Lebanon utility customers will get a bit of a break on their upcoming bills.
City council approved a one-time, flat-rate credit for the city’s utility customers during a special called meeting Thursday.
“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 on first reading Tuesday and which councilors passed 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 gives sewer customers each a $10 credit per account and gives gas customers each a $25 credit per account. The credits will total about $300,000 for the city.
“We hope to get those on our coming March bill,” said Mayor Philip Craighead on Thursday.
Councilors also approved 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.