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City of Livingston logoBy Emily Banks Wooten

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The annual comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2021 was presented to the Livingston City Council during its regular meeting Tuesday. The report was presented by Steve Palmerton and Kevin Bienvenu, CPAs with Harper and Pearson Company. 

Palmerton advised Council that the city continues to be operating efficiently and remains in a very strong financial condition. He also expressed his appreciation for allowing their firm to complete the city’s audit.

City Secretary Ellie Monteaux certified the unopposed candidates for the May 7 general election. Mayor Judy B. Cochran and Aldermen Alan Cook and Marion A. “Bid” Smith are up for reelection. Council approved an ordinance declaring the May 7 City of Livingston General Election cancelled and the unopposed candidates elected.

Council also approved an ordinance amending Chapter 40 – Utilities, Article II – Electric Service of the Coder of Ordinances of the City of Livingston by repealing Ordinances A-813 and A-832 and Sec. 40-23 Distributed Renewable Electric Generation for Residential Properties – 15 kW or Less; and amending Chapter 40 – Utilities, Article II – Electric Service, by adding Section 40-23 – Distributed Renewable Electric Generation for Residential and Small Commercial Customers, Providing for the Allowance and Regulation of Distributed Electric Generation Facilities for Residential and Small Commercial Customers.

Basically, Council’s action keeps residential solar customers at 15 kilowatts and allows its small commercial solar customers up to 1,000 kilowatts as defined by the Texas Utility Code.

In what was just an information item, Council was apprised of Centerpoint Energy – Acknowledgment of Filing and Review of 2022 Annual Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program (GRIP) Interim Rate Adjustment to be effective May 2, 2022.

City Manager Bill S. Wiggins provided an update on various projects and events. He said Livingston Trade Days is slated for March 19-20 at Pedigo Park and will feature the annual Spring Outdoor Expo. He reported that the Livingston Farmers & Artisans Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 19 at Anniversary Park. He reminded everyone that the Trinity-Neches Livestock Show and Rodeo will be March 28 through April 1 at Barney Wiggins Memorial Park. He also informed everyone that the city’s Easter Eggstravaganza is April 9 at Pedigo Park. Easter bunny pictures will start at 9:30 a.m. and the egg hunt will begin at 11 a.m.

Other business included approval of the minutes of the Feb. 8 meeting and the accounts over $500.

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