At its Nov. 8 meeting, the Humble City Council approved the city’s participation in the Texas Enterprise Zone Program which pertains to the manufacturing company, CDI. This arrangement will allow the city to increase the property tax in the area around CDI.

Mayor Merle Aaron said, “This new zoning will allow CDI to get some reimbursement back from the state in the form of a tax rebate. If they can get some money back from the state, it will allow us to increase the property tax in that area. This will help the city because the property tax in Humble is extremely low.”

The expansion is an addition to an already existing building. “It is a major expansion,” said Aaron.

CDI has done work for Exxon Mobil, Chevron Phillips and several smaller companies throughout the greater Houston area. They currently employ close to 100 people, but will soon hire 50-75 new employees after the expansion.

“CDI earned between $25-35 million last year and will certainly show growth this year. It is a good deal for both of us. It is an area that is growing very rapidly and an exciting thing for all parties involved. It is a way to grow the city and develop that business,” said Aaron.

The council acted unanimously to approve without discussion several other business items:

- A variance to the Air 59 Distribution Warehouse project for exit travel distance, allowing for a safe means of egress of 400 feet.

- The agreement of license to use city right-of-way by and between the city and Wellspire Humble Property Holdings, LLC to utilize a portion of the unimproved Wilson Road for paved parking.

- Change Order No. 1 regarding revised logo and timeline for a new elevated storage tank in the amount of $20,189 and extended the length of time to 18 days beyond the original contract.

- The 2019 Holiday Schedule.

The council also discussed the upcoming Christmas parade. Councilman David Pierce said, “If you are thinking about decorating a float or lighting a Christmas tree, it’s a great time to bring in the holiday spirit in our city. Everyone’s welcome and we look forward to having everyone down. That’s the first Tuesday on Main Street.”

The parade will assemble at Main Street between Railroad Avenue and the northbound I-59 feeder road.

Humble Beautification Committee Member Diane Pierce said she’ll be decorating her yard in green with a “Grinch Who Stole Christmas” theme. About decorating Humble in general, she said, “We’ve expanded now. It used to be just the old town part of Humble, but now it includes Northshire and other Humble neighborhoods. It’s going to be a really fun year.”

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