Lebanon City Council approved purchases totaling over $ 730 thousand dollars to improve operations in Public Works operations. The approved purchase will include software and hardware for the SCADA system, which monitors and notifies staff automatically of issues in the water, wastewater systems, and electric systems. City I.T. Director Jarrad Schomaker said the upgrades would improve the response time for issues that some of the hardware has actually gone in the city utility infrastructure

When answering questions about the cost, Shomaker explained the cost of some of the hardware has actually gone down from last year’s price points. In other business, Council approved a resolution to extend a bill that allows the City Administrator to approve purchases when they are on a deadline.  According to City Administrator Mike Schumacher, it will still go to council for final approval, but it speeds up the process. Council also approved bills that allowed for side letters of agreement between the city and the fire union, police union and the electric union to allow them to receive a 3 percent raise along with the rest of the city employees. Council also approved a $30-thousand-dollar expense to pay for city employee family membership for one year at the Lebanon Family YMCA.