The city of Humble is moving forward with revising the city charter. The city council will receive the final presentation Nov. 11 with a public hearing set for Dec. 9. Residents will vote on the proposed changes in May 2022.

The Charter Review Commission met Nov. 3 to discuss revisions needed to the amendments and provisions of the city charter.

Humble Mayor Norman Funderburk clarified, “Today we are reviewing the wording with the purpose to approve how the propositions are organized, ensure the spelling and grammar is correct, and to provide a fair representation of the day-to-day operations of the city. The bulk of the information contained in the city charter is not widely changing.”

City Attorney Scott Bounds made a recommendation regarding representation. “I’d like to suggest that all Charter Review Commission members be listed as a part of the charter when presented to the city council and when it reaches ballot mid-2022.”

The members of the commission are Mayor Norman Funderburk, Council Member Charles Cunningham Jr, City Manager Jason Stuebe, Interim City Secretary Elanna Killian, citizens Mark Martin and Mike Marshall and City Attorney Scott Bounds.

Martin asked for several clarifications regarding the role of the city manager. “I’d like to see the responsibilities of the city manager clarified when it comes to oversight of the municipal court judges staff and in terms of the oaths these individuals take as a part of their role. It is also crucial that we provide specific language surrounding the differentiation between city manager, the mayor, and council members in terms of the separation of duties for each role. For instance, the city manager is not a member of council but works to bring the budget and all line items to the council,” added Martin.

Martin also asked that all pronouns, such as he/she/him/her/his/her, be struck from the wording to ensure gender neutrality for all amendments and provisions for both now and in the future.

At the close of the meeting, after minor wording, spelling and grammatical changes, the commission decided to bring the current, modified version charter to the city council meeting Nov. 11. Bounds plans to present the formal document at that meeting and the public is invited to attend to hear the recommendations of the commission.

After the council has had a chance to review, comment and approve the charter, there will be a public hearing in December. The final document will be on the ballot in the May election for final adoption.

Formal minutes from past commission meetings and future meeting agendas can be found at cityofhumbletx.gov/committees/.

Timeline

- Thursday, Nov. 11, 6:30 p.m.: First presentation of draft report to council and public

- Thursday, Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m.: Public hearing

- January thru April: Promote election, provide factual information as to what each proposition encompasses

- Mid-February: Call for election

- May 2022: Election

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