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County to pursue strategic planning process

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Polk County LogoThe Polk County Commissioners Court will discuss and consider action regarding the strategic planning process during its regular meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Court will also consider a request for proposals to perform a forensic review of financial records.

Action related to the district attorney’s proposed criminal case file hard copy destruction and retention schedule will be considered.

A request from Republic for closing the Polk County Landfill to commercial traffic on Saturdays will also be considered.

The Court is expected to receive and take any necessary action regarding the fiscal year 2024 budget adopted by the Polk Central Appraisal District on April 5.

Regarding the selection of county depositories and sub-depositories, the Court will receive and consider all applications for county depositories and will select qualified applicants based on the terms and qualifications.

A certificate of compliance for Two Creeks Crossing RV Park located in Precinct 2 will be considered for approval.

The Court will receive the constable warrant service program quarterly report for the period ending March 31.

A request for a capital purchase to be paid from the general fund balance and included on the fiscal year 2023 reimbursement resolution for the year-end issuance of legally authorized debt, specifically, a request from the Precinct 3 justice of the peace to replace courtroom benches, not to exceed $2,000, will be considered.

In personnel matters, the Court will review and consider personnel action forms submitted since the last meeting and review any authorized emergency hirings.

The Court will consider approval of fiscal year 2023 budget revisions and amendments as presented by the county auditor’s office.

Several proclamations will be presented during the portion of the meeting reserved for informational reports – one for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, one for Child Abuse Prevention Month, one declaring April 9-15 as Public Safety Telecommunications Week in Polk County and one declaring April 23-29 as Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Polk County.

Items on the consent agenda include:

Approve minutes of the March 28 meeting;

Approve schedules of bills;

Approve order designating surplus property;

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

Approve to file 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 Jan. 1 through March 31 of this year;

Approve resolution in support of district attorney’s victim coordinator and liaison grant application to the Office of the Attorney General;

Approve resolution in support of sheriff’s office other victim assistance grant application to the Office of the Attorney General;

Accept total loss offer for 214 Chevrolet Tahoe and remove from county inventory as of March 27, 2023;

Approve memorandum of understanding for Leggett ISD for local disaster preparedness (sheltering);

Approve interlocal agreement with Corrigan-Camden ISD for the county’s provision of election equipment and services for the May 6 general election as recommended by the county clerk; and

Approve agreement with Certified Payments for credit card processing in the district clerk’s office.

 

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Council looking to replace fuel tank at Livingston Municipal Airport

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City of Livingston logoThe Livingston City Council will consider possible action on an expenditure for the replacement of a fuel tank at the Livingston Municipal Airport with the amount not to exceed $250,000 during its meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Council will discuss and consider action on the appointment of an alternate judge for the May 6 general election and will also consider action on the Ameresco Inc. payment application No. 1 in the amount of $508,742.

In activity related to the 2023-2024 Texas Community Development Block Grant Program, Council will discuss and consider action on two proposed resolutions – one authorizing the submission of an application, to include civil rights policies, for the community development fund competition and other authorizing signatories for the 2023-2024 application and future grants administered through the Texas Department of Agriculture’s TDA Go Grants Online.

Council is slated to hold a show cause hearing and a public hearing on the determination of unsafe and/or dilapidated building and cleanup of property regarding property at 106 N. East Ave. owned by Joseph McCandless and Manda Kay McCandless. The property is a residential structure and outbuildings owned by the McCandlesses and described as: 1.262 acre of land in the M.L. Choate Survey, A-15, Polk County, Texas, called to be Lot 2 of Block 3 of the Meece Addition to the City of Livingston, and described in deed dated Nov. 14, 2019 from Annis Lee Crowley to Joseph McCandless and wife, Manda Kay McCandless, recorded in Volume 2234, Page 193 of the Official Public Records of Polk County, Texas. Following the hearings, Council will discuss and consider action on the final order regarding the property.

An executive session is on the agenda for Council to 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 accounts over $500 and minutes of the March 14 meeting.

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Second annual Earth Day event planned

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CC & the Road Dawgs will provide live music at the upcoming Earth Day event and fundraiser hosted by Polk County Recycling & Beautification on April 22. The band recently performed at Across the Tracks, a live music venue in downtown Livingston. (l-r) Louis Ploth, Lee Musquiz, Carlos Cardozo and Steve Bache. Photo by Emily Banks WootenCC & the Road Dawgs will provide live music at the upcoming Earth Day event and fundraiser hosted by Polk County Recycling & Beautification on April 22. The band recently performed at Across the Tracks, a live music venue in downtown Livingston. (l-r) Louis Ploth, Lee Musquiz, Carlos Cardozo and Steve Bache. Photo by Emily Banks Wooten

By Emily Banks Wooten
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One table and about 20 tickets are still available for the 2nd annual Earth Day event and fundraiser hosted by Polk County Recycling & Beautification (PCRB). This year’s event is slated for 2-5 p.m. April 22 at Tempe Creek Vineyard and Farm located at 307 Dickens Ranch Rd. in Livingston.

The event will include live music by CC & the Road Dawgs, food, wine, raffles, a silent auction, door prizes and more. To purchase the last table for $500 or individual tickets for $30 apiece call or text 936-337-3315. Tickets are available at the Polk County Recycle Center located at 10311 N. Hwy 146 in Livingston at the intersection of Hwy. 146 and FM 2665.

The Polk County Recycle Center has been open for approximately 17 months and during that time has diverted over 125,000 pounds of materials from the Polk County Landfill.

PCRB is a nonprofit organization that has partnered with Polk County to provide a reliable recycling service for the residents of East Texas, sustained by grants, donations, and the sale of recyclable materials. The center can accept #1-#7 plastics, flattened cardboard and aluminum and steel “tin” cans.

Materials should be relatively clean which will make them more valuable to buyers, helping PCRB to support the program for years to come. Materials should also be presorted as much as possible.

The Polk County Recycle Center recently adopted new hours. It is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays and until 4:30 p.m. by appointment.

A second location is available at 416 Onalaska Loop in Onalaska. It is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To learn more about PCRB and the recycle center, or to become a volunteer or make a donation, visit the website at pcrbtexas.org.

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Ashby’s mobile office to visit

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Trent AshbyFrom Enterprise Staff

Linda F. Parker, the district director for State Rep. Trent Ashby, brings the representative’s “mobile office” to Polk County the second Tuesday of each month to meet with constituents, answer questions and address concerns.

Parker will be in Livingston from 9-11 a.m. April 12 in the commissioners’ courtroom of the Polk County Regional Health Building (Suite A) located at 410 E. Church St.

Constituents are also welcome to follow Ashby’s Facebook page, where he posts regular updates, sharing information for his district.

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GRACE PREGNANCY OUTREACH

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MistyNettlesKimJernigan

GRACE Pregnancy Outreach Executive Director Misty Nettles recently presented a program to the Livingston Lions Club. GRACE Pregnancy Outreach provides a place where individuals can find compassion and help without judgment or condemnation. Client advocates at the outreach center are committed to offering emotional support and personal concern. GRACE opened in 2017 and a is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides pregnancy testing, prenatal services and parenting classes that are free of charge due to the generous support of donors. Lion President Kim Jernigan presented a donation on behalf of the club to Nettles. (l-r) Nettles and Jernigan. Courtesy photo

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