The Humble City Council canceled its upcoming May 5 general city election for council members, Places 3, 4 and 5, because no one except the incumbents filed to run for office.

The deadline to file was Feb.16 for specific positions and Feb. 20 for write-in candidates.
Council members Allan Steagall, Norman Funderburk and David Pierce will retain their council seats. This is not a new situation for any of these three gentlemen. Two years ago, the elections for the same council positions were canceled because there were only these same incumbents running unopposed.

Mayor Merle Aaron reminded all at the recent March 8 council meeting that the elimination of the vote for city council positions did not affect the May 5 Humble ISD Bond Election. He urged everyone to participate in that election.
In other business, the council approved a change order for the W. Townsen Boulevard extension project that decreases its cost by $117,655. As part of the same motion, the council voted to apply a portion of the savings to enter into an improved lighting agreement with CenterPoint Energy to replace street lights along Townsen Boulevard W. from FM 1960 near the back of Wal-mart to near the Costco store site on Townsen Boulevard W. The agreement letter specifies a cost of $93,146 for the lighting project.
The council also approved: budgetary adjustments needed to encumber funds originally budgeted in 2017 but not used due to Hurricane Harvey to be used as originally planned, but in 2018; renewal of existing Wells Fargo Banking arrangements for banking and depository services to commence on April 1 and extend through March 31, 2021; two actions enabling development of the Voltec Addition, which is a subdivision of 5.3480 acres of land situated in the Wherry B. Adams survey in Harris County; replat of the Humblewood Shopping Center land in the Wherry B. Adams survey in Harris County; and the approval of a development plat for Phoenix Oil.
Upon adjournment, Aaron made an informal announcement to those in attendance.
“The fire department is going to bring their new equipment outside. If anyone would like to see it, you are welcome to do so,” he said. The vehicle is a new 2018 custom-designed emergency resource truck that will provide logistical support, oxygen replenishment for multiple refills of firefighter backpacks, and a variety of other emergency uses.

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I have been married since 1970 to Kerry, my best friend and a great Australian woman. I served and survived Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force. I fought forest fires in the summer while in college, where I earned a B.A. in economics from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas. I retired from Continental Airlines. I have a son and two granddaughters in Kingwood, and a daughter and two grandsons on a farm near Mazabuka, Zambia. I am now enjoying life as a grandfather, Tribune correspondent and Humble ISD guest teacher when not traveling to Zambia or Australia.