Category Archives: Next Steps

Thanks to a Great Volunteer Team: Upper Valley Rugby Club!

 

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Former Lebanon Recreation and Park Director, Cindy Heath, has been the main mover on the enhanced landscaping of the MRG pocket park by the tunnel in downtown Lebanon. She and a team from Upper Valley Rugby Club did great work in the park Wednesday evening.

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Here’s Cindy’s report on this energetic team of volunteers:

“Members of the Men’s and Women’s teams of the Upper Valley Rugby Club put forth an amazing effort on Tuesday night and moved the MRG Pocket Park closer to completion. President Brian Frampton and his club mates dug out sod, applied mulch to flower beds, and did some serious digging to install wood chips under the picnic tables. 

This is work that needs a strong back and stamina, and the club members were definitely up for the task. It’s amazing how much was accomplished in just two hours by this community service minded group! 

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Several members of the club will be back next week to put the finishing touches on a new flower bed in preparation for a final planting of perennials donated by Gardener’s Supply. All are welcome to participate in the final work session on Tuesday, August 7 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the park. Bring work gloves, a shovel, and wheelbarrow if you have one!”  Update: Tuesday’s work was postponed on account of rain.  Next work day is Tuesday, August 14 at 5:30.

City Council to Discuss Downtown Tunnel

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Downtown Tunnel

Wednesday, July 11th, the Lebanon City Council will discuss the downtown tunnel. The new cost estimates show that closing the tunnel is a $1M proposition, and fixing and re-opening it will cost $2.2M .  If the tunnel is closed, there will be no separated pathway linking the MRG to downtown and the Northern Rail Trail. Bike Ped Committee will be there as will be Paul Coats, Frank Gould, and other advocates for tunnel repair.  The more who attend to advocate for the tunnel the better – hope to see you there!

Garden Extension in Pocket Park

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Thanks to a lot of hard work by a few volunteers, the garden has been significantly extended in the MRG Pocket Park next to the downtown tunnel. The sod has been weeded out, the garden edged, and manure added to the soil. Next comes the compost and soil, some trees and shrubs, and, eventually, flowers, all in preparation for the official opening of the MRG on July 21st.

Lucinda was working solo in the park on this sunny Saturday morning, removing sod and breaking up the soil.  Thanks Lucinda!IMG_1869

 

MRG Pocket Park Project

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This little park has been dubbed the “Pocket Park”; it is adjacent to the former railroad tunnel running under Hanover Street and the downtown mall in Lebanon and is behind Goss Logan Insurance on Mechanic Street. The spot is particularly beautiful because of its proximity to a waterfall on the Mascoma River as it rushes under Mechanic Street. An Eagle Scout project of Lebanon’s Jake Jasinski and his team of volunteers, it is currently the eastern end of the MRG.  Right now, the park serves as an outdoor space for those living in the neighborhood as well as a resting place for those making the round trip between West Lebanon and Lebanon.

There are big plans for this little park. With hopes that the tunnel will soon be reinforced and link the MRG to the Northern Rail Trail, the park is envisioned as a welcoming resting space or picnic spot for runners, walkers, bikers, etc. traveling east and west. It already has a small pollinator garden of daylilies. beebalm, echinacea, cranesbill geranium, daisies, lupine, and alyssum; daffodils and forget-me-nots have been planted under some of the trees. The next step is for three more beds, perhaps a small Japanese-style garden, Japanese maples, rhododendrons, and spirea, all with the hope of the park being ready for the official Opening Day of the MRG, July 21, 2018!

Gardener’s Supply is offering design consultation for the new plantings as well as employee volunteers to help with the process. Upper Valley Trails Alliance has volunteered to build the paths. We will need volunteers to help remove the sod from the planned beds and build up the soil with compost and manure.  Other volunteers will plant flowers. Staff of Lebanon’s Recreation and Parks will transport materials and plant trees and shrubs. The work schedule looks like this:

  • Five sessions for installation – beginning June 13, and every Wednesday thereafter at 9 am. (Except for the week of the 4th of July when we will meet on Monday)

Wednesday, June 13 -remove vegetation, edge beds;
Wednesday, June 20 – install top soil & compost, manure
Wednesday, June 28 – install trees; receive plants from donors
Monday, July 2 –  install plants; water

  Wednesday July 9 – mulch
If you can volunteer to help with any of these work days, we’d love to hear from you.  And if you have extras of any of the following plants in your garden, we would greatly appreciate donations.
PERENNIALS
hosta (giant and medium)
pulmonaria (lungwort)
tiarella (foam flower)
geranium machrorrizum
sweet woodruff (ground cover)
pachysandra (ground cover)
lamium (ground cover)
bleeding heart
European ginger
Ostrich ferns
May apple
Hellebores
Solomon’s seal
Brunera
To volunteer for work days or donate perennials
please Contact Cindy Heath: cheath58(at)gmail.com
or Pat McGovern: mcgovern.patricia(at)gmail.com

What’s New?

Rails are in the process of being removed.  Ties will be coming out next week and there will be a pre-construction walk along the MRG this Thursday.  From there, we should learn about the construction schedule.  There are still some spikes  to be pulled on 2 bridges, but this is not work for volunteers because of the dangers of falling. Things are happening!

MRG Update and Call for Volunteers

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MASCOMA RIVER GREENWAY: UPDATE

JUNE 2017

What an incredible experience it has been working to create the Mascoma River Greenway, a railtrail connecting downtown Lebanon and the Northern Railtrail to West Lebanon. We have come a long way, and, while there is still some distance to go, you supporters should know the latest MRG news.

The construction work was put out to bid this spring and the city has accepted the bid from Willey Earthmoving LLC, a local, Windsor, VT, company. The work should begin in a few weeks and continue until completed. We are pleased to be doing business locally and the bid came in less than expected.

As Willey prepares for constructing, the railroad has been removing the rails from the corridor. They are currently being stacked beside the trail for later pick-up. As the rails go away, the city will be removing the ties so the rail bed is cleared for Willey to move in with their equipment.

When this section is completed it will be paved from the High St. intersection moving west to behind the Miracle Mile, under the Dudley Bridge, and connecting to Glen Road.

This is an exciting next step! Thank you to all our local supporters – contributors, volunteers, and, simply, friends.

As mention above, there is still more to do. There is still the issue of connecting the Northern Railtrail to the MRG. Over the next months the city will be working to provide the best opportunity for that connection to happen. While I, personally, would like to see the tunnel preserved and used, there is an alternative using a trail bridge which would go under the Rte 120 bridge and into the pocket park. A neat concept, too.

There is also connecting the skate park in West Lebanon with the Power House Mall. A path already exists, but can be improved to make it bike/ped friendly. There will be some volunteer work on that section.

There is also volunteer maintenance we can accomplish now. The pocket park by the tunnel and the Mascoma River needs to be trimmed as well as the MRG bridge over the Mascoma at the same site.

After working on the park we can weed-whack some of the trail west of High Street intersection. I’m looking at Wednesday and Thursday, this week and next to get that done. That would be June 21 and 22 and June 28 and 29 beginning at 4pm. If you can come to help, let me know at Go2teach@comcast.net. If you can, bring what tools are needed — weed-whacker, loppers, gloves, other ideas. Hope some of you can make it. We will have some tools there.

Frank Gould, Co-chair Mascoma River Greenway Coalition

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.

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