The Houston City Council on Monday approved development of a long-range plan overseen by Drury University’s Center for Community Studies.
The project will result in a professional, visionary plan for Houston’s future and will be used in conjunction with a similar project undertaken by a city committee that is chaired by former Mayor Steve Hutcheson.
The Drury team and community members will be charged with the task of collaborating in order to assist the town in developing a long-range vision for the economic and physical renewal of Houston. Houston City Administrator Larry Sutton said the goal will be to create a community that young people will come back to, and to become a town that is socially and economically vibrant.
Similar projects have been undertaken at Buffalo and Webb City.
The cost is $5,600. Work will begin in August. A series of public forums will be held to gather information.
In other matters, members:
•Named Councilman Don Romines as mayor pro tem.
•Approved the purchase of $13,550 in equipment that will be placed on the city’s electrical system to better regulate the flow of power and increase efficiency and expenses. An electrical engineering firm made the recommendation.
•Learned a boom truck was purchased for less than expected. It will be used for new lighting on North U.S. 63 beginning in late May or early June and other projects.
•Will contribute $1,000 for a television program that airs weekly from Springfield and focuses on Houston.
•Bought two portable bleachers for spectator viewing at park department sporting events. The cost is $2,680.