. Clements resignation letter made no mention of the officer funding controversy stating simply a i have enjoyed the last eight years Quot serving As Mossyrock police chief. After the meeting however Clements said even though he has not been offered another Job yet he is unwilling to continue As Mossy rocks Only full time officer. During the past three years a Federal Community oriented police services Grant has made it possible for Clements to hire a second officer. The cops Money runs out at the end of the year and no More is available. A ballot measure to raise s30,000 by increasing property taxes was Defeated 91-41 last month. Since then the Mossyrock Council has looked at imposing taxes on utilities that do business within the City such As those supplying Telephone electrical and Cable services. At thursdays meeting. Mayor Nanette Crocker announced an informal poll sent out with water Bills resulted in 11 votes in favor of Utility taxes and 40 opposed. Speaking in favor of having More police officers was Kim Carlson a councilor at Mossyrock High school. Quot we need to officers a she said. Quot we can to do it with one Carlson related she deals with suicide threats drug and alcohol abuse and parents unwilling or unable to rear their children. She relies heavily on social service agencies and the police department she said. Local police services Are needed "24 hours a Day seven Days a week a Carlson said adding she knows there Are some youths who Are eagerly awaiting and poised to take advantage of the drop in police coverage. Also at thursdays meeting ads telecoms general manager Mike Minikin said the Basic Cost of Telephone service in Mossyrock is $14.30 per month but another $5.35, More than a third is added in taxes. Furthermore those taxes will go up by $ 1.50 next month and there will be another $1 raise in july he said. Quot we re just tax collectors but we take the Blunt of ire from customers a Minikin said. Crocker said despite recent setbacks attempts to improve police service in Mossyrock will continue. Quot this is not a dead Issue a she said. Quot the City will continue to look for ways of increasing revenues in the general also thursday it was announced a Cougar has been sighted numerous times within City limits by several residents. Clements said officers with the state fish and wildlife department were contacted but they failed to find the big cat. He suggested City officials could Contact a Man who lives just outside Mossyrock who has dogs specially trained for Hunting cougars. A a a Cap Pattison is the chronicles East Lewis county correspondent. He can he reached by email at pattison� or by calling 497-7177. Index first round of Boeing layoffs go into effect Friday weather classifieds.01 comics.d6 crossword Horoscope. D5 dear abby.b7 Lewis county sheriff. A2 movies.b7 news in brief.a2 obituaries.a4 opinion Page.a10 what s happening b7 Sands of Boeing employees worked their final shift Friday the head of the company a commercial air planes division expressed sorrow for the Laid off workers but defended the company a actions. A it starts with a a in a sorry and it ends with a i m sorry a a Alan Mulally Cial air planes told reporters. A i wish this Wasny to happening to All of earlier Friday in an interview with k1ro radio in Seattle Mulally defended the company a decision to Cut up to 30,000 jobs by the Middle of next year in the aftermath of the sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Including 7,000 in the Seattle area was to be completed Friday. About 9,000 people were being Laid off and 3,000jobs were Cut through attrition. Another 2,900 workers received 60-Day Layoff notices in november and a third round of Layoff warnings will be handed out dec. 21. Tomorrow rain wind today tomorrow hell 42-47 Moll 47 52 weather picture by Samuel Robbins Fords Prairie elementary see details Page a2 remembrance visiting nurses foundation holds candlelight ceremony / cd Centralia downtown revitalization project set Back by weather construction snags by Paul Ali Eva the chronicle Centralia Street scape project was conceived to create an Early-1900s atmosphere downtown by installing Brick like crosswalks Rantem style streetlights and pedestrian Friendly bulged Street Comers. On june la roughly a month before construction began City Engineer Jan Stemkoski told the chronicle work on the Street scape project could be completed As Early As thanksgiving or As late As new years Day depending on the weather. Five months later to the Day Stemkoski said recent rainfall had pushed Back the target Date which had been thanksgiving week. Quot we re running about three to four weeks behind a he said. Then during the week of nov. 19, 19 weeks after general contractor dub excavating broke ground Stemkoski issued a statement saying the project would not be completed until Spring of 2002. A we cannot find a Concrete sealer that will cure in temperatures below 50 degrees fahrenheit a he said in the statement. Quot when we originally started we thought wed be finished by the end of november a Stemkoski said wednesday so the curing problem Wasny to viewed As an Issue. If an alternative Type of sealer existed the Crew May have been Able to Complete the project on schedule but Quot nobody could find anything a he said. Even if there was a Concrete please see Street scape Page a chronicle file photo Randy Rakoz left and Jeff Williams right carry one of the new Street lamps earlier this fall As they prepare to install it on Pine Street in Centralia. Merchants pleased with Street scape outcome Gary j. Cichowski the chronicle Chris Miller of dub earthwork Tumwater hammers in a Brick As he restores laces that had Concrete patches on Magnolia Street earlier this month As part of the Centralia Street scape project. Street scape project Cost grows to $3 million by Paul Ali Eva the chronicle delays caused by rain cold and other unanticipated problems As Well As the addition of two intersections have increased the Cost of Centralia a Street scape project beyond the original contracted amount of $2.08 million. As of nov. La City Engineer Jan Stemkoski a estimate was $2.15 million which did not include All the materials needed. More rain has fallen since nov. 11, however and colder weather has made completing the project during the Winter impractical the contractor please see Cost Page a by Paul Ali Eva the chronicle merchants in downtown Centralia Are pleased with the Early results of the Street scape project despite the inconvenience the construction caused which they took in stride. Penny Mcwain owner of Tower tobacco and espresso on the Comer of North Tower Avenue and Locust Street was the first business owner to experience the benefits of the Street scape renovations. She said the work made her stole less accessible to customers Quot my parking lot was full of dump trucks and cat but the end result was Worth the trouble. Quot a lot of my customers enjoy it Quot she said of the intersections new appearance. Quot it creates a very Nice Mcwain said occasional Gary j. Cichowski / Tbs chronicle a Street scape Brick Circle at the intersection of Tower Avenue and Magnolia Street is seen from the roof of the True value hardware store. Inconveniences come with the territory of owning and operating a business. A sometimes you have to go through a Little pain a she said a but everyone survived and they enjoy please see merchants Page a wet weather continues

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