A lawsuit filed against Houston government has been dismissed.

The Houston City Council on Monday asked a developer to provide engineering plans for utility work on South U.S. 63.

David Arthur, whose family has sold several tracts on the east side of the highway and south of Miller’s Grill, asked the council to extend a sewer line so that businesses could connect from their property lines. A restaurant opened earlier on the property and a sporting goods store and flea market venue are slated to open. A lock and storage business also operates in the area.

Arthur earlier had conversations with the city, but made a formal request and presented council members with survey drawings Monday showing the lots in the area that were annexed into the city about 20 years ago.

The project includes more than 300 feet of line. The supplies were purchased earlier by the city.

Council members signalized they were interested in extending the line from work done previously to the development, but would like to see an engineering study of the property so no surprises are uncovered during the work. Any review would likely include the whole tract — not just the ones currently needing service. For future developments, the council also would like to know its obligations  — how long it has to extend utility service — once property is annexed into the city. 

Mayor Don Tottingham said he felt the city should support the utility project and encourage growth of business developments.

In other matters, members:

—Approved the purchase of pump equipment and materials and some repairs for the Houston Wastewater Treatment Plant, west wastewater treatment facility off Lone Star Drive and a lift station near Hamrick and Spruce streets. The moves allow backup pumps at all the sites in case of flooding or a breakdown. The projects had been included in the 2018 budget. Bids — within the budgeted perameters — were accepted for all three sites.

—Learned that Matt Baker has joined the city has a “floater,” who will assist in various departments, and Mikayla Murray was employed as a utility clerk. Both started Monday. Baker has a business degree and wanted to work outdoors, said City Administrator Tona Bowen. Murray, a hairdresser, was looking to make a career change, and has skills necessary to work in the position, Bowen said.

—Received an update on information presented at chamber and Lions Club meetings related to an April 3 measure that will appear on the ballot and allow the city to receive sales tax on internet sales. A public forum at the storm shelter is being planned.

—Acknowledged it had received a five-year plan of goals for street improvements.

—Asked for a briefing on licensing of businesses, heard a call for discussion on whether to add four-wheeler vehicles to the UTV ordinance and to talk about fire department personnel issues at the next meeting.

—Learned the city will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, for input on the city’s fluoridation of water, which has been in place for 16 years. The council re-affirmed the practice last in July 2016.

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