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

The City of Houston held a short meeting Monday in which it named an acting city clerk and referred a matter to the planning and zoning commission.

Heather Sponsler was appointed to the post by Mayor Don Tottingham, per city ordinance. Sponsler will perform the duties once filled by Tonya Foster, who was the subject of a 4-1 vote by the council on Nov. 20 that asked her to resign. Foster left her post that night.

Sponsler’s appointment was important so that the city could easily conduct bank business. In the interim, it was announced at the meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Donnie Wilson was handling banking issues that required the city’s attention. Sponsler will now assume that role. Applications are being accepted for the city clerk’s job.

In other matters, members:

•Learned that a Realtor had notified the city about the possibility of rezoning a structure at 201 E. Highway 17 from residential to highway business district. The building is east of a parking lot owned by First Free Will Baptist Church. The matter was referred to the Houston Planning and Zoning Commission.

•Readopted an anti-discrimination resolution related to the funding of the city’s transit system.

•Learned that the Houston Police Department has acquired armored vests that are used during high-risk situations. The seven replace out-of-warranty vests that didn’t provide as much as protection. The cost was $2,200-$2,400.

•Authorized putting a use tax on the April ballot that would allow the city to recoup sales tax on Internet sales from outside the area. It is part of a regional effort involving several cities.

•Heard the city received a $5,244 check for reimbursement of an electrical transformer damaged during spring flooding.

•Held the first reading of an ordinance related to firearms in city buildings. A sign at city hall will be removed.

•Heard City Administrator Tona Bowen report work continues on the city 2018 budget. Discussion will occur at the Dec. 18 meeting.

Members adjourned into a closed session to discuss personal matters. No votes were taken. 

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