Houston's city council met Monday night.

The Houston City Council is expected to hold the first reading April 16 of an ordinance that would require a prescription for the purchase of certain cold medicines in the city.

Council members reviewed a draft Monday of a proposed law that requires a prescription for products containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrin, methamphetamine ingredients.

Texas County continues to have a problem with the manufacture of meth. Lawmen said much of the crime locally can be attributed to meth.

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, members:

—Heard an annexation request from Dane Long will be delayed to get paperwork in order. The property is situated on Westwood Drive north of the Houston Memorial Airport.

—Learned that MoDOT is expected to make a decision this month on a U.S. 63 entrance into the new North Industrial Park under development by the City of Houston.

—Heard bids will soon be opened for major sewer upgrades. The funds come from federal stimulus dollars remaining after the construction a new wastewater treatment plant in Houston. The council is expected to act on the bids on April 16.

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