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Posted on: February 23, 2021

City Council Recap - Feb. 22 Meeting

The Lebanon City Council met on Feb. 22. Here are some of the highlights from the meeting:
✅ Council Approved Bill 6038 authorizing the transfer $500,000 over the next year from the Capital Improvement Fund to the Street Fund to expedite street improvements. 
What does this mean to you?
When our residents completed the customer satisfaction survey last year, street maintenance and improvements were near the top of the list of concerns for residents. The city of Lebanon has different pots of money dedicated to fund different aspects of the city. Capital Funds are generally used to build and maintain facilities around the city such as the farmer’s market pavilion, civic center improvements, the coming Lebanon Public Safety Center, etc. Lebanon has a dedicated fund for street improvements as well. Due to favorable financial conditions, council was able to transfer dollars from the Capital Fund to the Street fund to expedite street improvements. Streets that will be added to upgrades this fiscal year include Kent, Vance and Herndon. The next fiscal year begins in July with improvements planned for Jessie, Farmers, Magnolia, Hillsdale, Cypress, East Bland and added to that list now is Maple Lane, Bennett, Lincoln, Madison and Seventh. This authorization helps move streets to an even higher priority for city staff. 
✅ Council Authorized Resolution NO. 463 waiving fees on 25 construction-ready residential lots.
What does this mean to our community?
To continue momentum in providing affordable housing for residents, council is waiving fees for builders to construct single family housing in Lebanon. Council did this in 2019 and 2020 as well, resulting in numerous housing construction projects in town. This latest move will increase the waived fee lots to 75 total over the last three years. A 2016 housing study indicated the need for more affordable housing in Lebanon. These incentives are meant to entice builders to Lebanon and to help increase our housing stock. 
✅ Council approved Bill 6030 authorizing the purchase and installation of License Plate Readers for the Police Department.
What does this mean for the community?
License Plate Readers will be installed at strategic locations in the city to help improve law enforcement in Lebanon. This technology will allow law enforcement agencies to compare plate numbers against those of stolen cars or automobiles driven by people suspected of being involved in criminal activity. The system will alert dispatch when such a situation occurs. This technology will help keep our residents safer, assist with Amber Alerts etc. 
✅ Council Approved Bill No. 6031 authorizing the acceptance of a State of Missouri Division of Tourism Marketing Grant.
What does this mean for you?
Basically, tourism is getting more than $21,000 from the state to help promote Lebanon, which will encourage folks to visit Lebanon and invest in our community by staying in our hotels, eating in our restaurants, and shopping locally. 
✅ Council approved bills 6032 and 6035 authorizing the purchase of bunker gear for the fire department and nine bullet proof vests for the police department.
What does this mean for our community?
Our emergency responders will have the equipment they need to help protect themselves while they are serving and protecting our community. 
✅ In other news, Mayor Jared Carr also declared Ronald McDonald Week in the City of Lebanon and council appointed Beth Chism to an unexpired term on the Downtown Business District Board.

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