Monday, July 2, 2018

Some apparently opposed to Livingston’s peaceful protest


Today I had the opportunity to observe and participate in the demonstration in Livingston at Fifth Street and Park. This demonstration was part of the national protests around the country in opposition to the forcible separation of immigrant children from their parents at our southern border. The Trump administration committed a terrible moral offense in doing this. There were over 100 individuals participating in Livingston with a variety of signs which illustrated their thoughts. Examples of the poster content: “we all come from immigrants,” “families belong together,” “love makes America great,” “the whole world is weeping,” “families ripped apart, shameful, we were better than this.” As cars and trucks passed by many honked in support. A few were obviously opposed to this peaceful protest and demonstrated their opposition by giving the protestors the finger. Several young men in powerful trucks drove by fast several times racing their engine and pouring out black exhaust as their opposition to the protestors. Judge for yourself which group demonstrates American ideals and the path forward for our challenged democracy.

Doyt L. Conn
What happened to the downtown restroom agreement?


In the June 29 Livingston Enterprise, the statement is made that a blighted, downtown building, was given a $300,000 grant by the City of Livingston for asbestos abatement. What a Public Information Request indicates is that Invoice #158 was submitted and approved two years ago (8-30-2016). The grant was actually for $363,500 and breaks down as follows, with no itemization of time and materials, by the specific service contractors. Exactly - $180,500 for materials and installation of a fire sprinkler system. Exactly - $58,000 for asbestos removal and air testing. Finally, we get two bathrooms for exactly $62,500 each, for a total of $125,000.00 The lease agreement I was provided with indicates that “the City shall be responsible for the costs associated with janitorial services performed in the Premises… The URA has agreed to pay the costs of the first five years of janitorial services with the City being responsible thereafter.” This would mean the URA would be on the hook for $200,000 of janitorial services for five years. The agreement appears to run for twenty years, thus the city of Livingston would be responsible for the 15 years thereafter, ergo, $600,000. What happened?

Larry Lahren
East of Livingston