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Aldermen Approve Amphitheater Planning

Livingston’s Downtown Revitalization Committee was given the go-ahead to get blueprints for an amphitheater rolling at last night’s meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

“We think we’ve got a good plan,” said Greg McDonald, Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce director. “It’s Dogwood Park in Cookeville, from a concept standpoint.”

McDonald requested for aldermen to approve the Downtown Revitalization Committee to sign a contract with architectural firm Maffett-Bouton in order to create plans for the proposed amphitheater, and the committee would return at the next meeting with updates.

“We’d like to have a full review, with each of you, on what the amphitheater’s going to look like, where it’s going,” he said. “So we have to have the blueprints.”

McDonald said the amphitheater is a long-term project expected to go into 2015.

Alderman David Sadler II asked what the amphitheater’s estimated cost would be, and McDonald responded the project has not yet been put up for bid.

As for the proposed location, it would be on a lawn located near the square. Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes said, “If you could go in between John Roberts’ building and Nancy Nolen, that strip right through the middle.”

Also requested by McDonald was to attend a national conference in New Orleans for the Main Street Program. He said the program recommended the committee’s attendance, specifically a recommendation for the committee’s chairman (who is Budd Bishop), the city mayor and chamber director to be present. Also presented was a total of $2,100 in costs for labor, power wash and paint at 819 N. Church St. as part of “Project Touch Up.” Holland Painting provided the services.

A total of $6,963.56 in grant funds was released to the Downtown Revitalization Committee, with a motion made by Bill Linder and seconded by David Langford.

Also approved during the meeting was a low bid of $6,525 from Mountain Farm International for a new mower for the city ballpark.

As previously reported in the Livingston Enterprise, aldermen tabled the bid last month to explore other options, such as what it would costs to repair the current, 10-year-old mower. Hayes said to buy a previously owned or demo mower would not allow the city to file a rebate of approximately $2,000 but purchasing a new mower would. Also, replacing the current mower’s motor would cost around $2,500 to $3,000, but the condition and age of the mower may add in repair costs, he said.

Bill Winningham made a motion to approve the bid and Lynn King seconded. Cindy Robbins and Bill Linder voted yes under the condition that the old mower can be sold with a reserve price at city auction. David Langford voted no.

In other business…

Lori Jolley Long was appointed to a vacant position on the Alcohol Beverage Control Board.

A letter of reference from Comcast was read. According to Hayes, the letter stated that Comcast is closing its Livingston office and customers will have to pay their bills either online at the company’s website or through Volunteer Cash Advance in Livingston, or at other places such as Walmart or Kroger in Cookeville. Comcast will still provide communication services to customers in the area.

A second reading on a Occupational Health and Safety Program was approved. Prior to the meeting, the board held a public hearing on the plan.  There was no objection during the hearing.

The meeting adjourned. All members were present.

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