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Council abandons undeveloped street


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LIVINGSTON -- The Livingston City Council moved forward with a proposed ordinance to close, vacate and abandon a portion of Spring Hill Drive and approved an adjustment to the city's employee salary schedule during its meeting on Tuesday. Action items during the meeting started with the petition, submitted by Bob Burkhalter Jr and Gary Davis, to vacate part of the unused road inside the Spring Hill Addition subdivision. The dead-end street was originally platted in 1973 when the subdivision was built, but around half of it was never developed. The undeveloped road currently sits between several wooded lots, all with the same abutting property owner. By state law, the vacated portion would be relinquished to that owner. The council accepted the petition and later approved an official ordinance to vacate that portion of the street. A proposed adjustment on the Livingston Employee Salary Schedule was also approved during the action agenda. The adjustment included an overall 2.4 percent increase in salaries, based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index change from March 2016 to March 2017. The new salary schedule, effective Oct. 1, would result in an estimated $89,856 increased cost for the 2017- 2018 fiscal year. Merit and market-based pay will be determined at a later date, according to City Manager Dennis Clifton. A third pay estimate of $59,960.50 to Gulf States Protective Coatings, Inc. was approved for the repainting of the Jackson Street Elevated Storage Tank. Approval for accounts over $500 included an initial 50 percent payment to Caselle, Inc. for training and conversion to its government accounting software. The upgraded software package will be used to manage some of the city's financial assets, including general ledger, accounts payable and payroll. The city's current software is expected to no longer be supported at the end of this year. City Manager's Report Major Projects Currently Underway: The Jackson Street Elevated Storage Tank Renovation Project is nearing its final stages on the exterior, with the repainting expected to start within the next week. The project is expected to be completed by the end of May. Financial: Budget requests from the city's supervisory personnel are under review. Staff is currently working on revenue estimates for the current year, in addition to revenue projections for the coming year. Events: Friends of the Library will host their Book Sale on Friday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sign-ups for swim lessons provided by the Parks Office begin Tuesday, May 23. Spring and summer events at Livingston Municipal Library continue with Tech Tuesdays, Genealogy Research Help, After School Activities, Spring Celebration, Mother's Day craft party, Toddler Time and more. Details can be found at www.livingstonlibrary.net. Current Development Projects: Construction is ongoing for the new 6,000 square foot Best Stop Gas Station & Convenience Store on U.S. 190, east of Second Street. Interior work continues on the new state-of-the-art emergency room facility at CHI St. Luke's Memorial Hospital. The project has an estimated cost of $6 million and will include a total of 37 ED stations, three trauma rooms, three fast-track rooms and six results-waiting stations. Site work is ongoing for a new building on the First Baptist Church campus. Renovations continue for the new Hartz Fried Chicken/ Convenience Store at the old Western Auto building in the Main Street district on Church Street. Preliminary final inspection was completed for the upcoming Livingston Town Center on U.S. 190 West. The building permit for the Discount Tire Store at Livingston Town Center was issued on April 13. Interior work is ongoing for both buildings at Premier Tire. The Polk County Senior Citizen Project was issued its building permit on April 28. The building permit for Grease Monkey was issued on April 11. Pending Projects In Development: Plans for the Huddle House, which will be located inside the Best Stop Convenience Store, have been approved. Plans have also been approved for the new Schlotsky's to be located in the O'Lucky's Center. Other Items: A special called meeting is set for Tuesday, May 16, at 5 p.m. to administer the oaths of office to council members, issue Certificates of Election and the selection of the mayor pro-tem for the coming year. The change in disinfectant procedures as required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) continued through Friday. City crews will continue flushing the water distribution system by opening fire hydrants in various parts of the city during early morning hours to minimize inconvenience to residents.


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