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Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year.  First sponsored by American Express, in partnership with the non-profit National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2019 will be the 10th year for this shopping holiday.  It is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which promote big box retailers and on-line shopping respectively.  Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and that are local as a means of driving up local economies. 
Small Business Saturday is all about local small businesses reconnecting to their neighborhoods and communities and rekindling their relationships.  It’s about being proud of local customer service offered and local products made by the moms and pops.

Small Business Saturday is not meant to discourage people from shopping at larger chains or on-line.  Rather, we hope to encourage consumers to dedicate a percentage of their holiday shopping budget to local small businesses- whether that is having dinner at a local restaurant or buying gifts at neighborhood stores……Come and be a part of the Lebanon family and Shop Small- Saturday, November 30th!
#smallbusinesssaturday and #smallbizsaturday.
Additionally, this year at 11:00AM we will partner with the Lebanon Community Health Council to launch our Downtown WalkWorks route! Starting at the 9th & Cumberland parking lot, we will walk approximately 1 mile. The Mayor will share some history on a few buildings along the way. 

WalkWorks, a collaboration of the PA Department of Health and the University of Pittsburgh, calls on us to be more physically active through walking ad promoting walking as a strategy to promote optimal health. 

Parking Lots in Lebanon City
The City of Lebanon has monthly rental parking spaces available in various parking lots. To rent a parking space, visit the Finance Department at 400 S. 8th Street, Room 111.
 Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Parking will be FREE on the following holidays:
Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 28th
Christmas Day - Wednesday, December 25th
Theft from a vehicle can occur anywhere and at any time. Most thefts are thefts of opportunity and can be prevented or significantly reduced. Thefts from a vehicle will rise during the holiday shopping season but are not isolated to that season.
By taking a few simple steps theft from your vehicle is something we can prevent or reduce dramatically.
  • Remember to always lock your vehicle, no matter if it is brand new or twenty years old; theft from a vehicle is a theft of opportunity and most thefts are from an unlocked vehicle
  • Remove all valuables (including loose change) from sight; lock valuables in the trunk or glove box
  • Park your vehicle in a well-lit area of a parking lot or if at your home in well-lit areas
  • Utilize the vehicle alarm system
  • When shopping, place all bags in the locked trunk never on the back seat in full view from the outside
  • Never leave the keys in your vehicle
  • Never keep the title for your car or other cars in your vehicle
  • Always keep the windows completely closed when leaving the vehicle unattended
  • Lock your vehicle  even if parked in your garage
 
If you are the unfortunate victim of theft, please immediately call the police department having jurisdiction within the area the theft occurred.
The Officers of the Lebanon City Police Department would like to wish you all a theft free holiday season. 
Are you worried about your packages getting stolen from your front door or porch? Nearly 1/3 of Americans suffered from package theft in 2017, according to a report from USA Today.  The majority of package theft occurred during the day when homeowners are out.  Package theft victims spent about $200 to replace each stolen package.  How can you prevent package theft?  According to Reolink.com , the Top 8 Tested Ways are:

1 - Use Smart Package Lockers, BoxLock or Mailbox Services at our local UPS Store to prevent package theft or have your packages delivered to neighbors or friends that are home during delivery times.

2 - Install security cameras to prevent package theft.  Security cameras pointing at your front door, hallway or driveway is better than no camera at all.  A camera serves as a great deterrent for criminals.  Some cameras have built-in sirens, HD resolution and motion sensors…  Some motion activated cameras will send instant push notifications to your phone when your package arrives and also inform the delivery person to drop your package at an unnoticeable place via a two-way audio.  Front door security cameras help you to remotely view your front porch when you are unavailable to retrieve your packages, rerouting, rescheduling, and signature delivery without the presence of notices or a trusted neighbor.

3 - Have packages delivered to your workplace/office (if permitted).

4 - Get Amazon Key for your package delivery.  Amazon Key combines a smart lock and security camera that will allow delivery packages to be placed inside your door.  Of course, you would need to be okay with allowing strangers to access the inside of your home.  Or you could have the package delivered into your vehicle by using this service.

5 - Require Signature on delivery to stop package theft.

6 - Reroute or reschedule delivery to prevent package theft.  If you do not think you will be home when the delivery will be made, make a phone call to the delivery service or call your neighbors or friends to help receive the package.  Both UPS and FedEx offer web apps to help reroute parcels to another address and reschedule package deliveries at your convenience for a membership fee.

7 - Require vacation package hold to secure package delivery.  Many delivery companies offer a free service to uphold your package at their terminals or delivery centers for a period of time.

8 - Insure your upcoming packages. Insuring your precious holiday parcel will guarantee reimbursement if unfortunately, your delivery was stolen or lost before you lay your hand on it.
 
Don’t allow Mr. Grinch to be a mean one to you!  Protect your packages and your holiday spirit!
This issue of the City Works includes guidelines and ordinances for snow removal for City residents.  Not everybody who hasn’t cleared their sidewalk or dug out their vehicle is intentionally neglecting their responsibility.  Many of our residents are elderly, may be disabled or are single parents who do not have the ability or resources to properly clear snow.  This is where you, being a good neighbor, can help.
 
Meet with your neighbors and try to identify residents who may need assistance in an upcoming storm.  Attempt to form a “snow team” to make it easier to assist neighbors in need.  Four or five neighbors working together can clear snow much quicker than one person.  Make sure you try to recruit the guy with the snow blower.  He can make all your efforts much easier.  If you see a sidewalk that hasn’t been cleared or a snow covered vehicle, knock on the door to see if you can offer assistance.  Many residents are reluctant to ask for help but would be very grateful for the assistance when offered.
 
Please don’t throw the snow onto the travel lanes, which would be a violation of a City Ordinance. Keep the snow on private property or pile it in the parking lane, never on the travel lanes.
 
Keep in mind you don’t need to be a Neighborhood Association or a large organization to help.  A single block of neighbors that join together can make a great impact on the overall safety on their street.  And if you have some spare time, dig out the fire hydrant near your home to make the job of the Lebanon Firefighters easier in case of an emergency in your neighborhood.
 
Together we can help make Lebanon a Place to Grow.

 
The City has been very diligent in educating our residents and property owners of many requirements mandated by our higher legislative powers ­­- the State and/or Federal Government(s). 
Based on citizen complaints and City officials’ visual observations, enforcement of property maintenance issues has increased.  Particularly in our radar is the enforcement of high weeds and grass, the improper containment of trash and litter, the absence of a commercial trash hauler and not recycling.  Additionally, the City has continued its outreach concerning the MS-4 (storm water) requirements.  These basic sanitation items should be a part of normal household duties; however, it is disappointing to recognize that for many; it is not. 
On a bright note, we have noticed that residents and business owners are starting to recognize these unacceptable types of conditions and are willingly assisting the City by calling and providing information to help with enforcement efforts.  We appreciate the assistance.   It would be a greater help, if the caller would provide the exact address of the violation.  Although we understand that somewhere between 4th and 5th Street places us in the right neighborhood, having that exact street address will put us there sooner and start the process much faster.
Again we appreciate your assistance and would encourage the providing of detailed information so that we can be more efficient. 
Keep up the good work!!  Your help will give us the many eyes necessary to make this City cleaner, which has always been one of our many goals!

 

The City of Lebanon, Department of Public Safety as well as City Council has been receiving multiple calls concerning the large amount of loose trash throughout the City.

The City reminds every property owner that trash must be contained in sealed trash receptacles (such as the one depicted) until time of collection.  Enough receptacles must be provided to contain all trash until your scheduled weekly collection.  Trash cannot be placed for collection without being contained in an appropriate trash can that includes a sealed lid.  Appropriate trash cans are required to keep trash from being opened and scattered by animals, to keep it protected from rain and to keep the remnants of organic matter from weeping onto public property.   More importantly to a degree it will contain any odor of rotting trash to remain within the sealed container which will make it more bearable while waiting for the next collection date.

In areas of apartment buildings if the containers are not adequate for weekly collections in order to keep the amount of trash being appropriately contained more frequent collections will be required.  Also, ALL collection must be to the rear of your property where access is available.  Curbside collection (front of property) is prohibited in those areas.

Failure to comply with this requirement can result in the issuance of an instant ticket without warning, a notice of violation or citation with the District Judge.  We remind you that instant tickets issued are progressive in value.

Clearly marked recycling containers are also required for your bi-weekly recycling collections.  Multiple forms of education have been made available concerning what is recyclable and the proper method of preparation for collection.  If you have any questions on this topic contact either your trash hauler or the City of Lebanon.

Finally, keep your rear access free of overhanging/encroaching vegetation to allow the trash trucks easy access for your collection.  Damage to their equipment could be at your expense.
Just a friendly reminder that winter is just around the corner and now is the time to start preparing for inclement weather.    Residents are reminded of the regulations for snow removal and the procedure for snow emergency announcements.
Snow Removal Information
  • Sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours after the cessation of a snowfall or a rain or ice storm.A path of three feet in width, running the entire length of the sidewalk and that portion of the curb cut that is considered part of the sidewalk must be cleared.Snow cleared from the sidewalk and/or parking area shall not be deposited into the plowed traveled portion of the street.
  • Private contractors for snow removal are reminded that snow being removed from business and/or residential properties shall not be plowed into the street.
  • Persons violating the snow removal regulations are subject to a fine of not less than $50.00 or more than $300.00 for each offense.
 Snow Emergency Announcements
  • The Mayor may declare a snow emergency in the City of Lebanon.The declaration of a snow emergency is announced on the local news media, the City of Lebanon's Facebook, Twitter and is posted on the city website, www.lebanonpa.org
  • A snow emergency is also announced on NIXLE, a free service which allows residents to receive the alert via email or text message.To sign up for NIXLE, visit www.nixle.com and create a resident account.    Upon signing up, you will be provided a list of local government agencies closest to your address.    Snow emergency alerts are posted on Lebanon City Public Safety NIXLE account. 
  • During a snow emergency residents may park free of charge on metered city parking lots for the duration of the snow emergency.
  • During a snow emergency, no vehicle is permitted to be parked on the following snow emergency routes:  
 (1)  Lehman Street, from Lincoln Avenue to North Fourteenth Street ;
 (2)  Cumberland Street, from Fifth Avenue to Sixteenth Street ;
 (3)  Walnut Street, from Fifth Avenue to Twelfth Street ;
 (4)  Orange Street, from Eighth Street to Cornwall Road ;
 (5)  Maple Street, from Ninth Street to Tenth Street ;
 (6)  Fifth Avenue, from Walnut Street to Cumberland Street ;
 (7)  Lincoln Avenue, from Walnut Street to Maple Street ;
 (8)  Eighth Street, from Maple Street to Orange Street ;
 (9)  Ninth Street, from Maple Street to Cornwall Road ;
(10) Tenth Street, from Maple Street to Quentin Road ;
(11) Quentin Road, from Cornwall Road to Duke Street ;
(12) Cornwall Road, from Quentin Road to Orange Street ;
(13) Twelfth Street, from Cumberland Street to Walnut Street ;
(14) Third Street, from Cumberland Street to Hathaway Park;
(15) Mifflin Street, between Ninth and Tenth Streets (parking prohibited on
  the north side of Mifflin Street)
Residents are reminded that the City of Lebanon works very hard at keeping its streets as clean as possible.  The Department of Public Works utilizes two mechanical street sweepers that operate year-round, weather permitting.    In the event that street sweeping must be suspended, an announcement will be distributed to the local media and posted on the city’s website, www.lebanonpa.org and social media.     Information is also announced on NIXLE, a free service which allows residents to receive the information via email or text message.   To sign up for NIXLE, visit www.nixle.com and create a resident account
 
You may have heard about some changes in the recycling industry. China has stopped accepting America’s single stream recycling. Anywhere from 60-80% of Americas single stream recycling had been purchased by China. This has left a huge gap in the recycling industry. As states and municipalities are looking at other outlets for single stream recyclables, we ask that residents help by keeping only clean, acceptable recyclables in the recycling stream. Here’s how you can help!

Recycling curbside with your trash hauler – The City’s ordinance mandates the following items be kept separate from trash, and placed curbside for collection by a licensed hauler at a minimum of every other week:   clear, green and brown glass bottles and jars, aluminum and steel cans, plastic bottles and jugs, newspaper and leaf waste.

Most haulers collect more items than the listed City mandated recyclables. In order to know exactly what to recycle curbside, please contact your trash hauler for a detailed list of what items they accept, how they would like them to be prepared for collection and the dates of collection.


Recycling at the City Drop off Center The City’s recycling drop off center is located at 14th and Lehman Streets, between the Legion and CSR. Hours of operation are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11 AM to 5 PM, and Saturdays from 8 AM to 3 PM. All recyclables are separated by material at the drop off center and must be sorted accordingly.
  • Clear glass bottles and jars, green glass bottles and jars, brown glass bottles and jars. Glass must be empty, rinsed and without lids. Only bottles and jars accepted. No other glass material is accepted.
  • Plastic bottles and jugs (#1) with a number 1 recycle symbol (such as water bottles, two liter bottles). Only plastic bottles and jugs are accepted. Containers must be empty, rinsed of all debris and without lids. No other plastic material is accepted
  • Plastic bottles and jugs (#2) with a number 2 recycling symbol (such as milk jugs, laundry detergents bottles). Only plastic bottles and jugs with a smaller opening than bottom are accepted. Containers must be empty, rinsed of debris and without lids. No other plastic material is accepted.
  • Newspaper – Clean, dry newspaper free of any bindings, bags or glossy inserts.
  • Office Paper – Clean, dry colored and white office paper and envelopes. No book bindings, covers, glossy paper, or metal clasps.
  • Magazines – Clean, dry magazines and glossy inserts. No office paper, newspaper or book bindings.
  • Cardboard – Clean, dry, flattened corrugated cardboard (cardboard with the zigzag cardboard in-between). No paperboard (such as cereal boxes). No pizza boxes, as the grease makes them unable to be recycled.
  • Phonebooks – Only clean, dry phonebooks
Much of the issue with the recycling industry is an abundance of recyclables with remnants of their contents still in containers. Another issue is that non-recyclable materials are being placed in the recycling stream, contaminating the entire load of recyclables.  Companies that buy recyclables do not want to purchase recyclables that will cost more to clean out, than they will make in recycling them.

This is why the City is emphasizing the need to thoroughly clean each item placed in the recycling stream, remove lids and to make sure you are recycling the right things. If you are not sure or have questions about recycling in the City, please call the City Recycling Coordinator at 717-228-4490 for assistance.  Thank you for your continued recycling efforts!

 
Electronics Recycling!

Are you curious about how to recycle electronics? Not sure what to do with your old TV or computer? The Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority provides an electronics drop off center located at 1610 Russell Road.
 
Hours of operation for the Electronics Recycling Facility are
Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM and Saturdays, 8:30 – 11:30AM.

 
Acceptable items include: Printers, cell phones, desktop computers, DVD and Blueray drives, TV’s and many more. For their complete list, visit the website or call 717-867-5790.
We want YOU to participate in THE GREAT Lebanon County PITCH where you will present your business idea for the chance to win big prizes.

We're so excited to host Lebanon County's first ever Entrepreneurial PITCH competition! You'll have the chance to win big $$ to kick-start your dream business. You could be one of two winners receiving a $2,500 grant. We will award a total of $5,000 plus packages of support services valued over $1,000. Winners will be publicized in local and regional media.There is no cost to apply or participate.

For full details, visit https://www.thecenterlebanon.org/the-pitch.html
Your Response Matters.
Health clinics. Fire and Police departments. Schools. Housing programs. Even roads and highways.

The census can shape many different aspects of your community. Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year.
How To Be Involved.
The 2020 Census is more than a count. It's an opportunity—to get involved and to help shape the future of your community. Everyone can play a role. The Census Bureau needs your help to raise awareness about the 2020 Census and the importance of an accurate count. In an effort to help raise awareness, the City of Lebanon created a complete count committee made up of 15 different organizations to share the importance of being counted.  If you would like to get involved, please contact the Community & Economic Development office at 717-228-4487 or via email: jmendoff@lebanonpa.org.
 
Ways To Respond.
Once you receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census, there are three ways to respond: online, by phone or by mail.
 
Questions Asked.
Responding to the 2020 Census is easy. Examples of questions that are asked are: how many people are living or staying at your home on April 1, 2020? Whether the home is owned or rented? What is the age of each person in your home? What is the race of each person in your home?  The Census will never ask for your social security number, money or donations, anything on behalf of a political party and about your bank or credit card account numbers.

Your personal information is kept confidential. The Census Bureau is bound by federal law to protect your information, and your data is used only for statistical purposes. Your responses are compiled with information from other homes to produce statistics, which never identify your home or any person in your home.
For more information visit 2020census.gov.
View the Fair Housing Booklet
Join us for the Community of Lebanon Association Tree Lighting Ceremony beginning at 5:30pm on Friday, November 22, 2019. Featuring music, cookie decorating, refreshments for sale, and SANTA! We will light the tree as a community at 6:30pm. After the tree lighting ceremony visit with Santa in the Lebanon Farmers Market. 
Join us Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 10:00am to 2:00pm for our first annual Cookie Crawl  Pick up you holiday cookies and explore downtown Lebanon. At 10:00am, take your cookie bags and booklet and visit all 17 participating businesses for cookies! Businesses will mark off each location visited on your booklet. Tickets for the cookie crawl are for sale now on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/413421172622840/ 
This year is the 43rd Annual Holiday Parade held by the Community of Lebanon Association in Downtown Lebanon. Parade step-off is 2:30pm. Parade route is Cumberland Street from Lincoln Avenue to 9th Street. We expect to have over 10,000 spectators brave the winter weather to watch and enjoy one of the few community parades left in the region. Follow Santa to the end of the parade route where he will climb to the roof of the Lebanon Farmers Market. Cumberland Street will be closed for this event from approximately noon till 4:30 or the end of the parade. For more info: https://lebanoncla.com/events/lebanon-county-holiday-parade/
Join the Lebanon Salvation Army for their red kettle kickoff! Sing along with the Salvation Army Children's Brass Band as they perform Christmas Carols in the market. Red Kettle donation sites are located at several businesses throughout Lebanon County until December 24. Your donations will help reach their goal of $95,000.
Remember to #Shopsmall in Downtown Lebanon this Holiday Season by participating in this year's Downtown Lebanon Holiday Passport program!
How it works:
1. Visit participating local businesses throughout the entire Downtown Lebanon Holiday Season. Look for the poster in the windows of all participating businesses.
2. Spend at least $10 in a participating business and get a stamp on your passport.
3. When all boxes are filled (you’ve spent $200) complete the contact information for your chance to win GREAT prizes! Pick up another card and start again.
Multiple entries are encouraged.
4. Return your completed card to:
Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce, 604 Cumberland Street, Lebanon,
The Important Thing - Lebanon Farmers Market, 35 S 8th Street, Lebanon, OR
Wrinkle & Boon - 12 N 9th Street, Lebanon.
5. Completed cards must be returned by January 3, 2020.
We will announce the winners by January 10, 2020.
Happy Shopping!
Every day is a good day to Shop Small! Come Downtown on Saturday November 30, 2019 to experience all that Lebanon has to offer the community from food to retail and everything in between. We will have specials and business events all day long so come downtown to shop local and SHOP SMALL!
The Community of Lebanon Association brings horse-drawn carriages to the downtown to get riders in the spirit of the season riding through the streets of our city and bring the Currier and Ives print to life. Many people return year after year for this holiday tradition as it is a perfect way to enjoy the lights and sounds of the holiday season. Carriage boarding is in front of the Lebanon Farmers Market on 8th Street and the route continues down 8th Street to Chestnut Street to 4th Street to Cumberland Street and back on 8th Street. Carriage rides take place 5:00pm – 8:00pm on December 6 & 13, 2019. Ride along and vote on your favorite decorated window display in downtown Lebanon this holiday season! 

Tickets are available for purchase online! We will also have tickets available for purchase the evening of the event!
Join the Friends of Coleman Memorial Park as they host the annual Lebanon Christkindl Market in the Park on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 9:00am - 3:00pm. For more information visit, www.FriendsofCMP.org.
Join Santa for stories, songs and a Christmas ornament craft! Each child will receive a book to keep. Although this is a FREE event registration is required. To register please call 717-273-7624.
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