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Council Recap- July 12, 2021

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Here is a brief recap of the regular Lebanon City Council meeting held July 12:
✅ Council heard an update from the Lebanon Parks Department and from the Lebanon Park Board also presented information on the tax proposal on the Aug. 3rd ballot. On Aug. 3, voters will have the option of rolling back the current parks property tax and replacing it with a half-cent parks and storm water sales tax. Learn more about the proposal here: https://www.lebanonmissouri.org/.../Park-Tax-Brochure-Final
✅ Council approved Bill No. 6011 authorizing the purchase of a portable wireless headphone system for the street department.
How will this benefit the community?
This system will help improve safety for street department employees working around loud equipment. It will provide ear protection and make it easier for street department staff to communicate with each other. 
✅ Council approved Bill No. 6112 authorizing the purchase of furniture for the police department.
How will this benefit the department?
This furniture will provide a better work environment for Lebanon’s police officers and provide expanded space for additional officers.
✅ Council approved Bill No. 6115 authorizing the city to partner with Lebanon Regional Economic Development, INC and Headley Enterprises/Elm Street Corridor CID for a hotel study to examine the feasibility of new hotel operations within the community?
Why pursue this study?
A hotel study is a required component of the recruitment of new national-chain hotels in the community. Currently, event planners have expressed that Lebanon would be a more desirable location for events if more rooms were available in the community. More available rooms would likely lead to more visitors and more investment into the community. 
✅ Council approved bills 6109 and 6110 approving the rezoning of the 1500 Block of Beck Lane from Rs-1 Residential and M-1 Light Industrial to RS-2 Residential and property along South Jefferson Avenue from RS-1 Residential to C-1 Commercial. 
How does this impact the community?
The rezoning on the 1500 Block of Beck could potentially help provide much needed affordable housing for the community. The rezoning on South Jefferson will make property available for commercial development. 
✅ In other news, council approved the appointment of Jamie Johansen to an unexpired term on the Downtown Business District Board.

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