The Houston City Council met Monday night at Houston City Hall to consider the 2019 budget.

Members of the Houston City Council received an update on employment matters and will seek an ordinance to rezone property on South U.S. 63.

The discussion came Monday during a meeting at City Hall.

The council learned that Harley Coulter is the new supervisor of the water and sewer department, where he already works. A committee conducted interviews.

Applications are being sought for a street and public grounds slot created with the retirement of Dale Adey.

In other matters, members:

•Gave approval for the Tweed-Lynch Historical Preservation Society to make upgrades to the historic home on Airport Drive and seek grants. The house is believed to be the oldest standing Civil War-era structure in the county.

•Will seek an ordinance to rezone property southeast of Sonic as highway business district from residential. A hearing was held before the meeting. There was no opposition. The town’s planning and zoning commission earlier gave its blessing.

•Declared Nov. 24 as a city holiday.

•Heard a new gas pump with PIN system is under consideration at Houston Memorial Airport.

•Learned that a new budget report on finances will be distributed monthly by the city administrator. Tona Bowen reported that revenue is down but higher than budgeted. 

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