The City of Lebanon is seeking a grant from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs after the office took the city off its “black list” this past spring.
The $40,000 grant would help to revitalize the downtown area, said Lebanon Mayor Huck Lewis, covering the downtown square and extending north along Lebanon Street to Chicago Street. It can cover things like sidewalks and street lights, but the city is currently in the process of completing a study explaining what all the money would be used for.
Lebanon hasn’t been able to receive grants from OCRA for several years because it had been on the black list. Lewis said that under a previous administration there was a “paperwork snafu” in regard to Memory Hall that resulted in the city owing the rural affairs office the repayment of a $350,000 grant. For several years that obligation went unmet, and the city was not able to apply for any more OCRA funds.
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