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Council to discuss industry, waste agreements

Xavier Smith • Updated Apr 5, 2016 at 12:00 PM

The Lebanon City Council will continue its probe into ways to boost the city’s growth Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Town Hall as it discusses potential partnerships for an industrial park in the city and waste agreement with Wilson County.

The city has had several industrial prospects to show an interest in developing an industry in the area, according to the ordinance.The council, along with Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead, has previously discussed the idea of developing an industrial park, similar to area on Maddox-Simpson Parkway.

The city would enter into a public-private partnership in order to develop the industrial park, if the council approves the ordinance.

The city will also look to enter into an agreement with Wilson County for waste tires for the city’s gasification plant.

The waste-to-energy technology is a downdraft gasification plant that will cleanly convert up to 64 tons per day of blended waste wood, scrap tires and sewer sludge into a fuel gas that will generate up to 300 kilowatts of electricity.

Under the proposed three-year agreement, the city would collect and recycle Wilson County produced and generated tires for a service fee of $0.90 per tire, which is less than the state reimbursement, according to the city.

City leaders also believe the agreement would provide the city and county with a better public service by featuring an improved and centralized drop off location and extension of hours would encourage proper waste disposal rather than roadside dumping.

PHGE President Tom Stanzione said the Lebanon project, to be located on Hartmann Drive, would deploy what his company believes is the world’s largest downdraft gasifier.

The plant is projected to keep more 8,000 tons of material out of landfills each year –the equivalent of a line of trucks more than 4 miles long. Carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced as well, keeping more than 2,500 tons out of the atmosphere each year.

In other business, the council will discuss:

• the adoption and acceptance of the updated Lebanon Airport layout plan

• budget amendments for the Think Green, Think Clean Project, Jimmy Floyd Center, police department and human resources and accounting departments.

• the Lebanon Municipal Code relative to special beer permits

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