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CVS/pharmacy plans moving along

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Plans for a new CVS/pharmacy on Lebanon’s west side continued to move forward Tuesday night as Lebanon City Councilors unanimously approved plans for the pharmacy’s signage.

On first reading, council authorized and approved a Hold Harmless Agreement with CVS/Pharmacy LLC for the placement of the sign at the intersection of West Main Street and South Hartmann Drive.

Ward 2 Councilor Fred Burton, concerned that the sign might interfere with the city’s water and sewer lines, inquired as to whether the sign would be placed in the city’s right-of-way. Public Works Commissioner Jeff Baines explained that it would not.

“It will be in the easement, not in the right-of-way. We’ve done several of these. There’s no utilities there. There’s no harm,” Baines said. “It’s in the easement, 20 feet behind the right-of-way.”

Councilors were scheduled to again consider the ordinance at a special-called meeting set for Thursday. Ward 3 Councilor Rob Cesternino noted they would also begin budget talks during Thursday’s meeting.

Mayor Philip Craighead also briefly addressed the city’s plans for a referendum to increase Lebanon’s sales tax rate from 2.25 percent to 2.75 percent, the maximum allowed under state law. Plans for a citywide referendum are “in a holding pattern” following a recent move by the Wilson County Commission to opt in to the increase, he said.

“We have to wait until they (the county) have their election, which they’ve chosen to be in the August election,” Craighead said. “After that, we’ll probably need to have some meetings and discuss our options if it doesn’t pass.”

In other business, Council:

  • Unanimously approved, on first reading, to amend Title 14, Chapter 4, Section 14-404 (5) of the Lebanon Municipal Code to amend the Height Limit in Highway Business (B-4) Zoning District from five stories to seven stories.

  • Unanimously approved, on first reading, authorizing the acquisition of right-of-way for the Walter J. Baird Middle School Safe Routes to School Project along West Forrest Avenue.

  • Unanimously approved a resolution to promote and assist with the Legends Drive extension and the Beckwith Road connector streets and associated infrastructure. Craighead noted the resolution was not binding and was intended solely to again publicly state the city’s support for both projects.

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