The City of Houston earlier smoke tested to determine sewer line leaks that need fixed. (file photo)

Members of the Houston City Council received updates on several projects during a meeting Monday.

The city’s general contractor for its wastewater treatment plant should have figures finalized by Friday for additional improvements to the community’s sewer system. The city is looking at sewer substation and line work.

The funds are part of an earlier financing package obtained by the city, which include a combination of grants and loans. Some of the money represents funds tapped as part of the federal stimulus program. About $800,000 is available for the additional work.

In other matters, the city:

-Continues to meet with MoDOT to develop a plan for additional work on the Village Trail, a walking venue in Houston. The city hopes to gain approval for some signage and completing a leg near the county justice center. Funding – as part of another package – is being sought for areas near the Houston Memorial Airport.

-Heard an update on a regional group’s efforts to find a wholesaler of electrical power. The current provider, Sho-Me Power Corp., has indicated it is exiting the municipal market in 2013. A consultant for a group, which includes Houston, received four proposals from firms interested. More should be known by the end of the year, said City Administrator Larry Sutton.

-Authorized a $100 donation to a downtown Halloween event.

-Decided to run marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia and leaving the scene of an accident cases through its municipal court. Ordinances will be drafted for consideration at the council’s Oct. 18 meeting.


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