Last week, the Lebanon City Council meeting had a higher turnout of citizens than usual, and council heard several comments from citizens. 

This usually only happens with disgruntled citizens who are upset with , this time they were   (Wow!, yes that really is a word. We even looked it up.) Everyone who spoke thanked the city council for the job they were doing. Or thanking the city for taking care of issues that they had complained about before. 

Wyatt King noted it was nice to see Mayor Paul Aziz back at the mayor's post. Aziz has had to miss several meetings due to health reasons. 

Bill Sullivan, a Lebanon resident, and an often vocal critic of the city council, thanked Mayor Aziz for proposing that the city not approve city's audit report without having looked at a hard copy of that report, and the auditor missed the meeting (for reasons unknown). We tip our cap to the decision as well. While we don't think there is any reason not to believe City Manager Gary Marks and Assistant Finance Director Tina Huff that the audit is a good report, it's worth the council checking on it themselves just to verify.  

And with those accommodations, for the third week in a row we have the pleasure of writing about the Christmas Spirit (and yes there is most definitely a Santa Claus. See the "Yes, Virginia editorial on this page for proof), but this time we found it in the most unlikely of places — a city council meeting. 

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