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Posted on: December 15, 2020

City Council Recap - Dec. 14 Meeting

Here is a brief recap of the Dec. 14 regular meeting of the Lebanon City Council:


🔶 Council approved Bill No. 6007 authorizing the construction of a new Public Safety Center at the intersection of Ivey and Beck which will include space for three fire engines.


What does this mean to the public?
Voters approved the 2018 Capital Improvement Sales Tax which promised a third fire station for the westside of Lebanon. The west side of Lebanon has seen tremendous growth in recent years and this station will help improve emergency response times and potentially lower insurance rates for homeowners in the area. 


🔶 Council approved Bill No. 6006 authorizing the construction of a new amphitheater at Boswell Park. 
What does this mean for you?
The Lebanon Park Board and City Council have wanted to add a space for performances to Boswell Park for some time now. With the approval of this construction, the baseball fields at Boswell Park will be removed and amphitheater will be installed. This facility will provide space for performances and more. The goal is for the facility to be complete by Father’s Day so it can be used for the Route 66 Festival. 


🔶 Council approved Bill 6004 authorizing upgrades to the Mills Center.
What does this mean for you?
Since the Cowan Civic Center project came in under budget, council was able to use some of those funds to help fund the Boswell Park Amphitheater and upgrades to the Mills Center. The Mills Center was built in 1997 and has been heavily used since. These upgrades will help raise the building to a higher standard and help it be a more attractive option for community events. We expect upgrades to be completed within 45 days of the start of construction. 


🔶 Council approved Bill No. 6002 authorizing an agreement with the City of Lebanon and FTS Heating and Cooling for certified Residential Energy Audit Services.
What does this mean for you?
Utility customers can participate in the Weatherization Works Program to have their home audited for recommended improvements to help save energy. Potentially, some of the improvement costs can be reimbursed through a rebate. Contact Kelly Roberts at Lebanon Public Works for more information on this program. 


🔶 Council approved Bill No. 6000 adopting Council Goals for 2021 that will provide a 5-year Plan and Vision for the City.
What does this mean for the public?
The council gathers annually at a retreat to prioritize the direction they would like to see the city go in the upcoming year. This document gives city staff a clear plan and direction to work toward in achieving those goals. 


🔶 Council approved Bill No. 5099 for the rezoning of Breeze Valley Subdivision Lot 1 from C-1 Commercial to C-L Limited Commercial.
What does this mean?
This action will allow a developer the flexibility to build more affordable housing in the Ivey Lane/Beck area near the new Public Safety Center. A 2016 housing study indicated a shortage of housing in the Lebanon area. This action is just one many actions taken by council to help address this shortage. 


🔶 Council also accepted the Fiscal Year 2020 Audit which indicated the city was on solid financial standing.

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