Lebanon City Hall renovation could move forward at hearing
The first phase, "level one" would update the planning and zoning office. The project is estimated to cost $570,000, but is budgeted for $790,000. The $120,000 cushion factors in any unexpected costs that tend to crop up in renovations of older buildings, City Manager Greg Lewis said Tuesday.
"So it's an $82 increase on a $250,000 home," Lewis said.
The majority — about $5 million — of the $6 million increase in the city budget stems from a federally mandated waste water project, Lewis said.
Combined both phases represent a $2.7 million renovation of City Hall.
Both phases would bring these spaces up to 21st century standards, Lewis said. Which is particularly important for the planning and zoning office that is about to undertake the monitoring and regulating of several multi-million dollar projects that have recently been approved including multi-use developments in West Lebanon and along Route 120.
City infrastructure took a hit this summer when heavy rain storms caused more than $4 million worth of damage to city streets and the final federal aid for recovery is unknown, though is expected to cover the majority of repair costs, Lewis said.
Lewis said it's important to remember phase one and two are separate projects.