Humble City Council at its Feb. 23 meeting approved a roughly $888,000 budget amendment to city's fiscal year 2023 budget that will largely cover additional costs associated with the city’s new senior activity center.

According to budget documents, approximately $769,000 of the $888,000 will be used to fund the construction of the senior activity center, which was originally projected to cost around $5.25 million when the city’s budget was approved in September.

City Manager Jason Stuebe said the budget amendment was needed after the city received initial bids on the project.

“We did receive bids that were higher than anticipated due to increased costs across the board,” Stuebe said.

Last January, council members approved the selection of Brown Reynolds Watford Architects Inc. to provide architectural and engineering design services for the city's new senior activity center. The move came following the council’s September 2020 decision to demolish to city’s old senior activity center.

According to Stuebe, the new senior activity center will consist of a 10,000-square-foot facility that will include classrooms, a game room, a library, a multipurpose room and a full kitchen.

Until the new center is completed, Humble seniors will continue to use space at the Humble Civic Center and the Phillip Cezeaux Recreation Building as they have since programming was reinstated in spring 2021.

Additionally, Stuebe noted $75,000 of $888,000 budget amendment will create a line item to conduct a lead and copper survey mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency.

“We will be monitoring and looking for the existence of copper and lead pipes coming into and immediately out of the [water] meters,” Stuebe said.

The remainder of the budget amendment included roughly $20,000 to account for the increased cost of miscellaneous items mostly related to city vehicles.