The Department of Public Works consists of seven divisions: Streets, Sanitation and Trash, Traffic Engineering, Motor Pool, Inspections and Permits, Building Maintenance and Administration.
The Streets Division maintains 196 miles of roadways and approximately 200 miles of alleys in the city. The division also maintains trees in the public right-of-way and handles salting and snow plowing in the winter.
The Sanitation and Trash Division is responsible for curbside refuse pickup of residential garbage. The service runs Monday through Friday. The division also handles monthly pickups of non-household garbage. Residents can call the division at 304.696.5540 then press option 1 to schedule a free monthly pickup.
The Traffic Engineering Division maintains more than 120 traffic intersection controls and lights, more than 700 streetlights and thousands of street signs and markings on public roadways. The division also assists with the placement of seasonal decorations in the downtown.
The Huntington Motor Pool Division repairs and services vehicles and equipment for the Police Department, Fire Department, Huntington Municipal Parking Board, Sanitation and Trash and Street divisions. Vehicles used by Mountain Health Arena, city employees, the Sanitary Board and Traffic Engineering are also serviced. Work is performed in day and evening shifts at the city garage, located at 419 2nd Ave.
The Huntington Highway Safety Program is housed under the Public Works Department. Part of the Huntington Highway Safety Program’s responsibilities is overseeing the Region 2 Governor’s Highway Safety Program, which consists of Cabell, Lincoln, Mason, Mingo, Putnam and Wayne counties. The mission of the program is to reduce fatalities, injuries and the overall number of crashes along West Virginia roadways through the power of public education and law enforcement initiatives. The program also assists the City of Huntington in public safety efforts in all city departments. For more information, visit www.wvsafetraffic.com.
The Inspections section of the Inspections and Permits Division is staffed by three inspectors (building, electrical and plumbing) who look at structures to make sure they are safe and comply to the International Building Code. They also work with and inspect buildings for the Unsafe Buildings Commission. The Permits section issues permits for additions and repairs to houses and buildings. Because most structural work to houses requires a permit, it is best to inquire about permits before starting work.
The Inspections and Permits Office is located in Room 1 at City Hall. The office’s phone number is 304.696.5540 ext. 2003. Inspectors are available to meet with the public between 8 and 9 a.m. and 3 and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Calling ahead for an appointment is recommended.
The Building and Maintenance Division is responsible for the upkeep and repair of eight city buildings and assists with the upkeep of seven other city-owned buildings.
The Administration Division is responsible for the budgets and oversees work distribution for the six other divisions under the Department of Public Works. The division is comprised of the public works director, general superintendent and public works director’s executive assistant.