The City of Houston plans to pave several roads, including First Street in downtown Houston. (File photo)

The Houston City Council approved plans Monday to mount an aggressive asphalt overlay program while a plant is situated near the community.

A bid from Pace Construction, West Plains, was approved. The council expects to spend about $190,000 to apply overlays at these locations: Lilly Avenue, Highway 17 Terrace, First Street from U.S. 63 to Walnut Street and east to Grand Avenue, Florence Street, Holt Street, Lone Pine Street, Faye Street and Wyn Drive. Pavement near Holder Drive and C.W Harry Drive will be widen.

A significant amount of milling – removal of paving – is expected on First Street.

The council also approved plans for an asphalt bike trail that will run along Lilly Avenue to Holder Drive east to near the Walmart Supercenter.

By its close proximity to an asphalt plant, the council expects to save about $10 a ton on cost.

In other matters, the council approved the purchase of video surveillance equipment for Emmett Kelly Park. The system will allow the monitoring of the park – which is sometimes a crime troublespot. A recorded version will be available for police. Grennan Communications of West Plains won the $5,708 bid.


-Approved a $1,000 donation to The Animal Shelter of Texas County to help it match a grant. Other municipalities also will be asked to participate.

-Tabled a request for the city to purchase a membership at Oakwood Golf Course. Owner Bud Evans appeared.

-Heard authorization has been granted to purchase $19,100 in radio equipment for the city’s police and fire departments. Also included is gas detection machinery. The money comes from a 100 percent grant received by the city. The radios will be compatible with a statewide network.

-Heard that the city’s routine 2010 audit uncovered no problems. Jon Cummings from the Springfield firm of Davis-Lynn-Moots P.C. presented the report. The city’s main reserve accounts will be reclassified to meet federal rules. City Administrator Larry Sutton said the detailed review of city finances was “very positive.”



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