Thursday, June 14, 2001

Lebanon OKs rebuilding of South Street, utilities

By Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — The city hopes to tie crumbling South Street into the rest of retail downtown with a $1.1 million rebuilding of the road and its sidewalks.

        “The street and the utilities, similar to Main Street, need reconstruction, and it just makes sense that when we upgrade the infrastructure, at the same time we make the streetscape complementary to the rest of downtown,” Planning Director Marty Kohler said Wednesday.

        The project, approved by City Council on Tuesday night, should start in about a month and be largely finished by December, Lebanon Engineer Scott Brunka said Wednesday.

        The city will lay brick pavers for sidewalks, plant trees and install decorative lighting. But the project is more than cosmetic, city officials said.

        The water lines under the street are 2 and 4 inches wide, Mr. Brunka said, compared with more standard widths of 6 and 8 inches for mains.

        “If we had a fire like Georgetown (Ohio), we could kiss the downtown goodbye,” Councilman Mark Flick said Tuesday night.

        Mr. Brunka, however, said the line doesn't provide water to all of downtown Lebanon; several mains branch off the line under Main Street.

        That line, too, is due for replacement when the Ohio Department of Transportation rebuilds two miles of the road next year.

        Also Tuesday, council:

        • Approved a settlement with Time Warner. The city sued the cable company nearly two years ago, alleging it failed to build a network among government and school buildings as promised in its contract. The suit cost Lebanon “closer to $200,000 than $100,000” in legal fees, Mr. Flick said.

        Lebanon will pay Time Warner $3,500 for cut cable lines, and all other allegations by both sides will be dropped.

        • Postponed until July a proposed ordinance to create a charter review committee to recommend changes to the 40-year-old document.


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