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The annual comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2022 was presented by Steve Palmerton and Kevin Bienvenu of Harper and Pearson Company P.C. during the March 14 regular meeting of the Livingston City Council.

Council approved a notice of termination of contract from Republic Services for the collection and disposal of solid waste and authorized city officials to advertise for proposals for the collection and disposal of solid waste. The city had had a contract since 2003 with Santek, which was later purchased by Republic Services, and felt that after 20 years, they needed to see what other options are available.

Council approved the appointment of Heather Weber as election judge for the May 6 general election.

The CenterPoint Energy acknowledgment of filing and review of 2023 Annual Gas Reliability Infrastructure Program interim rate adjustment to be effective May 1, 2023 was reviewed and discussed.

Council discussed and approved awarding both an administrative services contract and an engineering services contract for the preparation of the city’s  2023-2024 Texas Community Development Block Grant Program application and subsequent contracts if funded. The administrative services contract was awarded to Langford out of Liberty Hill and the engineering services contract was awarded to Brannon Corporation out of Tyler.

Council approved calling a show cause hearing regarding property located at 106 N. East Ave. owned by Joseph McCandless and Manda Kay McCandless. Additionally, Council called a public hearing on the determination of unsafe and/or dilapidated buildings at the same address and set it for April 11.

During his monthly update on projects and events, City Manager Bill S. Wiggins reported on several upcoming events, including:

The Livingston Farmers & Artisan Market will be held at Anniversary Park on the first and third Saturday of each month.

The Trinity-Neches Livestock Show is slated for March 27-31 at Barney Wiggins Memorial Park.

The city’s Easter Eggstravaganza will be April 1 at Pedigo Park with Easter bunny pictures starting at 9:30 a.m. and the egg hunt starting at 11 a.m.

The Dunbar Alumni Association will host Sheriff Byron Lyons Day on April 22.

Wiggins also reported that the March sales tax report from the state comptroller for the month of January reflected $404,934.84, an increase of 16.77% over January 2022.

Other business included approval of the minutes of the Feb. 14 regular meeting and payment of accounts over $500.


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