The Humble City Council met Dec. 13 and approved farm-to-market zoning for an 18-acre parcel between Rankin Road and Will Clayton Parkway. The market will be accessible from the U.S. Highway 59 feeder road on the east side of the highway.

Plans are underway to develop the site into over 100 condominium sales booths for farmers to sell directly to consumers. The engineer said the development is modeled after a similar market that is in Spain.

The council also recognized Kingwood Park High School for their achievement in winning the Texas 5 A State Girls Volleyball Championship.

Mayor Pro Tem Norman Funderburk said, “This championship is the first-ever volleyball state championship won by an Humble Independent School District team. For Kingwood Park High School, that was the stated goal written on their white board at the beginning of the season. The team went undefeated in district play this season, going 16-0, with 48 sets won and only two sets lost.”

The council also received a presentation from Ron Cox Consulting which helped compile the city’s first Strategic Plan. The plan was developed over the months of October and November with input from the council and members of the city staff. Cox is a former city manager and said he has helped develop strategic plans for 44 other Texas cities.

The City of Humble Christmas tree is made of hundreds of poinsettias grown by the city’s Parks Department and is on display at City Hall. Photo by John A. Crone

The Humble plan includes a Mission Statement, which is, “The City of Humble is committed to partnering with our citizens to provide the best public service and infrastructure and promote responsible growth and development to diversify revenue streams and create financial sustainability for our future.”

The plan’s Vision Statement is, “The City of Humble will be a safe, sustainable and progressive community that celebrates its small town values, history and pride, where all citizens can reach their full potential through education, commerce, culture, recreation and wellness.”

Areas of emphasis included in the plan, which Cox indicated would be implemented over several years, are communication, planning and community development, mobility, traffic and congestion, and economic development.

In other business, the council approved a correction in the contract with Ceres Environmental for Harvey debris removal, ratified an eight-year purchase agreement with TXU for electrical supply, and approved a letter of support for the Lion’s Club bike ride on Feb. 9, starting at 8 a.m. at the Humble ISD Career and Technology Education Center.

John Crone
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