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City set to credit utility customers

By Sara McManamy-Johnson sjohnson@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Lebanon City Council will meet in a special called meeting Wednesday to try to speed up a credit for the city’s utility customers.

The measure, sponsored by Councilors Rob Cesternino and Fred Burton, would authorize a one-time, flat-rate credit for the city’s sewer and gas customers.

“I’m sure some people are going to really, really struggle with some of the bills that are going to be coming out,” said Cesternino when he first suggested the measure during the Feb. 4 council meeting.

The ordinance, which councilors passed unanimously on first reading Tuesday and which councilors are due to consider on second reading Thursday, cites the recent extreme cold temperatures and resulting increase in water usage from burst pipes and dripping faucets. It also cites the “unusual amount” of natural gas customers were forced to use to heat their homes.

With its passage, the measure would give sewer customers each a $10 credit per account and would give gas customers each a $25 credit per account.

“It’s about a $300,000 investment,” said Cesternino.

Councilors will also take the opportunity to consider the second readings for several other items Thursday.

Council will consider the following items:

• a second reading to implement a new sanitation cart policy regarding replacement carts;

• a second reading to authorize a budget amendment of $25,000 to continue renovation of 215 Maddox Simpson Parkway for the gas department;

• a second reading to authorize a budget amendment for the police department to reimburse for overtime worked during the Wilson County Fair;

• a second reading to approve the waiver of fees for the construction of the new restroom facilities at the ball parks and to approve a donation to the Kiwanis Club;

• a second reading to authorize the purchase of six in-car video systems and accessories for the police department;

• a second reading to authorize line item transfers for the police department;

• a second reading to approve bids for the sewer extension on Leeville Pike from South Hartmann Drive to east of Crowell Lane.

City council will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Town Meeting Hall, located at 200 N. Castle Heights Ave.

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