As the City of Lebanon opens a new, state-of-the-art street and stormwater facility, the City of Lebanon is unveiling a new, streamlined Department of Public Works. Street Department vehicles, snow and ice removal materials, and recycling are all relocating, from 1301 Lafayette Avenue to 324 North Mount Zion Road.

The new facility will ensure that city vehicles will be stored “under roof,” limiting the wear and tear of being parked in the elements. A larger space for salt storage will ensure that the City will no longer have to worry about running low on salt, in the event of prolonged winter weather. The new location also offers an improved recycling experience for residents, thanks to ease of use.

“I am confident that the creation of the Lebanon Department of Public Works will enable the City to better serve its residents,” said Lebanon Mayor Matt Gentry. “As our City continues to grow, having the street and stormwater departments under one roof will provide continuity, allowing for quicker response, while allowing the DPW to tackle a wider range of issues.”

The City has hired Jason Lawson as Public Works Director. Lawson brings more than a decade of infrastructure management and comprehensive planning to the DPW, most recently serving as Public Works Director and later Town Manager of the Town of Whitestown.

“Lebanon is growing at an exciting rate, and I am very happy to be part of that growth,” said Lawson. “I look forward to utilizing my experience to help maximize the efficiency of how Lebanon’s infrastructure is maintained. I feel like I have hit the ground running and I’m glad to be part of the team.”

While Jason Lawson will oversee infrastructure needs, Street Superintendent David Newell will focus on street maintenance. The structures at the former Street Department location (1301 Lafayette Avenue) will be cleared. While it has not been officially determined what the reuse of the land will entail, the more than two acres will likely be transformed into a new City park.

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