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City of Livingston LogoBy Emily Banks Wooten
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Two long-time City of Livingston employees will be honored with retirement receptions later this month, Livingston City Manager Bill S. Wiggins informed the Livingston City Council during its regular meeting Tuesday.

Utility Billing Clerk Carla Dunning’s retirement reception is slated for 2-3:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the city’s public works building located at 222 Pan American Dr. Dunning’s been with the city for 25 years. A retirement reception honoring Electric Superintendent Dewayne Oates is slated for 2-3:30 p.m. Jan. 31, also at the public works building. Oates has been with the city for 42 years. Also retiring after 15 years with the city is Linda Hammond who opted out of a reception.

Noting that the city’s general election is slated for May 7, Wiggins said candidate 

packets have been prepared and are ready for pickup. Those who are up for reelection include Mayor Judy B. Cochran and Aldermen Marion A. “Bid” Smith and Alan Cook. The first day to file an application for a place on the ballot is Jan. 19 and the deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 18.

Wiggins reported that the Livingston Municipal Library has been closed for inventory but will reopen to the public on Jan. 18. Visit www.livingstonlibrary.net for upcoming programs and events.

Council called a public hearing for Feb. 8 on the determination of an unsafe and/or dilapidated building. It is the abandoned building located at  522 W. Church St. in Livingston, situated on a called 100 x 75 foot tract of land situated in the M.L. Choate Survey, A-15, Polk County, Texas, as described in a deed dated May 20, 1996 from Kathleen Squyres Garner and Townie M. Squyres to Fred Jarrell, recorded in Volume 1017, Pages 055 et seq. of the Official Public Records of Polk County, Texas.

Membership in the Alliance for Interstate 69 Texas was approved by Council, as was payment of the membership fee in the amount of $1,150.

Council also approved a plat for Wells Development located just north of the Livingston Independent School District Administration Building on Hwy. 146. The development will begin with one duplex with plans to expand to a total of eight.

Other business included approval of the minutes of the Dec. 14 meeting and the accounts over $500.

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