Members of the Houston City Council discussed an upgrade of the city’s hydrant systems, the condition of city-owned property in Emmett Kelly Park used for adult education classes and moving an electrical line at the TCMH campus during a meeting Monday.
Jerry Jackson, supervisor of the water and sewer department, reported an effort to replace 12-14 hydrants following a review of the city-wide system. As weather permits, they will be replaced, water turned off and a boil-water order established for a short period of time, he explained.
In other matters at Monday’s meeting, city council members:
—Discussed extensive repairs needed for an Adult Education Learning Center in the southwest corner of Emmett Kelly Park. The building also is not ADA compatible. The city will explore grants that could help toward the cost of the rehabilitation.
—Set rates for new hangars at Houston Memorial Airport. One-year pre-paid leases will be extended at $1,800 annually. The monthly rate is $200. Eight of the 10 hangers have been reserved.
—Authorized using a small house on recently acquired property on Hawthorn Street for fire and smoke training by the Houston Fire Department.
—Praised the recent Taste of Christmas event in Houston.
—Decided to meet with department heads before the council meeting held the third Monday of each month to improve communication and administration of city government.
—Agreed to move TCMH underground electrical service for a second time on the organization’s campus. The hospital will be responsible for digging a trench and providing materials and upon completion, fill the trench, reseed and resurface. The original service was placed during an addition phase. The second request came as the hospital prepared for construction of a storm shelter, said City Administrator Larry Sutton. Emergency generation of power will be required one day, he said.