Detours are currently in effect on Card Street and Olenick Road are expected to last through mid-to-late August.
Join us at the weekly Lebanon Farmers' Market this Saturday from 9:00 AM to noon in front of Town Hall.
School has been out for weeks, but summer has gotten off to a late start this year. After an unusually cool spring and a long stretch of wet days, things finally are starting to look dry and hot. This is perfect timing as many of the farmers’ fields in town have just been too wet to mow. We think things will dry out soon though, just in time for many of our great summer events.
Summerfest is July 6 on the Green. Fireworks will cap off the evening of good music and good fun. Bring your own snacks or purchase food from the First Congregational Church. I know I am looking forward to gathering with friends and having a good time. I am excited to see all of you there.
As summer heats up and we face the possibility of strong storms and even hurricanes,I would like to remind everyone that the Town is an active participant in the CT Alert system, and we encourage all residents to sign up. Everbridge is the State-authorized provider of this system that notifies residents of emergency issues in our Town. Think of it as a reverse 911 center. Power outages and updates, dangerous weather situations and public safety awareness are all reasons to sign up. The Town used the system during the rain and flooding of last September. Go to www.ctalert.gov.
As an update to our continued road and bridge project that was approved in 2015, you can expect to see delays on Olenick Road and Card Street. Card Street started on June 24 and is expected to conclude August 8. Olenick Road will start July 10 and conclude around August 30. These roads will not be through roads during these periods of time. Please follow the detours.
As to the status of Smith Road and Randall Road, the Town is involved in going discussions and meetings with FEMA to get approvals for the plans. All along it was the Town’s expectation that these two bridges would take a year to get in place. Sadly that seems to have been an accurate guess. While the Town appropriated funds for the work to be completed, it is critical that we have the bridges approved by FEMA so that those funds can be reimbursed.
The Town recently met with an arborist regarding the emerald ash borer Issues. He informed me that this is a real problem and he sees signs of it here in Lebanon. In fact on the Green, behind the town hall, we will be taking down two trees as a result of the damage caused by this invasive beetle. It is the arborist opinion that you won’t find an ash tree in CT in 10 years’ time due to the devastation of the disease.
We have several projects that we are hoping to get accomplished this summer. These include a mew handicap ramp installed at the rear of the public hall at the Fire Safety Complex and an improved handicapped ramp in the front of the complex. We are also working through the necessary elements to re-pave the Fire Safety Complex’s public side parking lot and improving lighting.
Our farmers’ market continues to be on Saturday mornings from 9 am to noon. There is always plenty of fresh, local produce for sale. The market is a great way to see your neighbors and friends while supporting our local farmers.