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November 20, 2018

CITY COUNCIL AGENDA FOR NOVEMBER 26, 2018

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HUNTINGTON CITY COUNCIL
November 26, 2018
7:30 p.m.


1. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance

2. Roll Call

3. Synopsis of Last Meeting

4. Reports of the Mayor

5. 2nd Reading of an Ordinance re:  2018-O-10:  AN ORDINANCE OF COUNCIL AMENDING, MODIFYING AND RE-ENACTING ARTICLE 533 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF HUNTINGTON, AS REVISED, REGARDING OFFENSES RELATING TO PROPERTY  

Sponsored by:  Councilman Charles McComas

6. 1st Reading of an Ordinance re:  2018-O-12:  AN ORDINANCE OF COUNCIL AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE WEST VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, DIVISION OF HIGHWAYS, FOR THE HUNTINGTON BIKE/PED IMPROVEMENTS TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES PROJECT IN CABELL COUNTY 

Sponsored by:  Councilwoman Jennifer Wheeler

7. 1st Reading of an Ordinance re:   2018-O-13:  ORDINANCE FOR THE ABANDONMENT OF A PORTION OF 26th STREET ALLEY, BEING 6,205 SQUARE FEET, MORE OR LESS, HUNTINGTON, CABELL COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA 

Sponsored by:  Councilman Mike Shockley

8. 1st Reading of an Ordinance re:  2018-O-14:  AN ORDINANCE OF COUNCIL AMENDING, MODIFYING AND RE-ENACTING PART THIRTEEN, ARTICLE 1315, OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF HUNTINGTON, AS REVISED, CONCERNING PLANNING AND ZONING CODE

Sponsored by:  Councilman Mike Shockley

9. Resolution re:  2018-R-50:  A RESOLUTION OF COUNCIL APPROVING THE CHANGE IN THE HEALTH CARE PLAN FOR THE EMPLOYEES OF THE HUNTINGTON WATER QUALITY BOARD TO THE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES INSURANCE AGENCY (PEIA) 

Sponsored by:  Councilwoman Carol Polan

10. Resolution re:  2018-R-51:  A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL SUPPORTING REVIVING CIVILITY 

Sponsored by:  Councilman Charlie McComas

11. Resolution re:  2018-R-52:  A RESOLUTION OF COUNCIL AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO APPLY FOR AND ACCEPT A 2018 WV HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT ON BEHALF OF THE HUNTINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT 

Sponsored by:  Councilman Alex Vence

12. Good & Welfare

13. Adjournment

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November 8, 2018

Input Sought on Hal Greer Corridor Management Plan

The City of Huntington, West Virginia Division of Highways and KYOVA Interstate Planning Commission are working to prepare a corridor management plan for Hal Greer Boulevard.

This plan will examine Hal Greer Boulevard from Huntington High School to 3rd Avenue. During this process, the project will ask for input from citizens, commuters, students, community groups, businesses and agencies along this vital corridor.

There will be a project symposium from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at the A.D. Lewis Community Center. Stakeholders are also invited to take a brief survey about Hal Greer Boulevard. For more information about this project and to take the survey, go to www.completehalgreer.com.

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November 8, 2018

Public Works Can Help Residents With Leaf Disposal

Fall weather brings hot cider, pumpkins and colorful leaves, a sure sign to get those rakes out.
  
One thing you shouldn’t do this season is rake leaves and grass clippings into the streets and storm drains. Leaves and other debris form clumps that can block storm drains and cause street flooding when it rains. Street sweepers also cannot pick up loose leaves.

Blowing or sweeping yard waste into the street also is prohibited and can result in fines of up to $500. The City, however, can help you with the removal of these leaves.

“The City will pick up as many as four bags of leaves weekly with` household garbage service. We will not, however, pick up loose leaves,” Public Works Director Jim Insco said. “If there is an excess of four bags, you can call for a free, special pick up.” To schedule a pickup, residents can call the Public Works Department at 304-696-5903.
  
If you want to help keep storm drains clear, it is suggested you use a rake to clear leaves, limbs or other debris from the curb. Never place your hands or feet into the storm drain because of the dangerous debris that could be stuck. Do not attempt to remove the grate, only the debris on top.
  
Mulching also is a simple way to recycle leaves and enhance landscaping. Leaving grass clippings on the lawn all summer and mulching leaves into small pieces is equal to one application of fertilizer.

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October 29, 2018

Huntington Wins $1 Million in Bloomberg Philanthropies U.S. Mayors Challenge

Michael R. Bloomberg on Oct. 29, 2018, announced Huntington, West Virginia, as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies U.S. Mayors Challenge, a yearlong competition that challenged city leaders to uncover and test bold, inventive ideas to confront the toughest problems faced by cities today. Nine cities will receive $1 million to begin implementation on potentially breakthrough solutions to homelessness, the opioid crisis, mobility, climate change, and economic opportunity.

Huntington was selected as a winner for its innovative approach to combating compassion fatigue experienced by first responders, who are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. Huntington aims to embed certified mental health professionals into its Police and Fire departments to help develop self-care, training and mental health resources that will improve first responders’ personal and professional well-being, attitudes toward substance use disorder, and interactions with overdose victims. 

“Because Huntington has been aggressive in identifying ways to combat all facets of the opioid crisis and is now seeing positive results, such as a 41 percent decline in overdoses this year, we are becoming known as the epicenter of the solution," Huntington Mayor Steve Williams said. "That work must include taking care of our first responders, who are working tirelessly on the front lines of this crisis. That is why I am thrilled that Bloomberg Philanthropies is partnering with our community to ensure that our first responders have the appropriate resources so that they can continue to deliver quality care."

Huntington joins Denver; Durham, North Carolina; Fort Collins, Colorado; Georgetown, Texas; Los Angeles; New Rochelle, New York; Philadelphia; and South Bend, Indiana, as winners of the U.S. Mayors Challenge.

"Mayors across the country are tackling the big issues that Washington is ignoring. This competition is designed to help them do even more, by incentivizing and supporting big – and achievable – new ideas,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York City. “Congratulations to all of the winning mayors, who represent cities large and small, in regions across the country. We look forward to seeing the results of their work -- and to helping the ideas that prove most effective spread far and wide."

The Mayors Challenge Selection Committee, co-chaired by Former Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Former Xerox Chairman & CEO Ursula Burns, is comprised of distinguished policy experts, artists, academics, business executives, and social innovation leaders. The committee evaluated the cities’ applications based on their idea’s vision, potential for impact, implementation plan, and potential to spread to other cities.

New to the Mayors Challenge this year was a 6-month “test and learn” phase where each of the 35 Champion Cities received up to $100,000 and technical assistance to test and build support for their ideas. Cities tested core components of their ideas with residents, improved and refined their proposals, and developed a plan for implementation and impact measurement.

Huntington City Manager Cathy Burns, who was the project coordinator for Huntington’s application, said the growing number of cities overwhelmed by opioid overdoses has generated demand for a proven approach to addressing first responder compassion fatigue.

“While the opioid epidemic has exposed a lack of mental health resources for first responders, stress and fatigue from other events, such as hurricanes, fires, school shootings and terrorist attacks also increase demand for solutions to protect the mental health of those who protect our communities,” Burns said. “This program has been developed from its inception as a replicable model that other cities across the country can use.”

Joining Burns on Huntington’s U.S. Mayors Challenge team were Fire Chief Jan Rader; Lt. Phil Watkins of the Huntington Police Department; Development and Planning Director Scott Lemley; Department of Finance representative Sharon Pell; Purchasing Director Kim Bailey; Krishawna Harless, wellness coordinator for the Huntington Police and Fire departments; and Lyn O’Connell, associate director of community services for the Division of Addiction Sciences at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and Marshall Health.

The U.S. Mayors Challenge builds on the success of previous Bloomberg Philanthropies-sponsored Challenges in the U.S. (2013), Europe (2014), and Latin America and the Caribbean (2016). Previous Mayors Challenge winners include São Paulo, Brazil with a program to increase farmers’ income and reduce urban sprawl; Barcelona, Spain for work to create digital trust networks that support at-risk elderly citizens; and Providence, RI, for a program to measure and reduce the “word gap” among low-income children during pivotal brain development years. For more information, visit mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org.

About Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies works in 480 cities in more than 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2017, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $702 million. For more information, please visit www.bloomberg.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter.

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October 23, 2018

City of Huntington Continues Sidewalk Replacement Program

The City of Huntington’s Public Works Department is almost finished with the fall portion of its sidewalk replacement program.

Mayor Steve Williams proposed and Huntington City Council approved $100,000 in funding for a pilot sidewalk replacement program in fiscal year 2017 to get the program started. The program was so successful that the $100,000 funding level continued for fiscal year 2018 and fiscal year 2019.

The Public Works Department enters into agreements with property owners whereby the property owner pays for the concrete and the city provides the labor and all other equipment needed for the replacement project. Since fall 2016, the Public Works Department has completed 119 sidewalk replacement projects, totaling 7,143 linear feet, or 1.35 miles.

The Public Works Department is taking sidewalk replacement requests for spring 2019. Property owners who would like to make arrangements to replace their sidewalk should contact the City Clerk’s Office at 304-696-5530.

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October 8, 2018

Huntington Scores High in 2018 Municipal Equality Index

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July 16, 2018

Huntington One of 10 Winners in National Love Your Block Competition

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July 10, 2018

Greater Huntington Walks Challenges Residents to Become More Active

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July 10, 2018

My Huntington Movement to Promote Positive Attributes of the Huntington Community

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June 11, 2018

Huntington Among U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 2018 City Livability Award winners

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May 14, 2018

Williams names Dial as Chief of Police

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May 9, 2018

Huntington Delegation Attending National Mayors’ Institute on Opioids

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April 26, 2018

Huntington Receives Grant to Clean Up Brownfields Properties

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April 18, 2018

Huntington Named as Finalist for Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award

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March 13, 2018

Huntington Wins Cultural Diversity Award from National League of Cities

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March 13, 2018

Huntington Named Finalist in 2018 RWJF Culture of Health Prize

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February 27, 2018

Huntington Awarded Planning Grant for Fairfield Revitalization Project

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February 15, 2018

Williams Delivers State of the City Address and FY2019 Budget to City Council

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February 9, 2018

How to Pay a Parking Ticket, Parking Lot Violation or Boot Fee

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January 8, 2018

Huntington City Council Elects Leadership for 2018

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December 1, 2017

Mayor’s Council on the Arts Adopts Public Art Policy to Assist Artists

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October 24, 2017

Parkmobile, LLC Partners with City of Huntington to Introduce Mobile Parking Payments

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October 19, 2017

Huntington Improves Score in 2017 Municipal Equality Index

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October 10, 2017

City Unveils Plan to Demolish 55 Unsafe Structures

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September 25, 2017

City Council, Cabell Delegates Partner to Donate Money for Protective Gear

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September 25, 2017

City of Huntington Awarded Federal Grants to Combat Opioid Epidemic

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August 28, 2017

Parking Board Now Accepts Online Payments

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July 24, 2017

Code Enforcement Unit to Begin Inspecting Contractors for Licensing, Permits

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June 6, 2017

Water Quality Fee to Increase for Some Nonresidential Customers

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May 25, 2017

Big Sandy Superstore Arena Celebrates 40 Years With Highest-Grossing Year in Venue History

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May 10, 2017

HPD to Issue Nonmoving Violations to Vehicles in Street-Sweeping Zones

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April 12, 2017

Huntington Awarded National Vacant Properties Technical Assistance Scholarship

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February 22, 2017

Williams Nominates Rader to Become Huntington Fire Chief

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February 10, 2017

Mayor Delivers State of the City Address

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January 24, 2017

City of Huntington Implements Electronic Bidding Process

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January 18, 2017

U.S. Conference of Mayors Recognizes HHS, City of Huntington for Wellness Academy

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January 9, 2017

Huntington Among 5 Finalists to Receive Vacant Property Assistance

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January 3, 2017

Huntington Improves Score in 2016 Municipal Equality Index

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October 5, 2016

Mayor Launches Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

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September 28, 2016

U.S. Conference of Mayors, Wells Fargo Foundation Announce $150,000 Grant

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September 14, 2016

Public Works Department Launches Sidewalk Repair Pilot Program

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August 8, 2016

Citizens Now Have Convenient Option For Reporting Minor Crimes

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July 29, 2016

City’s codified ordinances now online

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May 19, 2016

Cathy Burns Named City Manager

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April 28, 2016

Huntington Advances to Finals of America’s Best Communities competition

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March 28, 2016

Vacant Buildings Now Must Be Registered With The City

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March 7, 2016

Williams Named to National Task Force to Address Opioid Abuse

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March 3, 2016

“Open to All” Campaign Promotes Inclusiveness in City of Huntington

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February 8, 2016

HFD receives donation of 175 carbon monoxide/smoke alarms

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January 13, 2016

Huntington Advances to Semifinals in America’s Best Communities Competition

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December 17, 2015

Huntington ranks higher than state, national average on 2015 Municipal Equality Index

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October 27, 2015

City Unveils Community Revitalization Plan

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July 23, 2015

Citywide Street Sweeping Begins in Huntington

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July 8, 2015

City of Huntington Ticket Payment Procedures

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July 7, 2015

Huntington awarded EPA grants for cleaning up brownfields sites

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June 29, 2015

Stormwater Utility receives DEP award for environmental partnership

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April 29, 2015

Huntington named quarterfinalist in America’s Best Communities competition

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March 9, 2015

Huntington to receive EPA grant to clean up brownfields properties, launch advanced polymer center

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January 28, 2015

Henderson Named Municipal Court Judge

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January 8, 2015

Traffic crash reports now available online

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October 14, 2014

Huntington named Certified Arts Community

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June 24, 2014

Huntington Water Quality Board

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April 7, 2014

How the City of Huntington deals with potholes

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April 7, 2014

How to report streetlight outages in the city

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March 10, 2014

City’s budgetary performance cited as reasons for credit-rating upgrade

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February 25, 2014

Tony Hawk Foundation awards city $5,000 grant for skate park

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February 19, 2014

Huntington delegation to attend housing seminar at Harvard Law School

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January 28, 2014

Huntington selected to receive smart growth assistance

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