On June 28, the Humble City Council unanimously voted to support a San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) application to the Texas Water Development Board for a Flood Protection Grant. Before the vote was taken, Mayor Merle Aaron noted the importance of the project to Humble.

“We on the Council need to do all that we can do to make sure that Humble is represented,” said Aaron. “This is what this (vote) is for and this is to let everyone know that everything that happens in our area, we want to be a part of it.”

The SJRA is coordinating with entities such as Humble throughout the San Jacinto River Basin in support of conducting comprehensive flood protection planning. This grant is necessary to fund the effort. The proposed planning would benefit areas within the West Fork and Spring Creek watersheds all the way to Lake Houston through two separate studies: one to assess the feasibility of a flood control reservoir in the Spring Creek watershed and another to develop a Lake Conroe predictive tool to supplement SJRA’s gate operations plan. The proposed planning does not duplicate existing projects with the exception of updating existing flood protection information and upgrading an existing hydrologic monitoring capability. The City of Humble is right in the heart of the area to be affected by any actions that result from the studies.

In other business, the Council approved a bid of $411,000 for detention pond and storm sewer improvements – the low bid of nine received; and approved the single bid submitted for ongoing maintenance, installation and relocation of traffic signals and school zone flashers.

Bruce Olson
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I have been married since 1970 to Kerry, my best friend and a great Australian woman. I served and survived Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force. I fought forest fires in the summer while in college, where I earned a B.A. in economics from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas. I retired from Continental Airlines. I have a son and two granddaughters in Kingwood, and a daughter and two grandsons on a farm near Mazabuka, Zambia. I am now enjoying life as a grandfather, Tribune correspondent and Humble ISD guest teacher when not traveling to Zambia or Australia.