The Houston City Council met Monday at city hall.

Members of the Houston City Council heard an update Monday on activities of the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce.

Angie Quinlan outlined the recent Christmas parade and plans for the organization’s annual banquet on Jan. 14.  The city also OK’d it agreement with the chamber that allows its occupancy at the Houston Visitors Center. The chamber pays only its utility costs.

In other matters, members:

—Adjourned into a lengthy closed session. No votes were taken.

—Heard from Royce Butkke about the city’s utility deposit policy.

—Approved a resolution concerning the city’s handling of a petty cash fund.

—Learned that Mayor Don Tottingham, Parks Director Drew Jordan and City Administrator Larry Sutton recently toured the Mansfield Civic Center and learned about its operation and facility layout.

—Heard the city’s annual Christmas dinner was Friday, Dec. 16, at Houston City Hall.

—Learned that gabion baskets have arrived that will be used to ease erosion along Brushy Creek near the Houston Wastewater Treatment Plant.

A gabion wall is a retaining wall generally made of stacked stone-filled gabions tied together with wire.

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