Brunka said the goal setting by council is necessary to keep the city moving forward.
“We’re seeing a lot of interest in Lebanon, and this helps define how we’re going to grow, he said.
Also at the same meeting, council approved its five-year capital improvements plan.
Brunka identified a number of projects that will be a part of the 2023 budget, including the redevelopment of 535 North Broadway and on North Mechanic Street; evaluating and modifying the current Community Reinvestment Area tax incentives; evaluating annexation opportunities; marketing the property at the Interstate 71/Ohio 48 area; and attracting a new hotel for the city.
Other projects include full implementation of police body and cruiser cameras; a complete assessment for a new police facility; re-establishing the canine officer position; passing a fire levy in November 2023; and working with the Lebanon City Schools on safety plans programs and resources.
Projects also include upgrading technology for the Municipal Court; expanding the downtown streetscape to North Mechanic Street; completion of the Cherry Street reconstruction project; the annual street paving project; completion of the Glosser Road pump station project; the widening of Ohio 63; and beginning the Glosser Road electric substation project.
Brunka said the city’s mission is “To enhance the quality of life in our community by providing high-quality and cost-effective services, while maintaining the public trust through exceptional service and sound stewardship of our resources.”