At the recent meeting of the Humble Beautification Committee, members tallied their accomplishments and discussed future projects. It was announced that a third sponsor will join the ‘Adopt a City Street’ program. Mittag Manor will be joining the Humble High School JROTC and Embarq, who have already committed to cleaning up sections of public roadways. “Mittag Manor has been picking up trash in our area for years,” said Sharon Mittag. It was decided their name will be added to the list of sponsors and an “Adopt a City Street” sign will be erected near Mittag Manor on Meek Road. Committee members talked about the new City of Humble welcome signs. The committee hoped an area around the signs would be planted with flowers. They said they believed the areas near the signs could become local landmarks where people could come to take photos. It is believed, however, the Humble’s Parks Department will be responsible for maintaining the area and simple boxwood shrubs will be planted rather than flowers. Members anticipate the shrubs will be planted in the fall, when they have a better chance of surviving. Also on the committees agenda was a discussion of recycling in the area. Members noted that Embarq is collecting cans for recycling. Funds raised are used to buy school supplies for local students. It was also noted that the Huffman Lions Club is collecting old eyeglasses to give to those in need. Member Judy Dekan said she wanted to go on record as getting discouraged because for every area the group improved, there seemed to be another area that fell into disrepair. She sited concerns about mobile food vendors who set up permanent locations, in violation of City ordinances, trailers coming in, graffiti, and citizen apathy. “I want to go on record as saying, ‘but at least we have this committee,’” said Member Arliss Bentley. Bentley said she attends most of the City Council meetings and hands a list of graffiti locations to City Manager Darrell Boeske. Bentley encouraged Dekan to create a list of food vendors to pass to health inspectors. Committee members expressed their continued pride in the City and the need to stay vigilant. A discussion followed on the subject of installing decorative lights on Main Street. There was a preference among members for the simple single pole lights as opposed to street lamps with four lights. The group discussed city events. They agreed that although attendance at ‘Good Oil Days’ has decreased, Humble’s Christmas Parade continues to draw large crowds. “I think last year almost 7,000 people came to the parade,” said the group’s secretary, Lois Bean. Mittag said it has helped to be able to get the sound out further and that if additional lighting was available, it would be even better. The group agreed they should go to the museum and look at historical lights before they choose a design. They also recommended considering cobblestones as opposed to brick for sprucing up city intersections. Several themes were discussed for this year’s Christmas parade, including: ‘Olde Fashion Christmas,’ ‘Pioneer Christmas,’ ‘The Magic of Christmas’ and ‘The Miracle of Christmas.’ The favorite of the group was the idea of ‘Christmas Through the Decades,’ which they felt would lend itself to more variety for those who decorate floats. Several nominations were made for parade Grand Marshall, but no vote was taken. It has been decided that Humble founder, Pleasant Humble, will be on this year’s City ornament, as it is the 75th birthday of Humble. The ornament will be metallic gold with either black or brown lettering. Committee president Perry Burkeen has agreed to investigate the possibility of City Council preparing a parade float. The committee is looking for new members to help with the parade and beautification efforts. The next meeting of the Christmas Parade Committee is Wednesday, Aug. 13. The next meeting of the Humble Beautification Committee is Thursday, Sept. 4. Both meetings are open to the public. Both are held at City Hall at 3 p.m. Photo: Beautification Committee member Sharon Mittag led the Aug. 7 meeting and discussed her concerns about the dwindling attendance at Humble events such as ‘Good Oil Days.’ Photo by Kathy Parks

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