The Houston City Council approved a bid Monday that will allow for construction of the final segment of the Village Trail, a walking venue that extends through a good portion of the community.
Maggi Construction of Rolla had the only proposal for the stretch along Spruce Street that will extend to the east. The bid was $139,022, higher than was expected. The city will pay about 30 percent of the cost; it was not clear at the meeting what the city’s share would tally — some preliminary expenses have already been paid by the city.
The project also includes entry signs along U.S. 63 on each side of the city. The work is expected to be completed by fall.
In other matters, members:
—Heard that a city committee is examining issues related to the Texas County Rescue Squad after it was approached about sponsoring it. Currently, the operation is funded by the county. The city hopes to have a meeting between the rural fire association and county commission.
—Updated the city’s planning and zoning, as well as subdivision ordinances. It also approved a new law to ban four-wheel, all-terrain vehicles from city streets.
—Authorized a donation of $300 to the Houston Imagination Library, which provides a book monthly to participating, eligible children in the local school district.
—Heard that Brandi Gentry is taking leadership of the community’s adult education classes.
—Learned that utility debt has been whittled to $4,793. If uncollected, the delinquent accounts will be sent to a collection agency.
—Heard from property owners Glenna Willson and Don Willson about properties that they now own may sit on city easements near Chestnut Street and Grand Avenue. A survey was suggested.
—Learned that the city has applied for a $60,000 grant, that if approved, would be used toward gear purchases and training for less experienced firefighters.
—Heard remodeling of McDonald’s of Houston will begin in September, and the city’s electric crew completed installation of a large transformer for TCMH’s more than $18 million expansion.