Here is a summary of the actions taken at the March 8, 2021 regular Lebanon City Council Meeting:
Council approved Bills 6039, 6040 and 6041 authorizing the overlay of Herndon Road, from Rolling Hills Road to Northview Street; Kent Drive, from West Bland to Elm Street and Vance Road, from Maple Lane to Madison Avenue.
What does this mean for the community?
These street improvements were improvements that were moved up and added to this fiscal year by council at the last meeting.
Why is this significant?
In the 2020 Customer Satisfaction Survey, our residents indicated that street improvements and maintenance are top priority for our residents. The council is listening and trying to find ways to increase the priority on street improvements. At the last meeting, council authorized the transfer of $250,000 this fiscal year, and again and in the next fiscal year, from the Capital Improvements Fund to the Street Fund. This transfer was possible due to favorable financial conditions and your support of the public safety and capital improvements sales taxes which has taken pressure off the general fund. Kent and Herndon were originally scheduled for updates in 2024 and Vance was scheduled for 2023. As a side note, the Kent project will also include sidewalk improvements that will help connect Nelson Lake to Boswell Park.
Council approved bill 6043 authorizing the city to execute and agreement with BBC Electrical Services Inc. for labor related to the replacement and relocation of distribution poles for the electric department.
What does this mean?
This authorization will allow the city to relocate electric distribution poles at the intersection of Beck and Ivey lanes to make way for the extension of Beck Lane and the construction of the new Lebanon Public Safety Center which is scheduled for completion in early 2022.
Council approved Bill No. 6044 authorizing True Construction to begin building a police car canopy adjacent to City Hall.
What does this mean?
The Lebanon Police Department has been in the process of upgrading police vehicles. This new canopy will help protect the investment by providing shelter for the vehicles when they are not in use.
In other news, council also approved the Sidewalk Master Plan for the city and appointed Sara Richardson and Heather Bryant to four-year terms on the Lebanon Housing Authority.
The next regular Lebanon City Council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 22 at Lebanon City Hall.