Phase I of Armory project approved

Friday, November 17, 2017
Mayor Jim Bingham and the Lewisburg City Council recognized Jr. Miss Lewisburg Hayden Hoppe and Miss Lewisburg Shyann Miller at Tuesday’s meeting as they begin their reigns representing the city.
Tribune photo by Scott Pearson

With two councilmen unable to attend Tuesday’s monthly Lewisburg City Council meeting, that body appreciated the fairly light agenda facing them.

The council did vote to approve the first phase of needed renovation to the old National Guard Armory building.

The building requires the cleanup of environmental hazards related to birds that have been living in the building, as well as possible asbestos and lead paint issues.

The cleanup is budgeted at roughly $80,000 and is a necessary step before any other use can be made of the building, turned over to the city by the state as surplus property.

The city wants to use the building as a temporary home for the Lewisburg Fire Department while renovations are made to the current main fire hall.

A final use for the property will be decided after input from city department heads and public input sessions at a future date.

Gina Jones, co-chair of the Goats, Music, and More Festival, presented a wrap-up of this year’s event to the council.

Including food vendors, this year’s event had the highest total number of vendors in the 15- year history of the event, she said.

The 184 vendors reported very good business this year with several, especially those offering food, selling completely out of stock.

Both the Three-legged Goat Triathlon and the Goat Gallop 5K had more than 100 entries in the events, and 16 teams entered cornhole tournament offered for the first time this year.

Jones estimated the crowd on Saturday night for the Lonestar performance at up to 10,000, numbers the festival hasn’t seen since the appearance by the Charlie Daniels Band years ago.

The success of the weekend was leading to some growing pains for the festival, Jones said, as some parts of Rock Creek Park were beginning to run out of room for expansion.

Councilmen adopted a resolution that fills in a gap in defining road worthy vehicles, allowing the Lewisburg Police Department to address the issue of lawn mowers on the roadway.

At the work session last week, Chief David Henley said that the department received complaints about residents who used mowers regularly as transportation around town.

The mowers fell between a gap in current statutes for what constituted a vehicle. Henley said that enforcement wasn’t intended for moving from yard to yard, necessarily, while mowing, but for driving on public roadways.

Councilmen also voted to approve the annual holiday bonuses for city employees. Traditionally, the city has paid $100 to each employee at both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Five county residents spoke during the citizens comment period about various concerns they had with the Lewisburg Rec Center.

Their concerns ranged from issues with the time that maintenance took at the facility, the number of children using the facility, especially during the summer, and the Constitutionality of charging county residents a higher annual fee than charged to city residents at the city-tax funded facility.