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February 10, 2017

Mayor Delivers State of the City Address

Mayor Steve Williams delivered his State of the City Address on Wednesday, Feb. 15, and submitted his proposed budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year to City Council members.

Click here to read Mayor Williams' address in its entirety. To review the proposed 2017-2018 budget, click here.

Huntington City Council has scheduled the following budget sessions to review the proposed 2017-2018 budget:

  • 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. City Council will review Revenue and the budgets for City Council, City Clerk, Mayor, Insurance Program, Administration and Finance, Human Resources, Purchasing and IT.
  • 15 minutes following the 4 p.m. City Council work session on Thursday, Feb. 23. Council will review the budgets for Public Works and the Enterprise Fund.
  • 9 a.m. Saturday, March 4. City Council will review the budgets for Planning, City Attorney, Municipal Court and Police.
  • 15 minutes following the 4 p.m. City Council work session on Thursday, March 9. City Council will review the budgets for Fire, Contributions, Transfers, Contingency, Coal Severance, Huntington Municipal Parking Board and the Civic Arena.

All of the budget meetings will be conducted in City Council chambers and will be televised live on Comcast channel 24. The meetings also can be streamed online by clicking here.

 

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January 26, 2017

Williams authorizes plan to address budget deficit

Mayor Steve Williams authorized reductions in force and operations costs in the Huntington Police and Fire departments on Thursday, Jan. 26, to address a projected $4.8 million budget deficit for this fiscal year.

The cuts announced Thursday are projected to reduce the deficit to approximately $2.2 million.

“We have made every effort to save as many jobs as possible and continue providing essential services,” Williams said. “These actions will not resolve all of our budget issues. We know we will be managing our way out of this for the next 18 months with the primary objective of avoiding further reductions in force. Our residents expect and deserve world-class service, and as we continue to address these financial constraints, we will implement procedures to ensure this cannot happen again.”

Based upon proposals received from department heads, Williams has authorized the following actions:

1.) Dismiss 24 of the city’s 355 employees, effective Thursday, Jan. 26.
a.) 6 civilians in HPD – 3 record clerks, 1 administrative assistant, 1 IT technician, 1 fleet coordinator.
b.) 1 temporary police officer and 10 recently-hired probationary officers in HPD
c.) 7 recently-hired probationary firefighters in HFD.

2.) Reassign 3 civilian positions from the Police Department to another department and/or position.
a.) 2 code enforcement personnel will be reassigned to Public Works and paid from trash/sanitation enterprise fund.
b.) Criminal intelligence analyst position will be eliminated in the Police Department’s budget and the employee in that position will be reassigned to the vacant position of executive director of the Department of Planning and Development (funded by Community Development Block Grant funds).

3.) All hiring and nonessential spending is frozen until further notice.

4.) All P-card purchases must have prior authorization of the finance director.

5.) Implement other cost-saving measures including: reduction of overtime, elimination of HPD overtime for special events that are not essential to law enforcement mission, training associated with an expense cancelled.

6.) Reduce the capital improvement budget line in Public Works by $1.4 million. The spring paving program will be eliminated, but funding for pothole patching, sidewalk repairs, snow removal and other services will not be affected. Paving will resume in the fall.

7.) The city’s health plan will be changed, effective April 1, 2017, to a more cost-effective benefit level that is more typical of private industry employer plans. The changes have been developed through the city’s Healthcare Task Force and have been discussed with the unions in negotiations. Some of the changes were taken from union proposals, while other changes have been part of the city’s proposals ($400,000 in projected savings this fiscal year).

8.) Continue to be aggressive in collection of delinquent taxes and fees. The city created a multi-departmental team of employees in mid-2014 to focus on delinquent tax and fee collections. Since then, the team has collected $5,224,309 in delinquent taxes and fees, including $1,035,589 this fiscal year.

Fiscal Summary of Plan to Address Budget Deficit

Police officer layoffs: $164,381.93
Police civilian layoffs: $151,466.44
Firefighter layoffs: $134,683.40
Police operational cuts: $294,039.00
Fire operational cuts: $98,413.00
Health care plan changes: $400,000.00
Reduction in Public Works: $1,400,000.00

Total projected savings: $2,642,983.77

Current projected deficit: $2,157,016.23

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January 24, 2017

City of Huntington Implements Electronic Bidding Process

In an effort to make the solicitation process more efficient and cost effective for vendors, the City of Huntington has adopted an electronic bidding process for all types of solicitations. Electronic bids may be submitted at www.bidexpress.com.

Secure, electronic bidding allows vendors to:

  •         Eliminate late bids due to weather, mail and traffic delays
  •         Minimize bid disqualifications due to omissions
  •         Reduce costs removing delivery, printing, and resource costs
  •         Submit bids and rebids until the last minute
  •         Download bid documents, including plans, for free
  •         Validate bid bonds online

Vendors can learn more information about the electronic bidding process at the Bid Express vendor resources page or by clicking here. For additional guidance, contact Bid Express toll free at 888.352.2439 (select option 1) or via email at support@bidexpress.com. Questions also can be directred to Kim Bailey, purchasing director for the City of Huntington, at 304.696.5540 or via email at baileyk@cityofhuntington.com.

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January 20, 2017

City of Huntington Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Drug Distributors

The City of Huntington filed a lawsuit in Cabell Circuit Court on Thursday, Jan. 19, against three distributors of opioid drugs.

“The citizens in our city, our region and our state are living a nightmare that was avoidable,” Mayor Steve Williams said. “Profits have been pocketed while our community has been left with the fallout and stigma of the opioid epidemic.”

Huntington is the first city and among the first group of political subdivisions in West Virginia to file this type of claim. The city retained Charleston attorney Charles R “Rusty” Webb to represent it in this action.

The lawsuit was filed against Dr. Gregory Donald Chaney, AmerisourceBergen Drug Co., Cardinal Health Inc., and McKesson Corp. It alleges the defendants have caused and contributed to the opioid epidemic and will continue to cause the City of Huntington to spend substantial sums of public funds to deal with the consequences of the opioid epidemic that is fueled by the defendants' illegal, reckless, and malicious actions in flooding the state with highly-addictive prescription medications. Huntington seeks damages for reimbursement of expenses related to public safety.

The City of Huntington retained Webb on a contingency fee basis, meaning it will not incur any costs unless the case is settled or a judgment is achieved.

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January 18, 2017

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

A program at Huntington High School that has worked with Mayor Steve Williams to promote and provide increased health and wellness activities in the community received national recognition Wednesday, Jan. 18.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), in partnership with the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABFHA), has awarded the Huntington High School Wellness Academy with a $25,000 grant and the City of Huntington with a second-place award in the small city category (population less than 75,000) of its 2017 Childhood Obesity Prevention Grants Program. The grant and award were announced Wednesday during the 85th Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C.

The Huntington High Wellness Academy was formed in 2014 to educate students and their parents on how to adopt principles of well-being in one’s life. The program relies on the “wellness wheel” components, which include physical, nutritional, spiritual, emotional, financial environmental and intellectual health. This mindset has resulted in health fairs, exercise equipment, hiking trails and growing fresh fruits and vegetables at the high school.

“In 2008, our community’s health was called into question when it was labeled as the unhealthiest in the country, Mayor Steve Williams said. “Knowing that our community must become healthy if we are to have a healthy future, I engaged the Huntington High Wellness Academy after I was elected mayor in 2013.

“I am a firm believer that our youngsters should be placed in positions to lead our community, and it is evident that the students in the Wellness Academy have the creativity and the passion to address this challenge.”

The $25,000 grant will allow the Wellness Academy to expand its nutrition and exercise teachings to elementary schools; promote the farm-to-cafeteria concept; provide interaction and a stronger partnership among parents, schools and the community; and motivate individuals to take responsibility for their own health, according to Debbie Chapman, academy coordinator for Huntington High.

“Huntington High is extremely excited that the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America recognizes our efforts to improve the health of our community and to instill positive, lifelong habits in our students,” Chapman said. “This grant will enable the Wellness Academy to become a model that other communities can use to engage their young people in becoming productive citizens.”

 

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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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March 9, 2015

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

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March 4, 2015

Guidelines for Garbage and Trash Pickup/Drop-off

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February 23, 2015

City Council Agenda for Feb. 23, 2015

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February 10, 2015

Williams named 2014 HPD Officer of the Year

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February 3, 2015

“City Beat” Newsletter: February 2015

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