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City set to raise purchase limits

By Sara McManamy-Johnson sjohnson@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:38 PM

Lebanon City Council took the first step in raising the city’s purchasing limits.

Councilors voted 5-1, with Kathy Warmath voting against, to ask the state to let them increase the city’s purchasing limit from $5,000 to $10,000.

Currently, purchases costing less than $5,000 can be approved without city council approval. An increase would require a private act in the state legislature to allow the city to amend its charter.

The last such change was in 1989.

“In 1989, it was changed from $2,500 to $5,000,” said City Finance Director Robert Springer. “In one sense, we’re asking for the same kind of limit, it’s just inflation has moved it.”

He said $10,000 in today’s dollars is roughly equivalent to $5,000 in 1989’s dollars.

The change would also increase to $10,000 the limit before sealed bids would be required.

“If this is approved, we’d only have to advertise for anything over $10,000,” said City Attorney Andy Wright. 

He said the city would actually save money on advertising costs associated with sealed bids.

In other business, council approved the following:

Appointing Marilyn Bryant to serve on the Board of Zoning Appeals;

A Certificate of Compliance for a Retail Package Store, Southern Spirits Discount Liquor & Wine of Lebanon;

A first reading of bids for additions and modifications at the water treatment plant;

Line item transfers for the Jimmy Floyd Family Center for the emergency purchase of a 98-gallon gas water heater to supply all the showers and locker rooms;

A line item transfer for the Sewer Collection Department to recover insurance funds for the cost of sewer pump repairs;

Amending the city zoning ordinance to clarify the Orientation of Structures Section and provide for Planning Commission Discretion;

A first reading to rezone 765 and 785 Coles Ferry Pike from low-density residential to transitional office;

A first reading to amend the density and setback requirements of the Villas at Kensington, a high-density residential planned unit development;

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