August 21, 2019
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HUNTINGTON CITY COUNCIL
August 26, 2019
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-23 – AN ORDINANCE OF COUNCIL AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO AN INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT BY AND AMONG THE CITY OF HUNTINGTON AND CABELL COUNTY PURSUANT TO THE BYRNE JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT (JAG) PROGRAM AWARD
Sponsored by: Councilman Mike Shockley
6. Resolution re: #2019-R-59 – A RESOLUTION OF COUNCIL AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT TO FURNISH THE HUNTINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT WITH ONE (1) NEW FORD F150 TRUCK AND EQUIPMENT
Sponsored by: Councilman Mike Shockley
7. Resolution re: #2019-R-61 – A RESOLUTION OF COUNCIL AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO APPLY FOR AND ACCEPT THE CONDITIONS OF THE 2019 EDWARD BYRNE MEMORIAL JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT
Sponsored by: Councilman Mike Shockley
8. Resolution re: #2019-R-62 – A RESOLUTION OF COUNCIL AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT ACCEPTING THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE WAGE AND BENEFIT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF HUNTINGTON AND FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE GOLDSTAR LODGE #65
Sponsored by: Councilwoman Joyce Clark
9. Good & Welfare
August 13, 2019
District 9 Huntington City Councilwoman Tina Brooks has resigned from her council seat, effective Aug. 12, 2019.
Anyone who wants to fill the vacant seat should submit to the City Clerk’s Office an application that should include, at minimum, his or her name, address, phone number, education, work experience and civic involvement. The application must be signed before the City Clerk or a notary. Additional information provided is at the applicant’s discretion.
Qualifications for consideration as a member of Huntington City Council are as follows:
The City Clerk’s Office, located in Room 16 at City Hall, must receive applications no later than 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26. City Council will interview applicants and select a replacement to fill Brooks’ seat at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28. Brooks’ term expires on Dec. 31, 2020.
For more information about the application process or about the geographical boundaries of District 9, which includes the neighborhoods of Guyandotte, Altizer, Arlington Park and neighboring areas, call the City Clerk’s Office at 304-696-5540 (then press option 8) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 15, 2019
Mayor Steve Williams is ready to explore the latest in leadership and management practices, as one of 40 mayors chosen for an intensive education program with the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.
As a member of the Initiative’s 2019-2020 cohort, Mayor Williams is part of a class of mayors participating in a program delivered by faculty from Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School as well as world-class experts from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ global network.
The yearlong program launches with a three-day convening for mayors in New York City beginning Sunday, July 14, 2019, which Mayor Williams is attending at no cost to the city.
Each day of the convening, mayors will attend classroom sessions focused on the latest management and leadership practices, using case studies and workshops developed at Harvard.
“I’m looking forward to the year ahead as a great opportunity for city leaders to meet, exchange ideas, and discuss how best to approach solving pressing problems for our citizens,” Mayor Williams said. “When it comes to tackling priority issues for Huntington like economic development and the opioid epidemic, my team is invested in using data, working across sectors, and anything else that may help produce results.”
Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York City, collaborated with Harvard University leadership to create the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative in 2016.
Collectively, Harvard University and Bloomberg Philanthropies aim to help mayors and their leadership teams manage the complexities of running a city, and to give these leaders opportunities to learn from one another. The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative will connect Mayor Williams to some of the university’s top educators, coaching from experts, a network of peers, and technical assistance. The program provides an opportunity to share practices and learn from fellow mayors about the promising ideas that are already helping to enhance the quality of life in cities around the world.
After the mayors convening, two senior-level city officials nominated by each mayor will attend a convening in August and attend virtual classes throughout the year. From the City of Huntington, Huntington Municipal Development Authority Executive Director Cathy Burns and Communications Director Bryan Chambers will participate in the yearlong program, and help Mayor Williams translate what they learn into organizational changes that improve life in Huntington.
Mayor Williams’ participation in the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and that of his two senior leaders – including tuition, accommodation, meals, and airfare – is fully funded by the program thanks to Bloomberg Philanthropies.
July 1, 2019
Are you looking for a rewarding and exciting career? The Huntington Fire Department is now accepting applications through 4:30 p.m. on August 23, 2019.
Applications are available in Room 16 (City Clerk’s Office) at City Hall, located at 800 5th Ave, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You must be a U.S. citizen, be between the ages of 18 and 35 (cannot have reached 36th birthday at time of application), and have a high school diploma or GED equivalent to be eligible to apply.
Starting salary is $35,975 and increases to $40,749 after the fifth year.
• Firefighters work an average 56-hour work week with all hours over 40 hours being paid at time-and-a-half.
• Longevity pay. After completing 3 years of service, an increase of $0.03 per hour per year is added to hourly rate. (Example: 3 years of service would equal $0.09 added to hourly rate. 10 years of service would equal $0.30 added to hourly rate).
• Paid vacation. After the completion of 1 year of service, all firefighters receive 12 24-hour shifts of paid vacation time each year. After 7 years of service, all firefighters receive 15 24-hour shifts of paid vacation time each year. After 14 years of service, all firefighters receive 18 24-hour shifts of paid vacation time each year.
• Holidays. All firefighters that work on any of the State Holidays will receive overtime pay for working.
• Hospitalization. All firefighters are eligible for Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance at a rate of $90.00 per month for individual coverage or $217.00 per month for family coverage. Vision coverage and prescription plan are included.
• Health Reimbursement Account. All firefighters that are covered by the City’s health insurance plan will receive a Health Reimbursement Account in the amount of $1,000 for individual coverage or $2,000 for family coverage annually.
• Life Insurance. All firefighters receive a $35,000 employer paid life insurance policy.
• Pension plan. All firefighters are included in the State pension plan.
• After completion of a one-year probationary period, all firefighters are eligible for membership in the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 289.
• All firefighters also have additional job security under state Civil Service laws.
• Opportunity to earn an Associate’s Degree through Mountwest Community and Technical College with educational credits for on-the-job training through the State Apprenticeship Program. More information can be found at the following link: http://www.mctc.edu/program/occupational-development/occupational-development
Eligible candidates will take a written exam at 5 p.m. on Sept. 3 at the Tri-State Fire Academy, 4200 Ohio River Road. A Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) will be conducted Nov. 4-6 at Centennial Fire Station No. 1, 839 7th Ave. For more information about the CPAT, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQTWlyEqGqU.
Candidates who successfully complete the written exam and CPAT will be placed on an eligibility list. All new hires will be selected from the eligibility list.
For more information, contact Lt. Clifford Hankins at 304-751-6299.
June 12, 2019
The City of Huntington on Wednesday, June 12, unveiled a new program that aims to provide first responders with self-care tools that will improve their ability to cope in high-stress situations.
The program, known as Compass, is funded through a $1 million award that the City of Huntington received in October 2018 from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ U.S. Mayors Challenge. The yearlong competition challenged city leaders to uncover and test bold, inventive ideas to confront the toughest challenges faced by cities today. Huntington was one of nine U.S. cities to receive $1 million to begin implementation of their solutions.
Huntington leaders saw the competition as an opportunity to address compassion fatigue within its ranks of police officers and firefighters. Compassion fatigue is a condition characterized by a lessening of compassion over time among individuals who work directly with trauma victims. This can negatively affect a first responder’s morale, wellness, family life, job satisfaction, mental health and client sympathy.
While community leaders have come together in Huntington to address the opioid epidemic and provide assistance to individuals suffering from substance use disorder, there has been a growing need to develop a widely-used model for first-responder assistance, Mayor Steve Williams said.
“Through focus groups and feedback from our police officers and firefighters, we learned very quickly that the high-stress situations of being on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic required a new way of thinking about how we take care of the people who take care of us every day,” Williams said. “Compass will enable our first responders to become part of the decision-making process in developing self-care, training and mental health resources for overcoming compassion fatigue.”
The Compass program will be multifaceted and will include a variety of trainings and policy changes that will benefit the wellness of first responders; wellness coordinators embedded in the police department and fire stations; a state-of-the-art wellness center; and self-care classes and activities for first responders and their families.
Amy Berner has assumed the position as program manager for Compass. She will be responsible for program execution and evaluation, direction of project support staff, and the maintenance of required records and quarterly reports.
The Compass model will be used to address compassion fatigue not just for the opioid epidemic, but for all crises that responders face, such as natural disasters, school shootings and fires, Berner said.
“I am so excited about working on the Compass project because I believe that creating a replicable model of wellness and self-care for first responders can help not only the members of the Huntington community, but a variety of communities facing similar, high-stress situations like the opioid epidemic,” she said.
For more information about Compass, visit the program’s website at www.CompassHuntington.com.
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