Also tonight, the council is expected to discuss buying from the county six acres — where a home built in 1910 now stands — for $210,000.
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The city and county have been at odds over the splitting of $3 million set aside for redevelopment after racing businesses moved from the fairgrounds to the racino outside Lebanon. Recently, officials have acknowledged the two governments were working together.
A fire-facility study presentation for the Lebanon council ranks three locations, including land across Broadway in Colonial Park West, in addition to the fairgrounds and city properties.
While continuing “quality response” downtown, where the current station is located, the study also was designed to find the best location in recognition of “high call volume” and “plans for future growth” on Lebanon’s north side.
It focused on the short-term goal, securing a location for a new fire station, but mentioned remaining land could be used for “possible future expansion” for the police department.
“There are no plans to construct a 2nd building in the near future. The city wanted to ensure that the property being purchased could support future public safety facility expansion in the future should there be a need,” Brunka said.
The fairgrounds land is recommended for the fire station, although the city development “will need to preserve access back into fairgrounds property” behind the land to be purchased and the city already owns the other two parcels under consideration.
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Warren County is building a $3.4 million event center north of the land to be purchased by the city where grandstands were demolished. The projects have been slowed by cost overruns and prompted pleas by county officials for support from the city.
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