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Still time to participate in ‘Serve Together’

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“Serve Together” is a partnership between local churches under the direction of the Lake Area Pastor’s Council. Courtesy photo

From Enterprise Staff

There is still opportunity for your church to join with other churches in Polk County for a weekend of service April 29-May 1. Formerly known as “Rise Up,” this is a partnership between local churches under the direction of the Lake Area Pastor’s Council. There are currently 14 churches that are participating this year.

The churches are also looking for projects for that weekend. In the past, churches have constructed handicapped ramps, made repairs to homes, done yardwork and painting and served both the City of Livingston and the Livingston Independent School District.

If your church would like more information on joining the “Serve Together” weekend of service or you would like to suggest a project, you may contact Kevan Wood at 936-327-4417 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The weekend of service began in 2013 in one local congregation. Over the past several years, the event has grown to include thousands of people from many congregations around the county. Last year, 14 churches accomplished over 200 projects.

This year, the event will kick off with a community-wide night of prayer and worship at LifeVine Church beginning at 6:30 p.m. on April 29.

“We know that all of our churches in the county serve throughout the year. This weekend isn’t designed to take away from anything we are doing already. But this weekend was born out of a simple question: What if the people of God came together and focused on the same thing at the same time? What could God do in Polk County if our community was able to see firsthand the unity we feel as the body of Christ?” Brett Lester, pastor of First Baptist Church, said.

“You don’t have to be anything but willing to serve. There will be something for everyone,” Simon Geller, pastor of LifeVine Church, said.

So far, the churches participating are Messiah Messianic Assembly, Trinity Lutheran Church, LifeVine Church, Pine Forest Baptist Church, Soda Baptist Church, First Assembly of God Livingston, First Baptist Church Livingston, First Baptist Church Onalaska, First Baptist Church Providence, Church on the Lake, First United Methodist Church Livingston, First Presbyterian Church Livingston, Central Baptist Church and Centro de Vida.

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Constable items on agenda

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Polk County LogoThe constable warrant service program quarterly report for the period ending March 31 will be received by the Polk County Commissioners Court during its regular meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The Court will discuss and consider the addition of four reserve deputy constable positions in Precinct 2 based on the constable’s increased performance of statutorily required duties.

A proposed agreement with Human Resources Director Adrena Gilbert for human resources consulting/training services will be considered for approval.

The Court will consider approval of an agreement with Langford Community Management Services for administration and professional services relating to the hazard mitigation grant program, as well as authorization for the county judge to negotiate the cost of project scope if funding is awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Action regarding the IAH Public Facility Corporation board of directors will be considered.

The Court is expected to discuss and consider action on an interlocal agreement between Polk County and The Texas Department of Public Safety for a permanent commercial driver license facility in the county.

The Court will also discuss and consider a request from Republic Services to initiate an exact change policy at the citizen collection stations effective May 16.

Action regarding the current topographic requirements in the Polk County Subdivision Regulations and alternative options will be discussed and considered.

Commissioners will consider approval, approval upon conditions met, or rejection of subdivision applications for Lagoon Ranch RV Park and Hunter’s Ridge Subdivision, both located in Precinct 2, and Caney Pines Subdivision, located in precinct 3.

They will also discuss and consider a request for variances from the Polk County Subdivision Regulations for Falcone Forest IV Subdivision located in Precinct 4, as follows: waive five-foot interval requirement on topographic map and increase limit of single-family dwellings per lot to two for lots that are five acres or greater.

A request for a capital purchase to be paid from the general fund balance and included on the FY2022 reimbursement resolution for the year-end issuance of legally authorized debt will be considered, for the human resources department to purchase a desktop printer, not to exceed $329.

The Court will review and consider personnel action form requests submitted since the last meeting and will review any authorized emergency hirings. They will also consider the FY2022 budget revisions and amendments, as presented by the county auditor’s office.

During informational reports the Court will receive the yearly audit and will also observe proclamations declaring April 11-17 to be Public Safety Telecommunications Week, declaring April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Items on the consent agenda include:

Approve minutes of the March 22 regular meeting;

Approve schedules of bills;

Approve order designating surplus property;

Receive and record continuing education certifications/transcripts of elected officials, as submitted;

Approve filing a claim with the state comptroller, pursuant to government code, Sec. 61.0015(B), for reimbursement of a portion of the juror fees paid by Polk County during the period of January 1 through March 31;

Accept grant award (4366401) from the Office of the Governor for the purchase of body worn cameras and authorize the county match of $10,750 to be paid from the sheriff’s asset forfeiture funds;

Approve resolution for the sheriff’s office to apply to the Texas Department of Transportation’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Grant Program, Operation Slow;

Approve updates to master street address guide;

Receive and record District Judge Travis Kitchens’ order of appointment for 258th Judicial District court coordinator; and

Approve the renewal of work-based-learning agreements between Workforce Solutions and the Polk County Maintenance Department and the Polk County Aging Department.

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Public hearing on appeal slated

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City of Livingston logoA public hearing will be held on an appeal by Coast 2 Coast Signs regarding the denial of a sign permit for an off-premise pylon sign at 1620 W. Church St. to advertise for Panda Express and Starbucks during the regular meeting of the Livingston City Council at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Following the hearing, Council is slated to discuss and consider possible action on the appeal.

Livingston Police Chief Matt Parrish and Lieutenant Marty Drake will make a presentation to Council regarding the use of Flock Group Inc. automated license plate recognition cameras. Following the presentation, Council is expected to consider action on a proposed resolution authorizing a contract agreement with Flock Group Inc. for the acquisition, installation, maintenance and monitoring of five cameras.

The increase in amounts per call for the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, including emergency calls, non-emergency calls and drills, will be discussed and considered for possible action.

Council is expected to consider possible action on the confirmation of the mayor’s appointment of an electrical inspector.

An executive session is on the agenda at which time Council may consult with the city attorney if necessary. Any business requiring action, however, will be conducted upon return to open session.

City Manager Bill S. Wiggins will update Council on projects and events. Other items on the agenda include approval of the minutes of the March 8 regular meeting and accounts over $500.

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Rep. Ashby addresses local club

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Ashby stated he would continue to work hand in hand with fellow State Representative James White during the transition stage when White steps down from office. Ashby stated he would continue to work hand in hand with fellow State Representative James White during the transition stage when White steps down from office. From Enterprise Staff

Candidate and State Representative Trent Ashby spoke to the Republican Club of Polk County during the club’s April meeting.

Ashby spoke on the southern border issues and what the State of Texas is doing to avoid illegal immigration. He also spoke about tightening voting rules to prevent “harvesting votes,” the heartbeat legislation recently passed and rules for keeping boys’ and girls’ sports separate from each other from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

Ashby said he will continue to work hand in hand with fellow State Representative James White during the transition stage when White steps down from office. He said he hopes to win the November election.

Club members said the found the meeting informative. Upcoming speakers include Lara Login of Fox news, former CIA Chief of Counterintelligence James Olson and outgoing U.S. Representative Kevin Brady, minority leader of the House Ways and Means Committee.

The Republican Club of Polk County meets at VFW Post #8568 on Hwy. 190 West the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Membership is $10 a year and a monthly catered dinner is served for $12. All are invited to attend.

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LVFD delivers program

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The Livingston Rotary Club recently had the opportunity to learn more about the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department when three of its members spoke to the club. (l-r) Livingston Volunteer Fire Department Chief Corky Cochran, Livingston Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief John Haynes, City of Livingston Fire Marshal/Code Enforcement Officer Josh Mohler and Rotarian Joe Haynes. Photo by Emily Banks WootenThe Livingston Rotary Club recently had the opportunity to learn more about the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department when three of its members spoke to the club. (l-r) Livingston Volunteer Fire Department Chief Corky Cochran, Livingston Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief John Haynes, City of Livingston Fire Marshal/Code Enforcement Officer Josh Mohler and Rotarian Joe Haynes. Photo by Emily Banks Wooten

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The Livingston Volunteer Fire Department will be 107 years old this August. The Livingston Rotary Club learned this when Fire Chief Corky Cochran, Assistant Chief John Haynes and Fire Marshal/Code Enforcement Officer Josh Mohler recently provided the club’s program.

“Our fire department is all volunteers. We have four stations, respond to 600 calls a year. We’re funded by the city, the county, citizens like you and a few grants,” Cochran said.

“We have a great relationship with both the city and the county. The city supports us with our insurance, liability, workers’ comp, our dispatchers, our fire marshal, our uniforms, supplies, fire prevention equipment, rescue equipment, repairs and maintenance, gas and oil, utilities, telephones, fire school, postage, computers and radios. We operate with three engines, two tankers, a heavy rescue truck, three brush trucks and our radio system. The city provides what keeps the wheels going. It’s a great relationship,” Cochran said.

“What makes the difference is citizens like you and the contributions you provide. If you’re not in our area, contribute to the department where you live,” he said.

Haynes spoke about the importance of the department’s training.

“When you join the fire department, the first six months is all training and fire school, more training and the smoke house. We go to A&M fire school every year and we put on a school here ourselves every year. There’s not a better way to learn your trade than to teach someone,” Haynes said.

He talked about new firefighters being issued protective equipment, bunker gear, wildfire gear, radio pagers and a mobile radio and the costs associated with these items.

“When we get a call, the ones closer to the station go and get the truck. The ones closer to the scene go there. We have a business meeting the second Tuesday of each month and other than that, we do drills and training exercises every Tuesday,” Haynes said. “We just purchased a drone that will allow us to do some searches and get up and get a little bit better look at fire scenes.”

Mohler addressed fire prevention and home fire safety.

“One of the biggest tools for home safety is a smoke detector. I cannot emphasize enough how important they are,” Mohler said, adding that working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are a must.

“Another really good tool to have in your toolbox is a simple 2A40BC fire extinguisher. It’s inexpensive, just a small one, basically a five-pound one. If you have one of those and you’re alone when the fire happens that little thing can put the fire out,” Mohler said.

He added that water heaters need about 36 inches of clearance because of the open flame and instructed people not to put their brooms next to it. He also informed the club that open fire is not allowed within the city limits.

“The first one’s on us but the second one’s on you and they will write you a citation,” he said.

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