The Houston City Council approved a $438,555 bid Monday from a Nixa firm for sewer work in conjunction with the development of a new Northeast Industrial Park off North U.S. 63.
The plan also calls for work that would allow for forced lines, resulting in less dependence of sewer lift stations.
Another phase included a road extension bid. Estimates were overbudget and new proposals will be sought. A bid was about three times an estimate.
The work is being completed using federal stimulation dollars remaining after finalization of the town’s new wastewater treatment plan.
In other matters, members:
—Heard Don Rust and Joey Moore seek the city’s support for the county rescue squad, as well as its options that could be studied.
—Approved moving forward using federal funds to build hangars at the Houston Memorial Airport. They will be built situated north of the beacon. The city recently learned it would be required to pay 5 percent of the cost – rather than 10 percent
—Heard from Ron Reed, economic development director, about a decision to move Air Evac jobs to West Plains from Houston as part of a corporate restructuring. (A story appears elsewhere). About half the workforce has a Houston address, figures show.