The Hico City Council met Monday night and heard a report from Richard Brown, TxDOT spokesperson, regarding the U.S. Highway 281 project and the First Street Bridge project, according to Lambert Little, city administrator.

Brown told council members that the U.S. Highway 281 project is projected to last another year and that the First Street Bridge project would take about $300,000 to complete. Brown said he expects to have a preconstruction meeting on the bridge project sometime next month and that the project should be finished by the end of summer.

Terry Ince addressed the board on concerns regarding changing the name of his street from Poverty Hill to something else. He asked the council to leave the street name as is because it would be an expense for him if he had to change his checks and stationary.

Little said he apologized to Ince for not consulting him and recommended the council take no action on changing the street name.

Inga Goutreaux addressed a problem near her home of a rock drainage ditch collapsing. She asked the city to repair the damage.

Bill Hollingsworth complained to council members because he did not agree with the charities chosen that will benefit from the Fourth Annual Texas Steak Cook Off to be held on Saturday, May 19. He also addressed the council on a resolution they had passed previously regarding political activities at the event. The resolution prohibits the city from renting booth space for political activities.

“The council in its wisdom has adopted the resolution,” Little said. “And the city attorney has confirmed we’re well within our rights.”

Little said the council is scheduled to meet again on May 21 to canvass votes, swear in new members, elect a mayor pro tem and meet in executive session.

Little said the executive session will be held in order to discuss with the city attorney fines levied by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for past non compliance by the city on the waste water treatment facility.

Little said he was told the non-compliance had gone on so many years, “they have to hammer on us even though we are building a new $1.8 million dollar plant.”

The council also proclaimed the month of May to be Seat Belt Enforcement Month and heard a report from little regarding the Safe Routes to Schools project.