November 20, 2018
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HUNTINGTON CITY COUNCIL
November 26, 2018
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
November 8, 2018
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.
November 8, 2018
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.
October 29, 2018
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.
October 23, 2018
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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