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Flooding issues addressed

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Noting the work now under way, Robert Bob OBrien, candidate for Lebanon mayor in the upcoming Nov. 6 election, commended the council, specifically Ward 1 Councilor Alex Buhler, Ward 3 Councilor Rob Cesternino and Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath for starting the discussion to address flooding issues, bringing the motion to withdraw $100,000 for each wards projects and seconding it, respectively.

I want to thank the entire Lebanon City Council for taking action on the flooding issue that has plagued our city for far too long, he said. The reserve fund should be used for this type of expenditure, not to shore up shortfalls in the citys annual budget.{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=92|imageid=636|displayname=0|float=right}

We have been thinking and talking and studying too long. Now that we have money, we are on top of the problem, Craighead said. We have a list and we know of hotspot areas. We are trying to find good use of the money that the council has most graciously committed for the citizens of Lebanon.

Craighead said that Commissioner of Public Works Jeff Baines has a list of both minor and major projects they are planning to address, such as that on Caruthers Avenue. We are trying to find the best places to spend the money for the biggest return for the citizens, he said.

Baines said they have already made progress on Park Avenue, near the old McFarland Hospital campus, in alleviating roadway flooding.

Every time we get a decent rain fall it affects the traffic flow. It is a dangerous situation because those cars can go off the road. We end up having to close the road, he said of the project that is in process. The pipe should be in the ground.

The Public Works Department is also partnering with Stonebridge Properties to target flooding issues on Tennessee Boulevard, Baines said, adding that work will begin in the next couple of weeks.

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=92|imageid=637|displayname=0|float=left}There are plenty of places that we can make a difference, he continued. We will continue working and using the resources that we have available.

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