May 13, 2021, is a date that will go into the history books for the city of Humble. This is the date that the head of the city changed hands from Mayor Merle Aaron to the newly elected Mayor Norman Funderburk.
“Together we welcome Funderburk and his family to the council, said Aaron. Councilmembers Charles Cunningham and Andy Curry, who won reelection, were sworn into office. During this historic night, the board and all attendees also recognized the Humble Fire and Rescue Firefighter Team and Paula K. Palla for heroic COVID-19 efforts.
As the main order of business, Aaron presented Mayor Norman Funderburk with his very own gavel and commemoration; Funderburk won the majority of votes in the May 1 election.
An emotional, yet grateful, Funderburk in turn presented Aaron with a plaque in remembrance of his many accomplishments and advancements while in office for the city of Humble.
“The people of Humble will look back at the time you were in office and reflect with great memory on the many orders instated, lives changed, and hearts touched because of your service,” Funderburk said.
For his first order of business, Funderburk nominated Councilmember David Pierce as mayor pro-tempore to serve a term of one year.
Humble Fire Chief, David Langenberg, recognized the Humble Fire and Rescue Firefighter Team on receiving first and second place at the third annual North Harris County Firefighter Challenge. “This squad worked so well together and represented the city very well,” said Langenberg.
The team came to the front of the council chamber for photos and to show off the earned trophy.
Langenberg then recognized Humble Health and Infection Control Officer Paula K. Palla for her heroism in distributing COVID-19 shots to not only the firemen and department, but also the public. “Palla remained calm, worked long hours, modeled patience to the community, and was named one of Texas Nursing Association, District 9, Nursing Heroes. Thank you, Pall.”
Langenberg then formally recommended approval to negotiate with Martinez Architects for architectural and engineering services for the Fire Station No. 2 Project.
“This is part of the HUD 2017 Hurricane Harvey CDBG-DR Round One Harris County Disaster Recovery Program grant,” he said.
Several plats of land were approved for replatting, small business park planning, master subdivision planning or subdividing.
To round out the meeting and in usual fashion, Pierce issued community announcements. “We have Music on Main at Uptown Park. This is a great family entertainment venue here in our city. This event takes place every second Friday of the month from 7- 9 p.m. Be sure to bring a chair and a friend. During the summer months, this event will be combined with ‘Food Truck Friday.’ For more information, see facebook.com/livemusiconmain.”
Pierce added, “Also, at the Civic Center on May 21 at 4 p.m. and on May 22 at 10 a.m., the Civic Center is hosting the Home for the Holidays Spring Gift Market. Finally, on May 22 and 23, at 12 p.m., this venue will also hold the IABCA’s Lone Star Sieger International Dog Show.” For more information about these events, refer to humblecc.com/event-calendar.
Post-adjournment by Funderburk, the city and all attendees were graciously invited to attend a reception in his honor.