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2022-04-07 06:06:17 By : Mr. August Han

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J.W. Griffin of TAUD informs the City Council about the new EPA Lead and Copper Rule.

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J.W. Griffin of TAUD informs the City Council about the new EPA Lead and Copper Rule.

Livingston Board of Mayor and Aldermen held the regular monthly meeting Monday, April 4.

Among the items approved in the night’s business was a request to use Downtown Revitalization rebate funds for three Live in Livingston events this year.

According to Ray Evans, the three acts for this year will be Collin Raye on May 1, The Kentucky Headhunters on June 18, and Confederate Railroad on July 23.

“The combined fee for those three groups is $30,000,” Evans said. “We are recommending an additional $10,000 for marketing of this latest expenditures for a total of $40,000 to come out of the Downtown fund.”

Alderman Rex Dale made a motion to release the funds for the summer concert series, and Alderman John R. Clough seconded. On the vote, Aldermen David Langford, Clough, Kelly Coleman, Dale, and Vice Chairman Ken Dodson all voted yes. Alderman Chris Speck was absent.

With this year’s LA Prom planned to be held on the Livingston square, $10,000 in Downtown Revitalization funds were also released for that event.

“Some of this will be one-time expenses just for this particular event, but there is a portion of it, which is about 50%, that is actually for what I would call some festive event lighting that can be used for other events throughout the years on the square,” Evans said.

Mayor Curtis Hayes said about eight to 10 employees will be working to install lights for the LA Prom and then take them down afterward.

In other business, the Board of Aldermen approved the purchase of four patrol cars from Missouri State Patrol. Three of them will be 2018 Dodge Chargers at $21,900 each and a 2020 Dodge Charger for $22,900.

Livingston Police Chief Greg Etheredge said, “Those cars already come in with the light bar and the siren already installed, which actually saves us a lot of money for that. They’ll be four Dodge Chargers. The other equipment will come off the cruisers that we currently have replaced, then we will sell those cruisers on Govdeals.”

The total for the three 2018 models and the 2020 will be $88,600, and for transporting the vehicles to Livingston from Missouri will cost $2,850 for a total cost of $91,450 to be paid from the Drug Fund.

The only bid on a mosquito control device from Clarke at $12,750 was approved.

Tommy Lee from Upper Cumberland Development District informed the City Council of two grant opportunities that are being applied for to benefit the Town of Livingston.

One is a GameStop grant for up to $50,000 for playground equipment, and the other is an Appalachian Regional Commission grant for $500,000 that would help pay for burying electric lines and for sidewalks on South Church Street, in what could be up to a $1 million project.

Alderman Coleman asked for the City Council to look at possibly amending the town’s ordinances concerning trash recepticles for multi-family dwellings. He presented photos of some areas where trash cans were strewn about on the ground and some with trash bags dumped on the side of the street, and he also showed trash cans that are used by Livingston Housing Authority.

Mayor Hayes agreed that type of trash is nice, Livingston does not have the equipment to dump those directly into the truck.

“We do not have the automated trucks,” Mayor Hayes said. “So, our folks have to open the lid and get the garbage, that is in a bag, out.”

He said he hoped that Livingston could one day have that.

Along with looking at possibly amending the ordinances concerning trash cans, the use of shipping containers and semi-trailers for storage will also be looked into.

A new EPA rule will soon affect all communities in the United States, according to J.W. Griffin of Tennessee Association of Utility Districts, who spoke to the City Council.

He said the new Lead and Copper Rule will require all utilities across the U.S. to do a lead service line inventory by October 2024.

“It will include the homeowner side as well as the system owned side,” Griffin said.

The goal of the 2021 rule is to get the lead out of the water system.

“So what the rule is actually requiring us to do is every house, business, anything that serves population that was built before July 1988, we have to do an inventory of the system-owned side of that service line, from the main to the meter, and then also the customer-owned side of that service line, from the meter to the house,” Griffin said. “And we have to identify what material that line is made out of.”

Every customer of the water district will be asked to answer a survey.

Mayor Hayes said, “We have 5,100 water customers and all 5,100 is going to have to be contacted by our water department or however we figure out how to do that.”

Alderman Langford asked about galvanized pipe and lead pipe, and Griffin said the two are different, so galvanized would be no problem as long as it was not in line after a lead pipe.

Alderman Coleman asked Water Department Supervisor Jerry Kennedy if Livingston has any lead lines in its system.

“I’ve been here 18 years, I have never seen a lead line in our system,” Kennedy answered.

Griffin said lead lines were more widely used in larger industrialized cities such as Memphis and Detroit.

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