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Recycling, collections on agenda

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recycling logoA memorandum of understanding with Keep Texas Beautiful for the purpose of increasing the amount of recyclable #1 plastic (polyethylene terephthalate) collected at the recycling center will be considered by the Polk County Commissioners Court during its regular meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The Court will also consider a request from Republic Services to initiate an exact change policy at the Citizen Collection Stations effective May 1.åThe Court is expected to discuss and consider approval of an interlocal agreement between Polk County and the Texas Department of Public Safety for a permanent commercial driver’s license facility in Polk County.

An order authorizing the sale of fireworks during the San Jacinto Day period of April 16 through midnight April 21 will be considered.

The Court will consider action on requests for capital purchases to be paid from the general fund balance and included on the FY 2022 reimbursement resolution for the year-end issuance of legally authorized debt as follows: the purchase of a new scanner, not to exceed $1,000, for the Precinct 1 justice of the peace office and the purchase of security equipment, not to exceed $1,830.63, for the 411th Judicial District.

Action related to application for the hazard mitigation grant program to update the multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan for emergency management will be discussed and considered for action.

The Court is expected to discuss and consider action to approve the procurement of appraisal services for the Polk County Community Development Block Grant Program Voluntary Buyout Program GLO Contract #20-066-018-C125, as follows: Jordan Appraisal to provide appraisal services and Scott Stephens to provide appraisal review services.

A request for a waiver from the five-foot interval requirement on the topographic map for Hunter’s Ridge Subdivision, located in Precinct 2, will be considered.

Commissioners will consider approval, upon conditions met, or rejection of: Rolling Pines, Section 2, Block 2 Subdivision, located in Precinct2; Caney Pines Subdivision, located in Precinct 3; and Royal Livingston Subdivision, located in Precinct 4.

In personnel matters, the Court is expected to review personnel action form requests submitted since the last meeting and any authorized emergency hirings.

The Court will consider requests for revisions and amendments to the budget, specifically, FY2022 budget revisions and amendments as presented by the county auditor’s office.

During informational reports, the Court will be apprised of an $18,250 grant that’s

been received by long term recovery for Winter Storm Uri repairs.

Items on the consent agenda include the following:

• Approval of the minutes of the March 8 regular meeting;

• Approve schedules of bills;

• Approve order designating surplus property;

Receipt of the county auditor’s monthly report, pursuant to Local Government Code Sec. 114.025;

Approve proclamation designating April 2022 as Fair Housing Month in Polk County;

Approve request from Precinct 1 Constable Scott Hughes for asset forfeiture expenditure of seized property not to exceed $3,000 for annual furnished transportation expenses and $1,000 for annual communications expenses;

Approve request from Precinct 1 Constable Scott Hughes for asset forfeiture expenditure of seized property not to exceed $872.11 for reimbursement to Beau Price for travel expenses;

Approve order of special election to be held on May 7;

Approve update to Master Street Address Guide;

Approve agreement with Texas Association of Counties for website services for the Office of Emergency Management; and

Approve a resolution authorizing the submission of a hazard mitigation grant program application for the purchase and installation of emergency back-up generators at eligible public water supply facilities in the unincorporated areas of Polk County.

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Robotics retains title

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On March 5 two Livingston Robotics teams competed in the South East Texas Regional Tournament.  Team 16226, True Damage, Made up of Raqeeb Anjum (Head Programmer/Driver), Trevor Warren (Programmer), Juan Torres (Driver), Eduardo Medina (Builder), Zachary Drewett (Builder), Logan Alexander (Pit crew), Pengyu Chen (Engineering Notebook), and Brannon Boyd (3D printer Designer), Finished first place in the tournament becoming Regional Robotics Champions for the second year in a row. This win allows Livingston Robotics to advance to the UIL Robotics State tournament for the fifth year in a row. Livingston Robotics has also earned a spot to compete in the Robotics Worlds Tournament held in Houston from April 19 through April 23.  Only two teams from each region get to advance to this level.  There are a total of 75 regions around the world.  There are a total of 5 Regions in the State of Texas.  This means that True Damage is one of the top 10 teams in the State of Texas.  Courtesy photo

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Chamber names new CEO

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LivingstonChamberofCommerceBy Emily Banks Wooten
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The Board of Directors of the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce recently named Yvonne King as CEO of the organization. King, an administrative assistant with the chamber for the past 22 years, has been serving as interim CEO since the Jan. 31 resignation of Janet Wiggins, the previous CEO.

Asked what’s first on her agenda, King said, “I want to get out there and get with the county and the cities, see what their interests are and promote our area.

“I want to let the people know we’re small, but we have a big heart. We may not have everything, but we have a lot. We’re good. This board is ready to work.”

King said she’d like for the chamber to have more of a presence in the community. She said she also wants to help people understand the purpose of the chamber and bring more awareness to the role of the chamber in the community.

“A lot of what we do is still through word of mouth. We want to be in the know too. We want to help our businesses grow. It’s okay to want more businesses here but we have to help the ones we have,” King said.

“We’re ready to move forward and get back to the business of what a chamber is supposed to do and that’s bring new business to the local communities and promote tourism in our area,” Chamber Board Chairman Craig Jones said.

“It’s been interesting. I’ve made a lot of good friends,” King said of her 22 years with the chamber. During that time, she’s worked with six different executive directors.

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Trinity-Neches Livestock Show coming up soon

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Adam and Jessica Graham, with the Onalaska FFA, presented a program about the Trinity-Neches Livestock Show (TNLS) and Rodeo to the Livingston Rotary Club recently. Celebrating its 76th year, the annual event will begin on March 28 and go through April 1.  

The Grahams said there are right at 200 livestock exhibitors entered in the 2022 show. These include 23 steers, 35 heifers, 37 swine, 33 goats, 28 rabbits, 24 lambs and 19 broilers.

Showing livestock is just one of the many opportunities at the TNLS which is proud to support a variety of shows, including: breeding beef cattle, market steers, commercial heifers, breeding meat goats, meat goats, market lambs, broilers, production poultry, breeding rabbits, meat pen rabbits, breeding swine, market swine and horses.

TNLS also holds a youth show that allows children to show off their creative side and not just exhibit livestock. This event is separated into six divisions, including: arts, crafts, photography, horticulture, floral design and baking.

The rodeo is always an exciting night during TNLS. Local FFA and 4-H members can participate in the following team and/or individual events: steer saddling, straight away barrels, chute dogging, cloverleaf barrels, rescue race, breakaway roping, pole bending, goat ribbon pulling, steer riding and the TNLS queen contest. A goat scramble is also available and open to the public for youth ages 12 and under.

TNLS also holds an agricultural mechanics project show, whereby projects are judged on workmanship, design and materials, practicality and general appearance and finish. The ag mechanics show is divided into five divisions: ag machinery, livestock equipment, trailers, wildlife and recreation and home use.

The barbecue cookoff is another opportunity at TNLS. Judging is based on taste, appearance and tenderness/texture. The three categories are beef brisket, ribs and cook’s choice.

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Locals fare well in Crappie Masters

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By Emily Banks Wooten
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In its second event of the 2022 season, Crappie Masters East Texas held an event March 5 out of Kickapoo Marina on Lake Livingston. Although the anglers were faced with high winds making for a difficult day, local teams placed first and third.

Frank Morgan and Jesse Whitten, an uncle/nephew team out of Onalaska, made a 20-mile round trip in high winds and came back with an impressive 13.08 pounds, to lead the field by a whopping 3.84 pounds. They said they plan to hit several tournaments this season.

Another uncle/nephew team, Mark Johnson and Michael Hughes, also from Polk County, took third place with 9.11 pounds. They also won the big fish category with a 2.52-pound black crappie.

Taking second place was the team of Blake Oesteich and Wes Hurst of Nacogdoches. They weighted in at 9.24 pounds.

The next event on the trail is April 9 at Stowaway Marina out of Conroe, where the dedicated duo of Morgan and Whitten will try to take over the lead as Angler of The Year. They are currently in a three-way tie with teams of Oesteich/Hurst and Rowan/Asbury. 

Events are also slated for May 14 at Lake Somerville Marina on Lake Somerville, June 11 at Lost Frontier RV Park at Toledo Bend and July 16 at Jackson Hill Marina on Sam Rayburn. Although the location has not been announced yet, the state championship will be held in August.

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