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Lebanon City Council to Discuss Next Steps for Mall Tunnel – April 19, 2017

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The City Council will be talking about investing in tunnel repairs on Wednesday, April 19th at 7pm in Lebanon Council Chambers. Those interested in connecting the Northern Rail Trail to the Mascoma River Greenway via the tunnel might want to attend this meeting.  See “Next Steps for Mall Tunnel Discussion” under New Business below.

LEBANON CITY COUNCIL
REGULAR MEETING AGENDA
Council Chambers, City Hall
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
7:00pm


7:00PM
CALL TO ORDER: The April 19, 2017 Lebanon City Council Meeting is hereby called to order.

1.PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
2.PUBLIC FORUM ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE MAYOR
Any member of the public who desires to speak on any item may do so when the item is taken up by the Council and will be allowed to speak on the subject for not more than three minutes. (Note:  Speakers are asked to state their name, ward of residence, and to use the microphone provided.)
3.OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
4.RESOLUTIONS
5.ACCEPTANCE OF MINUTES
A.Minutes For Approval:
  • March 23, 2017 (Recount Meeting)
  • March 29, 2017 (Organizational Meeting)
  • April 5, 2017 (Regular Meeting)
6.APPOINTMENTS
A.Board/Commission Appointments:
  • Planning Board: Gregory Schwarz (Reappointment as Regular Member)
  • Licensing Board: Stephen Allen (Regular Citizen Member)
  • Conservation Commission: Ernst Oidtmann (Reappointment as Regular Member)
7.PUBLIC HEARING ITEMS
  A. ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENTS
Public Hearing for the purpose of receiving public input and taking action to amend Section 608, Signs, of the Lebanon Zoning Ordinance.
i. Presentation:
ii. Opening of the Public Hearing:
iii. Questions & Comments by the Public:
iv. Closing of the Public Hearing:
v. Council Deliberation & Action:
   B. ORDINANCE #2017-01
CHAPTER 117, PASSENGER VEHICLES FOR HIRE – Public Hearing for the purpose of receiving public input and taking action on proposed Ordinance #2017-01 to amend the City Code to repeal existing Chapter 157, Taxicabs and replace with New Chapter 117, Passenger Vehicles for Hire.
i. Presentation:
ii. Opening of the Public Hearing
iii. Questions & Comments by the Public:
iv. Closing of the Public Hearing:
v. Council Deliberation & Action:
   C. COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION TAX RELIEF APPLICATION:
DANA SEGUIN, 4 SOUTH PARK STREET – Public Hearing for the purpose of receiving public input and taking action on a request by Dana Seguin for a two-year extension on his March 16, 2016 approval for tax relief under the provisions of the Community Revitalization Tax Relief Incentive Program (NH RSA 79-E).
i. Presentation:
ii. Opening of the Public Hearing:
iii. Questions & Comments by the Public:
iv. Closing of the Public Hearing:
v. Council Deliberation & Action:
8. OLD BUSINESS (NONE)
9. NEW BUSINESS
   A. 20 SPENCER STREET
Discussion with Michael Davidson re: Potential Purchase of City Owned Land at 20 Spencer Street, Lebanon
   B. MALL TUNNEL
Discussion of Future Use and Next Steps for Mall Tunnel
10. REPORTS
  A. City Manager
  B. Council Representatives To Other Bodies
11. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
12.NON-PUBLIC SESSION
13.ADJOURN

Any person with a disability who wishes to attend this public meeting and needs additional accommodations, please contact the ADA coordinator at City Hall by calling 603-448-4220 at least 72 hours in advance so that the City can make any necessary arrangements.

The agenda, in its entirety, is available on the City’s website at www.LebanonNH.gov. Copies can be obtained at the City Manager’s Office and are available on the Monday prior to the scheduled council meeting.

CATV CHANNEL 8 BROADCASTS CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS AT 8:00PM ON THE NIGHT FOLLOWING THE MEETING.  THESE MEETINGS ARE AVAILABLE VIA CATV’S WEBSITE (WWW.CATV8.ORG) FOR VIEWING BY 5:00PM THE DAY FOLLOWING THE MEETING. CATV ALSO BROADCASTS THE LEBANON PLANNING BOARD AND SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS. CONSULT THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS.

Thanks to “Pennies for Change”

Thanks to generous Co-op customers and the Pennies for Change program,  the Mascoma River Greenway has received $2,446 from the Co-op Food Stores.  The Pennies for Change program is a charitable giving program; customers can donate their change to community organizations by rounding up their order to the next full dollar amount. In the month of March, $24,446 was raised and donated to that month’s selected Upper Valley non-profits. A wonderful way to support and strengthen our many local non-profit organizations.

 

Leb Rec Dept. 2015 Volunteer of the Year

 

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Richard Wallace, Lorraine Kelly, Frank Gould, Pat McGovern, Melanie Moore, Alan Schnur

The MRG Capital Campaign Team was honored to be chosen collectively as the Lebanon Recreation & Parks Department 2015 Volunteer of the Year. Thanks to community response, the MRG Capital Campaign is at 99% of the $2,300,000 goal.

Update from MRG Co-Chair Frank Gould

Congratulations Dave!!!

On August 25th at the Lebanon Farmers Market, the winning ticket was drawn for the bicycle raffle. David Boisvert was the winner. He was notified and picked up the bike at Omer and Bob’s the next day. Thank you to Omer and Bob’s for their support of the MRG with the bicycle donation.

And special thanks to each of you who bought tickets for the raffle, the enthusiasm was incredible. The Raffle raised $4787, minus printing expenses, for the Mascoma River Greenway!!!

On another note: there are tee-shirts and fleece available for those who wish to further support the MRG. Designed and produced by Top Stitch of Lebanon, there is an inventory available at the Recreation and Parks Office at City Hall, or they can be ordered directly from Top Stitch.

http://store.topstitchinc.com/Mascoma_River_Greenway

Other news for the construction of the Greenway:
Another special thanks to all those who have donated to the project, both those who donated time and effort, and those who made financial contributions. We have roughly $1,000,000 in the bank for the MRG. Final engineering and design estimates have increased construction costs to $1,840,000, so we are still short on cash. There will be a CIP request included in the City budget for next year to cover the increases. Of course, any further contributions from the community will be greatly appreciated.

We have completed our efforts to remove the spikes from the rails and ties on the section behind the Miracle Mile. Don’t try to run a train on that section.

The city is in the process of scheduling a rail company to remove the rails this fall. The ties will also be removed once the rails are out. That will allow the process of completing the section for bike/ped use to begin next spring with completion from High Street to the Dudley Bridge on the Miracle Mile in 2017.

The railing along the bridge which crosses I-89 has been completed. While the trail is not officially open there are people walking along it. The railing makes that space safer.

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Completed fencing on I-89 bridge

The tunnel which passes under the Lebanon Mall and parking lot is still under discussion, as is the whole “revisioning plan” for the Lebanon downtown area. That leaves questions about the completion of the MRG at both the Lebanon and West Lebanon end of the trail connecting to the Northern Rail Trail in Lebanon, and to Route 12A and West Lebanon downtown.

Thank you for your continued interest in the MRG. I hope to see you enjoying the trail in 2017

Frank Gould, Co-chair Mascoma River Greenway Coalition.

Lucky Dave!

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The winning ticket for the MRG bike raffle was drawn last night. The lucky winner of the bike was Dave Boisvert.  Thanks to Omer & Bob’s and to Richard Wallace for the donation of this great prize! Dave, we hope it won’t be long before you can ride this beauty on the MRG!

MRG Heroes!

It was a hot, hot day, yet there they were at the Lebanon Farmers Market, selling raffle tickets and answering questions about the Mascoma River Greenway!

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MRG Campaign Committee member Richard Wallace

Richard was selling raffle tickets:  Omer & Bob’s Sports Shop in Lebanon has generously donated a SPECIALIZED Stumpjumper FSR Comp 6 Fattie bike (retail value $3500)  for the benefit of the MRG. The raffle winner will be announced August 25th at the end-of-summer celebration in downtown Lebanon. Tickets cost $5.00 each or 5 for $20 and, thanks to Richard,  can be purchased at the Lebanon Farmers’ Market on Thursdays, at the Lebanon Co-op on Saturday mornings,  or at the Recreation Department Office in Lebanon City Hall.

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Frank Gould, MRG Leadership Team Co-Chair

Frank was modeling his new MRG T-shirt and answering questions about the MRG . . . as he has been every Thursday at the Lebanon Farmers Market. We’ve teamed up with Top Stitch in Lebanon to offer MRG T-shirts, fleece vests, and fleece jackets. Orders can be made directly to the Topstitch web site at 

http://store.topstitchinc.com/Mascoma_River_Greenway

T-shirts (S-XL) are $15.00, fleece vests (S-XL) $35.95, and fleece Jacket (S-XL) $39.95  (Larger sizes are available –  check  prices at the “Select Size” button.)

Do stop by to say hello, take a chance on the bike, and consider purchasing an MRG shirt, vest, or jacket!

 

 

 

 

Local . . . and Beyond

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The MRG will be a safe recreation/transportation corridor connecting Lebanon and West Lebanon . . .  and beyond.

https://www.facebook.com/GraniteStateRailTrail/