Citizens Academy Class Outlines

We are very pleased to offer this unique opportunity to assist you in getting to know how the City operates and introduce you to many of the City’s excellent municipal team members. At the conclusion of the academy, it is our hope that you will take every opportunity to become active and involved in all that the City is and does.

2019 Course Outline

Classes are held on Thursdays from 6pm - 8pm, unless otherwise noted. Classes are subject to change.


Course / Location
February 7
City Manager, City Council, Budgeting, CIP, Work Plan

Thursday, February 7, 2019; 6pm – 8pm; Kilton Library (Community Function Room), 80 South Main Street, West Lebanon

  • 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 Citizens Academy.
  • What does it take to keep the City of Lebanon functioning on a daily basis? Who oversees who?

View the video recording of this class on CATV.

February 14
Master Plan and Land Use Regulations

Thursday, February 14, 2019; 6pm – 8pm; Kilton Library (Community Function Room), 80 South Main Street, West Lebanon

  • Learn the purpose of the Master Plan, how it guides departments toward the same long-term goal, and how it aids in development.
  • Learn the process developers must go through prior to breaking ground on a project and how boards, committees and commissions are involved in the process.
February 21

The Importance of Local Boards, Committees & Commissions/Development Review by Lebanon’s Land Use Boards
Thursday, February 21, 2019; 6pm – 8pm; Kilton Library (Community Function Room), 80 South Main Street, West Lebanon

  • What are the land use boards responsible for?
  • How applications are reviewed by Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, Conservation Commission and Heritage Commission
February 28
City Clerk

Thursday, February 28, 2019; 6pm – 8pm; City Hall, Council Chambers

  • Learn about the history of the municipal clerk profession (you will see and touch the original Town Charter of 1761), the election process, tour the City vault and learn all the functions of the City Clerk’s Office.
March 7

Thursday, March 7, 2019; 6pm – 7:30pm; Kilton Library (Community Function Room), 80 South Main Street, West Lebanon

  • 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.

Thursday, March 7, 2019; 7:30pm – 9pm; Kilton Library (Community Function Room), 80 South Main Street, West Lebanon

  • 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.
  • Do you have YOUR library card??
March 14 

A Look Inside the Fire Station & How Firefighting Works
Thursday, March 14, 2019; 6pm – 9pm; Fire Station #1, 12 South Park Street, Lebanon

  • This hands-on interactive session will provide an overview of the different types, most common causes of, and the methods the Lebanon Fire Department utilizes to extinguish fire.  Participants will also have the opportunity to practice putting out a fire with a handheld fire extinguisher.
March 21

You Have the Right to Remain Silent
Thursday, March 21, 2019; 6pm – 9pm; Police Station, 36 Poverty Lane, Lebanon

  • Gain insight into what police officers do every day. Interact with the officers, learn the operations of their department, and tour the facility.
March 28

Clean Water
Thursday, March 28, 2019; 6pm – 7pm; Water Treatment Plant, 65 Pumping Station Road, Lebanon

  • The Water Treatment Plant was originally built in 1897 and has the capacity to treat approximately 3.6 million gallons of water per day.

What Does Public Works Do?
Thursday, March 28, 2019; 7:15pm – 8pm; Highway Department, 193 Dartmouth College Highway, Lebanon

  • There are approximately 100 miles of road in Lebanon which must be maintained to ensure the safe daily travel of the residents and visitors.
  • Enter the world (and the garage) of the City’s Department of Public Works. Here you will learn what it takes to keep city streets clean and usable, and see, touch, and experience the equipment involved in that process.
April 4

Reduce – Reuse – Recycle – Reclaim 
Thursday, April 4, 2019; 5:30pm – 6:30pm; Recycling Center, 370 Plainfield Road, West Lebanon

  • Did you know that the City of Lebanon Landfill serves as the regional disposal facility for 22 towns in Vermont and New Hampshire?  Learn how an unlined landfill gets reclaimed and what the land can be used for in the future.  Get a peek at what’s being done to deal with the necessary sulfur smell that is a result of a lined landfill.

What Happens When I Flush? 
Thursday, April 4, 2019; 6:45pm – 8pm; Wastewater Treatment Facility, 28 Market Street, West Lebanon

  • The Wastewater Treatment Plant contains approximately 36 miles of sewer with an average daily flow of 3.18 million gallons.  Learn what happens after the "flush".
April 11

Floater/Make-up Class (if needed)
Thursday, April 11, 2019; 6pm – 8pm; Location To Be Determined

April 18
RECAP - Graduation
Thursday, April 18, 2019; 6pm – 8pm; City Hall, Council Chambers, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon