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Annexation approved 4-2
Langford, King re-elected, Linder wins alderman seat
Three-vehicle crash blocks Church Street Monday

Annexation approved 4-2

Dewain E. Peek photo
Given no opportunity to speak in the meeting, annexation opponents voiced their plea with a sign.

This is the area that will be incorporated into the city.

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Annexation of area south and west of Livingston’s current city limits will take effect July 1 after action taken Monday, June 7 during the regular monthly meeting of Mayor Curtis Hayes and the Livingston Board of Aldermen.

Despite overwhelming opposition to the annexation in a May 17 public hearing, Aldermen Lynn King, Robert Jolley, David Sadler II, and Bill Winningham voted to approve the second reading of the annexation ordinance. Aldermen David Langford and Cindy Robbins voted no.

Before bringing the annexation up for consideration, Mayor Hayes asked City Attorney John Meadows if the farmland in the annexation could be excluded.

Meadow answered, “In order to exclude the territory, or area, that they wanted to annex, to exclude all the agricultural tracts from that you wouldn’t have contiguous tracts of property and the annexation wouldn’t be able to take place. So, no.”

Mayor Hayes then asked if the farmland can be made exempt from the taxes, and Meadows said no special exemption could be made.

In making a motion to approve the second reading of the annexation ordinance, Alderman Jolley said, “Mr. Mayor, we’ve been going through this for about 20 years now, and we’ve got to move. It’s got to happen.

“We’ve got to expand these city limits to get into a growth plan where we can get some above 5,000 residents counted, so we can get a 5-star restaurant, some motels, something we need in here, some businesses, some industry.

“Now we’ve been kicking this around forever, and I know, these folks, some of them are upset, but we have to start somewhere,” Jolley said, “and this is phase one of six phases.”

After Alderman Sadler seconded the motion, Alderman Langford spoke up.

“The only thing that I have with it is that it’s not going to pay for itself,” Langford said. “I mean, the figures are coming up say $50,000-$60,000 a year, that’s not a drop in the bucket to what we’re going to pay.

“And just set these folks aside for a second, and I’m talking about the ones that’s already in town; when we annex this in, and the money that comes in don’t foot the bill, then we’re going to put the burden on everybody. And
myself, personally, I’ve got all I want to pay, and I think everybody does.

“And you know, if we had a factory coming in, wanting to buy a spot out there, give the landowner a couple million dollars, put 500 people to work, I’d be for it,” he said. “But what my problem is, we’ve got two industrial parks out there practically empty with buildings and we don’t have anything, and we’re just putting more burden, more expense on people.

That’s my problem with it.”

With no more discussion, the annexation was approved 4-2.

Mayor Hayes said, “This particular area will be incorporated into the city limits effective July 1, will not receive a tax card until October of 2011.”

First reading of the 2010-2011 budget was approved. A public hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. June 28, with second reading on the amendments at 6 p.m.

“You’ve got raises for employees across the board,” Mayor Hayes said of the budget.

Second reading of Ordinance 2010-5-1 was approved to rezone David Moore property on Zachary Street from C3 to R1.

The meeting adjourned.

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Langford, King re-elected,Linder wins alderman seat

David Langford

Lynn King

Bill Linder

With only 530 votes cast in the Wednesday, June 2 Town of Livingston Municipal Election, few voters decided who will serve the next four years on the Board of Aldermen.

This election’s number of voters represented 36% of the 2006 total of 1,455 who went to the polls when incumbents David Langford and Lynn King last were elected to the Board.

This time, Langford and King were re-elected with the top votes, 368 and 319 respectively.

With the third most votes, Bill Linder was also elected to the Board of Aldermen. He received 273 votes.

William Larry Norris garnered 213 votes and incumbent Robert Jolley received 125 votes in their unsuccessful bids for Board seats.

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Three-vehicle crash blocks Church Street Monday

Carson Oliver photo
A three-vehicle crash blocked Church Street around 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 7. According to reports, Shandi M. Cassford, of Cookeville, was driving a blue 2006 Chevrolet west on University Street when she crossed North Church Street into the path of a silver 1999 Oldsmobile, driven south by Patrick Melton. As the Chevrolet collided with the Oldsmobile, it was knocked into an Overton County School bus waiting at the intersection on 1st Street to turn onto North Church Street. Cassford was apparently uninjured as was her passenger, Randi Short. The bus driver, Annette Vaughn, also was uninjured. Melton also reported no injuries, but his passenger, Courtney Dale had struck her head on the windshield and was transported to Livingston Regional Hospital for treatment. Patrolman Ray Smith of Livingston Police Department investigated the incident.

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