Monday, November 24, 2014
As City Manager, I had the recent duty and honor to discuss Lebanon's #1 Priority - the Capital Improvement Plan, its objectives, and its major role in the infrastructure serving community residents and stakeholders. See Lebanon - A Place of Purpose.
Lebanon is a home to many but also is a destination for thousands of commuters every day. The Capital Improvement Plan is a tool for ensuring that all who venture through Lebanon have safe roads and bridges to travel and adequate public services to meet basic needs.
Lebanon targeted outcome is to have careful, well balanced, cost-conscious capital improvement planning. To produce this outcome, Lebanon is vigorously pursuing the following strategies:
- Prioritize CIP Projects (outside of the CSO projects separating water and sewer) being mindful of the desire to balance between differing departments
- Cap annual spending to maintain or lower debt service levels
- Optimize departmental collaboration to create a broad overview of infrastructure needs
- Assess where projects may overlap with future private ventures; combine efforts where possible
- Study long-term maintenance options for Water & Wastewater Treatment Plants to take them beyond completion
- Review potential for Capital Reserve Planning
Lebanon must be unrelenting in pursuing infrastructure that is and will continue to be the foundation for a sustainable and resilient community. To do this, all of us must pull together in Lebanon whether we are individuals or members of entities and organizations or whether we are in the public, private for profit, or private nonprofit sectors. United we can make sure Lebanon is a place of purpose dedicated to public service.