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BI-WEEKLY UPDATE 14 | JULY 23, 2021
 MAYOR RICK BELL 


1,400 JOBS TO LEBANON
It was announced this week that 1,400 jobs will be coming to Lebanon. A Fortune 500 company, name yet to be announced, will open a massive operation center that will include specialized manufacturing as well as assembly and distribution activity. The company will invest $182.8 million into the new facility. The new operations center will be in the Speedway Industrial Park off State Route 840.

LEBANON SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT DEDICATES NEW SCHOOL
It was an honor to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Jones Brummett Elementary School on Sunday, July 18. Congratulations to Steve Jones and Andy Brummett for a well-deserved honor. Also, it was great to catch up with long-time educator Gaye Hawks who was the inspiration for the new school’s mascot. It is a beautiful new campus that will benefit the families of Lebanon for years to come.

UPDATE ON FIVE OAKS/RIVER OAKS SUBDIVISIONS & HWY 70 NEW STOP LIGHTS
A quick update: Many of you have seen the auger truck digging the holes for the pole foundations. We are still waiting on signal materials to arrive. Completion is scheduled for October.

TOUCH THE TRUCK
Please join the Lebanon History Museum’s Public Awareness event featuring our essential workers. The event will take place at Lebanon City Hall, 200 North Castle Heights Avenue, September 18, from 9 a.m. to Noon. I appreciate our Lebanon City Departments, including the Fire, Water, Sewer, Police, and Public Works! Middle Tennessee Electric will also be a part of the event. I know we appreciate all their hard work every day!

BRISKIN LANE ROAD CLOSURE
Just a reminder that Briskin Lane will be closed to thru traffic between Cainsville Road and Sparta Pike on Friday, July 23 for utility installations. A detour will be in place during the road closure and motorists will be detoured to Maddox Simpson Parkway. Businesses on Briskin Lane will be accessible from Sparta Pike. Please use caution when traveling in the area.

BOCCE BALL COURTS
Many of us drive on N. Castle Heights Avenue and see the Bocce Ball Courts in the Don Fox Park Annex/Lily Pad Park. I am glad we have those courts available as many of our Senior Citizens have started using them for fun activities. Also, this Saturday July 24 from 9 a.m. to Noon, you will see the Special Olympics Tennessee hosting a Regional Bocce Competition. The public is invited to cheer on the athletes.

JOSYLN CONRAD VISITS COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY
It was great to see Joslyn Conrad back at the Lebanon City Council Meeting this week. This time last year, Eddie and Joslyn were in an automobile accident. Sadly, Eddie passed away, and it has been a long year of recovery for Joslyn. Everyone was happy to see her and how well she was doing. The Conrads continue to be a wonderful community partner in Lebanon.

WESTVIEW ACRES
The Lebanon Airport recently proposed a purchase of a home located in Westview Acres that would allow the airport more space for a protection zone, and possibly more hangars. The residents expressed concern about future road access to their neighborhood. On first reading last night the Council approved the purchase with Councilman Chris Crowell adding to the Ordinance that no access road to the neighborhood would ever be built. We appreciate the residents expressing their viewpoints. I encourage anyone who has an issue please visit us at City Hall or at a Public Hearing.

WEST MAIN SIDEWALK PROJECT
Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is making progress on the new sidewalk project on West Main Street. TDOT plans to be completed with the project by next month. Like most Lebanon residents, I drive this route each day and know we will all be glad to have the safe sidewalks completed for pedestrians and all lanes of traffic open for motorists.

APPOINTMENT OF ZACH SUMMAR TO THE NASHVILLE & EASTERN RAILROAD AUTHORITY BOARD 
I recently appointed Zach Summar to the Nashville Eastern Railroad Authority Board. Zach is a lifelong resident of Wilson County. He is married and has three daughters. Zach is the US Sales Director for NuCO2, a Linde Company. I appreciate Zach willing to serve in such an important role for our city, as WeGo Transit, formally Music City Star, is used by many of our residents every day.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MEETINGS
This week we had a great meeting and tour with Tom Nelson, President of Performance Food Services regarding their upcoming expansion and restaurant recruitment leads. It’s exciting to hear about their success and growth. We appreciate all our businesses in Lebanon. Business retention is a key component to our economic development and I’m always looking to meet with great businesses.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending Mr. Roy Drinkard’s 101st birthday celebration in Cullman, Alabama with my wife, Necole, Sarah Haston, our Economic Development Director, and her husband, Scott. Mr. Drinkard owns Western Village Shopping Center on Main Street; who has been a partner with the City of Lebanon since the early 80's. It was a pleasure to celebrate with Roy and we look forward to further developing our business relationship with the Drinkard Group.
   

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FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION SUCCESSFUL


 
We had our City of Lebanon Fourth of July Celebration on Sunday, July 4.  It was estimated that more than 15,000 people joined in the festivities, which included the 129th United States Army Band, Evermean Evergreen Cloggers, and the fireworks show!  I want to personally thank Patsy Anderson for organizing the event.  Thanks also to the many City of Lebanon employees who volunteered their time to make the event successful. 

CITY PARK COMING TO WARD 2

 
With money already approved by council several years ago, I was pleased to work with Councilmember Fred Burton to move forward on a new city park in Ward 2.  The City of Lebanon will enter a lease agreement with the Lebanon Church of God to operate and maintain a public city park.  The park will be located at 600 C L Manier St.  This will be a great addition to Ward 2 and continue the great tradition of city parks in our city.  

FLOOD CONTROL TOP PRIORITY

 
I continue to collaborate with city officials on flood control issues.  This is a top priority for my administration as we continue to seek solutions.  A promising project is the work to develop a warning system that will rely on stream sensors.  This new warning system will notify appropriate emergency personnel, and ultimately business and property owners, of potential and/or pending flooding of areas located over and along Sinking Creek.  I am also interested in looking at a similar warning system for Barton’s Creek and the businesses and property owners in that area.  I recently went under the Square with Brian Chomicki, the City’s Stormwater Coordinator.  I wanted to see for myself what is beneath our Town Square.  As we explored to see if there are ways to make water flow better, I gained a better understanding of what we are dealing with.  Brian, and many other members of the city staff, are working diligently on our water issues.  This was an educational experience that will help me make decisions as we move forward.  I appreciate city employees who recently completed the removal of 40 loads of debris and sediment from the square area and upstream. 

CITY PERMITS WAIVED FOR RENOVATION AFTER FLOOD 

I appreciate the Lebanon City Council voting to officially waive the city permits for renovations for homes and businesses that were affected by the recent flood.  Many of our fellow citizens are struggling through the process of rebuilding or renovating their homes and businesses.  The waiving of these fees is a small way the city can aid these citizens in their recovery efforts. 

 
MEETING WITH CONGRESSMAN JOHN ROSE

It was great to spend some time this week with Congressman John Rose.  We discussed a variety of topics including the upcoming Wilson County Fair/Tennessee State Fair traffic improvement projects.  I appreciate my working relationship with all the city, county, state, and federal officials as we work diligently on the issues that I campaigned on:  Quality of Life, Smart Growth, Financial Responsibility, and Lebanon’s Identity – protecting what makes Lebanon a special place to live. 

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS AND APPEALS APPOINTMENT 

I recently appointed Stewart Knowles to the Board of Adjustments and Appeals.  Mr. Knowles is a Lebanon native and graduated from Lebanon High School and Middle Tennessee State University.  He is married to Madelyn and they have three daughters.  Mr. Knowles takes the place of Mike Manous.  Mr. Manous has served on the board for 20 years.  We appreciate his service to our community.  The Board of Adjustments and Appeals makes decisions on city codes issues.  Board members must be an architect, engineer, or a contractor.

CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT SATURDAY

The Lebanon Fire Department and the Lebanon Police Department are hosting the 1st Annual Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, July 10 at 9 a.m.  The tournament will be at the Lebanon Fire Department Administration Building, 520 Coles Ferry Pike.  The cost is $40 per team.  To enter e-mail Jeffreyd556@gmail.com.  All the proceeds this year will benefit Matt Dedman and family.  Matt is an employee of the Lebanon Police Department, and the fundraising event will help with medical and family expenses due to a recent health issue.   

 

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Message From the Mayor



Message From the Mayor

     Over 200 years ago, the newly formed Wilson County needed a county seat. When surveyors found an artesian spring, they exclaimed, “This is the place!” They could have added another word because Lebanon is a special place. It is a place where people have invested personally and financially. They have raised families; worked hard; worshipped; built friendships; and created a community. It is my goal to ensure that Lebanon continues to be a special place that everyone is proud to call home. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact us at the City of Lebanon. 

Thank you for visiting our website. 

Rick Bell

Mayor of Lebanon

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