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City of Livingston logoThe Livingston City Council will consider action on a proposed ordinance conditionally vacating, abandoning and closing a portion of N. East Ave. adjacent to Blocks 41 and 42 of the original city townsite from E. Polk St. northward to E. Milam St.

A public hearing was held at the June 13 meeting to receive comments regarding a petition by Central Baptist Church of Livingston to close that section of the street. Several church members spoke in favor of the petition, citing concerns regarding the protection and safety of the church’s children, youth and staff, as there is a lot of pedestrian traffic on Wednesdays and Sundays crossing the street from the main campus to the Family Life Center which is now used predominantly for children and youth. An additional reason they cited is the need to reconfigure their parking lot to better accommodate their handicapped and senior citizen members. Two people spoke against the petition, commenting that the street is a well-used thoroughfare that is used frequently. Council tabled the matter for further review.

Council is slated to approve authorization to execute an engagement letter for the employment of an auditor for fiscal year Oct. 1, 2022 through Sept. 30, 2023.

The reappointment of a health authority for the 2023-2025 term will be considered for approval.

Council is also slated to consider action on proposed resolutions setting public hearings on two local properties to consider the determination of unsafe or dilapidated buildings. One is located at 1008 Dunbar Ave. and other is located at 1931 S. Washington Ave.

An executive session is on the agenda at which time Council will consult with the city attorney. Any action, however, will be taken upon return to open session.

City Manager Bill S. Wiggins will present his monthly update on projects and events.

Other items on the agenda include approval of the minutes of the June 13 regular meeting and accounts over $500.

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