Lebanon Library requests $2 million bond for building

Conceptual artwork for the proposed Lebanon Library (Submitted Photo)

LEBANON – In Lebanon’s City Council meeting on Monday, members of the Lebanon Public Library board requested a two million bond issue for improvements to the newly purchased library building on South Fritz Street. 

City Attorney John Long said that the library board would have to come up with an estimate of the costs and submit them to the council. 

“The city has to approve the plan and then adopt an ordinance to issue bonds – then it has to tailor to the ordinance,” Long said. 

Long said that if the council adopts and ordinance it would have to tailor “specifically” to paying off the project. 

“The council can say they don’t want to issue bonds – if the city council approves the plan but not the bond issue then the library board of trustees has the power to make an annual certification for the city council,” Long said. 

The library board has published the project plan on its website but has yet to submit it to the city council. According to the library board, a bond issue is the only viable way of financing the building renovations. The renovations would consist of fixing a leaking roof among other deteriorations. 

Library Board President Miranda Wright-Kauffmann said that the demand for library services is exceeding its current space. “That’s a great problem to have.” 

Wright-Kauffmann said that when the location on South Fritz was chosen, the board was “very strategic about how to best serve the residents of Lebanon.” 

“The building is relatively perfect for our residents and we want to make sure that we can serve them in the best way possible,” she said. “We just have to figure out how to renovate the building now to make it useful and a pride and joy for our town.”

The discussion of the renovations bond will continue at the next city council meeting on Monday, Nov. 12. 

In other action, the council approved a zero percent raise in the tax levy. 

Belinda McAllister was appointed by the council to the Planning Commission. 

Halloween trick-or-treat times were approved by the council as 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.

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