At the Aug. 8 meeting of the Humble City Council, the board approved a resolution raising the water rates for residents by 1%. “These are still good rates,” Mayor Merle Aaron said.

The council also held a public hearing, soliciting input regarding usage of the 2016 Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR) funding in response to FEMA Disaster 4269. Several community members were given the opportunity to ask questions, specifically in regard to the allocation of the $2.055 million for repairs to Black’s Bayou in Northshire. Additional questions and input were welcomed regarding the usage of the 2017 Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR) funding in response to FEMA Disaster 4332. This allocation of $6 million may be made available to the City of Humble by the State of Texas General Land office and the Harris Country Community Services Department.

City Manager Jason Stuebe presented Resolution 19-810, providing guidelines and rules surrounding public comment on specific agenda items during the first meeting of each month, starting with September 2019. Community members will be able to ask questions of the board at the beginning of these meetings. Councilmember Allan Steagall made a motion to pass the resolution and the board approved.

Mark Arnold was named public works director for the city, and he and his children attended the meeting to greet board and local community members.

After the appointment, the board discussed an economic development agreement between the City of Humble and Air Parc 59. The partnership will share costs associated with improving Rankin Road.

Mark Mitchell, president of the Lake Houston Economic Development Partnership, said, “We are looking forward to this partnership and getting the work completed together.”

The final item on the agenda was approval of a contract between the city and King Solution Services in the amount of $1.4 million for the Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project-Phase 5.

The next regularly scheduled meeting is set for Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber at 114 West Higgins in Humble.

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