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Posted on: January 26, 2021

City Council Recap - Jan. 25, 2021 Meeting

Here are some highlights from the Jan. 25, 2021 meeting of the Lebanon City Council:
🔹 Mayor Jared Carr updated the community that five developers were in the process of building 56 new homes in Lebanon with more coming soon. City officials believe the spur in housing development is a result of incentives approved by council to lure developers to build in Lebanon. Council took the action following a 2016 housing study indicating a lack of housing in the $150,000 to $200,000 price range. 
✅ Council approved the following board appointments:
Board of Adjustment 
- Jon Sommer- reappointment to a 5-year term expiring November 2025 
- Kristen Waterman- appointment to an unexpired term ending November 2022
- Rick Adams- appointment to an unexpired term ending November 2023 
- Dan True- appointment to serve as an alternate 
- Ryan Ritchel- appointment to serve as an alternate 
Planning and Zoning 
- Mike Evans- appointment to an unexpired term ending June 2022
✅ Council approved Bill No. 6015 authorizing the purchase of asphalt for the 2021 calendar year from Willard Asphalt and Paving, Inc. Street Superintendent Mike Moore reported that the asphalt came in this year at a lower price than in 2020. 
✅ Council approved Bill No. 6016 authorizing the surplus of three Public Works trucks and authorizing the purchase of three ½ ton 4WD trucks from Graven Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram for the street and water departments.
✅ Council approved bills 6017 and 6018 authorizing the purchase of water meters for four of the city’s seven wells and approving a Water System Leak Detection Survey for the city.
What does this mean for the community?
The water department will have a better accounting of how much water is pumped from the wells and how much water is being lost due to undetected leaks in the system. Identifying the leaks will allow to staff to make repairs and to manage the public utility more efficiently.
✅ Council approved Bill No. 6020 authorizing a lease-purchase transaction for the purpose of funding the new Public Safety Facility that is currently being constructed at the intersection of Beck and Ivey.
What does this mean for the community?
The City now has funding in place to complete the new Public Safety Facility approved by voters with passage of the 2018 Capital Improvements Sales Tax. The new facility will provide better emergency service to residents on the southwest side of Lebanon, lower emergency response time and potentially help lower insurance costs for residents. Residents can expect the new facility to be completed in early 2022. 
✅ Council approved Bill 6021 authorizing the purchase of property at 517 Murphy Road adjacent to Gasconade Park.
What does this mean for the community?
This piece of property is connected to Gasconade Park. The purchase will help “square off” Gasconade Park and provide property for future expansion. The Park Board has not determined plans for the property yet, but officials are looking at the possibility of using the property for a potential walking trail. 
✅ Council unanimously approved Bill No. 6022 authorizing an extended employment agreement for City Administrator Michael Schumacher beginning on July 1 through June 30, 2023. 
What does this mean for the community?
This agreement will help provide management stability for city staff and help continue to facilitate city staff’s implementation of council goals for the City of Lebanon.

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