By Dewain E. Peek,
A proposed rezoning of the old chocolate plant property met resistance from some Livingston aldermen during Livingston City Council’s regular monthly meeting Monday, June 6.
Jemmy Pranyoto, from California, has bought the old Livingston Chocolate property and requested that five parcels along North Church Street, East 4th Street, and Oakland Park be rezoned from R1, low density residential, and C1, local commercial, to I1, light industrial in order to construct more storage space.
Mayor Curtis Hayes said, “I think it’s really going to be a home run for Livingston and Overton County.”
Mayor Hayes noted that the plant, which presumably will produce beverages, would provide jobs for local residents and that it could grow into something bigger.
Livingston Codes Inspector Kristian Mansell was asked about what would be built on the property.
“This is a little premature,” he said. “I don’t have any drawings whatsoever. I can tell you that the gentleman intends on putting warehouse space in that rear area, and another loading dock, and that’s what I’ve been told.”
Alderman David Langford asked if any of the neighboring property owners had objected, and Mansell said that one had told him they wanted the zoning left as it is.
Mansell said new construction would have to meet corner lot setbacks, which are more stringent.
Alderman John R. Clough noted that the Board of Aldermen does not normally approve a rezoning request if bordering landowners object.
Mayor Hayes suggested approving the first reading so a public hearing could be set to fully discuss the proposed facility.
A motion to approve the first reading on rezoning the property was made by Vice Mayor Ken Dodson, who said he was making the motion so the City Council could at least have a public hearing. Alderman Chris Speck seconded the motion.
The first reading was approved with Aldermen Speck, Rex Dale, and Vice Mayor Dodson voting yes, and Aldermen Langford and Clough voting no. Alderman Kelly Coleman was on vacation in Greece.
A public hearing was set for 5:50 p.m. Monday, July 11, immediately prior to the regular monthly meeting that night.
A Barge Design revision for Overton County-Livingston Municipal Airport was approved.
Mayor Hayes said, “This is to continue the progress we’re doing at the airport. This will help with the fencing. We have got a real problem with wildlife up there, according to our airport manager.
“Airplanes have been hitting turkeys. True story. It’s not been serious yet, but this is a step of acquiring some property that goes just right outside our boundary line. But this is an amendment of $23,578.”
Vice Mayor Dodson made a motion to approve the action, and Alderman Clough seconded. All aldermen voted aye.
Full Mower Service’s bid of $11,563.97 for a mower that meets and exceeds the requirements for the sewer plant was approved.
Daniel Tribble, manager of Field Services for J.R. Wauford and Company gave an update on the raw water intake project of replacing one of the pumps.
“The pump is scheduled to be shipped two weeks from today,” Tribble said.