Monthly Archive: May 2019

Interim Ordinance relating to Enhanced Service Facilities and Residential Care Facilities Adopted- Public Hearing Scheduled.

On May 28, the Centralia City Council set a June 25th public hearing date and adopted an ordinance amending Centralia Municipal Code Chapter 20.66, Special Uses, adding and amending definitions, uses permitted and amending the definition of 20.06.305 “Essential Public Facilities”

Centralia City Councilmember Peter Abbarno.

“The public will have input and their voices heard on how are city is shaped today and into the future,” said Peter Abbarno. “The public will have their voices heard on where they want, or do not want, Enhanced Service Facilities (ESFs), Homeless Facilities, and other Essential Public Facilities.”

The biggest changes proposed to CMC 20.66 come in Section (12)(B). 

Where Permitted.  Any zone not listed means the use is not permitted in the zoning district. 

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College Planning in Washington with a 529 on 5/29!

There may be no better time to remind Washington state residents of a 529 than on May 29 (5/29)! A 529 is a great way to begin saving for college and every little bit helps!

What is a 529?

A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to encourage saving for future education costs. 529 plans, legally known as “qualified tuition plans,” are sponsored by states, state agencies, or educational institutions and are authorized by Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code. 

There are two types of 529 plans: prepaid tuition plans and education savings plans.

College Savings Plans: You pick your investment and you assume the risk. The value of your account will be based on the performance of your investments.

Education Costs are on the rise!

Prepaid Tuition Plan (Washington’s GET Program): You prepay for college tuition today through units at a set value to be used in the future. The value of the account is guaranteed by the state to keep pace with the residential undergraduate tuition. States pick the investments and assumes the risk.

All fifty states and the District of Columbia sponsor at least one type of 529 plan. In addition, a group of private colleges and universities sponsor a prepaid tuition plan. 

Washington is a 529 plan!

The GET program is Washington’s 529 prepaid college tuition plan that helps families with young children save for future higher education expenses. The State of Washington guarantees that the value of your account will keep pace with the cost of college tuition, no matter how much it changes in the future.

How does it work?

A GET account can be created and units purchased. One unit = 1/100th of the actual resident, undergraduate tuition and state-mandated fees at Washington’s most expensive public university. You can use that money towards any qualified higher education costs (usually tuition, room and board, and books) at any qualified college, university or technical school in the country.

How do I enroll in the GET Program?

  • Online: Visit our GET Started page and click “Enroll Now” to enroll online during our open enrollment period (November 1 – May 31). The on-screen instructions will guide you through the process.
  • By Mail: You may also download an enrollment form and mail it to us. Or, you can request that an enrollment form to be mailed to you. If you choose this option, make sure to request the Program Details booklet and/or the GET Enrollment Guide. You can find electronic copies of these documents on our forms page.

If you have any questions about the enrollment process you can get most of the information from our website or call or email our Contact Center at 800.955.2318 or

Centralia Public Works Visits Schools for National Public Works Week!

American Public Works Association announced the theme of this year’s National Public Works Week is “It Starts Here”. I want to thank our local Public Works’ staff and departments for keeping our communities safe, healthy, growing, and innovative.

Pouring rain can’t stop the student from having fun at Edison Elementary!

The City of Centralia Public Works Department, headed by Kim Ashmore, is comprised of Water, Wastewater, Stormwater, Streets, and much more. The City is showing the students how our community is built and works.

Antonio waiting in line for a chance to learn more about Wastewater.

Infrastructure starts with public works… Growth and innovation starts with public works… Mobility starts with public works… Security starts with public works… Healthy communities start with public works. To celebrate Public Works Week, Centralia Public Works staff is visiting schools and educating students. Our community appreciates the hard work of our Public Works staff and their dedication to the students during this week.

There is a weekly schedule as follows:

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Abbarno nominated “Best” Elected Official and Volunteer by Daily Chronicle Readers

The Daily Chronicle readers nominated Centralia City Councilmember Peter Abbarno one of the Best Elected Officials in Lewis County for the third year in a row. Abbarno was also nominated one of the Best Volunteers in Lewis County, an award he won in 2018. You can vote daily at

Peter is the current president of the Centralia College Foundation, member of the Lewis County Economic Development Council board, and host of the AM1470 KELA “Let’s Talk About It” show.

Volunteers for the Centralia School Supply Drive “filling the bus” at Walmart.
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Friends of Seminary Hill host Clean-Up Work Party

The Friends of Seminary Hill Natural Area hosted a work party and clean up on May 4th for the Centralia and Lewis County community. Seminary Hill is owned by the City of Centralia and maintained by the dedicated volunteers with the Friends of the Seminary Hill organization. My family has joined volunteers for many years to help clean and restore Seminary Hill.

Antonio helping restore the entrance to Seminary Hill.

I am very thankful the Friends of the Seminary Hill Natural Area ordered amazing weather and organized a great Spring Clean-Up Day at the Seminary Hill Natural Area again this year. Seminary Hill is truly a gem in our community and my family hikes on the Hill all Spring, Summer, and Fall.

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Peter Abbarno receives Human Rights Award from Church Women United!

Centralia City Councilmember Peter Abbarno, host of the AM1470 KELA / KMNT Radio “Let’s Talk About it” show, and local community leader was honored on Friday with the Human Rights Award by the local Church Women United organization at the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Chehalis WA.

Peter Abbarno receives the Human Rights Award from the Church Women United.

“I am honored to receive the Human Rights Award from our local Church Women United! Volunteering, Community Service, and my work on the Centralia City Council is not about “me;” rather, it is about my children, our neighbors, and the next generation,” said Abbarno. “We need to continue building partnerships and working on issues important to our community like homelessness, drug and opioid addiction, early education and learning, and economic development. . .just like the Church Women United from many different Christian denominations working on missions in our community.”

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First Month Campaign Success: Endorsements and Support for #ElectPeterAbbarno campaign

My campaign for re-election to the Centralia City Council is only one month old but we have had great success. From endorsements to fundraising to lawn sign locations, I am appreciative of all the support!


Thank you State Representatives Richard DeBolt and Ed Orcutt for your support and endorsement of my re-election campaign to the Centralia City Council. I appreciate your efforts on behalf of the 20th Legislative District and our successful partnership on many issues and projects like the Veterans Memorial Plaza and Splash Park, Historic Centralia Fox Theatre, and Greenwood Cemetery.

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