February was a busy month for the Town.
Work is well underway to create deeded ownership of the land to the Town for the three municipal properties presently located on the Green. Some residents might have seen surveyors doing the field work over the last several weeks. Once the field work is completed, the majority of the other work is to put the information to paper. The surveying work is but a component, the other component is the preparation of the documents to present to the court. I expect that we will have more to report next month when the survey work is completed and the attorneys are closer to filing documents.
Although we made it through January with just some isolated needs for snow removal, we made up for it in February. The DPW workers, along with several relief drivers, spent a lot of time moving snow and trying to stay ahead of the snow. If weather conditions permit, pre-treating the roads has been successful. Our goal is to always have our residents get to and from their houses safely.
It seems that for this week anyway, spring is a little closer. Dirt roads will particularly feel the impact of an early thaw. Juggling between a snow packed dirt road and managing the impact of a dirt road as it begins to thaw becomes particularly challenging. DPW is in the process of working on dirt roads now to minimize the impact. We ask for your patience as we get through the thaw.
As most of you know Lebanon is part of the Regional Animal Control District that includes Lisbon, Bozrah, Franklin and Sprague. Our district became larger in January as Colchester joined. The District has continued to evaluate how our services are provided and recently we entered into an agreement with NECCOG (Northeast CT Council of Governments) to assist the operations. The addition of NECCOG will now provide better coverage for all residents. For our residents, we should see little change. For routine matters (i.e. roaming dogs) you still will call 860-642-6379 and your call will be routed to NECCOG for a timely response. For emergencies only (i.e. animal attack, injured animal) please call 1-800-236-1987. Please do not leave any dogs at the pound as the building is not staffed.
Many departments for the Town spent the last two months providing budget information for the next fiscal year. This is a time consuming process and not one that is easy by any stretch. The Board of Finance will begin reviewing budgets in late February. These meetings are open to the public and should you have time, I encourage you to attend. The budget meeting calendar can be found on the Town’s website on the Finance Department page. There is concern this year about the funding the Town will receive from the State. Certainly more on this over the next several months.
The office was informed that the Solid Waste Facility employees are required to attend mandatory training to maintain their licenses. Due to this training the Solid Waste Facility will be closed on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
Planning for Earth Day festivities on April 22nd is well underway. The Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for May 27th at 10 am.