By Emily Banks Wooten
The Livingston City Council approved a 3.5% cost of living adjustment for the employee salary schedule following an executive session during its regular meeting Tuesday. The increase will go into effect with the new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Council also approved granting one personal leave day for full-time regular employees effective Jan. 1, 2023.
Authorization to execute an engagement letter for the employment of the Harper & Pearson firm as auditor for the fiscal year Oct. 1, 2021 through Sept. 30, 2022 was approved.
A proposed ordinance granting a franchise agreement to Centerpoint Energy Resources Corp. doing business as Centerpoint Energy Texas Gas Operations was approved.
Council approved a resolution for the sale of a 1987 Ranger Femfab walk-in heavy rescue fire truck to Keith and Carrie Stackhouse for $19,000.
The annual performance evaluation of the city manager was conducted, with Council commending Bill S. Wiggins for the great job he is doing.
Wiggins reported that the July sales tax report from the state comptroller’s office for the month of May reflected $411,396.50, a 6.55% increase over May of 2021.
Several representatives of the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce attended the meeting to express their appreciation to the city for the use of Pedigo Park for the chamber’s recent Smoke in the Pines Barbecue Cookoff.
“Without y’all’s support, we couldn’t do it. We really appreciate everything you do to support us,” Chamber Board Chairman Craig Jones said.
Council participated in a cyber security awareness training as required by Texas Government Code Section 2054.5191.
Other business included approval of accounts over $5,000 and minutes of the June 14 meeting.