On Tuesday, October 3rd, the ribbon was officially cut on the new Lebanon, Indiana Street Department garage.
“We had a great day today,” said Lebanon Mayor Matt Gentry. “This is an exciting day for our Street Department crew. They work so hard for the city, it’s great to have an environment for them, where they can protect our equipment, and help them do their job efficiently and effectively for the citizens of Lebanon. When I came in as Mayor, their facility was on its last legs. I think we have gotten all of the life out of it as possible. It’s really great to see them move into this facility to help them set the foundation to continue growing as a department and continuing what they do, great things for the city.”
“We have come a long way. We really have,” said 23-Year Street Department Employee Lonnie Culley. “On October 18th I will have worked here for 23 years. For the summer crew I was here when I was 14, until I turned 18.”
“A lot of the stuff we had to keep outside,” added Culley. “Some of the stuff now we can bring inside and save, so it won’t get torn up by the weather. This building will help us out a lot.”
“Obviously you get used to your surroundings,” said Mayor Gentry. “Sometimes you need a new person to come in and say, ‘This is our facility?’ When I started as Mayor, recognizing that our guys deserve better than this, and that is something that we worked. I am excited to see it become a reality today and really give them facility to do great work for the people of Lebanon.”