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Court to consider MOUs

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Polk County LogoMemorandums of understanding (MOUs) with eligible water supply corporations for water improvement projects will be considered by the Polk County Commissioners Court during its regular meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The MOUs will specifically address the purchase and installation of generators utilizing hazard mitigation grant program funds, requiring a 10% match, and infrastructure projects utilizing American Rescue Plan Act coronavirus local fiscal recovery funds, requiring a 25% match.

The advertisement of bids for the courthouse restoration project will be discussed and considered for action.

Commissioners will consider requests for capital purchases to be paid from the general fund balance and included on the FY2022 reimbursement resolution for the year-end issuance of legally authorized debt, as follows: the district attorney’s request for the purchase of three desktop scanners, not to exceed $1,339.50; the county court at law’s request for the purchase of a portable projector screen, not to exceed $399; the information technology’s request for the purchase of a central server (cloud backup), not to exceed $15,000; and the district clerk’s request for four printers and three desktop scanners, not to exceed $1,576.

The acceptance of a 2021 Ford F250 and a 2021 Palomino Caper awarded to the Precinct 1 Constable’s office will be considered, as will the determination for the method of funding vehicle maintenance and operations.

Commissioners will consider approval, approval upon conditions met, or rejection of Rocking R RV Park, located in Precinct 1, and Falcone Forest IV Subdivision, located in Precinct 4.

An offer to purchase tax foreclosure property, specifically, part of Lot 7 of Ella Woods in Precinct 4 (Cause No. 12-084) will be considered.

A variance for Rocking R RV Park, located in Precinct 1, will be considered, as will an order authorizing the sale of fireworks during the Memorial Day period of May 26 through midnight on May 31.

Commissioners will review and consider personnel action form requests submitted since the last meeting and will review any authorized emergency hirings.

Items on the consent agenda include:

Approve minutes of April 26 regular meeting and special session;

Approve schedules of bills;

Approve order designating surplus property;

Approve order of special election to be held on May 24;

Approve order relocating sheriff’s/tax sales to Dunbar gym effective August 10 until completion of the courthouse renovation;

Approve update to master street address guide;

Approve sprinkler system removal in Health and Human Services and Greater East Texas Community in Action sections of regional health center, not to exceed $9,257, to be paid from maintenance capital outlay buildings (budgeted funds);

Approve update to Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace network equipment, not to exceed $2,000, to be paid from information technologies capital outlay repair/replace equipment (budgeted funds);

Approve sheriff’s request to submit application for participation in the Texas Law Enforcement Support Office “1033 program;”

Approve update to grant agreement with Department of Family and Protective Services;

Approve cooperative agreement with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for the provision of educational programs;

Receive county treasurer’s amended FY2021 4th quarter report (July, August and September 2021);

Receive county treasurer’s amended FY2022 1st quarter report (October, November and December 2021); and

Receive county treasurer’s FY2022 2nd quarter report (January, February and March 2022).

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Community band to perform

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Band GraphicFrom Enterprise Staff

The Lake Livingston Area Community Band will be in concert at 7 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church of Livingston located at 106 Colt Rd. in Livingston.

This will be Conductor Gerald Fagan’s retirement with the community band. “I will be turning the baton over to three great musicians who have proven to be great conductors. They are Johnnie Hower, Emily Schoff, the Livingston High School band director, and Ishmael Mendoza, the Shepherd Junior High School band director,” Fagan said.

“We will be featuring three fine student musicians with solos,” Fagan said. “They are Jesus Adame, Lindsey Singleton and Luke Butler.”

The band will play the following songs: “Running With the Wind,” a march composed by Fagan, “The Best of the West,” “Down a Country Lane,” “Beguine for Band,” “Cinema Paradiso,” “Defiance,” “Gabriel’s Oboe,” “Italian Holiday,” “On a Hymn Song,” “Night Beat” and “Overture de Argentina.”

“Please come and bring someone with you. Help us fill the church,” Fagan said

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Chamber updating database

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LivingstonChamberofCommerceFrom Enterprise Staff

The Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce is currently updating its database with ChamberMaster and QuickBooks. Once the update is complete, chamber members will be able to update, correct or change their information; register for chamber events; add events to the calendar; set up reminders; and see what invoices payments are applied to.

“As we move forward in 2022, I would like to thank you for your support, as we continue to strive to enhance the success of business, tourism and civic interests of Polk County,” President Yvonne L. King said. “I ask you, ‘What can the chamber do for you today?’”

Upcoming ribbon cuttings include Worthy Soft Wash at 10:30 a.m. May 11 at the chamber office and First Community Financial Group at 115 W. Polk at 1:30 p.m. on May 18.

The chamber’s next learning lunch is slated for May 17. The program will be “Tips on Making Your Business Grow” and will be presented by Jessica Andreas of TheraCare Home Health and Christina Wood of Kindred Hospice.

The next Power Hour with the Chamber is slated for 8-9 a.m. June 7 at The Bull Shack. It’s a time to network over coffee so bring your business cards and mingle.

The next quarterly membership meeting is scheduled for June 28 at Cho-Yeh Camp & Conference Center. Polk County Emergency Management Coordinator Courtney Comstock will be the guest speaker.

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All-day cookoff, party planned to kick off Polk County Youth Rodeo

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The 2nd annual Rodeo Kickoff, Cookoff and Barn Party, an all-day festival to raise funds for the Polk County Youth Rodeo Association, is slated for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 18 at the Barney Wiggins Memorial Fairgrounds Arena. An arena style concert is slated for 5 p.m.

“We raised a little over $5,000 last year. We would love to raise more this year. It would mean a lot to the youth,” Tim Martin, event organizer, said.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 11-17 and free for children 10 and under. There will be a variety of activities for the children, entertainment all day and over 50 vendors. To obtain a vendor slot, contact Patty at 281-216-3099.

The barbecue cookoff will be sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society and there will be a 60% payout based on the number of entries. For entry forms, contact Tim at 936-425-0474.

Sponsorships are also still available. To be a sponsor contact Tim or Sheila Ann at 936-425-0474.

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