On Dec. 9, the Humble City Council held a public forum regarding revisions to the city charter. Recently, a charter commission was formed using members of the Humble City Council, local leadership and citizens of the community. This group has worked through current laws and provisions; their suggested changes will be presented to the public.

Several of the verbiage changes center around the duties of the city manager, Jason Stuebe, city elections of local officials, qualifications for city council, clear delineations between mayor and mayor pro tem and handling of the annual city budget.

Several citizens asked questions.

Arliss Bentley said “I appreciate the time and attention given to this subject, but I do question the duties of the city manager and whether or not they are a conflict of interest, particularly when signing checks.”

Mayor Norman Funderburk explained, “The original roles specified in the original City of Humble Charter document upon inception listed different roles or titles than are present today. Each of the responsibilities is carried out and verified by different individuals. For example, I just signed a large stack of checks. All financials are verified by the finance director.”

Susie Palacios asked, “Why are there no qualifications listed for the city manager position?”

Funderburk said, “The city manager is a termed and appointed role by the council versus an elected position by the public. This role has fiduciary responsibilities and is ultimately responsible for all affairs to the city.”

The next step for the commission is to bring the final wording of the charter to the voters in the May election. “This document will benefit and be an active resource to all members of the community for many years to come.”

The council approved several ongoing grant-funded projects, plats of land throughout the city and approved fiscal budget modifications.

Council member David Pierce thanked all the members of the community for their involvement and attendance at this year’s Christmas Parade. “This was probably one of the best parades in the history of the city. All winners from the parade will be awarded at the Jan. 13 meeting in addition to a presentation by the Humble Beautification Committee for holiday decorating. We wish everybody a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”

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