The Humble City Council voted to raise rates at the Humble Civic Center and Arena Complex. The move came July 22 at the council meeting. City Manager Jason Stuebe said, “These new rates put the civic center at rates that are competitive with the market rates for the value people are receiving.”

“When citizens and groups rent out the larger ballroom, the rate will be higher than if they chose to rent a smaller facility – so that the rates reflect the amount of space provided. Likewise, the same is true for the Humble Civic Center Arena, which will also see higher rates as well. This means that concerts in this venue will be impacted within the current, analyzed fees,” added Jennifer St. Julian Wooden, director of the civic center complex and the Bender Performing Arts Center.

Not all rates were raised; most of the higher rates will apply to the arena complex, where rates had been substantially lower than comparable facilities.

The new fee schedule will take effect as Aug. 1 and can be found at cityofhumbletx.gov/site/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/07-22-21-Council-Agenda-Packet.pdf.

Several senior members of the community spoke to the council on the idea of turning the current Lakeland Elementary School campus into the Humble Senior Center since the school has been relocated to a new location.

Citizen Sharon Roberts said “It would be great to see a partnership between the City of Humble and the Humble ISD. If this campus could be used for the seniors, they would have a dedicated place to hold activities and they would not get pushed to the side or commingled with other age groups by having a dedicated space. This could even be a revenue-generating location.”

Lakeland Elementary is more than 60 years old and the school district has built a new facility near Humble High School. The previous Humble Senior Activity Center was deemed unsafe. The city is building a new wing at the civic center dedicated to the senior program.

The council also approved regulations surrounding storage containers on non-residential properties to be like dumpsters, and finally, approved engineering services by Martinez Architects, LP. For Fire Station No. 2.

Council member David Pierce gave community announcements.

“On Aug. 7, there will be a ‘Living Well Farmers Market’ held at Schott Park at 9 a.m. On Aug. 7-8, the Civic Center will once again host the ‘Premier Gun Show’ starting at 9 a.m. Finally, Aug. 13 is the ‘Harris County Precinct 4 Opry’ to be held beginning at 6 p.m,” he said. To obtain details or purchase tickets, see humblecc.com/event-calendar.

Finally, Pierce concluded with, “As always on the second Friday of the month at 308 E. Main Street, ‘Music on Main’ entertains with various artists and food trucks. The Aug. 13 event will commence on the streets at 7 p.m. and will feature Blue Raven.” For more information on these events, see facebook.com/livemusiconmain

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