City Council Discusses Utility Rate Increase

As the City of Lebanon continues to develop the fiscal year 2025 budget, there are a couple of items that will impact every household inside the city. Lebanon Public Works Director Richard Shockley reported to City Council on Monday night, that the Board of Public Works has voted to recommend an increase in electric and water rates. Shockley said that the cost of some materials has increased 200 to 300 percent and the rate increase could address some of the cost to the city….

However, the increase still has to be approved by City Council as they consider the budget documents. City Administrator Mike Schumacher…

Lebanon City Council has not approved the proposed increase at this time. In other business, the ordinance about chickens in the city limits was put aside for further consideration. Council approved an agreement with Dunn Mowing to perform mowing services at city owned facilities and parks except the baseball fields. Council approved the purchase of underground electric materials from Graybar to service new construction on South Jefferson. Electric Supervisor Travis Long said told Council they received 4 bids and selected Graybar as the best bid. Councilman Mizell had a question about the project….

The approved bid from Graybar was just over $67-thousand dollars. Lebanon City Council also approved Olsson and Associates to perform preliminary design services for the Atchley Park improvement project. Assistant Parks Director Elliott Wilburn talked about some of the plan….

The approved cost is not to exceed $59-thousand dollars.

On Monday night, Lebanon City Council approved the purchase of 25 sets of Dual Certified Rescue and Wildland Gear from Feld Fire for the Fire Department of $17,909. Council also approved the first reading of a bill amending city code related to dangerous buildings, and new construction.