The Houston City Council met Monday night at city hall.

City of Houston council members will decide April 18 what properties they want to target for renovations or demolition.

The discussion came Monday during a meeting of the Houston City Council. Of the 12 on the list, only one is a business structure – sitting at the corner of Walnut and Second streets.

Council members plan to tour the properties and determine the highest priorities for attention. The city has about $15,000 in its budget for targeted work. Any costs performed by the city are assessed as a lien on the property.

Elaine Campbell, development director for the city, reported that not enough property owners expressed an interest in a state grant program — that paid a portion of the costs — to move forward. The city viewed adding it would accelerate work that could be done.

In other matters, members:

—Gave City Administrator Larry Sutton authority to hammer out an engineering contract with Jviation of Jefferson City for work at the Houston Memorial Airport. Among those things under examination are an additional hangar, parallel taxi way and striping. 

—Heard an update from the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce. The delegation was director Brenda Jarrett and board members Tammy Cantrell and Gayla Bratton.

—Heard the city had applied for a new recycling trailer through a waste management program administered by the South Central Council of Governments at Pomona.

—Plan to contract with a firm to check the condition of electrical equipment, such as transformers, using infrared cameras. A handheld unit also will be purchased for in-house use.

—Approved the purchase of $9,362 in LED lights. Targeted are major intersections, replacement stock and those lights in the city that are least efficient in energy use. 

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