The City of Houston will begin chlorinating its water supply as early as this week, the Houston City Council heard Tuesday.

A 90-day period of chlorination for the City of Houston’s water supply could begin by the end of the week, the Houston City Council heard on Tuesday.

Equipment has arrived that could be connected before week’s end in an attempt to kill off coliform bacteria detected in testing over the last three months, the council heard. Additionally, the city has cleaned two water tanks on Forrest Street and Cleveland Road, and it plans to establish special stations that will be used for more accurate testing of the water supply.

“We’re hopeful this will take care of it, but if not, then permanent chlorination is likely,” said City Administrator Larry Sutton. Most surrounding communities already perform chlorination, he noted.

The project was undertaken after discussions with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to develop solutions to clear the problem.

In other matters, members:

—Heard bids will soon be sought for the community’s asphalt overlay program. It hopes to have the work done by the end of June. Targeted are: Industrial Drive from near C.W. Harry Drive to West Highway 17, Airport Road and Hawthorn Avenue.

—Heard that the city is taking applications for a new electrical lineman to fill a vacancy created by a retirement.

—Learned that the city hopes to finish relocation of a main electrical line at the TCMH campus this week. The hospital purchased the materials and dug the ditch. City staff will install the line and connect it. Emergency generation will be used during the conversion.

—Approved the $18,150 purchase of a Kubota 29 horsepower tractor equipped with a front-end loader, mower and canopy from Edgeller and Harper, West Plains. It will be used by the public grounds department. Six bids were received.

—Approved notifying state representatives of its support for legislation that would ensure the city has control over attachments to its utility poles.

—Heard that the city is exploring a Community Development Block Grant application to update a city-owned house at Emmett Kelly Park that is used for adult education classes. The estimated cost of renovations is $42,500.

—Will seek voter approval in August for renewal of a quarter-cent transportation sales tax that is used for street and sidewalk work. 

PDF: Minutes from Tuesday’s city council meeting

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