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Lebanon Junction passes new budget without major questions

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Event on Saturday to benefit City Park

By Alex Wimsatt

 LEBANON JUNCTION - Unlike other areas, councilmembers from Lebanon Junction had little issues with the newly-adopted budget.

The council voted unanimously to accept the city’s 2012-2013 water and sewer, and city budgets.

City attorney Mark Edison, who drafted the budgets, said there are no significant changes from the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

City general fund appropriations, which include administration, police, fire and recreation, amount to $694,150, only slightly higher than the 2011-2012 general fund budget of $668,485.

The general fund budget includes $291,750 for administration, $240,750 for police, $35,000 for fire, $6,500 for recreation, $150 to repair the caboose at Lebanon Junction Memorial Park and $120,000 to be transfered to sewer bonds.  

In addition to the general fund, the city budget includes $16,500 for the city cemetery fund and $20,000 for municipal road aid, which is state funding set aside for the construction, reconstruction and maintenance of city streets.

The city budget also provides $174,900 to be carried forward to the 2013-2014 fiscal year. 

Councilman Steve Masden made the motion to approve the $730,650 city budget. Councilman Logsdon seconded the motion. 

Water and sewer appropriations, which include water purchase, administration, operations, garbage disposal fee, interest and debt service, total $917,175.

Logsdon made the motion to approve the water and sewer budget. Councilwoman Allene Phillips seconded.

In other business:

*Mayor Sweat announced that the Lebanon Junction City Park committee will host a fundraiser at the park on July 7. 

The 11-member committee charged with helping maintain and raise funds for the park was formed in May with the council’s blessing.

While the city has already begun making much needed improvements such as installing playground equipment, benches, picnic tables and a walking path, Sweat said there’s still a great deal that needs to be done.

In addition to publicizing the committee’s first fundraiser, Sweat announced the committee’s officers.

Masden was selected president, Connie Jackson is vice president, Tina Masden is secretary and Tommy Tyler is treasurer.

The other members of the committee are Terri Duckett, Cyndi VonBergen, Janet Sweat, Tom Marks, Bonnie Tyler, Charles Sullivan and Sweat.

The July 7 fundraiser will be held at the city park on Wall Street beginning at 5 p.m. 

The event will feature live music, food, fun activities for kids and a silent auction. 

Everyone is invited.

*Lebanon Junction Fire Chief Mark Shumaker announced that the fire department raised more than $4,000 for the WHAS Crusade for Children. 

Shumaker congratulated and thanked everyone who contributed to the fundraising effort. 

*The next regular meeting of the Lebanon Junction City Council will be held on Monday, Aug. 6, at City Hall on Main Street. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. The public is invited.