2024 Citizens Academy Course Outline

The City of Lebanon welcomes residents of Lebanon to take part in our Citizens Academy. Our goal is to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of how the City operates and to introduce members of our municipal team. After the academy, we hope that the graduates will feel more knowledgeable about City government and operations and will be interested in becoming more engaged and active in community affairs. Engaged residents are key to the continued success and vibrancy of our community.

The course schedule is subject to change and course titles and details will be added as confirmed and will provide a few highlights of the evening's topics. 

2024 Course Outline

Classes are held on Thursdays from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Classes are subject to change.


Course / Location
February 1
City Manager, City Council, Budgeting, CIP, Strategic Plan

Thursday, February 1, 2024; 6:00pm – 8:00pm; City Hall, Council Chambers, 51 N. Park Street, Lebanon 

  • By City Charter, Lebanon operates with a City Council/City Manager form of Government.  What does that mean? What are the functions of the City Council vs. that of the City Manager?
  • Learn about the City's Strategic Plan and how it guides the city's operational and budgetary decisions
  • What does it take to keep the City of Lebanon functioning daily? Who oversees who?
February 8
Recreation, Arts, and Parks

Thursday, February 8, 2024; 6:00pm – 7:00pm; Kilton Library (Community Function Room), 80 Main Street, West Lebanon

  • Discover the breadth of recreation offerings
  • Parks are everywhere, and for everyone
  • Why Recreation, Arts, and Parks are essential for community life

Thursday, February 8, 2024; 7:00pm – 8:00pm; Kilton Library (Community Function Room), 80 Main Street, West Lebanon

  • Library organization
  • Resources
  • Programs/ Outreach
February 15

Behind the Badge: A Night with the Police Department
Thursday, February 15, 2024; 6:00pm – 8:00pm; Police Station, 36 Poverty Lane, Lebanon

  • Overview of Department and Divisions
  • Tour of the Police Department and Equipment
  • Taser Demonstration and Scenarios
  • K-9 Team Introductions
February 22
Master Plan and Land Use Regulations 

Thursday, February 22, 2024; 6:00pm – 8:00pm; City Hall, Council Chambers, 51 N. Park Street, Lebanon

  • Learn the purpose of the Master Plan, how it guides departments toward the same long-term goal, and how it aids in development.
  • Learn the process developers must go through before breaking ground on a project and how boards, committees, and commissions are involved in the process.
February 29
The Importance of Local Boards, Committees & Commissions/ Development Review by Lebanon's Land Use Boards

Thursday, February 29, 2024; 6:00pm – 8:00pm; City Hall, Council Chambers, 51 N. Park Street, Lebanon

  • What are the land use boards responsible for?
  • How applications are reviewed by the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, Conservation Commission, and Heritage Commission
March 7 

A Look Inside the Fire Station & How Firefighting Works
Thursday, March 7, 2024; 6:00pm – 8:00pm; Fire Station #1, 12 South Park Street, Lebanon

  • History
  • Department
  • Resources
  • Equipment
  • Job Functions
March 14
Lebanon Municipal Airport
Thursday, March 14, 2024; 6:00pm – 8:00pm; Airport Conference Room, 5 Airpark Road, Suite 1, West Lebanon

  • History
  • Projects
  • Regulatory Environment
  • Facilities and Services
  • Competitive Position
  • Facilities, Budget, Future
March 21
City Clerk: Bridging Local and State Government
Thursday, March 21, 2024; 6:00pm – 8:00pm; City Hall, Council Chambers, 51 N. Park Street, Lebanon

  • Review the history of the municipal clerk and how this history has developed into the role of the modern-day City Clerk
  • Laws and Regulations that determine the implementation of dog licensing, vital statistics, elections, and motor vehicle registrations in New Hampshire
  • Discover new opportunities to make a positive difference in your community
March 28*

Clean Water 
Thursday, March 28, 2024; 6:00pm – 7:00pm; Water Treatment Plant, 65 Pumping Station Road, Lebanon

  • Source Water
  • Conventional Treatment
  • Water Quality
  • Staffing and Coverage

Department of Public Works (DPW)
Thursday, March 28, 2024; 7:15pm – 8:00pm; Highway Department, 193 Dartmouth College Highway, Lebanon

  • Overview of DPW departments
  • City Roads overview and maintenance
  • City cemeteries
April 4*

Landfill Design 101 
Thursday, April 4, 2024; 6:00pm – 7:00pm; Recycling Center, 370 Plainfield Road, West Lebanon

  • Waste by the Numbers
  • Landfill Changes
  • Landfill Design

What Happens When I Flush?
Thursday, April 4, 2024; 7:15pm – 8:00pm; Wastewater Treatment Facility, 28 Market Street, West Lebanon

  • Wastewater Plant Overview
  • Pretreatment Program
  • Local Limits
April 18
RECAP - Graduation
Thursday, April 18, 2024; 6:00pm – 8:00pm; City Hall, Council Chambers, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon

*Times may be extended to allow for adequate tour/presentation/travel time between facilities

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