KINGWOOD — We need to grow in order to maintain revenue, a Kingwood council member opined at last week’s council meeting.

At Councilor Dick Shaffer’s urging, council asked the city planning commission to make recommendations on annexing areas at the city’s borders. It’s not a new subject for council.

“If we don’t get something going on, more revenue, we’re not going to be around,” Shaffer said. “Ninety percent of new businesses are being built out of town.”

Shaffer proposed the matter be sent to the planning commission. Mayor Jean Guillot and Recorder Bill Robertson wanted council to do the work.

The final vote was 4-1 to send it to the planning commission, with Council Members Mike Lipscomb, Josh Fields, Joe Seese and Shaffer voting for it and Robertson against it. Councilor Michelle Whetsell was not at the meeting.