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LPD officers now required to wear bulletproof vests
BY VALERIE REDDELL
LIVINGSTON — City council members approved a change in police department policy to require uniformed officers to wear bulletproof vests while on duty. The city has provided the protective gear for several years through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. “The extreme increase in the number of officers killed across the country prompted the Justice Department to require cities to certify that they have a ‘mandatory wear’ policy,” said City Manager Marilyn Sutton. The grant funds allow LPD to replace three or four vests a year to equip all patrol officers and investigators, Sutton added. The council also approved changes in library policies related to fine and fee collections as well as update its Internet and computer use policy to reflect technology changes since 2008. The council awarded a bid to sale hay growing on 50 acres at the municipal airport to Gary Slator for $10.10 per round bid, the higher of two bids received. Officials also voted to extend the city’s lease of land that includes the flagpole and pond area at the intersection of West Church Street and the Loop 59 Bypass Sutton said the property was originally leased from Cannon Pritchard in 1983 as part of a beautification project that included installation of the flagpole and fountain. Pritchard owns the property from the middle of the pond to the west and the remainder is owned by Whataburger. City crews are currently working on dredging the pond and other cleanup projects. After that work is complete, crews will reinstall the popular lighted displays which also needed to be refurbished, Sutton said. The council approved a fiveyear extension with an option for another 10 years. City officials also recently received environmental clearances for its Round I Disaster Recovery projects from Hurricane Ike.