Tuesday, June 27, 2000

Hot-air balloons give rise to Lebanon celebration




By Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — Hot-air balloons will race from the city in August as a warm-up for Lebanon's 2002 bicentennial celebration.

        Rainbow over Lebanon, to be held Aug. 19 at the Lebanon Sports Complex on McClure Road, is expected to draw 20 balloonists and thousands of spectators for early morning and early evening races. A balloon race also is in the works for 2001; both are a buildup to a bigger race planned for 2002.

        “People just love them,” said Marilyn Haley, a bicentennial committee member. “They are gorgeous.”

        City Council takes a final vote tonight on spending $28,000 for this year's event.

        Also on council's agenda:

        A final vote on a controversial 20 percent electric rate increase. Councilman Mark Flick explained in a work session last week that half of the increase will cover the higher rate Cinergy is now charging the city and the other half will pay for an expansion to help the electric system keep pace with population growth.

        A final vote to approve tax breaks for Trim Parts Inc., a Milford company planning to bring 30 jobs to Lebanon Commerce Center North.

        Final votes on other spending, including $100,000 for city efforts to buy and restore a historic house at 27 N. Mechanic St., and $1.24 million for sewer improvements along Glosser Road and Main Street and in the Columbia Business Park.

        First readings on deals to bring two new channels to Lebanon's city-owned cable system.

       



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