The City of Houston expects to accept bids later this year for a new water tower at the Houston Industrial Park.
The news came Tuesday during a meeting of the Houston City Council. Plans call for drilling a new well and construction of the tower in an area due north of Opportunity Sheltered Industries.
The project was delayed as the city sought approval from the Federal Aviation Administration because the tower is south of the Houston Memorial Airport. The city just learned that only a light will be required on the tower and no special painting.
In other matters, the council approved a recommendation of the Houston Parks and Recreation Park to hire Houston native James “Drew” Jordan to become the city’s parks director. He’ll begin duties later this month. Jordan replaces Jim Root, who announced retirement plans.
—Heard a request from Mike and Tina Wilson to abandon an unused easement on property they own on South Street.
—Discussed security issues at Emmett Kelly Park, where vandalism was reported. The council is reluctant to close restrooms at night. A video system — already in place — will be examined for improvements.
—Okayed a form required by The Bank of Houston for online access to accounts.
—Learned that Rolla Asphalt is expected to return Tuesday to finish work in the city, including near the Houston Storm Shelter and Houston Post Office, as well as a West Highway 17 city maintenance shed.
—Heard that work has begun on the 2016 city budget.