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Welcome to the new website for Mayor Philip Craighead of the City of Lebanon.

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As Mayor, one of my constant objectives will be to provide the citizens of Lebanon with clear and concise communication from their elected government.

Our government is intended to serve the people, and provide the leadership and guidance to help our city and community grow, remain safe, and prosper.

This website will be another source of insight into the government of Lebanon, TN. Please be clear that the information here is from ME - I am responsible for the content you will see here, this is my own personal idea for helping to increase transparency and communication in the Mayor's office.

We are just getting started here - so be sure to check back often!

Thank You,
Mayor Philip Craighead


Latest News & Updates

Around Town

May 9th, 2016 - Safe Routes To School

May 9th, 2016
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Safe Routes To School

The City of Lebanon and the Lebanon Special School District have completed the Safe Routes to School Program (funded by Tennessee Department of Transportation) for the Walter J Baird Middle School.

The Safe Routes to School Program’s Educational Event is the third and final phase. It will be held on Friday, May 6, 2016, when approximately 600 students with their teachers and volunteers are expected to participate in the walk and bicycle from the Walter J Baird Middle School to the Don Fox Park to engage in activities that promote walking safety, bicycling instruction, environmental awareness, traffic relief, physical education and fun.

The first phase added two pedestrian crossing signals on North Cumberland at West Forrest and another crossing signal at North Cumberland and Coles Ferry Pike.

The second phase included sidewalk connections on West Forrest from North Cumberland to North Greenwood Ext. and from the existing sidewalk on Coles Ferry Pike through the Coles Ferry Elementary School Campus connecting to the sidewalk at West Forrest and North Greenwood Ext.

The City of Lebanon, Lebanon Special School District, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation are all excited to have this safe transportation alternative available to the students and citizens of this area of the community.

You can view a gallery from this event by clicking on the link below:
View Safe Routes To School Gallery

Business News & Highlights

December 22nd, 2015 - Maplehurst Plant Now Hiring

December 22nd, 2015 • Press Release

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Maplehurst New Lebanon, Tennessee Donut Plant Now Hiring

BROWNSBURG, Indiana, Dec. 22, 2015 /CNW/ - Maplehurst Bakeries, LLC., a subsidiary of George Weston Limited ("Weston") (TSX: WN) is pleased to announce hiring has begun for its new state of the art donut bakery in Lebanon TN. These full time opportunities include manufacturing and warehouse associates, industrial maintenance professionals and team management. The facility will initially employ 70 associates with longer term plans to employ approximately 150 associates. Projected operational date is March 2016. For more employment information or to submit an application please visit www.MaplehurstBakeries.com.

Kevin McDonough, President, states, "We are excited to join the Lebanon, TN and Wilson County communities. The "right mix" of geographic advantages and workforce pool were among reasons Maplehurst selected Lebanon." We wish to thank the many local and state officials for their efforts to make this project come to life.

Maplehurst Bakeries, LLC. is headquartered in Brownsburg, Indiana and operates facilities in Tennessee, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, New Hampshire and Washington State while serving the industry with a world class frozen distribution network. Maplehurst Bakeries is a proud member and enjoys a long-standing baking heritage with its parent company George Weston Ltd. of Toronto Canada. Maplehurst Bakeries products can be found at the best supermarket chains and food service outlets in North America.

SOURCE: Maplehurst Bakeries, LLC

For further business information about Maplehurst Bakeries contact: Stephanie Artnak, Director Legal Counsel, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., telephone number 317-858-9000.

City & Local Government

May 10th, 2016 - Mayor's State of the City Report

May 10th, 2016

City of Lebanon FY2016-17 Budget - Mayor's State of the City Report

We are proud to report to our citizens that the City of Lebanon remains in excellent financial condition, as we are currently projecting this current fiscal year to be another positive one and the financial outlook is extremely positive in every aspect.

We thank our citizens and businesses in our City for their individual and collective efforts to make our City a strong, vibrant community who welcomes businesses and values a high quality of life environment.

We express our appreciation to the City Council for their leadership, in not only exercising exemplary fiduciary responsibility for current expenditures, but also, preparing our City for future growth.

We express our appreciation to our City employees who are good stewards of our City’s resources and work hard every week to meet the needs of our City’s citizens.

Our City continues to grow significantly in population which was recently confirmed by our Special Census.    Our official population count is now 32,732 !  Our City is positioned to continue to grow in population and commercially due to its geographic location in relationship to the nation’s population and transit systems.   The City is very fortunate to have 5 interstate exits, commuter train service and major highways allowing for easy travel in all directions.  

We are proud that we have been serving a significant increase in population over the past 15 years with a 3 % decline in the full time City workforce.   With continued growth in our population, we will need to periodically increase the number of employees in some departments to ensure citizen safety and good customer service.

Growth in population and commercial entities brings the necessity of growth of our infrastructure, such as fire and police protection services, utility services, sanitation services, and general municipal support services.  I am pleased to present the FY2016-17 Budget, which addresses these growing infrastructure needs, with a full management team effort, we are presenting a budget, which addresses this coming fiscal year’s needs, along with future needs.

This budget will not have to rely on reserves to make it a balanced budget, as has happened in our past history.

Over the last 2 years, due to partnerships with the county and surrounding cities, we have seen a growth of 3,500 new jobs in Wilson County!  The City of Lebanon remains very committed to growth of retail businesses.

We continue to invest in our City’s airport, as we are moving forward with a new terminal and new hangars.

In my budget for the coming fiscal year, we will continue to improve our aging fleet of equipment, make improvements of our streets and sidewalks, and the updating of our aging water & sewer systems.   We will continue addressing our drainage issues with an experienced crew, who have already completed several projects throughout our City.   This budget for the coming fiscal year will include an additional list of projects or equipment, which can be addressed when the revenues exceed budgeted levels.

The City of Lebanon remains in excellent financial condition overall, there are several “growth” projects that will bring financial challenges and will need the prudent attention of the City’s governing body over the coming months.  

The City’s leaders are currently discussing three extremely important “growth” projects which include a new fire hall located on Hwy. 109, road construction of Legends Drive, and road construction in the Beckwith Road area.   While the fire hall will support new and existing growth with better emergency response services, the two road projects will spur additional economic growth for the City over the coming decades.

We will move forward with the Legends Drive first and the economic returns to the City from it will help plan for the Beckwith Road project.

We recognize the need for additional parks and recreational facilities, as our City grows.  We need to support both our baseball and soccer programs with new fields and parks.   We are presently supporting the new batting facility through a partnership with Lebanon Youth Baseball, which involves over 600 of our young people!   Investments in these kinds of programs will pay dividends for years to come for our City.

In addition to the financial challenge of providing the needed infrastructure improvements due to population and commercial growth, the City has some financial challenges from the past years. The City has an unfunded liability that is estimated conservatively to be $ 17-18 million in post-employment benefits promised to employees over 30 years ago.  Although we have already started to work on addressing these future costs, I am proposing in this budget to place $ 1 million in a fund to help pay for these benefit costs in the future.

In summary, the City is growing now and by economic measurements, the growth should continue for some years in the future.

Mayor Philip Craighead

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