Around Livingston for Oct. 7, 2013

The Denham Springs City Council will hold a public hearing Monday on annexing property south of Bass Pro Boulevard to create a larger economic development district for the Riverside Landing project.

The hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Denham Springs Municipal Building, 941 Government Drive.

Council members then will vote on whether to annex the land, about 18 acres between Bass Pro Boulevard and Vincent Road.

Riverside Landing is an economic development project surrounding the Bass Pro Shop that developer Jacob Fa-Kouri said he envisioned when building the huge outdoor sports store.

Mayor Jimmy Durbin has said annexing the land would allow the City Council to create an economic development district that covers all of Riverside Landing’s proposed area, part of which sits outside city limits.

Creating the economic development district could lead to a tax-increment financing plan for parts of the development, but Durbin has said that is only a possibility at this point.

TIFs typically redirect sales tax revenue collected within a district to development projects.

Fa-Kouri has said a new TIF would be limited to sales tax revenue collected within the economic development district and would help finance infrastructure and drainage work in the area.

New 3-D printer

The Livingston Parish Library will be the first public library in the state to add 3-D printing to its advanced technology services.

The MakerBot Replicator II, a 3-D printer, makes its debut Oct. 19 at the main branch of the Livingston Parish Library, on Iowa Street in the town of Livingston, with a reception and demonstration from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Known as the next wave of printing technology, 3-D printers allow a user to fabricate three-dimensional plastic objects from software designs.

This is 4-H Week

Livingston Parish 4-H clubs will be participating in a variety of activities during National 4-H Week, which runs through Saturday.

The students will participate in the Livingston Parish Fair and Wear Green Day, and will assist with morning announcements, thank teachers and staff for supporting 4-H, display essays about 4-H in school hallways, wear 4-H buttons, and mentor younger students.

Chamber nears its goal

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce has reached 491 members, just nine businesses shy of its 500-member goal.

The Chamber projects it will reach the 500-member mark within the coming weeks.

Chamber Chief Operating Officer April Wehrs attributes the membership numbers to growth in the parish.

Last year, the Chamber was named the Louisiana State Small Chamber of the Year.

For information, visit www.livingstonparishchamber.org or call (225) 665-8155.

Contact the Florida Parishes Bureau at (225) 664-9058, by fax at (225) 664-9710 or by email at florida@theadvocate.com.