The Department of Public Works is continuing to make repairs to roads damaged in the September rainstorm. Use extreme caution when driving, especially around corners, or when roads are wet.
Do you enjoy biking? The Southeast CT Council of Governments is seeking input on the state of bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the area. Consider filling out this survey.
Fall has fully arrived and the smell of burning wood hangs in the crisp autumn air, but fall has already brought one of its notorious storms to the Town of Lebanon. Although it is still early, it has already been a busy season for the Town and there are several important events and activities upcoming.
As you all know, the Town experienced a significant rain event on September 25 and 26. Parts of Lebanon had 7 inches of rain in about a three-hour period. Despite efforts by our forefathers to plan for a so-called “100-Year-Flood,” this incredible amount of rain was not something that could be absorbed by many of our roads and waterways. Work is underway to repair many of the affected locations throughout Lebanon; however, we are continuing to assess the situation to determine the full cost of the damages.
For the foreseeable future, Smith Road and Randall Road will be closed at the bridges. The Town is working to establish turn-arounds on these roads and signage is being installed that will indicate the roads are closed.
While we are in the process of making roadways safe, the Town is also putting together the data necessary for possible FEMA funding. Once a plan is developed, residents will be informed.
A huge shout out to our employees of Public Works. Over the last month they have logged long days and spent time away from their families on weekends to mend the roads. Long work days are the norm during the winter months, but it is rare this time of year. Thank you for your time and efforts to get the work done and your families for supporting your efforts.
The ongoing road and bridge project, which was approved in 2015 has seen the completion of the Bender Road Bridge while work on the Church Road Bridge continues. The Town will delay the start of the Card Street Bridge work and the Olenick Road Bridge work until spring 2019.
Election Day will be on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM at the Fire Safety Complex. Absentee ballots are available at the Clerk’s Office in Town Hall for those who cannot make it to vote in-person. In addition to voting for elected positions, voters will also be voting on a local question on the ballot. The question, located on the right hand side of the ballot beneath two other State questions, appears as follows:
“Shall the Town of Lebanon appropriate $4,400,000 for a new public works facility to be located on the easterly portion of the Lebanon Middle School property, to be funded by $500,000 of general fund balance and the $3,900,000 balance, to the extent not defrayed by grants, from borrowings?”
On November 10, 2018, Boy Scout Troop 180 will hold its 3rd Annual Veterans Day 5K. In addition to the 5K run through the rolling hills of Lebanon, this event will include a fun run/walk on the Green for children and adults. Information about the event can be found at https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Lebanon/ScoutTroop180VeteransDay5K
The Senior Center will again be honoring all Lebanon Veterans by sponsoring a luncheon at noon on November 10. RSVP is required to 860-642-3040.
In October, the Town moved a little closer to realizing the Verizon tower project. Although this may seem like a dormant issue, approvals needed for the regulatory process are well underway. Last month, engineers performed the required environmental testing for the area. The Town will continue to keep you informed throughout this process.
The Board of Selectman also recently authorized the formation of a new Charter Commission. The Commission will consist of seven members. If you have an interest in this Commission, please contact the Selectman’s Office.
As a reminder the Town Hall will be closed in observance of Veterans’ Day on November 12 and on November 22 and 23 to observe Thanksgiving.
We hope you and your family enjoy your Thanksgiving. Following the holiday, please consider joining us for the annual Tree Lighting ceremony on Sunday, December 2.