Work to beautify Humble continues
- Written by Kathy Parks
At the December meeting of the City of Humble Beautification Committee, members recommitted themselves to focusing on City improvements, as they put the City’s Christmas Parade behind them. Most of the members of the beautification committee also serve on the Humble Christmas Parade subcommittee, so their focus is split in November and December. “We want everyone to know January is a great time to join the committee,” said Humble Police Sgt. Perry Burkeen, president. He said the committee will continue to recruit members in the new year, to try to find sponsors for their Adopt a City Street Program and to find new projects to revitalize historic Humble. Burkeen gave an update on the Adopt a City Street Program to those gathered. Humble High School JROTC has submitted commitment dates when their group will work on clean up of a portion of Wilson Road from Will Clayton to Isaaks, the section they have adopted. Embarq will be getting their proposed work schedule in by the first of the year. Embarq is working on a temporary location on Main Street, due to construction in their adopted area. During their last work day, Embarq volunteers collected nine bags of trash. Sharron Mittag heads up the City welcome sign effort. Her report showed the final plans have been approved and ground breaking will begin in two to three weeks for a sign to be placed at the corner of Will Clayton and the U.S. Highway 59 feeder road. People leaving the airport and traveling north will be able to see the welcome sign. Prior to construction, Vernon Masonry will provide the committee with a mock up. The project will also include a temporary wooden sign. Lois Bean leads the annual Spring Cleanup. The committee will be working on an additional storm drain project in conjunction with Earth Day April 22. Bean reported she met with the teacher sponsor for Atascocita FFA who expressed interest in helping with next year’s cleanup. Their plans will be firmed after the first of the year. Also discussed were problems with the historic cemetery near Isaaks Street. “I wish we could plant something like crepe myrtles,” said committee member Margaret Byron. “I would like to see them near the entrance and something should be done about the tombstones.” Bean and the others agreed. “I was stalled in traffic in the area and noticed how bad it’s gotten,” said Bean, adding that she thought family members were responsible for tombstones that have fallen over. Burkeen said the Public Works department keeps the area mowed and any trees planted would have to be approved by them. Byron offered to measure the area to find out if there would be enough space to get a riding mower around trees. Byron also offered a financial report which showed that ornament sales were up for 2008. Exact figures will be reflected on the January financial report. New equipment added to the excitement to the City’s Christmas parade and the parade’s emcee could be heard for blocks. Members said even the quality of the entries was up from previous years. The group discussed the possibility of placing more lighting along Main Street and the installation of a new brick or stone for the crosswalks at intersections in the downtown area. They also discussed work at City Hall. Old landscape timbers at the back entrance will be replaced by curbs around flower beds. They have plans to address shrubs in the front to make the entrance more attractive and they talked about the possibility of fencing the side of the property that faces First Street in order to block the view of the parking lot. City of Humble Beautification Committee meetings are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. at City Hall in the upstairs break room. Photo: Planters filled with seasonal flowers line Main Street. These planters are placed and maintained by the City of Humble Beautification Committee.