Three men who won a spot on the Lebanon City Council will be sworn into office to begin their terms Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Lanny Jewell of Ward 1, Fred Burton, Sr. of Ward 2 and Robert "Tick" Bryan of Ward 5 will take office and should be well in place in time for the council's January meeting. All three are anxious to get started.
"I'm excited about it," Jewell said. "I know it's going to be a lot of hard work. If you do what needs to be done you have to put in the time and effort."
He said his first order of business will be to follow the money.
"First you have to find out where your money is at," Jewell said. "You have to look at things like sales tax trends. It all revolves around the budget."
Burton is an old hand at the job, having been elected to represent his ward before.
"This is my fifth time," he said. "I've been elected four times before."
Burton said his top priority will be some housecleaning projects in Ward 2.
"First I want to look at the streets," he said. "Some streets in my ward haven't been paved since I was on the council before. I also want to get the city cleaned up, especially in my ward, no doubt about it."
Bryan is also ready to hit the ground running.
"I'm excited about getting the ball rolling," he said. "My only agenda is to move Lebanon forward."
Barring any special called meetings in the interim, the new council members will begin their service Jan. 15 at the regularly scheduled council meeting.
At the last meeting, the council voted to cancel the next scheduled council meeting set for Jan. 1. At that meeting, outgoing Ward 2 Councilman Kevin Huddleston joked that it might be a good initiation for the new council members if they did have to come to a meeting on New Year's Day. Bryan was unfazed by the suggestion.
"I would be happy to be going to a meeting that night," he said with a laugh. "I will be staying at home anyway."
Staff writer Mary Hinds may be reached at 615-444-3952, ext. 45 or firstname.lastname@example.org.