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Two pending issues need resolve in 2009

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         There are a number of pending issues before us locally that must be resolved in 2009 but none more important that the two discussed below.

Decision makers in local government must vote with a thumbs-up or thumbs-down verdict on two major issues, the construction of a new Lebanon High School and whether to move forward with a proposal calling for a major tourist attraction, Bible Park USA, to be built in Lebanon.           Both issues have stirred emotions for months locally and both show cause for thorough examination.

There needs to be an independent study, perhaps commissioned by county government, on the group proposing to build Bible Park USA. The study should be conducted by an outside company that can appropriately delve into the background, finances and overall strength of the company proposing the Bible Park to include its marketing plan and projections for the project. This independent report from a credible firm with expertise in this specific area could well be the foundation and final straw in helping government leaders reach the correct decision with respect to this project.            As for the new Lebanon High School, there doesn’t seem to be a question about need but rather about how local government will pay for the proposed facility. Of course the controversy surrounding the bid process involving this project has not helped matters. But nonetheless there needs to be resolve.

The county commission needs to step forward and correct the foul-up made by the Wilson County Board of Education regarding the bid process and then the commission needs to search for a means to build the new school even if this means looking for a financial mechanism outside the norm. Perhaps a lease-to-own arrangement may be put in place or a short-term lease with an option to acquire the property when county revenues are adequate. But surely there is something that can be done to make this proposed school become a reality.           Indeed 2009 will be filled with a number of challenging issues just as the year before. But local government must surely realize that these two issues must be resolved.

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