A site for a proposed park in the western part of Houston.  

The City of Houston will seek funding for the development of a park on the community’s western rim, the Houston City Council approved Monday.

Rutherford Park would be a $140,000 project that would include two soccer fields, a picnic area, parking and handicapped accessibility. Of that amount, the city would contribute $65,000 in materials, labor and cash. The name references a settler family that owned the property and were merchants in Houston. The property is on Westwood Drive west of the Houston Memorial Airport.

The city also has gained approval for a final section of the Village Trail. Word was received from MoDOT, which administers the grant funding, that a phase that stretches from the Christie bridges east is approved. That means funding is secured for all of Spruce Street.

The city is awaiting an okay for MoDOT to start another program: Transportation improvements around the Houston School District campus. It hopes to complete the work this summer.

In other matters, members:

—Approved a resolution seeking a Community Development Block Grant for a storm shelter on the TCMH campus.

—Authorized annexation of property belonging to Dane Long on Westwood Drive.

—Decided to send utility debt to a collection firm at the end of July. About $1,800 of about $25,000 has been paid following efforts of city staff.

—Acknowledged a state process for S & S Package and Pit Stop to utilize to obtain a tasting license.

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