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City of Livingston logoBy Emily Banks Wooten
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The bid for the annual inspection and maintenance of the electric substation was awarded to Dashiell Corp. by the Livingston City Council during its Feb. 13 regular meeting.

City Manager Bill S. Wiggins said requests for proposal were sent to seven different companies and that Dashiell was the only one to submit a bid. He added that this company has done it before and “does a great job.” The bid was for $160,891.10.

Council reviewed proposals received for qualified auditors for the annual financial audit of the city beginning with fiscal year Oct. 1, 2023 through Sept. 30, 2024 and approved the selection of Belt Harris Pechacek for a three-year term with the option to renew for an additional two years. Harper & Pearson had done if for many years but have since retired.

The Livingston Police Department’s 2023 Racial Profiling Report was submitted, in accordance with Article 2.134(b) of the Texas Criminal Code of Procedure.

Additionally, additions and amendments to the police department’s policy and procedure manual were approved. There were two changes – one allowing facial hair, which was previously not allowed, and the other will now allow non-lethal shotguns for sergeants and above.

Council heard a status report on an unsafe, dilapidated building located at 1008 Dunbar Ave. The owners have removed the unsafe front and back porches, secured the building and shown city staff their plans for rehabilitation of the house, thus removing it from the list of Fire Marshal/Code Enforcement Officer Josh Mohler.

During his monthly update on projects and events, Wiggins reported that Livingston Area Fire Training School is slated for Feb. 23-24; the Friends of the Library will hold a book fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 15; Livingston Trade Days is slated for March 16-17 at Pedigo Park and the city’s Easter Eggstravaganza is March 23 at Pedigo Park with Easter bunny pictures starting at 9:30 a.m. and the egg hunt at 11 a.m. Wiggins also apprised Council of the progress on several ongoing development projects.

Other business included approval of the minutes of the Jan. 9 meeting and accounts over $500.

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