Members of the Humble Beautification Committee met at Humble City Hall Nov. 6 in an ongoing effort to clean up Humble and keep the area a safe place to work and live. “We made it through Halloween with very little vandalism to the planters,” said committee member Kathy Davidson. Committee members water the plants on Main Street and pick up litter and trash. The group discussed the idea of having volunteers patrol the streets in downtown Humble to keep vandalism in check. Volunteers, they said, would create a presence, especially around the Fuel skateboard park. Committee members said they were receiving positive feedback about the idea and several people expressed interest in participating in the program. “This is a prevention program,” said Sgt. Perry Burkeen, committee president. “The volunteers are not trying to catch kids in the act but to discourage them from committing vandalism in the first place, simply by providing an adult presence in the area.” Burkeen said volunteers are not asked to intervene; they are instructed to call Humble Police if they see something suspicious. “It is such a big help to law enforcement when citizens make the call to report what they’ve seen,” said Burkeen. He said too often people wait trying to decide if they should “bother” police. Members noted that skateboarders were not just a problem in the area of the skate park, but also throughout the downtown Humble area. Many noticed signs popping up in church parking lots advising the areas are off limits for skateboarders. Committee members noted that it is a slow time for the Adopt a Street Program. Although they are not currently recruiting new street sponsors, they said the sponsors they have are working very hard. They said Humble JROTC provided a clean up in front of the high school and another was planned for Nov. 2. The group is expecting a change in the leadership of the JROTC program, but said they hoped the replacement would be as faithful to the program as his predecessor has been. Member Lois Bean said Embarq has been working on Wilson Road, but work on drainage problems in the area had affected their work. Committee members agreed not to discuss “Spring Cleanup” efforts until after the first of the year, since many of the Beautification members also serve on the city’s Christmas Parade Committee, which has shifted into high gear. Other items discussed at the meeting included the need for a citywide can recycling program, which would include red recycle barrels for downtown Humble. As members considered other improvements to be coordinated with the City of Humble, they circulated a brochure of possible styles for street lights which could be installed to give the downtown area small-town charm. The next Humble Beautification meeting will be held Dec. 4. The next Humble Christmas Parade meeting will be Nov. 19. Both meetings are open to the public and held at Humble City Hall. The public is encouraged to participate and new members are welcome. For information contact committee president, Sgt. Perry Burkeen at 281-830-4553. Photo: Humble Beautification Committee members Margaret Byron, left, Kathy Davidson and Lois Bean discuss the upcoming Christmas parade and routine city beautification project. Photo by Kathy Parks

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