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Posted on: October 27, 2020

City Council Recap - Oct. 26 Meeting

Here are some of the highlights from the Oct. 26 Lebanon City Council meeting:
• Mayor Jared Carr declared Saturday, Oct. 31 as Michael Hopkins Day in Lebanon. Hopkins, a NASA astronaut, is scheduled to command the Space X Crew Dragon set to launch into space Saturday. Hopkins was born in Lebanon and raised in Laclede County. When he gets to space, he will also serve as a flight engineer aboard the International Space Station.
• Council was presented with the results of the 2020 Customer Satisfaction Survey and Business Survey. The survey indicated citizens believe the top three priorities for council and staff for the next two years are:
- The maintenance of city streets, buildings, and facilities
- The flow of traffic and congestion management
- Enforcement of city codes and ordinances
Council is scheduled to hold a retreat in early November to review the survey results and craft a vision for moving Lebanon forward based on the results of the survey. We will put the survey results on the city website soon. 
• Council approved Resolution 561 suspending Subdivision Improvement costs for 24 months.
What does this mean for you?
To spur more development and help bring in more affordable housing, the city will reduce the cost for subdivision infrastructure from $170 per foot to $85.50 cents per foot. The goal of this cost reduction is to make Lebanon a more attractive option for home builders. 
• Council approved Bill 5066 establishing the Elm Street Corridor Community Improvement District.
What does this mean for you?
Areas of Elm Street are considered blighted. This CID will create a funding mechanism to bring development and improvements to 31.68 acres on the west end of Elm Street. The developers have plans to renovate the area around the Historic Route 66 Inn, develop modern business and office space like Lexington Square and more. This will help bring more business into Lebanon and make the Elm Street corridor more attractive. 
• Council approved bills 5078 and 5079 which creates a partnership with the Lebanon R3 school district to provide our community with the use of three storm shelters. 
What does this mean for you?
Storm shelters will be available to the public outside of school hours. Lebanon Middle School is now available, soon construction will be complete on the shelter at Maplecrest Elementary School and the district is expected to begin construction on a shelter at Boswell Elementary School soon. As part of the agreement, the district will also allow the city to construct a Stormwater Retention Basin at the old junior high property at Sixth Street and Washington Avenue. This project will improve drainage in Lebanon and help prevent flooding.
• Council approved Bill 5074 for the purchase of body cameras for the Lebanon Police Department. 
What does this mean for the community?
Police officers will have the equipment they need to help protect themselves and customers during police interaction. This purchase was made possible through the public safety sales tax voters approved in 2019. 
• Council also approved Bill 5075 to begin plans to build a shelter for police vehicles. 
What does this mean for you?
The city is in the process of upgrading the police fleet and equipment. This construction will help protect that investment by sheltering the vehicles and equipment from weather. 
• Council approved Bill 5076 providing for the replacement of HVAC units at the Public Works facility, Cowan Civic Center and the Wastewater treatment plant.
What does this mean for you?
City will continue to be maintained and upgraded with energy efficient equipment. The maintenance and improvement of city facilities was listed as a priority in the 2020 Customer Satisfaction Survey completed by Lebanon residents.

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