In the past couple of Newsletters you have read my pleas about how much we need your voice to be a part of all that is happening in our community. I thought in this edition I would take the time to provide you with a few interesting statistics and to say THANK YOU for all that you have done and continue to do to make Lebanon what it is.
FIRST, To carry out all of our desired and required municipal functions, we need people willing to serve in high-level capacities, making critical decisions on behalf of our citizenry. Currently, these functions require the work of the City Council plus the efforts of 25 additional Boards, Committees and Commissions. All totaled, more than 130 volunteer members are staffing our public bodies. In 2015, those 130 volunteer members spent a combined total of 245 hours in public meetings.
For this, we would like to say THANK YOU for your time, dedication, and commitment to the governing of our municipality. The work you are completing is vital to all that reside, visit, patron, and conduct business here in the City.
SECOND, Two (2) very key planning projects kicked-off in 2015: The Airport Master Plan and the Downtown Lebanon Visioning Study and Tunnel Project. We are very pleased with the amount of participation that has taken place, as: 742 people completed the Airport Master Plan Survey, and 49 attended the Visioning Session for the Airport Master Plan. Two Hundred Sixty (260) have taken the Downtown Visioning Survey (which we hope will be completed by many more of you in the coming days), and 75 participated in the first major public engagement event held on October 20th. All totaled, more than 50 people took part in small group discussions for the Airport Master Plan and the Downtown Visioning Study, which supplied the feedback necessary to create understanding for our staff and consultants. For this, we would like to say THANK YOU for your time, your questions, your ideas, and your suggestions. Please keep them coming!
THIRD, Twenty (20) very dedicated people attended our first full 12-week (February - April) Citizens Academy. For this, we would like to say THANK YOU for your willingness to spend two hours with us each week; learning about the people, their responsibilities, and the facilities required to operate the City on a daily basis. (psst…for those of you that are interested, 2016 Applications are now being accepted http://academy.lebnh.net)
FOURTH, At the time of this writing, $25,685 has been donated in support of the Libraries; $36,738 has been donated in support of Recreation Programs; $16,760 has been raised by the Friends of Lebanon Recreation; and $340,888 has been raised by the Mascoma River Greenway Coalition for completion of the Greenway. For this, we would like to say THANK YOU for your generosity and continued support of all we are trying to do to enrich the lives of everyone in our community. Together, your contributions really make things possible!
FIFTH, Solarize Lebanon-Enfield was a completely volunteer-based effort led by a team of people from the Lebanon Energy Advisory Committee and the Enfield Energy Committee. The Solarize Initiative resulted in 42 solar installations to be completed by 2016. For this, we would like to say THANK YOU to all of the volunteers that made this a possibility, furthering the goal of Lebanon becoming a sustainable community.
AND FINALLY, There were 7 major infrastructure projects taking place simultaneously, affecting nearly 30 streets and major travel corridors around the City. We understand the inconvenience and frustration created by road construction and can’t THANK YOU enough for your patience and understanding.
Thanks again for your time, service, input, interest, monetary contributions, patience and understanding! We look forward to seeing and hearing from you in 2016. Should you have any questions about anything happening in the City or would like to know how you can become more involved, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I am available by phone, email, or in person. My office is located in City Hall, 51 North Park Street, where I can generally be found between 8:00am—4:00pm, Monday thru Friday.
Deputy City Manager
Originally published in the 2015 Winter City of Lebanon Newsletter