Nuisance property will be targeted after action Monday by the Houston City Council.

The Houston City Council on Monday signaled its intend to target unsightly property by hiring a building inspector to oversee the effort.

The decision came as city attorney Brad Eidson described the procedures needed to cleanup property in the city.

The process involves:

•Hiring the employee to oversee the program, who will issue reports on properties.

•Mailing of a letter notifying the property owner of the needed repairs or demolition required.

•Conducting a title search of the property and hold a public hearing.

•Develop procedures to proceed if demolition is required.

City Administrator Larry Sutton said the city hopes to capture grant dollars to lay the groundwork for the effort.

In other matters, members:

—Are considering measures to require a prescription for medication that includes ingredients used in the production of methamphetamine. Following several other municipalities, the city is examining the issue. Authorities in the county say much of the crime reported is directly related to meth and its manufacture. Missouri led the country last year in the number of lab seizures.

Representatives plan to attend a March meeting at the justice center to discuss the issue.

—Approved a low bid of $68.70 per ton from Pace Construction Co. for asphalt overlays in the city. The amount, which was higher than expected, may result in less work than planned.

The area’s targeted for work are: Grand Avenue, Cherry Street, Lantz Lane and streets in the King-Wells subdivision: Frederick, Charles and Dewey.

Airport road north of Spruce Street will receive a double-chip seal coat.

—Okayed a radio-controlled airplane hobbyist group to use property on the west edge of the Houston Memorial Airport.

—Approved plans to buy two tornado sirens at a cost of $15,800 for better coverage. Targeted are the north and south portions of the community.

—Will move the start time of municipal court from 5 p.m. to 4 p.m.

—Hope to gain approval soon for its plan to make sewer improvements in the city using the remainder of its federal stimulus dollars. Planned are: An upgraded sewer lift station at Hamrick Avenue and replacement of a forced sewer line from Hamrick to near the school district, a new line from near Houston Walmart Supercenter to the town’s west lift station and work at the city’s new North Industrial Park.

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