The Houston City Council approved the purchase Monday of new lighting for North U.S. 63 that will be installed next year.
The energy-efficient lighting and poles contract was awarded to TBN from West Plains at a low bid of $62,641. While the funds are from this year’s budget, the council plans to install the lights next year on North U.S. 63 after targeting South U.S. 63 earlier. In 2015-’16, the council will complete the section on U.S. 63 that runs from Grand Avenue to Highway B. The latter is scheduled for widening in 2015.
In other matters, members:
—Heard that repairs to Highway F — the location of a sewer line break — are complete. MoDOT repairs the roadway, where a stretch had been removed following the collapse of the clay line in recent flooding. It is thought the pipe collapsed after water built up behind a blockage. The new line is plastic.
Representatives of the State Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency are to visit and assess flood damage. The city will ask for assistance for the Highway F problem, said City Administrator Larry Sutton.
—Authorized entering into an agreement with CM Archer of Rolla for engineering services under $7,500.
—Learned that work on the city’s 2014 budget is under way. Requests from department heads are under review.
—Heard that Delane Moore’s last day of work is today. (Thursday). An electrical department employee, Moore joined the city’s payroll in April 1986.