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Livingston City Council considers tax abatement for Main Street District
Polk County Enterprise - November 2007

LIVINGSTON – City Council members will consider a proposed resolution declaring eligibility of the City of Livingston to offer a tax abatement in the downtown Main Street District and hold a public hearing to consider the creation of Reinvestment Zone #3 for commercial/industrial tax abatements in the Main Street District during its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

Tuesday’s agenda also includes discussion and possible action on a resolution adopting guidelines and criteria for granting tax abatement in the Main Street District and governing tax abatement agreements.

Council members also will hear a request from Edd Hargett, manager of the East Texas Electric Cooperative Inc. asking for concurrence from the City of Livingston in the use of the alternative licensing process from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the Lake Livingston Hydroelectric Project.

The project is also set to be discussed by the Onalaska City Council Tuesday.

The alternative process allows hydroelectric projects to begin assessing environmental issues before actually applying for a license from FERC. During the application process, FERC issues a notice of the application; allows state and federal agencies to provide recommendations terms and conditions, and issues a draft environmental impact statement. The applicant then has an opportunity to resolve any environmental issues and respond to comments before the regulatory agency issues a final EIS. The commission then issues an order and license compliance and administration begins along with assessment of dam safety.

The council also will weigh a proposed ordinance amending insurance requirements for non-emergency ambulance services operating within the city limits.

Other items set to be considered include:
A letter agreement with Ray Associates Inc. for personnel services;
Review estimates from Blastco Inc. of $25,363 for repainting the West Street Ground Storage Tank;

Consider approval of holiday compensation for 2007;

Consider approval of holiday schedule for 2008;

Hear test results for the CODERed Emergency Notification System from the City Manager; and

Hear an update on upgrades at the Livingston Municipal Airport.

Tuesday’s agency also includes an executive session to discuss personnel issues including succession planning for supervisory personnel; consultation with the city’s attorney and deliberation of the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property.

The council will return to open session to take action any item deliberated in the closed executive session.





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