Main Street talks ‘making progress’

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Next meeting will be June 3

The Lebanon Main Street Committee will continue to exist, but what it will look like is still under discussion.
More than 20 people attended a meeting May 20 at the David R. Hourigan Center about the future of the program. This was a follow-up to a meeting held May 8.
The second meeting included a mix of people who attended the first meeting and some new faces, according to Mary Lou Brock, the Lebanon Main Street manager.
She added that 14 people showed interest in serving on the Main Street committee. Brock said she, Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund and Mayor Gary Crenshaw would go over that list to try and select 10 people to serve.
“We’ll make our best effort to utilize all the people who want to be on the board,” Crenshaw said.
Brock added that the committee will include representatives from the city, the county, a business owner, a property owner, the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission, the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, the Centre Square Foundation Board, and the Marion County Historical Society.
Harry Van Why of Van Why Tax Services attended both meetings. He said the group is moving in the right direction.
“We’ll really get into the meat of it in the next meeting,” he said.
That next meeting has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. June 3.
“We want to encourage the people that have been to the previous two meetings and anyone else who is interested to attend,” Brock said.
Crenshaw agreed with Van Why that the group is making progress.
“It’s a deliberative process and we want to do it right,” he said.
While it’s not clear if the Lebanon Main Street Committee will seek to continue its affiliation with the state program, Van Why said the people who have attended the meetings want some kind of program in place.
He said the Main Street Committee can provide organization and help create a more vibrant downtown.
 “We don’t want to lose anything,” Van Why said. “We just want to build on it.”