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June 26, 2017

City Departments to Enforce Fireworks Laws as 4th of July Approaches

As the 4th of July approaches, the Huntington Fire Department is assisting the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office in aggressively conducting inspections of any establishment in city limits that sells consumer fireworks to ensure they comply with state law.

The Public Works Department’s Code Enforcement Unit has also inspected these establishments to ensure they have a city business license, and the Huntington Police Department will bolster enforcement efforts over the holiday with the intent of squelching illegal fireworks displays.

A relatively new state law, which took effect June 1, 2016, allows for the retail sale of consumer fireworks such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, mortar shells and roman candles. Prior to the legislation, only novelty items ( for example, glow worms, smoke devices, trick noisemakers, party poppers, wire sparklers and other sparkling devices) were allowed for retail sale in West Virginia. 

Retail establishments, whether permanent or temporary in structure, that sell consumer fireworks must be certified with the State Fire Marshal’s Office and must be inspected by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The State Fire Marshal’s Office may delegate that authority to a local fire department that has jurisdiction over structures. The Huntington Fire Department conducted inspections of the two consumer fireworks retail establishments in city limits the week of June 18. Both establishments passed inspection.

The Code Enforcement Unit is also assisting in the inspection process to ensure that retail sales establishments have the required city business license and to remind them of the regulations about placing signage on public rights-of-way. Both retail establishments were inspected Monday, June 26, and both have the required licenses.

The new legislation does not affect the authority of a municipality to prohibit or regulate the use of consumer fireworks within its boundaries. Therefore, the City of Huntington will continue to prohibit the use of consumer fireworks as outlined in its local ordinances.

“As the saying goes, if it makes a loud boom or flies into the air, it always has been and will continue to be illegal in the City of Huntington,” Fire Chief Jan Rader said. “Residents should leave fireworks to the professionals and attend one of the many public displays in our area instead.”

The following public fireworks displays in the Tri-State are scheduled for next week:

  • Dawg Dazzle, Harris Riverfront Park, July 3
  • Ashland River Port, July 4
  • Village of Barboursville, July 4
  • Camden Park, July 8

The Huntington Police Department will have officers dedicated solely to enforcement of fireworks laws on July 4 and the days leading up to the holiday. Those caught discharging consumer fireworks within city limits are subject to fines of up to $500 and/or 30 days in jail.

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June 26, 2017

Community Meetings to Focus on Dilapidated Buildings

The City of Huntington, in partnership with the national, nonprofit Center for Community Progress, will host a series of community meetings this month to learn how vacant, abandoned and dilapidated buildings affect residents of Fairfield, Highlawn and the West End.

The meetings will be conducted from noon to 1:30 p.m. July 11 at New Baptist Church, 610 28th St., in Highlawn; from 5:30 to 7 p.m. July 11 at the Marie Redd Center, 1750 9th Ave., in Fairfield; and from noon to 1:30 p.m. July 12, at Central United Methodist Church, 1043 Jefferson Ave., in the West End.

The meetings are part of a technical assistance scholarship that the City of Huntington received from the Center for Community Progress. Huntington was only one of three communities nationwide to receive a scholarship this year, joining Albany, New York, and Memphis, Tennessee.

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 the Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (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.

Huntington will receive up to 400 hours of assistance from a team of national experts through November 2017. Assistance may include a diagnosis of the most pressing problems, evaluation n of current systems and strategies, and recommendations on solutions that involve key government decision-makers, residents, and other stakeholders.

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.

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 were 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.

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June 23, 2017

Street Sweeping Schedule for Week of June 26

The residential street sweeping schedule for the week of June 26 is as follows (streets to be swept are marked in red on the maps):

Monday, June 26: Click here to view the map

Tuesday, June 27, and Wednesday, June 28: Click here to view the map

Thursday, June 29, and Friday, June 30: Click here to view the map

Please note that the schedule is subject to change due to weather (street sweepers do not operate in rainy conditions).

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 Huntington 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.

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

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June 19, 2017

HPD Bringing Back Officers, Launches Recruitment Campaign

The Huntington Police Department will hire six police officers this summer, five of whom will return to the department after their positions were part of a reduction in force in January to address a projected budget deficit.

All 10 officers who were part of the reduction in force in January were offered the opportunity to return. The five officers who agreed to return will be rehired on July 3, while the other five have accepted positions elsewhere. The sixth officer who will be hired this summer will originate from the Police Department’s current civil service hiring list. The officer will enter the State Police Academy in late August.

The Police Department’s civil service hiring list is good for up to three years or until the list is exhausted. The current hiring list will be exhausted with the hiring of the officer who will enter the State Police Academy in late August. Therefore, the Police Department is now accepting applications for a new hiring list.

Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office, Room 16 at City Hall, before the start of this testing cycle, which will begin with a physical ability test at 9:30 a.m. July 29, 2017, at the Chris Cline Athletic Complex, 2263 3rd Ave. Applications will also be accepted on the morning of the physical ability test. Applications can be obtained in the City Clerk’s Office or online at www.hpdwv.com/recruit.

In addition to the physical ability test, applicants will undergo a written test; background, polygraph and physical examination; psychological testing; and an oral interview. 

The Police Department offers a starting base salary of $36,228 with paid vacation, sick leave, health benefits and participation in the Municipal Police Officers and Firefighters Retirement System.

Additional information regarding the testing dates and locations can also be found at www.hpdwv.com/recruit.

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Lecture Series to focus on growth of LGBTQ+ population in West Virginia

June 15, 2017

Lecture Series to focus on growth of LGBTQ+ population in West Virginia

Marshall University’s student body president will present a lecture on his personal experiences of growing up as gay in West Virginia and how the region’s culture may be attributed to a growth in the LGBTQ+ population in the state.

Matt Jarvis will present his lecture, “Mountainqueer: Identifying as LGBTQ+ in West Virginia and Appalachia,” from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 26, in Huntington City Council chambers at City Hall, 800 5th Ave. The lecture is the fifth installment in the City of Huntington’s quarterly “Huntington Lecture Series” and is free and open to the public.

“The goal of the Huntington Lecture Series is to open dialogue and cultivate the collective brilliance in our community to identify opportunities for advancement and address future challenges,” Mayor Steve Williams said. “Through Mr. Jarvis’ personal experiences, his presentation will provide insight on how we can advance our ongoing efforts to embrace and promote diversity in our community.”

Jarvis is a senior Finance and Economics major from Nitro, West Virginia, and is currently serving his second term as Marshall University’s student body president.

“Often defined by negative portrayals of our region in the media, it is not uncommon for the people of West Virginia and Appalachia as a whole to be unfairly stereotyped as jobless, uneducated, and ignorant,” Jarvis said. “Yet, even with these stereotypes projected onto our state and this area of the country, LGBTQ+ populations are experiencing significant growth in the Southern and Appalachian regions of America, specifically in West Virginia.

“This presentation will be a conversation on my own experiences growing up in West Virginia identifying as gay and discussing why this growth in the LGBTQ+ population may be attributed to the culture of West Virginia and its surrounding states.”

The presentation will be broadcast live on channel 24 of the Comcast cable system and will be streamed live online at www.cityofhuntington.com/city-government/public-meetings.

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June 14, 2017

Pride Picnic Set For June 17

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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 24, 2017

A.D. Lewis Community Center Pool opens May 27

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May 18, 2017

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

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May 10, 2017

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

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April 24, 2017

Update on Sidewalk Repair Program

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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 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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