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Lebanon City Council could grow by two

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According to Mayor Philip Craighead, the idea is getting a favorable nod. He said because of growth across the city there is a need to redraw ward lines and make the addition of a couple of new wards.

He said the topic will be on the council's agenda at the next work session.

If the council approves the issue on two separate readings, the two new wards would be placed on the ballot for the upcoming November city election.

Craighead said he favors the proposal because it will provide better representation for each city ward.

The two new proposed wards, wards 7 and 8, according to the current drawings will have just less than 3,150 residents each.

The new district plan being considered locates 3,395 residents in Ward 1, now represented by Councilor Alex Buhler; 3,434 in Ward 2 represented by Councilor Kevin Huddleston; 3,201 in Ward 3 represented by Councilor Rob Cesternino; 3,277 in Ward 4 represented by Councilor Joe Hayes; 3,223 in Ward 5 represented by Councilor Haywood Barry; and 3,391 in Ward 6 represented by Councilor Kathy Warmath.

A possible map of Lebanon City Council wards that includes a seventh and eighth ward, represented in dark blue and gray. Based on current population, adding the two new wards would give the councilors a nearly equal number of constituents.

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