City council due for first vote on annual budget

Tuesday promises to be a big day at Lebanon’s Town Hall, with several key items on city council’s agenda for its regular meeting.
May 20, 2014

Tuesday promises to be a big day at Lebanon’s Town Hall, with several key items on city council’s agenda for its regular meeting.

Among the top items for the evening, city council will hold a public hearing and a first reading for its 2014-2015 annual budget and tax rate. This puts council well on its way to passing a budget before the state’s July 1 deadline, according to Lebanon’s Commissioner of Finance and Revenue, Robert Springer.

Councilors will also consider an agreement with the Wilson County Board of Education regarding back payments of liquor taxes owed to the school system. Under the terms of the agreement, the city would pay the school system 10 annual payments of $81,121.52. The final amount, $811,215.25, represents taxes that due from July 1, 1999 through this coming September.

Councilors will also vote on a resolution that, among other things, would allow either the mayor or the majority of council to terminate department heads.

Currently, the mayor and at least four councilors must approve terminating any department heads. However, if the change proposed initially by Councilor Kathy Warmath takes effect, the mayor could terminate a department head without council approval or vice versa.

Council will also hold a public hearing regarding amending the city’s Major Thoroughfare Plan to change the Holloway Drive/Briskin Lane connection to a Legends Drive/Briskin Lane connection.

Among other business on the agenda are the following items:

• Incorporating the new $10,000 purchasing limit into the accounting policies and procedures manual.

• Approving a contract with Nashville and Eastern Railroad Corporation for flood mitigation and drainage improvements.

• Buying fireworks for various city-sponsored events, including the July 4 celebration, CABA World Series and Veterans Day.

• Approving a new City of Lebanon logo.

• Approving bids for the resurfacing, restoration and rehabilitation improvements of various roads in Lebanon.

• Entering into an agreement for construction engineering inspection for resurfacing, restoration and rehabilitation improvements of various city roads.

• Approving a 2014 natural gas leak survey.

• Approving AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. for engineering services for a flood study at the wastewater treatment plant.

• Applying for a State Industrial Access grant for the construction of an industrial access road to serve the expansion of L & W Engineering Company, located at 712 Briskin Lane.

Lebanon City Council will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Town Meeting Hall, located at 200 N. Castle Heights Ave.

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