City Commission preps for new year

By: 
Johnathan Hettinger
Monday, January 7, 2019

As the Livingston City Commission opens the new year, the body will decide its chairperson and vice chairperson for 2019 and discuss meeting times and a new housing project at its meeting Tuesday.

The chair runs the meetings, while the vice chairman fills in when the chair is unavailable. Currently, Dorel Hoglund serves as chairwoman, while Quentin Schwarz serves as vice chairman.

Tuesday, the commission will also make a decision on whether to move up meeting times by one hour from 6:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. That change would not go into effect for another 30 days.

The commission will also hold a hearing on whether a housing project in the former Livingston Memorial Hospital building meets community housing needs.

Homeward and the Human Resource Development Council are developing the housing project, which will be known as Bluebunch Flats, to address the lack of affordable housing in the Livingston area. The 34 apartments will be available to people earning about $13.47 per hour or less, depending on the size of their household.

The 14-month to 18-month construction project is hoping to be wrapped up in 2020.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda, the commission will select the board members for a tourism and business improvement district board, which will be in charge of how a new $1 per night tax on hotel rooms is spent. The five board members will represent local hotels.

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Enterprise reporter Joseph Bullington contributed to this report.