After many months of discussion, the Livingston County Board repealed the long-standing tattoo ban in the county Thursday night at its monthly meeting.
A vote of 15 to 8 repealed the ordinance, which had banned tattoo parlors from the county. In another vote, the zoning case changing zoning rules pertaining to tattoo parlors was also approved.
A new town contract between the county and the village of Odell was also approved. This provides a Livingston County Sheriff’s Police deputy to patrol the village 20 hours a week at a cost of $10,000 to Odell for the remainder of the year. A more permanent contract will be drawn up for the new year. Odell had been without a contract since the beginning of this year.
An amendment to the Good Samaritan agreement was also approved. It was learned from Rick Hiatt, who is on the nursing home board, that the original loan request to the United States Department of Agriculture asked for 122 beds, with all of the available beds in the nursing home to be directed to Medicare patients, and the amendment, which was requested by the USDA, would approve only 90 beds with 60 percent available for Medicare patients. This brought much discussion from the board, but the vote passed after members pointed out that if it were voted down, there would be no beds available for the Medicare patients in that nursing home at all because there would be no loan approved to build a new facility. Hiatt also pointed out that if the loan from the USDA wasn’t approved, the county would get its original grant of $2.5 million dollars returned, which was put into an escrow account for the home about a year and a half ago for the purpose of a down payment to obtain a loan to build a new facility.
Former Congressman Tom Ewing also approached the board concerning a request to the board to purchase a $5,000 memorial brick to be placed in the sidewalk of the historic Strevell House, which is located on Livingston Street. It is the only remaining structure in the city of Pontiac or the county known to have housed President Abraham Lincoln. Some points of contention for this request included the fact that other tourism entities had asked the county for money but had been turned down and that an extra $5,000 of the taxpayer’s money shouldn’t be spent on what some consider frivolous, though others pointed out that many didn’t know beforehand what kind of business tourism would bring to the county before Route 66 became popular again, as well as the fact that there aren’t any sites in the county that hosted the former president. With eight members voting against, the request passed to donate the money from the Host Fund.
Barb Sear, Livingston County treasurer, approached the board about a property in Chatsworth that was being requested for redemption for back taxes. She said this needed approval to reverse a court proceeding so they could to obtain the deed and accept the owner’s money for back taxes, which was approved by the board.
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