The Humble City Council met Nov. 12 and heard from a citizen about current city policy regarding livestock at residences.

Lynn Logan said, “I recognize that student groups, such as FFA or 4-H, raise animals for shows and educational purposes. However, there are few regulations for adults raising animals in proximity in residential locations. This means that neighboring residences can hold livestock that not only has a negative smell but can also present a challenge when it comes to household pets, too.”

During such public hearings, local citizens are encouraged to share, question or bring various topics to the attention of the board. The council members typically follow up with the appropriate person or groups before determining next actions.

The next order of business was the presentation of a retirement gift for now-former, longtime Police Chief Delbert Dawes. The city presented him with a wooden rocking chair, perfect for his future retirement endeavors.

“Thank you for your 33 years of service to our community and many more to others in need. You are well liked and worked hard. Now is your time to sit back and relax,” proclaimed Mayor Merle Aaron.

Additionally, the council passed and approved an ordinance adopting the budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 as a final look.

Next, consensus was received as unanimous regarding an amendment of personnel policies set forth from the City of Humble by creating a flexible hiring rate for workers, therefore ensuring all hiring is fair and equitable. Aaron added, “We wanted to recognize past experience according to the new step plan put in place.”

The council elected to approve the city 2021 Holiday Schedule, several job bids to Electrical Field Services, Inc. and BEY Commercial Construction LTD., and subdivision plats.

Dawes and newly elected Police Chief Ken Theis posed for photos around Dawe’s new rocking chair engraved by the city. Theis concluded, “It’s the least we could do for all the decades of service you gave to the community.”

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