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City cancels election, sets swearing in


LIVINGSTON — City Council members approved an ordinance Tuesday canceling the May 14 election since all three incumbents are unopposed in their bid for reelection. The City Council will hold a special meeting May 24 to administer the oaths of office and elect a mayor pro tem for the coming year, City Manager Marilyn Sutton said. Council members also unanimously approved replatting three lots on Bluebird Street, converting them from three 100-foot lots to four 75-foot lots. All of the property is owned by Polk County Habitat for Humanity and are part of a plan to continue neighborhood development on Bluebird. The approved a recommended bid for a mechanical bar screen at the city’s wastewater treatment plant, part of the disaster recovery projects approved after Hurricane Ike ravaged Livingston on Sept. 13, 2008. Sutton said the generators for 14 lift stations, the city warehouse and public works facility are being ordered through the Houston- Galveston Area Council and may be available eight to 12 weeks after the order is placed. The city will have to go out for bids for sitework, concrete pads and electrical connections for the generators due to the stringent requirements for disaster recovery projects, Sutton said. Requests for bids will placed within the next month or so. Sutton also reported that 16,000 of the 19,000-foot water transmission being installed by the Trinity River Authority is complete. All gate valves and bores have been complete. Crews were working to place fire hydrants at five locations along the route then the new line will be pressure tested. The city will also pursue the necessary steps to have the U.S. Census Bureau reconsider its 2010 count for the City of Livingston. “The deadline is June 2013. There are very specific ways that you can present information and ask for reconsideration,” Sutton said. City officials also announced the resignation of Fire Marshal Mark Taylor. Fire station attendant Josh Mohler will move into his position and Brad Williams becomes attendant.


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