The Houston City Council OK’d a donation to a local reading program for children and forwarded about $4,622 in bad utility debts to its collection agency during a meeting Monday.
The council, which had a short agenda, approved a $300 donation to the Houston Imagination Library, which provides young children a book monthly that is mailed to their home. The project is an effort of Community Betterment and Arts Council of Houston.
The bad debt represents unpaid utility bills unpaid during the last three months.
In other matters, members:
-Heard that a weekend electric outage in the south part of the town was caused by a bird.
-Learned that asphalt work is hoped to begin this week in Houston. The contractor is finishing work in Salem.
-Heard radios received by a grant were installed in police cars last week.
-Received a report from City Administrator Larry Sutton showing attendance at the Houston Municipal Pool is averaging about 40 per day – which he said doesn’t come close to covering salaries or other expenses.
-Adjourned into a closed session to receive an update on negotiations related to utilities at its new North Industrial Park.
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