Some in Lebanon have complained their voices about the proposed plans to renovate and update the town square are not being heard. To remedy that, Mayor Philip Craighead is promoting a survey to make sure all citizens have a say, even if they cannot attend public meetings on the subject.
The surveys need to be turned into the mayor's office or the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce office on the square by Feb. 15.
"We're putting it out all over the city," he said. "The businesses on the square has ownership in the square, but the whole community has ownership as well. This is the heart of our city."
Craighead reiterated while making the square area more attractive is important and good for business, the bottom line is safety.
"If we can improve safety and help business at the same time, we'd be foolish not to," he said.
Citizens can download copies of the survey regarding the safety project on the Lebanon Square, and a drawing of the TDOT plan at www.MayorCraighead.com. Anyone can print off the survey, fill it out, and Craighead hopes everyone will encourage as many people as they can to fill one out.
"We would like to have 1,000 replies to give to the state by Feb. 15, to reinforce our commitment and the community’s commitment for this project," he said. "Give the surveys to me at City Hall or drop them off at the chamber."
Craighead said the construction time is expected to be less than six months with work done in sections; the whole square will not be torn up at the same time. In a matter of prime importance, the mayor assures the square's most prominent resident will not be inconvenienced.
"General Hatton will not be disturbed," Craighead said.