Rental Rates to change for Cowan Civic Center

Lebanon City Council voted to approve requests related to plats and replats of property on Monday night. They approved the final plat of John 3:16, the replat of lots in Flatwood Subdivision, West Haven Subdivision, and Twin Valley Estate. In other business, council voted to approve a change in rental rates of city facilities. Tourism Director Rebecca Rupard…

The increase would increase the rate for the Cowan Civic Center Exhibition Hall would be about $70. Existing contracts won’t be affected, and the new rate won’t go into effect until the beginning of 2023. In other business, Council approved Lebanon Ready Mix as the supplier for concrete through December 31st 2023 with an estimated cost of $194-thousand-712-dollars, which is a 9 percent increase over last year, and they approved Willard Quarries as the supplier of aggregate for construction and maintenance projects for the city, with a 15 percent increase over last year. Council approved the renewal of contracts with Lamar for billboards at a cost of $17-thousand-745, and they approved the renewal of consulting contracts with Olsson & Associates and Toth & Associates for engineering, and they approved the purchase of 2 zero turn mowers from S&H Farm Supply. The way that individuals request information from the City of Lebanon will soon be changing. On Monday night, Lebanon City Clerk Laina Starnes made a request to purchase a records management system called NextRequest….

Starnes reported that they handle 700 to 850 requests annually. City Attorney Chris Allen told City Council that this is something that he recommends to avoid litigation costs related to records requests. The cost approved by Lebanon City Council is $6,291 with a possible 5 percent increase annually.
Council also approved an agreement with Ollis, Akers, Arney for Health Insurance Broker Services. Lebanon City Council approved a real estate contract with Summit Natural Gas. Summit has out grown its current location and has expressed an interest in building a new facility in Lebanon. This facility will house their warehouse, offices, and a training center. The training center will be for Summit employees as well as any other first responder, focusing on how a gas leak or ruptured line should be addressed. The 5.19 acre lot sold to Summit Natural Gas for $1 is being used as an incentive tool for Summit Natural Gas to build new offices and a training center. On Monday, City Council approved a change to the contract which adds the verbiage for a $175,000 fee paid to the City if Summit fails to operate the facility for 15 years.