Council approves 20-year Comprehensive plan

The Lenox City Council set their date for the public hearing for their budget, approved a 20-year comprehensive plan, and received an update on a stabilization project at the golf course at their January 27 meeting.
Allison Kitzman, city administrator, presented a proposed budget for the 2020-2021 year with a maximum tax levy of $11.70178. This is a 2.10% increase over last year and is due to an increase in health and liability insurance. The council approved a budget hearing for February 24 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Kitzman said they need at least four council members present and voting in favor of the budget in order for it to pass.
Jeremy Rounds from SICOG was present to talk about the comprehensive plan. The city hired SICOG several years ago to draft a comprehensive plan. This is a 20-year plan and will run from 2019-2038. Rounds said the city should use it regularly when policy and land use decisions are discussed, when the annual budget is created, and when the community completes other planning processes.
Councilperson Karen Zabel asked if they should change a section in the comprehensive plan if something changes within the city. Rounds said that would be his recommendation to the council.

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