City approves hiring of The Retail Coach, wants county to pay half | New

By Dewain E. Peek,

OCN Editor

Livingston City Council met on Monday, November 1 and considered items ranging from hiring a retail consultant to renting an “ice” rink for Central Park.

The need for a retail consultant was presented to the Council of Aldermen by Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shannon Cantrell.

She informed the aldermen that a TVA Community Inovation A-Team has been formed to tackle “sales tax leaks”.

“Sales tax leaks are money that could have been spent here but ended up being spent beyond county limits,” Cantrell said.

To reduce tax revenue from Overton County, Team A interviewed retail consultants and chose The Retail Coach. The one-year contract would be $ 30,000 with renewal at $ 25,000 per year.

Mayor Curtis Hayes said the city had received $ 53,000 from the state as part of the US bailout and the money could be used for that purpose.

After ensuring that the funds did not come from the taxpayers of the Town of Livingston, Alderman David Langford moved a motion to allocate the $ 30,000, and Alderman Kelly Coleman seconded the motion.

Alderman Coleman then asked Cantrell, “Are we going to ask the county to pay $ 30,000 as well?” Are they at the table on the financial side of this? Because it’s a county-wide problem.

He asked Cantrell if she was going to apply for funds from the County Commission, and after a discussion she said she would.

“The way I see it, they should pay half of that,” Alderman Coleman insisted.

Saying that he agreed with Coleman that the county should pay half, Alderman Langford withdrew his motion, and Coleman withdrew his second.

Langford then proposed that the city pay half the cost of hiring the retail consultant and the county take the other half. Alderman Rex Dale is seconded. In the vote, Councilors Coleman, Langford, Dale, Chris Speck and Deputy Mayor Ken Dodson all voted yes. Alderman John R. Clough was absent.

Another point regarding sales tax was raised by Ray Evans on behalf of Downtown Revitalization. He announced that tax refund funds have been received in the amount of $ 470,310.21.

As Christmas approaches, he explained his intention to rent a large carousel and a mini ferris wheel for the third Christmas Friday in the countryside and to rent an artificial ice rink for three consecutive days in mid-December.

“It’s not really ice cream, it’s a glycerin-like accord that actually simulates ice,” Evans explained.

He asks that expenses of an amount not exceeding $ 25,000 be authorized from the tax reimbursement funds for the rental of the rides and the “ice” rink.

Mayor Hayes has said the rink will be the weekend before Christmas, but although they hope to have the rides on the third Friday of Christmas in the country, it could be the second Friday of the event if he can’t be scheduled for the third Friday.

“The third Friday is what we hope for,” said Mayor Hayes.

Also from tax relief funds, facade grants of $ 12,500 each have been awarded to Loren Crowder, who is in the process of purchasing 209 South Church Street, as well as Lindsey Walker, who has purchased 207 South Church Street.

Evans also requested that $ 750 be given to TCAT’s welding department and $ 500 to its construction department in appreciation of their contribution to the new walking rails along part of North Church Street. The aldermen accepted.

Evans mentioned that plans are underway for a Blues & Brews event for Spring 2022 in Central Park. The event would be sponsored by WCTE.

In the other cases, a resolution on the Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund was passed.

“Sir. Joel Parks is coming to talk about bonds, municipal bonds, maturity,” said Mayor Hayes, introducing the city’s accountant.

Parks said, “Your current interest rate is just under 3.9%, it’s guaranteed 2.05% for the term of the bond.”

He said the savings would be $ 482,500 in present value.

Resolution 2021-11-2 regarding block grant funds for community development was passed to agree to pay the costs over the duration of the grant in a project to improve the fire hydrant service and rehabilitate the pipes. of water.

Mayor Hayes pointed out that the project includes Evans Street, Goodpasture Street, 7th Street, East Cedar Street and Reagan Street,

Town planner Tommy Lee informed aldermen, “The offer just went over budget.”

He went on to say, “Any overrun is the responsibility of the Town of Livingston. “

First reading of Order 2021-11-1 zoning the Wayne Rex property at 399 Celina Highway from C1 to R1 has been approved.

Second reading approval was given for Order 2021-10-2 to rezone two William Clark plots along East Main Street and Hillcrest from C3 and R1 to R2. The rezoning allows the construction of multi-family dwellings, which is planned by the developer Cody Campbell.

Second reading approval was given for Ordinance 2021-10-1 on open-pit burning within city limits, after modifying a typographical error regarding the distance of an open-pit burn and a structure.

Livingston Fire Chief Rocky Dial said: “The state requires that any open fire be a minimum of 200 feet from any structure.”

Before the meeting adjourned, Mayor Hayes announced that if residents cut the brush on their own, the city would chip and haul it.

“If they hire a contractor, the contractor is responsible for taking that brush,” said Mayor Hayes.

The city currently does not have an approved burn site to take care of the brush, according to Mayor Hayes.

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