City Council meets

Results from a community survey will be released Aug. 9 at a meeting of the Houston City Council.

More than 500 people took the time to complete the questionnaire, which asked citizens’ views on numerous topics.

Members of the Houston City Council heard Monday that the response is the biggest ever received by the Springfield firm completing the work. The business has conducted several over the years for municipalities in southwest Missouri.

In other matters, members:

-Okayed a $9,575 bid for electrical poles used for inventory and as part of the city’s upgrade of its electrical system.

-Learned that progress continues on a new street in Houston, Lilly Avenue, which will connect West Highway 17 to Holder Drive.

-Heard that cleaning a lagoon at the city’s new wastewater treatment plant is under way. It is estimated about 300-500 dry tons of material will be removed. City Administrator Larry Sutton said that guidelines require every 100 dry tons to be tested at a lab in Rolla.

-Learned that the city’s construction crew is installing a concrete entrance and parking area across from the Houston Visitor’s Center. When complete, it will accommodate about four to five cars.

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