Members of the Houston City Council received an update Monday on the parks department, heard progress on a new water tower project and learned that a state body approved plans for an intermediate care facility for Houston.
The discussions came during a short meeting of the council, which was presided by Mayor Pro-Tem Sheila Walker. Mayor Don Tottingham is recuperating from recent surgery.
Drew Jordan, parks director, outlined various sports seasons and said better attendance resulted during the summer at the Houston Municipal Swimming Pool, where a slide was installed before it was opened this year.
In other matters, members:
—Heard that Mountain View is expected to join several area towns, that already includes Houston, in the purchase of electrical power. A portion of the Howell County town’s savings will be reinvested in needed upgrades of its system. The change is effective in May 2018.
—Learned that City Administrator Larry Sutton has been elected president of the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission, which operates as an electric utility for the benefit of its members. The commission includes 67 municipally-owned retail electric systems ranging in size from 230 to 109,700. It serves about 347,000 retail customers.
—Learned that a state entity approved plans Monday for an assisted living facility near Holder and North Industrial drives.
—Heard that Houston property owners desperately need to mark their homes and curbs with a house number. Emergency responses are being delayed by the lack of numbers that are required by city ordinance. It was suggested that some civic group might want to tackle the project as a fund-raiser to provide numbers or mark the curb.
—Heard progress reported on the painting of a new water tank at the Houston Industrial Park off West Highway 17.
Sutton reports that there is good news on a city FEMA grant that was earlier denied following a flood in December. The agency has approved damages totaling $56,000-$57,000. Of that, federal dollars are expected totaling about 75 percent.