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City to discuss drug dog, building inspections

Mary E. Hinds maryhinds@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 10:06 PM

The Lebanon City Council will meet Tuesday with a full agenda on tap.

Following public speakers and communication from the mayor and the council members, the council will take on the only item of old business. Then it's on with new business, including the first reading of an ordinance to authorize buying a drug dog for the Lebanon Police Department.

Police Chief Scott Bowen said his department is looking for a special dog – he hopes a Lab or Lab mix.

"Dogs are in short supply right now because so many are being used by the military overseas," Bowen said. "Our contact said he has one available."

Bowen said the dog should cost around $7,000.

"That price includes the dog, the dog's certification, the trainer's certification and the dog's initial training. The money comes from our Drug Fund and will not cost taxpayers anything," he said, adding an officer has to be chosen to be the dog's handler. "Of our 73 officers, three put in for it. It takes a special person, because it's almost like having a child."

Bowen said the dog would be used for one purpose – to find narcotics.

"The dog can search homes, cars, schools for drugs," Bowen said. "He or she will be a single purpose dog."  

Other new business to be discussed include:

• first reading of an ordinance to approve and adopt modifications to certain fees for the building inspection and planning departments.

• first reading of an ordinance to approve bids for four pipe and cable locators for the Lebanon Water Department

• an ordinance to hire part time seasonal employees for the Recreation Department.

• first reading of an ordinance annexing unaddressed property at the corner of Callis Lane and Safari Camp Road containing 6.5 acres and another ordinance to zone the newly annexed property B-4 "highway business."

• first reading of an ordinance changing unaddressed property on Rome Pike from rural residential single family to low-density residential.

• first reading of an ordinance to amend the future land use plan by changing the area between Leeville Pike and Tuckers Gap Road from residential mixed use to commerical office.

• first reading of an ordinance to amend the future land use plan by changing the area north of the railroad tracks and west of Cairo Bend Road from residential mixed use, medium density residential, commercial and commercial office, to industrial commercial, by Paul Corder, planning director.

• first reading of an ordinance to authorize a one-year extension for the existing contract with Onsite Environmental for fats, oils and grease treatment, disposal and resource recovery.

• a resolution to authorize personnel actions to prepare for the completion and implementation of the automated meter reader plan, by Jeff Baines, commissioner of public works, and Russell Lee, commissioner of finance and revenue.

• first reading of an ordinance to authorize line-item transfers for the Building Maintenance Department to replace a drive-through awning.

• first reading of an ordinance to authorize the execution of a professional services agreement with Monitoring and Management Services, LLC for an evaluation and recommendations to the city's fats, oils and grease program.

The council will meet at at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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