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Lebanon City Council discusses traffic congestion, updates at the Cowan Civic Center and other work to be done in the City

As the City of Lebanon continues to address citizen concerns about traffic congestion, the most recent step includes traffic analysis of the west loop, which includes Beck Lane, and Highway 32 to Fourth Street and Highway 5. Public Works Director Richard Shockley presented information to Lebanon City Council about a traffic engineering grant.

The City was approved for the MoDOT Transportation Engineering Assistance Program grant for $8,000,, the city would pay about $10-thousand for the study. CJW Transportation Consultants was approved for the work.

In other business, Lebanon City Council was asked to approve Olssen and Associates to perform design and architecture, and project management for improvements at the Cowan Civic Center. City Administrator Mike Schumacher talks about the scope of this work.

The design and architecture are on an aggressive timeline with construction beginning as early as April.

The full project will add an indoor walking track, covered entrance, sound dampening/coverings in the exhibition hall, and visitors center to the Civic Center. Staff also intends to include a roof replacement, replacing concrete flatwork at both entrances, curb repair in the parking lot areas, and repairing the walls around the basketball/tennis court areas as part of this project.

Lebanon City Council approved $35-thousand in funding for Laclede County Office of Emergency Management, and they approved projects at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and Goodwin Hollow station as was discussed during the work session. They also approved Ozark Applicators to perform cleaning and painting of water towers. Work includes 4 water towers including the water tower which is located on Commercial Street in Downtown Lebanon. $825-thousand-500 which is less than the budgeted amount of $975-thousand.
They also approved the first reading to rezone Nelson Park Subdivision from rs2 to m1 light industrial. Nelson Lake and a small section of the original Nelson Park will remain rs2. At the recommendation of zoning and planning, they approved the Replat of 1831 Cypress combining two lots to allow the owner to build an accessory building. At Lexington Square subdivision, they approved a replat to allow the property to become a commercial subdivision and approved
Thousand Oaks Subdivision on Linn Street, replat which will allow for commercial construction, possibly a veterinarian clinic.

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