Houston's new wastewater treatment plant went into operation in 2010.

Remaining funds above the cost of the City of Houston’s new wastewater treatment plant were approved by the city council Monday night for new projects.

After hearing options from Ray West, engineer for treatment plant, members approved work at three of the city’s lift stations: replacing the west lift station, moving and replacing the Hamrick Street lift station and repairing the Indian Creek lift station.

The council also received updates on the progress of the wastewater plant. Testing is scheduled to begin at the end of November, and it will be completely switched over to the new plant in December.

In other matters, members:

–Approved three city ordinances — leaving the scene of an accident, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana — that allow prosecution through the city instead of county court.

–Heard from City Administrator Larry Sutton that the new budget is nearly complete. A preliminary copy will be provided to the council at its next meeting.

–Reviewed changes in subdivision ordinances that will be considered by the planning and zoning committee.

–Received a phone call from Elaine Campbell, who shared results from the 47th Missouri Community Betterment conference in Jefferson City. The City of Houston finished second in its population category. The Houston youth placed first, and Campbell was recognized with a leadership award.

–Heard from Sutton that the city has received a $124,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation to complete sidewalk work at the airport and Spruce Street. Sutton and Campbell made a presentation to MoDOT last week.

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