The City of Houston has taken delivery on a new street sweeper that replaces a nearly 40-year-old model. Here, street superintendent Joe Kirkman uses it Monday for the first time on Grand Avenue. The cost was 6,319. The city was able to take advantage of special pricing through a state contract.

A recommendation by a city committee for street improvements was considered by the Houston City Council last week.  

Top priority for asphalt is Grand Avenue from South Sam Houston Blvd. to Walnut Street. The Missouri Department of Transportation has targeted Highway F for a new asphalt overlay from U.S. 63 to Grand Avenue.

Other city targets:

•Airport Road from Ozark Avenue to West Highway 17.

•Completion of new asphalt for two streets in the King-Wells Subdivision that previously have not received attention.

•Review other priorities if funds allow.

In other matters, members:

•Heard an agreement has been signed with Texas County Rural Area Information Network (TRAIN) to place new antennas on two water towers that will allow faster wireless Internet service.

•Learned clearing of timber is under way north of the Houston Memorial Airport. A new tower and beacon also will be installed. Once complete, the city will move for approval from MoDOT to build 10 new T-hangars at the site of the current soccer fields. The youth program will later relocate to the southwest corner of the facility. That may happen in 2012.

•Authorized Texas County Relay for Life to hold its annual American Cancer Society event June 8 at Emmett Kelly Park. Laura Crowley and Carolyn Pounds made the request.

•Heard an update from Ron Reed, economic development director, about plans to develop a new industrial park east of the fairgrounds on North U.S. 63. The city continues to work toward an agreement on the project with a nearby water district.

•Heard Police Chief Jim McNiell report activities for his department in 2011. (See related story elsewhere).

•Approved collection of about $7,200 in bad utility debt. Any delinquent accounts more than $500 will be filed in Texas County Associate Circuit small claims division. Others go to a credit bureau for collection.

•Gave final approval to ordinances that better regulate animals in the city.

•Learned that city street department head Joe Kirkman was in Texas to receive training on a new street sweeper.

•Heard that one of two used Missouri State Highway Patrol cruisers are in service by the police department.


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