Category Archives: Next Steps

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.

Thursday, April 7, 2016 – MRG Construction Plans and Q&A

Thursday, April 7th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at City Hall Council Chambers, we will have a presentation on the construction plans and budget for the MRG. We hope you can join us.

Within $37,650 of MRG Goal!

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MRG Campaign Committee, from left to right around the table: Alan Schnur, Richard Wallace, Lorraine Kelly, Frank Gould, Russell Hirschler, Paul Coats, Melanie Moore. (Missing: Pat McGovern taking photo.)

Congratulations to the MRG Campaign Committee and to all who have contributed so generously to this exciting project.  With sufficient funds in hand, we can proceed with the next phase of construction, from High Street in downtown Lebanon through to Glen Road in West Lebanon.  There will be a public meeting on April 7th, 5:15 at City Hall when the City of Lebanon will present construction plans.

The fate of the tunnel, which would connect the Northern Rail Trail to the MRG,  will be determined through the downtown revisioning process.  (Note that only one alternative saves the tunnel.) You can stay tuned to that process and see 3 proposed alternatives at http://planning.lebnh.net/home/master-plan/implementation/chapter-3/revisioning-downtown-lebanon

If you have not yet contributed to the Mascoma River Greenway – there’s still time.   https://mascomagreenway.com/donate-now/  We are almost at our goal!

Spikes and Other Salvaged Materials

As we work our way westward, removing ties, plates, spikes, and rails, we are collecting materials that could one day be part of an art installation on the MRG. Here are spikes collected by volunteers on the “Day of Caring”, September 11. (Thanks to Russel Hirschler for the photo)

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What might they become? A few examples of spike art:

“Ridin’ the Rails to Rockland,” a sphere sculpture consisting of railroad spikes -Rockland, Maine

“Ridin’ the Rails to Rockland,” a sphere sculpture consisting of railroad spikes -Rockland, Maine

"Spike" - Bear welded from 575 rusty, used, bent railroad spikes

“Spike” – Bear welded from 575 rusty, used, bent railroad spikes

"Iron Horse"- what steam engines were once called

“Iron Horse” (steam locomotives were once called “iron horses”)

There are, however, a few projects to be accomplished before installing art on the trail .  .  .  Next steps, planned for this Fall, are completion of the downtown bridge over the Mascoma River (behind Goss-Logan Insurance) and installation of safety rails on the bridge over I-89. The good news is that Paul Coats has discovered a technique for safely removing the lead paint so rails can be installed. Other good news is that on Tuesday, October 20, at 6:30 at the Senior Center, there will be a public meeting to plan a new vision for downtown Lebanon. How will the Northern Rail Trail link to the MRG?  We are hoping that  link will be part of the vision. Will you be there?  http://www.lebnh.net/news/downtownvision-oct20publicmeeting

Next MRG Work Day – June 13, 2015

Photo by Travis Paige

Photo by Travis Paige



Saturday June 13 – 8:00 – 12:30 pm will be the next Work Day on the MRG. At the May 16 Work Day, 10 dump truck loads of railroad ties were removed from the trail, leaving the greenway free of ties from High Street to the back of Terrace View Condominiums. Could we clear the ties all the way up to the bridge over I-89?

We meet at the APD gravel parking lot across from APD’s main entrance. Heavy lifting, work gloves and sturdy boots/shoes required. Bring water bottle and snack. Presence of ticks is likely so deterrent is wise and dark colors are apparently less attractive to ticks. Bring a friend – Let’s get it done!