The Houston City Council heard a report on efforts to cleanup properties it deems eyesores.
The discussion came at a meeting Tuesday. Under the procedure in place, the council called on property owners to either make repairs or have the city condemn and force cleanup efforts.
Two homes on Chestnut and Hawthorn are targeted by demolition by their owners. Other property remains: 530 Florence, 7797 Westwood and North Second Street. Ultimately, if the city does the work, the costs are assessed to the property bill.
In other matters, members:
—Heard two persons have been hired for the city’s workforce. They are Bobby Richards, who will join the water-sewer department; and C.J. Moore, who will work as needed in various city departments. City Administrator Larry Sutton said more than 50 applied, and city officials were impressed with the pool of candidates.
—Held the first reading of an ordinance that allows residents who generate excess power to sell it back to the electrical grid.
—Adjusted its budget to allow it to accept a block grant on behalf of a Texas County Memorial Hospital project.
—Received an update on a new measure that requires it to assess a municipal court fee that is used toward the retirement of sheriffs in the state. The issue has come under legal challenge.
—Authorized the city’s attorney to enter into an agreement with a law firm representing municipalities in the state regarding a tax issue filed by CenturyLink.
—Learned that City Clerk Tonya Foster has completed 100 hours of training that will allow her to become a Missouri registered city clerk. She will be recognized at an upcoming Missouri Municipal League meeting.
—Heard that Oakwood Golf Course sent appreciation for a recent tournament organized by the city.
—Learned that the council’s next meeting is Sept. 23 due to a meeting conflict on Sept. 16.