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Public hearing slated for Four Corners

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public hearing graphicThe Polk County Commissioners Court will conduct a public hearing at 10 a.m. Tuesday to receive public comments on the request to cancel a portion of Four Corners Subdivision Phase 4, Block 1, Lots 15-30 and Lots 65-73, Block 3 (removing lots) and re-plat the same as for Four Corners Phase 4 (The Park), also known as Lot 29A. At the close of the public hearing, Commissioners will consider action on the request.

Commissioners will discuss and consider action relating to possibly rescheduling the regular commissioners court session set for Feb. 22 due to the Court’s attendance at the V.G. YoungInstitute of County Government School for Commissioners Courts in Bryan.

A memorandum of understanding between Polk County and the Polk County Precinct 1 constable to provide constable reserve deputy patrol in Precinct 1 will be considered for ap-proval.

Commissioners are expected to discuss and consider any necessary action relating to the request to purchase a 30-foot by 40-foot storage building for the sheriff’s office to store supplies and personal protective equipment to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the sheriff’s office and jail.

A proposal from AT&T Services for enhanced cybersecurity measures for elections, to be funded by the Help America Vote Act grant, will be discussed and considered for action.

Commissioners will also discuss and consider action relating to a proposal from Kofile for archival digitization of historical records for the Polk County Clerk’s Office, to be paid from the county clerk records management fund.

Commissioners are expected to receive nuisance abatement hearing determinations and consider orders to abate nuisances on Cause Nos. ET0010-ET0019.

A survey of Polk County school lands will be discussed and considered for action.

Regarding personnel matters, Commissioner are expected to review and consider per-sonnel action form requests submitted since the last meeting and review any authorized emergency hirings.

Items on the consent agenda include:

Approve the minutes of the Dec. 28 meeting;

Approve the schedules of bills;

Approve an order designating surplus property;

Approve renewal of the Americare contract for primary EMS/ambulance service for Polk County;

Approve enrollment in the Texas Association of Counties annual cybersecurity training;

Receive the constable warrant service program quarterly report for the period ending Dec. 31, 2021;

Approve the appointment of Keagen Newman to reserve deputy constable for Precinct 1;

Approve the appointment of Anthony Brugnone to reserve deputy fire marshal;

Ratify approval of the request from Republic Services for Sam Houston Electric Cooper-ative overhead easement at the Polk County Landfill;

Approve use of $5,400 from the justice court building security fund balance for security improvements for the Precinct 4 justice of the peace courtroom;

Approve updating signature cards for the county treasurer on all bank accounts; and

Approve the sheriff’s request to purchase two 2022 Ford Explorers for jail transport in the amount of $62,222.50, to be funded from insurance payment on damaged vehicles.

In old business, Commissioners are expected to discuss and consider approval of a poli-cy regarding the use of county buildings, grounds and facilities, as well as minutes of the Dec. 14 regular meeting.

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City to consider 1-69 membership

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1 9 lcc advanceFrom Enterprise Staff

The Livingston City Council will discuss and consider possible action on membership in the Alliance for Interstate 69 Texas and payment of a membership fee in the amount of $1,150 during its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The plat for Wells Development will also be discussed and considered for approval.

Council is expected to call a public hearing on the determination of an unsafe and/or dilapidated building, specifically, the abandoned building located at 522 W. Church St., situated on a called 100 x 75 foot tract of land situated in the M.L. Choate Survey, A-15, Polk County, Texas, as described in a deed dated May 20, 1996 from Kathleen Squyres Garner and Townie Squyres to Fred Jarrell, recorded in Volume 1017, Pages 055 et seq. of the Official Public Records of Polk County, Texas.

An executive session is on the agenda at which time Council will consult with the city attorney. Any possible action will be taken upon return to open session.

City Manager Bill S. Wiggins will present his monthly report and update Council on various projects and events.

Other items on the agenda include approval of the accounts over $500 and the minutes of the Dec. 14 meeting.

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Locals earn degrees from SHSU

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shsu logoFrom Enterprise Staff

 A number of area students received degrees from Sam Houston State University during its December 2021 Commencement.

Cullen Burch, of Goodrich, earned a master of science degree in victim services management.

From Livingston, the following students earned degrees: Nathaniel Glass, bachelor of science in cybersecurity, Magna Cum Laude; Bailey Hoagland, bachelor of science in criminal justice, Summa Cum Laude; Keana Koroma, bachelor of science in health sciences; Michelle Machuca, bachelor of science in health care administration; Prestin McCormick, bachelor of science in education; Madison Milner, bachelor of science in plant and soil sciences; Ashley Schwarz, bachelor of arts in history; Jillian Stelck, bachelor of business administration in finance; Timothy Tomblin, bachelor of business administration in general business; Rebekah Warren, bachelor of science in education; Quirt Wilson, bachelor of science in biology; and Logan Youngblood, bachelor of business administration in general business.

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Lions looking for youth ages 12-18

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lions logoFrom Enterprise Staff

The Lions of Polk County are looking for young people wanting to serve their community to form a LEO Club for 12-18 year olds. The first organizational meeting held in December netted 12 students. However, 20 to 25 students are needed to form the club. The next meeting is slated for 7 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church at 106 Colt Rd. in Livingston.

As it will be a community-based LEO Club, homeschoolers, Christian school students and students from any school in Polk County are welcome to participate.

The LEO Club will be set up just like a Lions Club. The students will be supervised in their activities, but the students will decide what type of projects they want to do for their community and the fundraisers that they will hold to help them accomplish their goals. They will have officers and they will be involved in leadership training that will ensure their future successes.

Being a member of a LEO club provides an opportunity to make new friends, become a leader, experience teamwork and team building, participate in fun service projects, beef up a resume, help the needy, help the special needs children at the Texas Lions Camp and much, much more.

For those interested in joining the club or to obtain additional information, contact Bobbie Fagan at 936-967-0740.

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Kentucky Derby Gala planned

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For annual chamber awards banquet

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derby hatBreak out the big hats and bowties for the Kentucky Derby Gala, the theme of the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce’s 86th Annual Awards Banquet slated for Jan. 27 at the Polk County Commerce Center.

The event will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner, remarks, awards and live entertainment. The culmination of the annual banquet is the presentation of the Small Business of the Year, the Large Business of the Year and the Polk Countian of the Year.

The Large Business of the Year recognizes a business with 21 or more employees that has been operational for at least three years in Polk County and has demonstrated professional integrity, financial stability, excellence in customer services, success through innovation and a commitment to the community. The business must be a current member of the chamber.

The Small Business of the Year recognizes a business with 20 or fewer employees that has been operational for at least three years in Polk County and has demonstrated professional integrity, financial stability, excellence in customer services, success through innovation and a commitment to the community. The business must be a current member of the chamber.

The Polk Countian of the Year recognizes a person who has made significant contributions to Polk County through time, actions, talents, dedication, leadership and striving to make Polk County a better place, as well as a passion for helping others in the community in a way that can be felt throughout.

Tickets are $30 apiece and may be purchased from the chamber office located at 1001 Hwy. 59 Loop North in Livingston. For additional information contact the chamber office at 936-327-4929.

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