The Houston City Council will work closely with MoDOT in planning for major improvements to U.S. 63 in 2015, it decided Monday.

Members of the Houston City Council agreed Monday to enter into mutual aid agreements for utility repairs after disasters.

The formalization of paperwork will allow the city to help other communities who are struck by tragedy and also will aid in bringing utility workers to Houston if natural disaster strikes here, said City Administrator Larry Sutton.

In other matters, members:

—Heard that work to expand shoulders on West Highway 17 should begin later this week by the contractor.

—Learned the Houston Memorial Airport would reopen this week after a runway repair.

—Encouraged Sutton to work with MoDOT throughout the process of U.S. 63 expansion through the community, including examining the possibility of a sidewalk to run from Highway 17 to Houston Walmart Supercenter. Expanding lanes and other improvements are slated for 2015. (See related story elsewhere)

—Sought an examination of expanding the city limits.

—Heard the city is organizing a Saturday, Aug. 17, Land and Water Conservation Fund Days to recognize the importance the organization has had in Houston’s progress. Monies received over the years have helped make improvements to parks and the city swimming pool. Funds are acquired not by taxpayers — but assessments on such things as off-shore drilling units.

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