At its Feb. 9 meeting, the Humble City Council set the election date for two council member places and the mayor’s race.
The election will be held May 1 and will be held jointly with the election of Humble ISD board members, which has four seats up for election.
Four candidates have filed to run for city positions. The current mayor, Merle Aaron, has filed for the mayor position. Andy Curry has filed, as the incumbent, for city council place 1 and Ray Calfee has filed, as the incumbent, for place 2. In addition, Ross Lee Adkins has filed for place 1 in which he will be contesting Curry.
The deadline to file for election was Feb. 17.
The city also reported in their regular monthly financial reports that it has a balance of funds on deposit totaling $45.7 million.
In discussion after the meeting, Aaron said, “The city has one of the lowest property tax rates in the state. The city is required by state law to hold a reserve of 25 percent of annual expenditure. Further, we have earmarked funds for several projects in the future.”
He pointed out upcoming costs for water and sewer work. City officials anticipate growth and need to provide services to accommodate it. The new water tower will add 1 million gallons of water to the system. The sewer plant could cost $6 million. Improvements are planned for Townsen Blvd. at a cost of $4 million and work is also underway to rebuild water, sewer and roads in Bender subdivision north of First Street, Aaron said.
He said the city has a strong financial position and noted the AA rating given to the city’s 2016 bond offering.
The council also voted to approve a $12,000 payment to the Lake Houston Economic Development Partnership. The partnership is both public and private, and was founded as a separate entity by the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce in 2011 in response to area leaders’ calls for a formal economic development program focusing on the local and regional economy.
According to the partnership’s website, “The vision of the Lake Houston Area Economic Development Partnership is to fulfill our role in fostering an environment which facilitates meaningful employment and diversified capital investment in order to provide an exceptional and sustainable local economy and quality of life. The Lake Houston Area includes Atascocita, Humble, Kingwood, Fall Creek, Summerwood, and portions of Spring.”
Several companies and governmental entities support the partnership with various levels of commitment. The City of Humble is part of a group of five who make the highest contributions.
The council voted to approve a preliminary plat and a development plat of a 68.7-acre parcel of land located east of U.S. Hwy. 59 and south of Will Clayton Parkway. The plat shows several roads and reserve lands within the parcel and also provides for a large warehouse-size building.
“The development is subject to tenant negotiations as well as agreement with TxDOT regarding roads and curb cuts,” Aaron said.