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May 23, 2019

Memorial Day Schedule for City Operations

The Memorial Day holiday will affect household garbage service, operating hours at City Hall, and the City Council meeting.

Household garbage service will not run on Monday, May 27. It will be on a one-day delay the entire week, running Tuesday, May 28, through Saturday, June 1.

City Hall will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. It will reopen to the public at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 28.

The Huntington City Council meeting, which is regularly scheduled for the second and fourth Mondays of each month, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28.

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May 22, 2019

CITY COUNCIL AGENDA FOR MAY 28, 2019 (TUESDAY)

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HUNTINGTON CITY COUNCIL

**TUESDAY**
May 28, 2019
7:30 p.m.

1. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
2. Roll Call
3. Synopsis of Last Meeting
4. Reports of the Mayor

5. 1st Reading of an Ordinance re:  #2019-O-13 – 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 (following committee referral)

Sponsored by:  Councilman Alex Vence

6. 1st Reading of an Ordinance re:  #2019-O-14 – AN ORDINANCE OF COUNCIL AMENDING, MODIFYING AND RE-ENACTING PART THIRTEEN, ARTICLE 1341 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF HUNTINGTON, AS REVISED, CONCERNING PLANNING AND ZONING CODE (following committee referral)

Sponsored by:  Councilman Mike Shockley

7. 1st Reading of an Ordinance re:  #2019-O-15 – AN ORDINANCE OF COUNCIL AMENDING, MODIFYING AND RE-ENACTING ARTICLE 343 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF HUNTINGTON, AS REVISED, REGARDING STOPS FOR SCHOOL BUS

Sponsored by:  Councilwoman Tina Brooks

8. 1st Reading of an Ordinance re:  #2019-O-17 – AN ORDINANCE OF COUNCIL AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE HUNTINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR THE REIMBURSEMENT OF JOINT OPERATIONS EXPENSES FROM THE TREASURY FORFEITURE FUND 

Sponsored by:  Councilman Charles McComas

9. Resolution re:  #2019-R-20 – A RESOLUTION OF COUNCIL AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT WITH LOCAL 598, COUNCIL 77, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE, COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO

Sponsored by:  Councilman Alex Vence

10. Resolution re:  #2019-R-24 – A RESOLUTION OF COUNCIL AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT FOR THE DESIGN AND BUILD OF A RETAINING WALL ON FOSTER ROAD, WITHIN THE CITY OF HUNTINGTON

Sponsored by:  Councilman Alex Vence

11. Resolution re:  #2019-R-25 – A RESOLUTION OF COUNCIL AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT FOR THE DESIGN AND BUILD OF A RETAINING WALL ON MCCOY ROAD, WITHIN THE CITY OF HUNTINGTON

Sponsored by:  Councilman Mike Shockley

12. Resolution re:  #2019-R-26 – A RESOLUTION OF COUNCIL APPROVING CERTAIN AMENDMENTS, MODIFICATIONS AND REVISIONS TO THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE POLICE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF HUNTINGTON AS PRESENTED BY SAID COMMISSION 

Sponsored by:  Councilwoman Carol Polan

13. Good & Welfare

14. Adjournment

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May 16, 2019

City Begins Third Phase of Energy and Operational Savings Program

The City of Huntington and Honeywell on May 16, 2019, announced the third phase of a 15-year energy savings performance contract (ESPC), which in all three phases is expected to save approximately $4.8 million in total operating costs for the city.

This current phase includes a comprehensive LED lighting system upgrade aimed at improving overall energy efficiency and occupant comfort levels, all while helping to reduce maintenance frequency. The LED lighting technology will be complemented with occupancy sensors across portions of the facilities to automatically control the lighting. In addition, HVAC system improvements and a control system upgrade will be made at City Hall. The improvements under this phase are expected to generate approximately $112,000 in annual energy and operational savings.

"The upgrades and improvements we’re working on with Honeywell will improve lighting in most of our buildings and help reduce operational costs and energy consumption citywide," said Huntington Mayor Steve Williams. "We’re encouraged that work under the third phase of the project will again be supported by expected energy and operational savings. This limits taxpayer costs and the need for upfront capital investment."

The current project scope will cover 14 buildings, including: City Hall, Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington Police Department, A.D. Lewis Community Center, Fairfield East Community Center, Safety Town, Centennial Fire Station No. 1, Guyandotte Fire Station No. 5, Westmoreland Fire Station No. 8, University Fire Station No. 2, John W. Gallagher Fire Station No. 10, St. Cloud Fire Station No. 4 and the Public Works Department’s Traffic Building. This phase of the contract is expected to be completed in September 2019.

The lighting system upgrade at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in particular will create a more comfortable environment and a more welcoming facility for hosting events. It will help assist in addressing the facility’s need for more flexible lighting technology and the current challenges of accommodating different lighting scenes. The LED lighting and controls technology will enable quicker adjustments to the lighting conditions and operate more efficiently than the former system.

"We are focused on bringing energy savings and enhanced comfort levels to Huntington residents and employees through these city facility enhancements," said Wayne Kent, vice president and general manager Americas of Honeywell Building Solutions. "Project upgrades, specifically at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, will help to attract a wider variety of events, while optimizing energy consumption and comfort levels in some of the city’s most critical facilities – including the police department and fire stations."

The first and second phases involved facility upgrades, including lighting retrofits, mechanical and controls improvements, domestic water conservation efforts, traffic signal retrofits as well as building repairs.

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May 13, 2019

Williams Administration Presents City Service Fee Info to Finance Committee

Mayor Steve Williams' presented a detailed summary to City Council's Finance Committee on Monday, May 13, showing how the City Service Fee has been collected, spent and accounted for correctly since the fee was established by a previous mayoral administration in 2002.

Williams noted during the meeting that both annual independent audits and state audits conducted during the 17 years of the fee's existence have never cited the city for collecting, spending or accounting for the fee incorrectly.

City Manager Cathy Burns and Finance Director Kathy Moore also presented information showing how the fee, which is designated for "police protection and traffic and street maintenance and other valuable services associated with the police department and public works department," as stated in the City Service Fee ordinance, is placed into the city's general fund, as prescribed as the correct fund to place the fee into by state code. The fee revenue is also placed into its own account in the general fund as required by the West Virginia State Auditor's Uniform Chart of Accounts.

Burns added that of the seven West Virginia cities that assess a City Service Fee, six of those cities -- Charleston, Morgantown, Madison, Fairmont, Weirton and Huntington -- place the fee revenue into accounts within their respective general funds.

Public Works Director Jim Insco also presented information to show that the city has spent on $11,315,469 on street construction projects -- paving, road slip repairs, bridge repairs and culvert replacements -- between 2013 and this year. Click here to view a detailed breakdown of these street construction projects by year.

Police Chief Hank Dial also informed committee members that since fiscal year 2014, $28,623447 in City Service Fee revenue has been allocated to the Huntington Police Department. That amount represents 36.1 percent of the Police Department's operating expenses between fiscal year 2014 and this current fiscal year. 

Click here to view the presentation in its entirety. 

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April 19, 2019

Employers Sought for Fairfield Job Fair

Employers are sought to participate in the Fairfield Job Fair, which will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 828 15th St., in Huntington.

The job fair is an early-action event that arose from community meetings after the City of Huntington received a HUD Choice Neighborhood grant in 2018. The event will bring together employers and job seekers and help to bridge a path to employment for members of the Fairfield community.

If you would like to participate in the job fair or if you have any questions about the event, contact Kelli Johnson at tellij@hotmail.com or 304-617-6400 or Ursulette Huntley at ursuletteh@yahoo.com by May 24.

Johnson and Huntley are also organizing the Fairfield community’s annual Juneteenth Festival on June 15. The event will offer free food and games for families as well as entertainment, vendors and information booths. If you have interest in setting up an information booth, contact Johnson or Huntley by May 24.

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March 11, 2019

Walk With the Mayor Returns March 18

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February 6, 2019

Open To All Campaign Inducts 100th Member

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December 24, 2018

Disposal Sites for Christmas Trees

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December 10, 2018

City of Huntington Now Offers Safety Town Sponsorship Packages

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October 29, 2018

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

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October 23, 2018

City of Huntington Continues Sidewalk Replacement Program

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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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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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