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Livingston could reveal new council chambers in February

LIVINGSTON — City government will nearly triple in size by mid-February. No, local officials won’t roll out a handful of new, tax-gobbling programs in the midst of the state’s financial crisis.

Rather, the City Council will move its meetings next door, into the recreation center, now being renovated into council chambers.

Any council-watcher knows the current chamber, slightly bigger than a conference room, can’t usually seat the number of residents willing to catch up on city news every other Tuesday. Critical meetings often leave citizens stuck in the foyer, waiting for others to leave. For the new chambers, the city has ordered 110 folding chairs to line the floor. Crews will also install a permanent sound system.

The estimated $38,000 project is expected to wrap up in a week or two, and Mayor Gurpal Samra should pound the gavel on the oak counter top Feb. 19. The next council meeting, Feb. 5, will be at the Veteran’s Hall.

Read the full story in Friday's Merced Sun-Star.