An ordinance studied would require a prescription for cold medicine whose byproducts are used to make meth. 

The Houston Board of Aldermen on Monday gave final approval to drafting an ordinance that will require a prescription for the purchase of certain cold medicines in the city limits.

The ordinance will require a prescription for products containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrin, methamphetamine precursors.

Texas County continues to have a problem with the manufacture of meth. Lawmen said much of the crime locally can be attributed to meth. Houston Police Chief Jim McNiell attended the meeting.

City Administrator Larry Sutton said four other city ordinances were reviewed, and a final document will be studied by the council on April 2.

Sixty-six cities and three counties in the state have adopted similar measures after the Missouri General Assembly has failed to act to institute the measure. Most recently, Branson approved the prescription requirement for cold medicine.

In other matters,

—The city awarded a low bid of $65,844 for needed pipe and hydrants for the new Northeast Industrial Park east of the fairgrounds on North U.S. 63 A water line will be extended from a Forrest Street tower to the new park. In-house labor will be used for the work.

—Heard no objections to annexing 10 acres into the city limits off Westwood Drive. Dane Long made the request. The matter will be approved at the council’s next meeting.

—Members received an update on inspections of derelict property in the city. Following an inspection, five will be targeted for work.

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