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Posted on: May 10, 2022

City Council Recap - May 9, 2022 Meeting

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Here is a brief recap of the May 9, 2022 regular meeting of the Lebanon City Council:

✅ Council passed bill No. 6280 authorizing tree trimming services from Tom’s Tree Service for the electric department. 

How does this impact the community?

This annual agreement is for vegetation management, including tree removal, stump grinding services and other small projects. In the long run, vegetation management helps reduce power outages and protect our electric system. 

✅ Council passed Bill No. 6281 authorizing concrete flatwork services from Lowery Concrete LLC.

How does this impact the community?

This agreement will provide the city with a service provider for small concrete projects, such as repairing sidewalks etc. Having this agreement in place will help Lebanon Public Works make sure repairs are completed in a timely manner. 

✅ Council passed bill 6282 agreeing to reduce permit fees and utility connection fees by 50 percent for the development of Legacy Homes.

Why was this action taken?

Lebanon has dealt with a shortage of affordable housing for several years. The Lebanon City Council has been proactive in the last couple of years in creating incentives for builders to build here and help address this shortage. Legacy Homes is planning on building approximately 100 new homes over the next five years in the Legacy Trails Development on the north side of Lebanon. This agreement will reduce connection fees by 50 percent for up to 20 homes per year for the next five years. 

✅ Council approved the first reading of Bill No. 6283 authorizing the creation of the Board of Public Works. 

What does this mean for the community?

The demands and challenges of running a city and utility system continue to grow and become more diverse. As Lebanon has grown, operating utilities is becoming more complex. It is difficult for a governing body to have the time needed and to develop the technical and regulatory knowledge related to the utility industry. This new non-partisan board will consist of four members on staggered terms that will manage city utility operations. Council will vote on a second reading of this bill at the May 23rd regular meeting and, if approved, the Board of Public Works is expected to become operational midsummer. Community members will be able to apply for board positions and members will be appointed by the mayor and confirmed by city council. 

✅ Council approved the first reading of Bills 6284 and 6285 adjusting water and electric service rates.

What does this mean for the average utility customer?

The average residential customer can expect a total increase of less than $5 a month. If the average customer uses 5,000 gallons of water a month, the increase would be $1 and if the average electric customer uses 1,200 kwh of electricity each month, they can expect an increase of approximately $3.72. Even with the adjustment, the water rates will still be the second lowest in the State of Missouri for municipal utilities of similar size. The last water rate adjustment was approved in 2010 and the last electric rate adjustment was in 2018. The rate adjustment is necessary to maintain current service levels and keep up with increased costs.  If approved, the rate adjustment will go into effect following a second reading of the bill on May 23rd. 

✅ In other business, council appointed Heather Shadel and Ramsey Stewart to 3-year terms on the Lebanon Park Board ending in June 2025 and reappointed Douglas Smith to a 3-year term.

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