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Lebanon board to hold hearings on cold war vets exemption, proposed gas pipeline

Lebanon town board members authorized a public hearing to consider a local law granting a Cold War Veterans Property Tax Exemption, agreed to hold an informational meeting with the public and Nornew Inc. on a proposed 8 mile high pressure 16 inch steel natural gas pipeline in the township before the Public Service Commission scheduled for a fall construction date and authorized an energy audit for the town buildings at the monthly town board meeting held Aug. 10.

The public hearing to consider the Cold War Veterans Exemption will be held on Monday Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. at the Town Office, 1210 Bradley Brook Road in the hamlet. The local law is on file with the Town Clerk's office and can be viewed prior to the hearing, and copies will be available at the hearing. The proposed local law is supposed to have a very minor impact on the town tax levy, according to Town Assessor David Gray.

The town will seek to adopt a law similar to one adopted by Madison County last year that was authorized by the state Legislature in 2008.

Town officials also agreed to schedule a public information meeting for residents to ask questions and hear specifics on a proposed 8-mile high pressure 16-inch steel pipeline proposed for the township and a segment of the Town of Eaton by Nornew Inc. that is presently before the state Public Service Commission. The proposed pipeline would include road bores involving town and county roads including portions of South Lebanon Road, Deep Springs Road, Bastain Road, Lebanon Center Road, Lebanon Road, Reservoir Road, Soule Road, Lebanon Hill Road and private lands leased by the company from property owners.

Highway Superintendent Alex Hodge reported that Nornew Inc. would be working with Vestal Asphalt to repair over $200,000 worth of gas development related road impacts from last winter/spring/summer on town roads including Bastain, Lebanon Center Road, Soule Road, Lebanon Hill Road, Reynolds Hill Road and Chamberlain Road. Mr. Hodge said he would be there overseeing the work and ensuring it met town specifications. The agreement was the result of the ongoing contract the town and Nornew have about road impacts due to gas well development and drilling.

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