Representatives of several entities in Texas County met last week to discuss the possibility of locating a campus of Ozarks Technical Community College here.
The discussions – the second meeting on the topic – were held among area leaders and superintendents from the county’s school districts. Founded in April 1990 when the residents of Springfield School District and 13 surrounding public school districts voted to establish it, OTC has grown greatly. In September, the college’s enrollment stood at about 14,000. Campuses are situated at Springfield, Ozark, Lebanon, Branson, Waynesville and online. J. Howard Fisk, president of the board of trustees, was among those visiting with the local group. The college’s main campus is situated at Chestnut Expressway and National Avenue on a 40-acre tract.
Much work would be required to land the institution to the county, including the establishment of a campus and a vote by patrons in each of the county’s seven school districts.
“This would be a tremendous thing for our county,” said Larry Sutton, city administrator, who briefed the Houston City Council on Monday.
Another meeting is planned next month.
In other matters, council members:
-Approved a $3,642 sign proposal from McCarty Signs of Houston. The project site is on South Grand Avenue. The double-sided sign will be inserted in a rock design built by city workers. The sign is the first of three planned. Others will eventually be placed on the north and south edges of the community. All three will be consistent in design, Sutton said.
-Heard from Janice Ditmars concerning utility costs at her property.
-Learned the city will seek grant funding for radios and gas sensing equipment for emergency responders.
-Received an update on the city’s new wastewater treatment plant, which is set for testing beginning at the end of November.