By CONNIE ESH
Lebanon City Council deferred indefinitely a request to waive site fees for the proposed new Lebanon High School, saying they needed details concerning how much the fees were before they could decided whether to waive them.
The councilors also wanted to know if the County Commission had approved the funds to build the school yet.
Director of Schools Mike Davis appeared to explain the request. He said this was a standard thing and that the City of Mt Juliet and the County both waive their fees for new school construction.
He also explained that the county had said it could not fund the school until its cost had been determined.
He added that to provide that information the fees had to be covered to allow the school board to send the plans to the state for their approval.
Prior to the regular meeting, the city also honored the police officers and firefighters who responded to the emergency when Davis suffered a heart attack in March.
Davis gave Officers Marlene Guthrie and Wayne Howard with what he called a "Citizens Award," for their efforts to save his life.
"We seldom take the time to say thanks," he said, adding he was presenting the plaques as a private citizen not as an official, to show his appreciation.
Commissioner of Public Safety Billy Weeks also presented Guthrie and Howard as well as Officer Allison Steely and Firefighter Danny Dickens with the city’s Life Saving Award. All four were on the scene and worked to be sure Davis survived.
Davis then thanked the other two saying he hadn’t even known they were there. He also thanked City Council for having the foresight to provide the life-saving "paddles," or Automatic External Defibrillators, for all city police cars.
Later, the council agreed to set aside $1,000 to buy an AED to be placed in city hall.
Council also passed a resolution honoring the late James Victor Miller, a Lebanon historian and educator. The resolution expressed the city’s gratitude and appreciation not only for Miller’s 30 years as a history teacher at Lebanon High School, but also for his dedication to preserving the history of Lebanon and Wilson County.
Council approved on first reading an ordinance that would change the name of Duke Court to Leviton Drive. The change was requested by Leviton Manufacturing to honor the memory of Harold Leviton who was past president and CEO of the corporation.
The road is in the Park 840 Industrial Park between Gladeville and Highway 840.
Council approved on first reading an ordinance to adopt and update the city’s major thoroughfare plan.
The plan includes all of the area that could eventually become part of Lebanon. However, the second reading will not be until some time in July, since the council asked Planning Director Magi Tilton to wait until the budget is completed to hold the public hearing on the plan.
Council deferred on first reading ordinances to delete the rules governing Planned Urban Development (PUDs) and replace those regulations with "Specific Plan" (SP) districts pending a work session to study the new SP ordinance further.
In other action, council:
· Approved on first reading spending $30,000 for fireworks for the city’s Fourth of July celebration.
· Extended Spring Clean-up by one week.
· Announced a rescheduled clean-up on Sinking Creek for this Saturday at 9 a.m.
· Agreed to unfreeze seven summer positions and one meter reader position to allow hiring for those jobs.
· Approved bids for the expansion and upgrades on the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant required by the state.
· Approved first reading to rezoning of 30 acres on Coles Ferry from R-A1 to RS15.
· Approved first reading to rezone 7.56 acres on the corner of High Street and Rome Pike from R-1 to RM-6 and about .76 acres at the same location toB-4
· Approved the purchase of a pump for the outside pond at the Jimmy Floyd Center.