Town Hall will be closed Monday, February 18 in observation of Presidents' Day.
It seems our break from Mother Nature is almost over. After the September rain storm, we in Lebanon have been lucky to have such a mild winter so far but February is likely to bring more freezing temperatures and, yes, even snow. We are monitoring weather reports and continue to be proactive about sanding the roads to keep residents safe this time of year.
The good news is that the wet weather and warm temperatures for the first part of the season allowed the skating pond fill in nicely before freezing over. With some help from some neighboring sheep to trim the grass, the pond has been in excellent shape for skaters. Winter may have its downsides, but it is always a joy to see the classic New England winter scene of skaters on the Green which happens to draw photographers from many publications.
In other news, the Board of Selectmen appointed a six-member Charter Commission in January. The commission has indicated they will meet the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall. We anticipate their first public hearing will be held later this month. The Board of Selectmen hopes to see a vote on a proposed Charter at the municipal election this November. Stay tuned for more details!
As you may already know, the Town will be eligible for FEMA funds due to the extensive amount of damage from September rain event. I recently attended the initial FEMA workshop held in Colchester with other representatives of the Town as we begin this process. The Town also recently authorized the expenditure of up to one million dollars from fund balance to initiate these repairs.
In the meantime, all boards and commissions are currently working on their respective 2019-2020 budgets. Should you have time, please attend their budget sessions. Meetings are open to the public and schedules can be found on lebanonct.gov.