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Houston chosen to participate in tourism assessment


By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in All Government

By Angie Rodenburg

The Houston City Council held their monthly meeting on September 9 at Houston City Hall. The meeting proved to be an eventful one with numerous issues addressed.

During the public comment period, Ron Evenson, DDS represented the Houston Dental Clinic and presented their request to make a handicapped spot in front of their office to accommodate their disabled clients. The council approved the designation and painting of the handicapped parking spot.

The city council discussed the proposed city budget/levy for 2014. The council’s proposed plan is to have a 3 percent increase in taxes to fund city repairs, which would include seal coating the roads and work on the city’s filtration systems. The council approved the proposed plan. The proposed levy is set to be adopted at the Truth in Taxation meeting in December.

Cross Roads Cafe is in the process of applying for its beer/wine license. They have requested the license, paid the fee, and are now waiting for an investigation to be done. The step after the investigation is a public hearing, in which the information gathered will aid in helping the city council make a decision to either grant or deny the license. Owner of the Cross Roads Cafe, Dorothy Moldenhauer, showed concerned at the meeting about the length of time the process was taking. The council assured her they will try to get the investigation underway as soon as possible, but that the entire process does take a considerable amount of time.

The council also discussed the bids they had received for cleaning the reservoir. They decided to hire Liquid Engineering, who had done satisfactory work for the town previously. Liquid Engineering was also considerably cheaper compared to their competition.

The City of Houston was chosen to participate in the “Sustainable Tourism Assessment for Small Communities”, a project sponsored by the University of Minnesota. The program helps small towns with long-term tourism planning. A team of tourism experts secretly visited Houston and experienced what Houston has to offer. The team’s findings will be shared at a special meeting that will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1, at the Community Center. Residents will also be able to engage in the tourism discussion in the planning effort. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

The council also discussed a change in parking in front of the Post Office. Due to the excessive amount of double parking that happens in front of the Post Office, the council brainstormed as to how they might be able to alleviate the problem. The decision was made that making a 10-minute parking spot would serve the community best. The 10-minute parking will be enforced 8a.m. until 5p.m. Monday through Friday.

The next Houston City Council meeting will be held on October 15, rather than October 14 due to the observance of Columbus Day.

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