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City Council Recap - May 10, 2021 Meeting

Here are the highlights of the May 10th Regular Lebanon City Council Meeting:

✅ Mayor Jared Carr proclaimed Arbor Day in the City of Lebanon as this is the fourth year for Lebanon to be recognized as a Tree City USA. Mayor Carr also read proclamations honoring Richard Wrinkle upon his retirement from the Laclede County Sheriff’s Department and honoring the Lebanon High School Girls wrestling team for winning their state championship. 
✅ The following citizens were appointed to Boards and Commissions:
Gib Adkins, Randy Palilla and Michelle Cochran were appointed to two-year terms on the Tourism and Marketing Advisory Board. Dan Mizell, Raeann Shoemaker and Max Meckem were appointed to three-year terms on the Lebanon Park Board. Maryann Campbell was reappointed to a three-year term on the Library Board. Randy Randolph and Kristen Waterman were appointed to four-year terms on the Zoning and Planning Commission and Dan True was appointed to an unexpired term on the Board of Adjustment ending in November 2022. 
✅ Council approved Bill 6072 authorizing the construction of a new skate park at Gasconade Park.
What does this mean to our residents?
When Nelson Park was relocated to its new location, plans were to move the Nelson Park Skate Park to Gasconade Park. The skate park was due for upgrades in 2024 but after input from citizens, plans to upgrade the park were moved up to align with the construction of the new park at Gasconade Park. Citizens worked with the Lebanon Park Board and Lebanon City Council to create a new park design all within the allotted budget. The new skate park should be completed sometime this fall. 
✅ Council approved Bill No. 6073 authorizing a redesign of the city’s website.
What does this mean to our residents?
In the next six months residents can expect to see a redesigned website for the City of Lebanon that is cleaner and easier to navigate. The site will also include upgrades for our three most-used sections – Utilities, Police and Parks and Recreation. 
✅ Council approved an agreement with LeadsOnline LLC for a new Online Investigation System for the Lebanon Police Department.
What does this mean for our community?
This new agreement will provide our police department with a database to better investigate property theft in Lebanon. The database is designed to catalog items placed in pawnshops to help solve property theft. The crime-fighting tool will be available to all Lebanon Police officers. 
✅ Council approved Bill No. 6077 placing the option for a ½ cent sales tax on the ballot for parks and storm water control that would repeal and replace the current property tax paid for Lebanon Parks.
What does this mean for the community?
Currently Lebanon property owners pay for city parks through a property tax. This bill will give Lebanon residents the opportunity to decide if they want to keep supporting the park system through a property tax or support the parks system through a ½ cent sales tax that would also allow non-residents that use the park system the opportunity to pay for use of parks as well. If residents choose this option, the parks portion of the property tax will be repealed. The new funding mechanism will provide a dedicated fund for storm water control in the City of Lebanon, provide for new and enhanced walking and bike trails and for park expansion, most likely with the construction of new parks in the areas of Beck and Ivey Lane and Mountrose. Of the ½ cent sales tax, 1/8 percent would be dedicated to storm water control and 3/8 percent would go to parks.

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