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Government

  • Mayor requests pay raise for employees, police in his budget address

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw gave his annual budget address Thursday evening.
    The Lebanon City Council will be having several budget work sessions this week to discuss the budget and make changes and revisions. The following is the mayor’s written budget address:

    Members of the Lebanon City Council, citizens of Lebanon, and members of the press, this evening I present to you my recommendations regarding the budget for all city funds for the fiscal year July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

  • Marion County Fiscal Court briefs

    The Marion County Fiscal Court approved the first reading of the 2017-18 county budget on Thursday afternoon after having a two-hour special-called budget workshop meeting the night before. During the budget workshop meeting, magistrates discussed the budget, line by line, paying close attention to expenses.
    The Enterprise was not present at the special called budget meeting, but obtained a copy of the meeting’s minutes from Marion County Clerk Chad Mattingly. The following was noted:

  • Marion County Fiscal Court briefs

    Relay for Life
    Liz Lawson and Drew Underwood attended the fiscal court’s meeting to thank the court for its recent $2,500 donation to Marion County’s Relay for Life. Relay for Life will be held Saturday, June 24, at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport from noon until midnight. The fundraising event will be for both Marion and Washington counties.
     
    Calvary Elementary Beta Club request

  • County, city water merger could be on the table

    A historical meeting took place last week that could be the start of a merger between the city and county water districts.
    Board members from the Marion County Water District and Lebanon Water Works, along with the Lebanon City Council and Marion County Fiscal Court, joined together Wednesday evening to discuss both short-term and long-term water needs for the county and city.
    One of the short-term needs, and most pressing, involves a new pump station and system upgrades in the Loretto area, which would service primarily Maker’s Mark Distillery.

  • City of Lebanon in good shape, but still has its challenges

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw began his “state of the city” address at last week’s chamber luncheon by reminiscing.
    Crenshaw, who has been the city’s mayor for 18 years, lives five doors down from his boyhood home. He said it was always his dream to come back to Lebanon after college. And, after living in several parts of the state, Crenshaw did just that.
    “My goal was always to get back home to Lebanon,” he said. “It always seemed like home to me.”

  • Stolen signs costing county thousands

    Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs… being stolen, that is.
    The Marion County Road Department has been spending much more of its time and money replacing stolen road signs and stop signs this year. During a two-day span recently - April 16-17 - 27 signs were stolen on Danville Highway. Eleven of them have since been recovered.
    Since Jan. 11, the road department has ordered $3,000 worth of supplies to replace stolen signs.

  • Lebanon Aquatic Center to receive pricey facelift

    The Lebanon Aquatic Center will be undergoing a $364,000 facelift at the end of the summer.
    The Lebanon City Council voted last week to accept a bid from Marion County Welding and Fabrication to replace the aquatic center’s roof and paint the interior of the 19-year-old facility. The bid was for a total of $364,382.85.

  • Progress on Main Street

    Driving into downtown Lebanon, you can’t miss it.
    Construction on the new Lebanon City Hall on Main Street is continuing at a fast pace. Lebanon City Administrator John Thomas said hopefully, by the end of the month, the brick crew will be on site and the cupola accent will arrive.

  • Jailer: ‘We need more resources’

    Costs to operate the Marion County Detention Center continue to rise due to the increase in drug use and criminal activity, and Marion County Jailer Barry Brady is desperate for some additional resources, namely from the state.
    Brady reviewed the detention center’s 2017-18 proposed budget with the Marion County Fiscal Court during its regular monthly meeting Thursday. The budget includes a transfer of funds from the county of nearly $860,000.

  • ‘I really can’t think of a better place to be’

    Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty hasn’t given up on his goal of building a multipurpose facility at the fairgrounds, and he took advantage of an opportunity to speak about that project during his “state of the county” address at the Marion County Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday, March 23.
    “It’s in the planning phase, but it’s my goal to continue to push it to be done,” he said.