Even though the May 5 general city election was canceled because there were no candidates running against the incumbents for city council positions 3, 4 and 5, those incumbents are still required to be reinstalled into their respective elected positions.


Mayor Merle Aaron with Norman Funderburk (left) and Allan Steagall (right) following their swearing in. David Pierce was absent but took the Oath of Office on May 8. Photo by Bruce Olson

Council Members Allan Steagall, Norman Funderburk and David Pierce were all officially reinstalled as Humble city council members at the May 10 city council meeting. This is the second election in a row that they each have been unopposed.

City Manager Jason Stuebe read the official Certificate of Election into the record. The oaths of office were then administered to Steagall and Funderburk. Stuebe said, “Councilman Pierce is absent as he had to be out of town today but he was administered the oath on Tuesday.”

Following the swearing-in ceremony, Stuebe introduced his recommended candidate for appointment to the open position of city secretary. “I am recommending for your consideration Ms. Jenny Page to serve as our next city secretary,” he said. “Jenny comes to us from the City of Frisco with 22 years of municipal experience in Frisco, Jasper, College Station and Dayton. I think she will be a real asset for us.”

Mayor Merle Aaron made the motion to appoint and the council unanimously approved it.

In other business, the council approved a variance request by PS Lightwave, Inc. to City Ordinance 17-807 regarding the placement of light poles. The variance is required in order to place two of five utility poles within approximately 100 feet of the intersection of Birchridge Drive and Glencreek Drive. A “no objection” letter had been prepared with the request for approval and Humble Public Works Director Barry Brock verified there was no obstruction created by the variance request.

There being no other business, Aaron adjourned the council and invited all at the meeting to a post-meeting celebration of the councilmen’s reinstallation and the appointment of Page. Refreshments were served just outside council chambers.

Bruce Olson
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I have been married since 1970 to Kerry, my best friend and a great Australian woman. I served and survived Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force. I fought forest fires in the summer while in college, where I earned a B.A. in economics from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas. I retired from Continental Airlines. I have a son and two granddaughters in Kingwood, and a daughter and two grandsons on a farm near Mazabuka, Zambia. I am now enjoying life as a grandfather, Tribune correspondent and Humble ISD guest teacher when not traveling to Zambia or Australia.

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