On Feb. 10, the Humble City Council held a public hearing to discuss the use of federal grant dollars to be allocated from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 as a part of the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (CLFRF) program. There are two highly-needed projects that include a proposed $716,000 drainage improvement project and a $2.8 million Country Village project from Wilson Road to east of Country Village.
City Manager Jason Stuebe added, “These projects are planned to mitigate flooding and drainage issues in these areas. The project totals include the engineering study, construction and grant administration.”
Additionally, the council voted and approved the ability to hold a general joint election May 7, 2022, and to set early voting locations and polling places. The primary focus is to elect council members for Places 3, 4 and 5.
The council also approved a special election to also be held May 7, 2022, to submit to qualified voters the nine provisions and amendments to the Humble City Charter. Several of the line-item changes to this document include but are not limited to the following: city manager duties and responsibilities, the ability of the city council members to set officer compensation and improve neighborhoods, the arrangement and renumbering of the charter, details surrounding the audit report and city contracts, ability to conduct city council member elections, requirements for lawsuits, and modification of outdated, unnecessary, or misspelled information.
Several rounds of meetings and a special task force were formed to make proposed updates to this crucial city document that outlines specific duties by role, details provisions, and avoids any unnecessary conflicts of interest.
Humble City Mayor Norman Funderburk reminded attendees about specific election details for the near future. “Early voting opens just in time for Valentine’s Day at City Hall. Additionally, Feb. 18 is the last chance to ask for mail-in voting. Finally, citizens can go to Harrisvotes.com to view Harris County voting details.”
Prior to adjourning, Councilman David Pierce gave community announcements. “On Feb. 26, starting at noon, the civic center will host the Bully Dog Show and Car Show. To round out the month, we have the Houston Gun Collectors Association Gun Show. For more information about any of these events, see humblecc.com/event-calendar.”
Pierce continued, “In the month of March, beginning March 12, we have the All Out Classics Car Show at 12 p.m. Next, in April on the third, the Humble Civic Center Arena will host the Houston BBQ Festival starting at noon. This is sure to be a crowd favorite. This event is set to feature several highly-ranked vendors as a food tasting.”
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the city council is planned for Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber.