Council’s action to result in annual million dollar savings
By Emily Banks Wooten
The City of Livingston will see a savings of $1.4-$1.6 million annually following action taken by the Livingston City Council during its regular meeting May 9. Council approved a resolution adopted by the Board of Directors of the Trinity River Authority (TRA) of Texas authorizing the TRA contract revenue refunding bonds, the Livingston Regional Water Supply System Project, and approving and authorizing instruments and procedures relating thereto.
In response to a request for proposals for waste collection and disposal, Council heard from representatives of Piney Woods Sanitation, Pro Star Waste/Waste Connections and Republic Services.
The reappointment of Municipal Court Judge Dana Williams for the two-year term of May 2023 through May 2025 was approved.
As an information item, Council reviewed a proposed cost of living adjustment for the employee salary schedule, to be effective Oct. 1.
During his monthly update on projects and events, City Manager Bill S. Wiggins reminded Council that the Livingston Farmers and Artisan Market is held the first and third Saturday of each month at Anniversary Park next to Melbo’s. He reported that signups for sem lessons began May 1 at the Parks Office at Pedigo Park and that over 400 have already registered. He also reported that the Livingston Municipal Court is offering an amnesty program for Class C warrants and unpaid tickets through May 31.
Wiggins apprised Council that since Livingston is a Type A General Law City, newly-elected officers may not assume the duties of the office until at least the fifth day after the election, excluding Sundays. Therefore, a special called city council meeting is set for 5 p.m. May 16 to canvass the election, administer the oaths of office, issue certificates of election and elect a mayor pro-tem for the coming year. (See related story, this page.)
Wiggins apprised Council of the current development projects underway, including: the addition of a new metal building at Century II Printing at 1506 N. Washington; ongoing work at CP Homes Memory Care at 1864 N. Washington; the review of plans for a remodel of CVS at 1500 W. Church; the review of plans for a Denny’s at 103 U.S. Hwy. 59 Loop South; ongoing work on new office lease spaces at 109 W. Abbey; ongoing work on the Highway 190 Apartments at 909 E. Church; permit ready to be issued for King Ranch John Deere Dealership and turf business at 510 U.S. Hwy. 59 Loop South; ongoing work at Livingston Fitness Center at 601 W. Church; ongoing work on the construction of new townhomes at 209, 211, 213 and 215 Jack Moseley Blvd.; ongoing work at On the Run Truckstop at 911 E. Church; a pre-development meeting for a proposed four-plex housing unit at 115 Pan American; work has begun on the courthouse restoration project at the Polk County Courthouse at 101 W. Church; a pre-development meeting for Stella’s Bakery on U.S. Hwy. 190 West; installation of a Tesla Super Charging Station at Best Stop Convenience Store at 1155 E. Church; work in progress on new residences at 106 Getaway, 106 Sunrise, 107 Sunrise, 106 Sunset and 118 Sunshine; permits ready to be issued for new residences at 105 Getaway and 120 Sunshine; ongoing work at The Vault Venue at 415 N. Washington; ongoing work on an office building for Edward Jones Investment Agency at 500 W. Polk; permit ready to be issued for a $3.5 million major remodel at Walmart at 1620 W. Church; and ongoing work on construction of duplex homes at 1300 and 1302 S. Houston.
Other business included approval of the minutes of the April 11 meeting and the accounts over $500.
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