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May 18, 2017

Several Events Planned Friday, May 19, for National Bike to Work Day

Mayor Steve Williams will join People Powered Huntington, a bike and pedestrian advocacy coalition, at 7:45 a.m. Friday, May 19, at Huntington Cycle and Sport, 1010 10th St., to hand out coffee to bicyclists as they take a break on their commute to work.

Williams will also read a proclamation in recognition of National Bike to Work Day, which is May 19. Village Roasters, 919 4th Ave., and the Barnes Agency, 939 3rd Ave., will also serve as cycling commuter pit stops from 7 to 9 a.m. Friday.

Other cycling-related events this weekend in Huntington include a family-friendly Critical Mass ride that will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Ritter Park Fountain and Tour De PATH at 10 a.m. Saturday at the 14th Street West gazebo.

The tour, which includes ride options of 4, 10 and 30 miles, is part of the Huntington Sustainability Fair at The Wild Ramp, 555 14th St. West. The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and will include live music, local crafts and artisans, workshops and more. For more information, visit www.huntingtonsustainabilityfair.com.

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May 10, 2017

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

On May 30, the Huntington Police Department will begin issuing nonmoving violations to motorists who have not moved their vehicles out of a street-sweeping zone.

The Huntington Sanitary Board launched the street-sweeping service in July 2015 in an effort to minimize the impact of storm water on Huntington’s roadways and prevent pollution and debris from entering the sewer system.

Since the Sanitary Board contracted with Contract Sweepers of Columbus, Ohio to provide the service, the company has swept 1,516 miles and collected 2,708 tons – or 5.416 million pounds – of debris.
In the almost two years that street sweepers have cleaned Huntington’s streets, vehicles have not been ticketed. However, that will change beginning May 30 in an effort to make the service more effective.

The residential service runs five days a week April through November. Contract Sweepers divides the city into 18 sections and spends two days sweeping in each section.

Workers post signs notifying residents 24 hours prior to sweeping. The signs indicate that vehicles are prohibited from parking on the street between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the day of sweeping. The Police Department will issue a nonmoving violation to any vehicle parked in an area designated for sweeping during those hours. The violation carries a fine of $25.

Anyone who receives a nonmoving violation can pay the fine at the Huntington Police Department, 675 10th St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday or in Room 20 at City Hall, 800 5th Ave., during regular business hours.
In addition to signs being posted in street-sweeping zones, the City of Huntington will publish the upcoming week’s street-sweeping schedule on www.cityofhuntington.com and on social media every Friday to give residents proper notification.

For more information about the street-sweeping service, email Jay Edwards at the Huntington Sanitary Board at jedwards@huntingtonsb.com.

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Update on Sidewalk Repair Program

April 24, 2017

Update on Sidewalk Repair Program

The City of Huntington's Public Works Department has resumed its sidewalk repair program now that spring weather has arrived.

A 90-foot section of sidewalk in front of Heritage Station was installed the week of April 17. The project was a partnership with the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District. The City of Huntington provided the labor and the Park District paid for the materials. There previously was no sidewalk in this area.

Crews were replacing a 90-foot section in front of two residences in the 4300 block of Riverside Drive in Altizer the week of April 24.

The sidewalk repair program, which is a partnership between the city and property owners, has been highly successful. The city provides the labor while the property owners pay for the materials.

The program has been so successful that the Public Works Department currently has 67 requests that it is evaluating. For this reason, requests for this spring and for fiscal year 2018 are not being accepted at this time. However, once estimates have been provided and payments have been received for the list of 67 requests, Public Works will open requests back up if funding is still available in the program's budget. City Council approved $100,000 for sidewalk repairs for fiscal year 2018.

Public Works continues to accept pothole requests. Those requests can be made by calling 304-696-4438 or emailing fortnero@cityofhuntington.com.

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April 12, 2017

Huntington Awarded National Vacant Properties Technical Assistance Scholarship

The City of Huntington has been selected as one of three 2017 scholarship recipients in the Center for Community Progress’ national Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP).

Technical assistance delivered through the scholarship program will help the Huntington Urban Renewal Authority and other local and statewide stakeholders understand the costs that vacant and abandoned properties impose on municipal government and residents.

Through TASP, the Center for Community Progress, a national nonprofit, helps communities break new ground in their efforts to address property vacancy, abandonment, and deterioration. Community Progress then shares best practices developed through TASP with its national audience. The other two 2017 scholarship recipients are Albany, New York, and Memphis, Tennessee.

“We are honored to be a recipient of a technical assistance scholarship from the Center for Community Progress,” Mayor Steve Williams said. “We have been innovative in addressing our vacant and abandoned properties, and we intend to set a standard that others will follow.

“The Center for Community Progress is a leading advocate on addressing distressed properties and has been an active partner with the City of Huntington. We look forward to expanding that relationship further.”

Assistance in Huntington will focus on delinquent tax enforcement systems, public safety, and neighborhood stabilization. The goal is to raise awareness among rural communities seeking to better understand the costs of, and solutions for, vacancy and abandonment in West Virginia and beyond.

Through TASP, recipient communities will receive up to 400 hours of assistance from a team of national experts over eight months between April and November 2017. Assistance may include a diagnosis of the most pressing problems, evaluation of current systems and strategies, and recommendations on solutions that involve key government decision-makers, residents, and other stakeholders.

“Albany, Huntington, and Memphis have each demonstrated a commitment to strengthening their revitalization work to benefit local residents,” said Tamar Shapiro, president and CEO of the Center for Community Progress. “We are excited to work in each of these places to pioneer strategies that will not only help these communities, but also other places that will learn from these efforts.”

Huntington and the other recipients were chosen through a competitive process, which included a written application round followed by an in-person site assessment for five finalists. Proposed projects are reviewed on a range of criteria, including the potential for innovation from which other cities can learn, demonstrated leadership to implement reform, overall scale of vacancy challenges, and need for outside assistance. Grant funding from JPMorgan Chase provides the program’s support.

“Addressing blight is one of the most impactful ways to improve neighborhoods and local economies,” said Janis Bowdler, Head of Community Development at JPMorgan Chase. “By arming city leadership with technical assistance through the Center for Community Progress, we are giving them the tools they need to drive inclusive economic growth in a highly tactical and productive way.”

About Center for Community Progress
Founded in 2010, the Center for Community Progress is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to building a future in which entrenched property vacancy, abandonment, and deterioration no longer exist in American communities. Community Progress serves as the leading resource for local, state and federal policies and best practices that address the full cycle of property revitalization, from prevention, through the acquisition and maintenance of problem properties, to their productive reuse. More information is available at www.communityprogress.net.

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February 22, 2017

Williams Nominates Rader to Become Huntington Fire Chief

Mayor Steve Williams submitted his appointment of Jan Rader as Huntington Fire chief to Huntington City Council on Wednesday, Feb. 22, for its consideration.

Rader has served as interim fire chief since Dec. 5, 2016, when Carl Eastham announced his resignation.

“Chief Rader has displayed stellar leadership during the most difficult of times,” Williams said. “She will serve with integrity and lead the Fire Department with dignity and honor.”

Rader is a 22-year veteran of the Huntington Fire Department. She was promoted to deputy chief on Sept. 9, 2015. She also serves as a member of the Huntington Mayor’s Office of Drug Control Policy.

If City Council approves the appointment, Rader’s salary as fire chief will be $76,615. She does not earn additional compensation as a member of the Mayor’s Office of Drug Control Policy.

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February 10, 2017

Mayor Delivers State of the City Address

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January 26, 2017

Williams authorizes plan to address budget deficit

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January 24, 2017

City of Huntington Implements Electronic Bidding Process

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January 20, 2017

City of Huntington Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Drug Distributors

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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 11, 2017

Public Works Projects Completed During Fourth Quarter of 2016

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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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December 12, 2016

Mayor Williams to attend signing of 21st Century Cures Act

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December 7, 2016

City Prepared for Winter Weather

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December 5, 2016

Eastham Resigns as Fire Chief

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November 22, 2016

Public Works Completed 24 Sidewalk Repair Projects This Fall

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November 17, 2016

Festive Holiday Decorations Going Up in Downtown Huntington

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November 14, 2016

Free Holiday Parking Offered in Downtown Huntington

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November 14, 2016

Local Restaurants Teaming Up Again to Help Huntington Win America’s Best Communities Contest

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November 10, 2016

Electric Pedicab Service Begins in Downtown Huntington

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October 7, 2016

Williams resumes “Walks With the Mayor” this fall

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October 5, 2016

Mayor Launches Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

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October 3, 2016

Fall Paving Program Begins Wednesday, Oct. 5

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September 28, 2016

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

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September 22, 2016

Huntington Mayor Discuss Opiate Epidemic with Obama Administration Officials

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September 16, 2016

New and Improved Emergency Notification App Now Available

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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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June 24, 2016

Update on Public Works Projects

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May 19, 2016

Cathy Burns Named City Manager

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May 11, 2016

Public Meeting to Kick Off Highlawn Brownfields Project

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May 3, 2016

Huntington Fire Department Now Carrying Life-Saving Medication For Opioid Overdoses

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April 28, 2016

Huntington Advances to Finals of America’s Best Communities competition

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April 22, 2016

Spring Paving Program to Begin April 26

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April 8, 2016

Drug Overdose Deaths Declining in Cabell County

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March 31, 2016

Citywide Street Sweeping Resumes Monday, April 4

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March 28, 2016

Vacant Buildings Now Must Be Registered With The City

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March 16, 2016

HPD Traffic Unit to Target Abandoned, Junked Vehicles this Spring

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March 8, 2016

Campaign signs

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March 7, 2016

Williams Named to National Task Force to Address Opioid Abuse

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March 4, 2016

Update on Highlawn Brownfields Properties

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March 3, 2016

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

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February 23, 2016

Marshall Students Recognized for Banner Designs

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February 8, 2016

HFD receives donation of 175 carbon monoxide/smoke alarms

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February 3, 2016

Life-saving medication for opioid overdoses now available in Cabell County

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January 13, 2016

Huntington Advances to Semifinals in America’s Best Communities Competition

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January 11, 2016

January 11, 2016 City Council Agenda

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December 22, 2015

Department of Planning and Development accepting CDBG applications for 2016

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December 17, 2015

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

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December 3, 2015

Public Works Prepares for Winter

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November 18, 2015

Several Events Scheduled to Celebrate the Holidays

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November 16, 2015

New Christmas Decorations Installed in Downtown Huntington

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November 6, 2015

Short appointed to fill District 9 City Council seat

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November 3, 2015

Mayor Williams, others to attend reopening of Cabell County Adult Drug Court

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November 2, 2015

City can help get rid of bagged leaves

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November 2, 2015

City Offering Amnesty for Warrants Older Than 5 Years

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November 2, 2015

City Council to Appoint New Member

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October 29, 2015

‘801BAM’ to focus on land development, crime reduction plan for downtown Huntington

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October 27, 2015

City Unveils Community Revitalization Plan

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October 21, 2015

Neighborhood Institute to conduct workshops

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October 14, 2015

Applications sought for vacant City Council seat

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October 13, 2015

City conducts warrant sweep for repeat offenders, establishes amnesty program

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October 12, 2015

Downtown street sweeping begins Tuesday, Oct. 20

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October 6, 2015

Safe Routes to School Project Completed at Southside Elementary

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September 30, 2015

Neighborhood Institute of Huntington offers training to new groups

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September 30, 2015

City Service Fee takes effect at new rate Oct. 1

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September 29, 2015

What You Need to Know About the Fire Prevention Parade

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September 1, 2015

Cabell-Huntington Health Department launches syringe exchange

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August 31, 2015

Public Works Department Establishing Job Applicant Pool

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August 24, 2015

City Releases Fall 2015 Paving List

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August 24, 2015

District 2 Councilman Schedules Morning Meetings To Connect With Constituents

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August 20, 2015

Walk With the Mayor comes to Guyandotte on Aug. 25

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August 19, 2015

Partnership becoming model for reducing number of sexual assault kits

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August 19, 2015

Efforts Underway to Dispose of Dirty Syringes

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August 11, 2015

Water Quality Board aims to improve customer service

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August 7, 2015

Walk With the Mayor comes to Walnut Hills on Aug. 11

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August 5, 2015

Solutions to drug epidemic discussed among Huntington, Charleston officials

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August 5, 2015

Update on Revitalization Plan and America’s Best Communities Competition

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July 28, 2015

Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Date

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July 27, 2015

Encore performance of “Collis P.” to serve as fundraiser for city’s revitalization plan

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July 23, 2015

Citywide Street Sweeping Begins in Huntington

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July 16, 2015

Appalachia HIDTA provides funding for life-saving equipment, training

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July 13, 2015

Drug-Testing Kits to Provide Conversation Starters, Resources for Parents

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July 8, 2015

More Walks With The Mayor Scheduled This Summer

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July 8, 2015

Street Closures for WV HOG Rally

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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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June 10, 2015

HPD Reserve Unit seeking new recruits

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May 1, 2015

‘1100 BAM’ Offers Visioning Process for Downtown Huntington

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April 30, 2015

Second community conversation to focus on drug crimes, addiction, neighborhood safety

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April 29, 2015

Huntington named quarterfinalist in America’s Best Communities competition

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April 24, 2015

‘Walk With the Mayor’ Outreach Initiative Starts April 28

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April 15, 2015

Huntington in Bloom springs into action

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March 25, 2015

Downtown Live announces two exciting initiatives

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March 17, 2015

Mayor, UFI to host small business forum

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March 16, 2015

City officials announce action plan for drug epidemic

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March 12, 2015

Rik Edgar hired as new GM of Big Sandy Superstore Arena

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