Members of the Houston City Council met on Tuesday night.

The Houston Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a fall festival Sept. 24 in downtown Houston, the Houston City Council heard Tuesday.

The event includes a car show, live music, petting zoo, fish fry and other attractions from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tyler Romines and Angie Quinlan, chamber executive director, outlined the plans during a meeting of the council.

Members approved closing Grand Avenue from Walnut Street to Steffens Street, if merchants agree.

In other matters, members

•Heard from Gary Parish and George Sholtz, business owners, about the affect of a new ordinance that regulates businesses, such as  pawn shops. Police say the inclusion of items into a database will aid in their crime fighting efforts.

•Donated $250 to the Imagination Library, a program that allows children to receive a monthly book in the mail.

•Heard that work continues with FEMA for a settlement stemming from a December 2015 flood.

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