Brunka said goal setting by council is necessary to keep the city moving forward.
“We see a lot of interest in Lebanon, and that helps define how we’re going to grow,” he said.
Also at the same meeting, the board approved its five-year capital improvement plan.
Brunka identified a number of projects that will be part of the 2023 budget, including the redevelopment of 535 North Broadway and North Mechanic Street; evaluate and modify the current tax incentives of the community reinvestment area; assess annexation opportunities; market the property in the Interstate 71/Ohio 48 area; and attract a new hotel for the city.
Other projects include full implementation of police body cameras and cruisers; a comprehensive assessment of a new police station; restore the position of canine officer; the adoption of a fire tax in November 2023; and working with Lebanon City schools on safety plan programs and resources.
Projects also include upgrading technology for the Municipal Court; the expansion of the downtown streetscape to North Mechanic Street; the completion of the Cherry Street reconstruction project; the annual street paving project; completion of the Glosser Road pumping station project; widening of Ohio 63; and the start of the Glosser Road electrical substation project.
Brunka said the city’s mission is “to improve the quality of life in our community by providing high quality, cost-effective services, while maintaining the public’s trust through exceptional service and sound management of our resources”.