Dear Lebanon City Residents, Property and Business Owners:
Trying to capture 2020 in words is pretty much impossible. Reflecting on what transpired this past year, there are few events in our world that have so sadly touched so many lives. It has been overwhelming at times, but also inspirational. I have witnessed some utterly amazing individuals, and organizations, including our local hospital who have stepped up and served our community in their time of need. In addition, many of us have had to come up with some highly creative ways to connect, not only in the business world but with our family members and friends. Some of us had to endure the grief of losing a loved one in the most difficult of circumstances, some of us have not been able to say goodbye in the traditional way and some of us were unable to be with our loved one in their final hours. I want to extend my personal condolences to all who have lost a loved one during this unprecedented time. During these times when we need the support of family and friends, it has been taken away from us and we have had to find strength in other ways and to find courage in adversity. Unfortunately, we need to be resilient for a little while longer, but there is hope on the horizon.
2020, although hindered by needing to spend an exorbitant amount of time researching the ever-changing coronavirus situation, preparing and implementing a COVID-19 Disaster Plan, preparing an Economic Recovery Plan and addressing the loss of revenue, the City experienced some positive successes during the year.
The following represents some of our accomplishments and notable activities during the 2020 year:
-The City entered into an Agreement of Sale for our share of the Lebanon County-City Municipal Building with the County and signed an Agreement of Sale with HACC to purchase their facility and share the building with the Lebanon Campus. These agreements will allow the City to move City offices, including the Police Department downtown. One of the action items in the City’s Grow Lebanon 2020 Plan (our economic development plan) is to “relocate City offices to the Central Business District”. Many smaller cities throughout the country have recognized the benefits of ensuring that municipal and public services remain in the urban center, not only for the convenience and greater access of all residents, but also for the added benefits for city employees and customers to frequent downtown businesses. Public investment such as this can lead to private sector development and businesses to support that activity, having a catalytic impact on the downtown as a whole.