Wednesday, June 14, 2000

Main St. discussion planned

Traffic, parking at issue

By Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — Residents' frustration over plans to rebuild Main Street was raised at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

        City Manager James Patrick announced plans for state officials to meet with residents in about two months.

        “If (the design) is already planned, why have the meeting?” Marianne Casimir said.

        Some residents oppose removing parking to add lanes to handle increasing truck and other traffic on Main Street, which also serves as Ohio 123 and Ohio 63.

        City Council agreed to vote June 27 on whether parking should continue along Main Street.

In other business
        Deals with two companies that want to move to Lebanon are working their way through the pipeline.

        City Council approved an ordinance to bring Quantum Metals of Cincinnati to a 61/2- acre site at the city-owned Columbia Business Park. The company expects to employ 35.

        Council also got its first look at a plan to bring Trim Parts Inc. of Milford to Lebanon Commerce Center North. The city would buy 7.4 acres and lease it to the company, which expects to hire 30.

        Also Tuesday, council voted to renovate two city-owned buildings, the “Sam's House” property on North Broadway and the Cherry Street house.

        Another ordinance would set aside $100,000 for the work on Sam's House. Taking money for the Main Street widening that won't be spent this year, the ordinance also would shift money to:

        • Paving the parking lot at the McClure soccer fields.

        • Infrastructure for Columbia Business Park.

        • Work on Christmas Tree Park.

        Council also had a first reading on a 20 percent electricity rate increase. If the ordinance passes June 27, the increase will take effect in late July. Rates would increase an additional 2 percent in January and 1 percent each year beginning in 2002.


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