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Houston Lions Club looks to place bandshell path

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Houston City Council held their monthly meeting on April 14. The meeting was chock-full of business before the council.

The evening started off with Margaret Carlson representing the Hometown Pride community group. Carlson presented the council with information of their goal of putting in permanent planters spread throughout the town in a beautification effort. The group is hoping to get six, 27-inch round planters. Some locations the group is hoping to put planters by include the Root River Market, Ace Telephone, and the Jim Schultz Law Office. Three of the planters have already been sponsored by individuals in memory of deceased loved ones. The idea was well received by the council. Mayor Connie Edwards concluded the presentation by saying, “The places [the group] has chosen would look nice.”

The Lions Club also presented an idea to the council to pave a road leading to the bandshell in an effort to make it easier for musicians to haul their equipment. The Lions Club offered to pay for the project if the council approved the project.

There was some concern among the council that a road would take away from the beauty of area. Also, council members felt that having a road could cause a secondary problem of drivers parking their vehicles on the road. A solution to these concerns were solved for the most part by the suggestion of Mayor Edwards to make cart path rather than a paved road. The cart path would make it easier for musicians bringing in their instruments as a cart would be made available to them by the city. Also, the path would serve to make the bandshell more handicap accessible. The consensus was that a path of some sort would be very beneficial; however, the council is asking that the Lions Club develop a more detailed plan before the council will approve the project.

The City of Houston also reported that they have found their water system is in violation of the drinking standard for Combined Radium 226+228. According to the public notice, radium 226 and radium 228 are naturally occurring in groundwater. Those that drink water with radium in excess over many years have an increased risk of getting cancer.

The public notice assures residents that this situation is not an emergency and there is no immediate danger. The council started the ball moving on correcting the issue and will get quotes from engineers that can assess the problem and present the council with the best option for the town. High radium levels are a common problem in surrounding towns, so the council has places it can look to for guidance on the process as well.

The council also approved of the transfer of $14,256 from the General Fund to the Nature Center Fund to cover the deficit the Nature Center accrued in the last year. With donations not meeting the expectations of the Nature Center, the center’s account balance went negative. The Nature Center is hoping the budget for this year will stay in the black.

The council also decided that they will be hosting another community clean up weekend in which they will provide two dumpsters to Houston residents to fill with their unwanted trash and belongings. The council has not yet decided which weekend the dumpsters will be made available.

The next Houston City Council meeting will be held on Monday, May 12 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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