Citizens Academy Class Outline 2017

  1. Session 1: General Government
  2. Session 2: Public Safety
  3. Session 3: Public Works
Classes subject to change. A link to CATV video recordings will be posted here as they are made available. 

Class #1:  City Manager/City Council/City Clerk 


Thursday, February 2, 2017; 6pm – 8pm; City Hall, Council Chambers
View the video recording of this class on CATV.

  • 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 history of the municipal clerk profession (you will see and touch the original Town Charter of 1761), the election process and other functions of the City Clerk’s Office.

Class #2:  Boards, Committees & Commissions, Permitting & Development Review


Thursday, February 9, 2017; 6pm – 8pm; City Hall, Council Chambers
(This class was postponed until February 28th)
View the video recording of this class on CATV.

  • Learn the roles of the City’s many important Boards, Commissions, and Committees.  Each one serves a certain purpose to a well-functioning municipality and the members are all resident volunteers.  
  • When are permits required, and what exactly is the development review process?  

Class #3:  Master Plan; Work Plan; Capital Improvement Program; Budgeting 


Thursday, February 16, 2017; 6pm – 8pm; City Hall, Council Chambers
View the video recording of this class on CATV.

  • Learn the purpose of the Master Plan and how it guides the community toward the same long-term goal.  
  • What is the City’s Work Plan?  How does it comport with the Master Plan?
  • What is a Capital Improvements Plan?  How does it fit into the City’s budget?  How is the budget formulated and what components does it contain?

Class #4:  Library / Recreation


Thursday, February 23, 2017; 6pm – 8pm; Kilton Library – Community Function Room
View the video recording of this class on CATV.

  • Lebanon’s library system is a gateway to web and digital resources of all kinds.  Find out what’s new at the library, and also about services we have traditionally provided that you might not be aware of.  We’ll highlight some of the more typical challenges we have faced (what is THAT book doing on the shelf at the library?) to community discussions.
  • To recreate is to “bring fresh life to.”  We need it daily, and so do our relationships with one another.  This session with Paul Coats, Director of Lebanon Recreation and Parks, will get you on your feet, experiencing the joy of connecting with one another through recreation.  We will take an overview look at the WHY and some of the HOW recreation is so successful in Lebanon.