The Humble City Council convened Sept. 12 to welcome and officially honor the recently appointed, newest member of the city council, Charles Cunningham, Jr.

Cunningham was chosen to replace Glenn Redmon on the council after Redmon’s sudden death earlier this year. Cunningham, a sitting member of the Humble ISD School Board, resigned from that position Sept. 10.

Mayor Merle Aaron brought Cunningham to the podium before all the attendees to thank him for his service to the city over the past several decades.

“He has served in many capacities for many years, including the Humble ISD Board of Trustees since 2007, Northshire HOA Board of Directors since 2008 and HAAM Director since 2017,” Aaron said.

Newly appointed Cunningham responded, “I am humbled and I am looking forward to what we can do together for the City of Humble.”

He then asked members of his family and friends to stand to be welcomed by his fellow members of the board. Much like when he resigned from the Humble ISD Board of Trustees, his wife was by his side as well as several of his grandchildren.

The council approved several presentations from replanting to the Fiscal Year 2020 City of Humble Budget.

Arliss Bentley, a retired Humble ISD school teacher, challenged the board to find alternate sources of income in addition to resident taxes, stating that these monies may not be enough to serve the people in the case of another natural disaster or debilitating hurricane.

Another main point of interest during this meeting included the approval of Resolution 19-814 which adjusted the City of Humble Fee Schedule for Emergency Medical Services after it was noted that these fees have not changed in over a decade.

A week prior to the meeting, a major fire was handled within the area at the Park at Deerbrook Apartments. Aaron thanked the men and women of the fire department for extinguishing the blaze as efficiently as possible.

The budget lists $113.53 million in expenditures – a 1.7% increase from the FY 2018-19 $111.62 million budget.

Included in the line items are $35.25 million in general fund expenditures, $15.21 million in capital projects and $16.68 million in water and sewer projects. Purchasing seven traffic control vehicles and two vehicles for detectives is budgeted at $435,103. The city intends to expand Rankin Road between the Union Pacific Corp. railroad tracks to Houston Avenue for $3.65 million.

Several staffing changes were presented. The city intends to add three paramedics to the fire department for $284,075; one full-time position will be created from two current part-time positions at the Humble Civic Center.

The city also noted an expected bump in sales tax revenue of $13.5 million as opposed to last year’s $13.2 million approved revenue.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 26, in the City Hall Council Chamber at 114 West Higgins.

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