By Emily Banks Wooten
Holiday compensation for 2021 was approved by the Livingston City Council during its regular meeting Tuesday. Regular employees who’ve been with the city for at least a year will receive one week’s salary. Those having been there less than a year will receive $50. Additionally, all city employees will receive their choice of a 14-16 pound turkey or a 9-11 pound ham.
Council also approved setting the 2022 calendar year holiday observances which include: New Year’s Day, Dec. 31, 2021; Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 17; Good Friday, April 15; Memorial Day, May 30; Independence Day, July 4; Labor Day, Sept. 5; Veterans Day, Nov. 11; Thanksgiving, Nov. 24-25; and Christmas, Dec. 23 and Dec. 26.
City Manager Bill S. Wiggins presented his monthly report, apprising Council of upcoming projects and events. Livingston Municipal Library will have special holiday events throughout November and December and the full schedule can be viewed at www.livingstonlibrary.net. Friends of the Library will host a book fair Nov. 19 at the library.
Regarding current development projects, Wiggins reported that an additional 20 lots have been cleared at the Baskin development for additional housing unites adjacent to the project. They have been visiting with city staff about building more housing units. They acquired the 60-acre tract located on the east side of Pan American Drive with the intention and constructing additional housing and perhaps a commercial project, he said.
Wiggins reported that work is ongoing at Blue Wave Carwash at 1829 U.S. Hwy. 190 West, Country Place Senior Living Assisted Living at 1860 N. Washington, Livingston Pioneer Crossing Apartments at 1101 Dogwood and the 7-11 Store at 1605 W. Church.
The buildout for four separate spaces, one a potential eatery, at Livingston Shopping Center at 1219 W. Church is completed. Work is nearing completion at Panda Express at 1630 W. Church and work is ongoing on the remodel of Tractor Supply at 1820 U.S. Hwy. 190 West.
Wiggins also apprised Council of current COVID-19 numbers locally. He said that as of Nov. 8 there are just 30 active cases in Polk County, there have been 210 deaths, 5,696 recoveries and there are presently two COVID-19 patients in the local hospital.
Other business included approval of the minutes of the Oct. 12 regular meeting and the accounts over $500.