Humble City Council swears in incumbent members, discusses annexing property

Humble City Council, which has been streaming its in-person meetings via videoconference since March, approved an annexation service agreement between the city and Humble ISD at the May 14 meeting. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Humble City Council, which has been streaming its in-person meetings via videoconference since March, approved an annexation service agreement between the city and Humble ISD at the May 14 meeting. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Humble City Council, which has been streaming its in-person meetings via videoconference since March, approved an annexation service agreement between the city and Humble ISD at the May 14 meeting. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Humble City Council, which has been streaming its in-person meetings via videoconference since March, approved an annexation service agreement between the city and Humble ISD at the May 14 meeting.

Humble ISD intends to rebuild its Lakeland Elementary School on a plat of land located in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the city of Houston. The proposed annexation agreement would allow the city of Humble to begin negotiations with the city of Houston to annex that land from Houston's ETJ, City Manager Jason Stuebe said.

"The school district approached us about two years ago about annexing that portion of the propert that is contiguous with the property that Humble High School is on and bringing that acreage into the city limits of Humble," he said. "The current plan is for this to go in front of the city of Houston City Council by their next meeting."

If the deannexation is approved by the city of Houston, the city of Humble has agreed to provide municipal services to the land for the district, including police and fire protection, emergency medial services and water services, to name a few.

The Lakeland Elementary School rebuild will be located on 49.6 acres on Rustic Timbers Drive, and it will serve as a replacement campus for the existing campus, which is located at 1500 Montgomery Lane, Humble. The school is set to open in August 2021, according to Humble ISD officials.


Additionally, Place 3 Council Member Norman Funderburk and Place 5 Council Member David Pierce both took the oath of office prior to the meeting, Stuebe said. Both positions, as well as Place 4, were up for election in May.

Mayor Merle Aaron also pulled the agenda item to appoint a mayor pro tem, who would serve as acting mayor when Aaron is unavailable, until a later meeting.

While Places 3 and 5 were uncontested, the race for Place 4 has been pushed to November in light of the coronavirus. Bruce Davidson, Paula Settle and Arliss Bentley are running to fill the seat left by Council Member Allan Steagall, who did not seek re-election.

Council also voted to reappoint Roy Hearnsberger, Tim Baker and Mike Hardage to the Northeast Hospital Authority board of trustees.

During announcements from council at the end of the meeting, Pierce said the city hopes to begin hosting outdoor concerts again in June or July in conjunction with the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center and the Music on Main concert series. All live entertainment in Humble has been canceled due to the coronavirus.

"That's just a hopeful thing and something to look forward to," he said.
By Kelly Schafler

Managing editor, South Houston

Kelly joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2017 after majoring in print journalism and creative writing at the University of Houston. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor for the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition and began covering the Spring and Klein area as well in August 2020. In June 2021, Kelly was promoted to South Houston managing editor.