Residents of Humble’s Northshire subdivision adjacent to Deerbrook Mall presented themselves to the Humble City Council at its Oct. 27 meeting with a plea for help in resolving a traffic issue at Deerbrook Mall. Northshire resident and former Home Owners’ Association (HOA) trustee, John Karshner, spoke on behalf of the association and the residents in attendance.
“In September, Deerbrook Mall took down all the stop signs coming into Denton Drive,” he said. “Now all of the traffic coming into any of the service road entrances from FM 1960 and Birchridge Drive must stop until the entering traffic (passing through the intersection) has cleared. From Denton Drive, turning left to exit the mall has now become tedious and will, during the holiday traffic, become extremely dangerous. Likewise, a right turn has and will become increasingly difficult as the left-turn traffic tries to advance ahead of entering traffic.” 
Karshner went on to explain that one resident had approached mall management with concerns about the increased risk of accidents and injuries. The resident received a response saying that people would just have to get better insurance. Karshner described the general impression that the HOA and residents have is that the mall’s management is operating under the theory that no type of traffic control is the best kind of traffic control. The residents strongly disagree. 
“There are those who will say that nothing can be done because the mall is private property. We say, with the resources of the City of Humble affected, including its ambulances and our police, there is. The City of Humble as well as the citizenry should have a say in traffic control in a place that puts all of us in harm’s way” Karshner said. 
“We are requesting that the mayor and the city council intercede on behalf of the residents of Humble and the visitors to our city and to Deerbrook Mall in an effort to consider safety and security and force Deerbrook Mall to replace the stop signs at the entrances and do it quickly, before the shoppers of today become more harried holiday shoppers.” Karshner said. He expressed his own thoughts that removal of the signs had been ill advised in the first place and if not rectified would result in unnecessary property damage and personal injury, especially during the holiday traffic rush.
Mayor Merle Aaron responded on behalf of the council and explained what the City of Humble could and would do. He said, “We will take each and every item under consideration.” He turned to City Manager Darrell Boeske, sitting next to him, and confirmed Boeske would contact the mall management about the situation and the City would do its best to make things happen. 
He then turned back to Karshner and said, “I understand what you are saying. We need to find out what the mall’s reasoning was for doing that. I have no idea.” Aaron acknowledged the issue involved signs placed on private mall property which includes the roadway encircling the parking areas. He explained that everyone recognizes how terrible the traffic can be there, and in Humble in general, and that the council was already working on ways to improve the situation for the future. Regarding the specific mall situation, he said, “We will not not-do something about that.” Aaron then thanked the Northshire homeowners for their presentation and said of the entire traffic situation, “We want to get it as right as we can.”
In other business, the council: 
-approved an ordinance amending  the city’s buildings and building regulations to better cover exterior construction requirements for certain types of structures;
-designated Councilman Norman Funderburk as the representative to the Houston-Galveston Area Council 2017 General Assembly and  Councilman Andy Curry as his alternate;
 -approved a development plat of 8.803 acres of land by USA Technologies Inc.;
- authorized the disposal of old and surplus fire department apparatus through a nationwide fire equipment surplus seller, Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus, LLC.

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