City of Houston electrical department employees set a new light pole Friday on First Street. Four new poles, which match those installed earlier on Grand Avenue, were installed. Houston's main throughfare ÑÊGrand Avenue ÑÊwill see a new asphalt overlay next month.

The Houston City Council received an update Monday on the city’s efforts to study alternatives for wholesale electrical power.

The current provider, Sho-Me Power Corp. of Marshfield, says it plans to exit the municipal market. Houston is joining a regional group of towns to review the matter and determine a course of action.

Another meeting is planned May 7.

Also at Monday’s meeting, council members:

–Agreed to strictly enforce utility payments that are due the 25th of each month. City Administrator Larry Sutton said payment plans will no longer be accepted, and termination of services will result for those who haven’t paid in full by the deadline.

-Heard that Rolla Asphalt will begin work the second week in May in Houston. A portion of North Grand Avenue is scheduled for an asphalt overlay.

-Learned manholes for sewer work will be delivered this week in advance of the creation of a new road, Lilly Avenue, in Houston. It will connect Holder Drive with West Highway 17. McClanahan Construction of Rogersville started work on the sewer project today (Thursday).

-Heard new light poles that match those on Grand Avenue have been installed on First Street.

-Learned that the city’s Augusta Avenue water well has circuitry problems and should be repaired soon. The water department also has been laying new water line in conjunction with the creation of Lilly Avenue.

-Discussed a new chlorination system for the Houston Municipal Swimming Pool.

-Were briefed on plans to make sewer upgrades with federal stimulus funds obtained by the city as part of its new wastewater treatment plant. Ray West of the city’s engineering firm, Hood-Rich of Springfield, worked last week with a survey crew related to two proposed lift stations. Further review is expected this week. A presentation is expected at the council’s May 3 meeting.

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