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Government

  • 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.

  • County taking delinquent trash accounts to court

    Magistrates voted to begin court proceedings on delinquent sanitation accounts during the Marion County Fiscal Court’s regular monthly meeting March 16.
    Collecting delinquent trash bills has been a constant headache for county government. Last year, Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty began digging through the mess, and published a list of delinquent accounts in The Lebanon Enterprise on March 1. According to Daugherty, as of right now, 18 delinquent accounts are going to be taken to court.

    In other matters, magistrates:

  • Sen. Jimmy Higdon is co-chairman of CSG education and workforce development public policy committee

    State Senator Jimmy Higdon has been selected to serve as the co-chairman of The Council of State Governments’ Education and Workforce Development Public Policy Committee. Thirty-two state leaders from 20 states were appointed to positions on CSG’s public policy, standing and special committees, which help to determine CSG’s agenda throughout the year.

  • Fiscal court briefs

    Carol Thompson from the Career Center in Lebanon attended Thursday’s Marion County Fiscal Court meeting and reported that the transition from state to local control was “seamless.”

  • County, city combine resources to save Career Center

    After the state’s unexpected announcement that it would be closing 31 Career Centers, including Marion County’s, local government officials began scrambling to save the center.
    Last week, the Marion County Fiscal Court and the City of Lebanon agreed to partner their resources and each pay $30,000 to keep one of the center’s current full-time employees on staff. The employee’s total salary will be $40,000 plus benefits, according to Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty.