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Cumberland takes center stage

By Sara McManamy-Johnson sjohnson@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 7:01 PM

Cumberland University’s baseball team took center stage Tuesday at Lebanon’s city council meeting.

Mayor Philip Craighead presented coach Woody Hunt and the Bulldogs with a certificate honoring a day of recognition for the team from Gov. Bill Haslam.

In more routine business, council voted to change the Square’s zoning to remove package stores from allowed businesses while adding tobacco or nicotine stores, cash advance services and tattoo services to the prohibited uses.

“We’re just trying to make sure that certain things didn’t end up on the Square that we felt we could be a hindrance to its growth,” said Mayor Philip Craighead, regarding the package store prohibition.

The council also adopted a plan of service for annexation of unaddressed property on Innovative Way, near Kenwal Steel.

Paul Corder, Lebanon’s planning director, said the city would not have to pay for additional services at the property.

“Everything that the city would have to do is paid for by the developer [in this case],” said Corder. 

He said the only service that would be needed at the property would water service, but that would not be immediate, and the developer would pay to add it when it is needed.

The council also voted to temporarily suspend authorization for the police department’s policy and procedure manual and require the police department to adhere to the city’s personnel rules and regulations while the departments’ policy is re-evaluated.

In other business, the council approved:

• authorizing a land lease agreement with Presler Aire for lot eight of corporate row at Lebanon Municipal Airport.

• establishing a city public records policy and police criminal history records policy.

• authorizing a line-item transfer for stump removal at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

• authorizing a line-item transfer for a retaining wall at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

• appropriating and buying a channel-in-a-box system.

• annexing unaddressed property on Innovative Way.

• zoning newly annexed property on Innovative Way to light industrial.

• eliminating a utility billing supervisor position.

• eliminating the second, separate mailing of cutoff notices for utility customers.

• approving a contract with Datamatx for utility billing.

• authorizing the purchase of servers and racks for the MIS department.

• approving the Methamphetamine and Pharmaceuticals Task Force agreement for the use of a law enforcement overtime expense program.

• authorizing a line-item transfer to buy u-bolts and padlocks to lock water meters.

• approving bids to buy eight trucks for the gas department.

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