A ribbon cutting ceremony is Tuesday, May 5, at the a new community safe room.

The Houston City Council agreed Monday to sponsor an application for funding that would allow Texas County Memorial Hospital to proceed with completion of a building on its campus.

Wes Murray, TCMH CEO; and Jay Gentry, director of the Texas County Memorial Hospital Foundation, asked the council to take the lead for an application under the Community Development Block Grant program. Earlier, TCMH received federal funds that allowed it to complete a storm shelter and a shell that will eventually include a surgical wing.  The hospital also received state tax credits that give donors additional incentives for donations.

In other matters, members:

—Heard from Diana Hill, tax collector, who reported collections of about $79,000 in 2014 real and personal property taxes. City Administrator Larry Sutton said about $2,500 in personal property and $2,765 in real estate taxes are delinquent, and the city will consider publishing those in the Houston Herald.

—Approved a $30,540 bid from a St. Louis lighting firm for light poles and LED lighting along U.S. 63 from Brushy Creek Bridge to First Street.

—Learned that the city’s annual spring cleanup dates are April 13-16.

—Held a closed session to discuss property. No votes were taken.

—Heard appreciation for Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville, for his assistance on matters involving the city. 

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