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Government

  • To E or not to E(911)?

    Enhanced 911 is under discussion again.

    The issue has come up repeatedly for at least the past 12 years, but local officials have not yet been able to agree on how to pay to implement the service. The Marion County Fiscal Court addressed the issue again during a special-called meeting March 5.

    "I think everybody wants to get E-911, but we all want to know the costs," Magistrate Steve Masterson said.

  • Jail completes national certification

    The Marion County Detention Center will soon be nationally certified.

    Inspectors with the American Correctional Association wrapped up their inspection of the local detention center last week.

    "This is probably one of the easiest audits I've ever done," ACA inspector Rodney Bivens said March 10 to a room filled with detention center staff, corrections officials and county officials.

  • Special-called meetings scheduled for March 16

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to have a special-called meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at city hall.

    The items on the agenda for the special-called meeting are a discussion of city police vehicles, a discussion regarding a preliminary proposal for Enhanced 911 mapping products and services, and a request from Channel 6 to use the city's back-up tower.

  • Japanese Relief Fund is being created

    The City of Lebanon, Marion County Economic Development and Marion County Fiscal Court are creating a Japanese Relief Fund in the aftermath of the recent earthquake.

    The 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck early in the morning of March 11. At least 300 people are reported to have died, according to the Christian Science Monitor. The earthquake cause the collapse of buildings as far as 240 miles from the epicenter and created 30-foot high tsunamis.

  • Judicial center opening delayed over woodworking issue

    The Marion County Judicial Center opening, which had previously been rescheduled for March, is likely to be postponed again. Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said the woodworking did not meet the specifications prepared by the architect.

    "The evaluator came down and said it wasn't in compliance with AWI standards," Mattingly said.

  • Dining tax may go away

    The Lebanon City Council has voted to eliminate the city's restaurant tax.

    Councilman Jerry Abell made the motion during Monday night's meeting, March 7, which was seconded by Councilman Kenny Marrett and officially approved 5-0 by the council. Councilwoman Denise Fogle did not cast a vote on Abell's motion, but under parliamentary rules, her non-vote is included with the majority.

    Councilwoman Kate Palagi, who recently gave birth to her fourth child, was not present at the meeting.

  • Council votes to do away with restaurant tax

    The Lebanon City Council has voted to eliminate the city's restaurant tax.

    Councilman Jerry Abell made the motion, which was seconded by Councilman Kenny Marrett and officially approved 5-0 by the council. Councilwoman Denise Fogle did not cast a vote on Abell's motion, but under parliamentary rules, her non-vote is included with the majority.

    Councilwoman Kate Palagi, who recently gave birth to her fourth child, was not present at the meeting.

  • Councilman would like tourism director to resign

    The ongoing controversies over the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission aren't over yet.

    Councilman Kenny Marrett has requested that Tourism Executive Director Chris Hamilton resign before today's Lebanon City Council meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight, March 7, at city hall.

    Marrett said he met with Mayor Gary Crenshaw Monday to discuss that possibility.

    “I was hoping that Gary Crenshaw could convince Chris to resign so it wouldn't be so public,” Marrett said.

  • Special-called fiscal court meeting Saturday

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has scheduled a special-called meeting for 8 a.m. Saturday, March 5, at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The court has two items on its agenda. The first is a E-911 considerations, and the second is the county's administrative code/personnel policy handbook, which is being revised.

  • Fiscal court meeting at 4 p.m. March 3

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in regular session at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    Items on the agenda include:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Rural and secondary road report/proposal for 2011- District  4  Hwy. personnel

    - Consider renewal of county employee  Delta Denta plan

    - Request for funding  -  Marion County High School annual “Project Graduation”