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January 19, 2018

January 22, 2018 City Council Agenda

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HUNTINGTON CITY COUNCIL
January 22, 2018
7:30 p.m.

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:  AN ORDINANCE OF COUNCIL AMENDING, MODIFYING AND RE-ENACTING ARTICLE 1760 OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF HUNTINGTON, AS REVISED, REGARDING LAND BANK 

Sponsored by:  Councilwoman Joyce Clark

6. 1st Reading of an Ordinance re:  AN ORDINANCE OF COUNCIL AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE CITY OF HUNTINGTON AND MARSHALL UNIVERSITY 

Sponsored by:  Councilwoman Joyce Clark

7. Resolution re:  A RESOLUTION OF COUNCIL AND THE MAYOR DECLARING THE CITY OF HUNTINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA A PURPLE HEART CITY 

Sponsored by:  Councilwoman Tina Brooks

8. Resolution re:  A RESOLUTION OF COUNCIL AND THE MAYOR SUPPORTING THE RIVER TO RAIL COMMITTEE SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION TO THE WEST VIRGINIA DEVELOPMENT OFFICE (WVDO) TO BECOME AN ON TRAC COMMUNITY 

Sponsored by:  Councilwoman Jennifer Wheeler

9. Resolution re:  A RESOLUTION OF COUNCIL AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH CABELL COUNTY STOP TEAM ON BEHALF OF THE HUNTINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
Sponsored by:  Councilman Alex Vence

10. Good & Welfare

11. Adjournment

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January 8, 2018

Huntington City Council Elects Leadership for 2018

Huntington City Councilman Mark Bates was unanimously re-elected as chairman and City Councilman Alex Vence was unanimously re-elected as vice chairman during the council’s regular meeting Monday, Jan. 8.

For Bates, it will be his seventh year as chairman of Huntington City Council. The District 6 councilman was elected to the governing body in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012 and 2016.

“I will continue making individual connections with each council member as I have in the past, allowing them to share their concerns and ideas for making Huntington a better place for all of us to live and work,” Bates said.

Vence was first elected to City Council in 2016. He represents District 3, which consists largely of downtown Huntington. This will be his second consecutive year serving as vice chairman.

“I appreciate the support of City Council members and look forward to working with Chairman Bates to lead the governing body again in 2018,” Vence said.

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December 18, 2017

Huntington Police Department Continues Recruitment Campaign

The Huntington Police Department is now accepting applications from men and women seeking rewarding careers in law enforcement.

The mission of the Police Department is to provide the highest level of professional police service while preventing crime through problem-solving partnerships. The ability to achieve its mission is predicated on the recruitment and retention of the most highly-regarded and qualified individuals.

Applications are available in the City Clerk’s Office, located in Room 16 at City Hall, 800 5th Ave., and online at www.hpdwv.com/recruit. Completed applications are to be submitted to the City Clerk.

Once the application period ends, applicants will undergo physical agility and written tests; background, polygraph and physical examinations; psychological testing; and an oral interview. Those who pass the testing and examination process will be included on the Policemen’s Civil Service Commission hiring list, which lasts up to three years or until it is exhausted. 

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.

Information about future testing dates and locations can also be found at www.hpdwv.com/recruit.

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December 1, 2017

Mayor’s Council on the Arts Adopts Public Art Policy to Assist Artists

A citizen-based committee that has worked for the past three years to solidify the importance of the arts in Huntington has adopted a public art policy and master plan and launched an online inventory of potential locations to encourage the display of public art on city-owned property.

The Mayor’s Council on the Arts was formed by Mayor Steve Williams in fall 2014 as a natural outgrowth of two highly successful arts summits held in Huntington in prior years. The vision of the Council is to foster an environment where the arts permeate and enhance every aspect of the lives of citizens and are a part of all planning, strategic decision-making and governance.

One of the ways that can be achieved is by adopting a public art policy and master plan, said Margaret Mary Layne, chairwoman of the Mayor’s Council on the Arts.

“Public art plays a crucial role in any successful community,” Layne said. “It can serve to inspire the citizenry, create a sense of unity and purpose, encourage creativity, and celebrate the cultural heritage of the residents of this region.

Among other things, the master plan outlines a structure under which public and private entities can cooperate in the selection, location, installation, display and maintenance of public art. It also establishes an application process for a public art exhibit on city-owned property. Before submitting a formal application, artists will be required to submit a concept paper for their proposed exhibit for review and approval by the Mayor’s Council on the Arts’ Public Art Policy Subcommittee.

To help artists identify a potential location, the Mayor’s Council on the Arts has launched an online inventory of more than 25 locations in Huntington that are suitable for a public art exhibit. The inventory features an interactive map that includes a photo of the location, the dimensions and any restrictions.

It was created by Sam Ball, a senior at Marshall University who is majoring in graphic design in the School of Art and Design. Ball developed the online inventory through a two-part internship, first with the city’s Public Works Department to identify and document the locations and then with Bulldog Creative Services to embed the site images and descriptions into an interactive map.

The public art inventory; public art master plan and application documents; and more information about the Mayor’s Council on the Arts, including its membership, can be found on the City of Huntington’s by clicking here.

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November 15, 2017

Public Works Partnering with Marshall to Analyze Curbside Recycling Pilot Program

The City of Huntington’s Public Works Department is collaborating with Marshall University faculty members and students to craft a curbside recycling pilot program that is proposed to launch sometime in 2018.

In February, a postcard-sized recycling questionnaire will accompany city residents’ refuse fee bills. The questions will focus on a resident’s recycling practices, their preferences on how a recycling program is structured and their level of willingness to pay for the service.

Residents will be asked to mail the postage-paid questionnaires back to the city, where they will be turned over to Marshall Sociology Professor Dr. Marty Laubach and his students for data entry and analysis. The questionnaires will be coded so Laubach and his students will know the neighborhoods in which respondents live. That information will be used to identify neighborhoods that will be most likely to participate in a curbside recycling pilot program.

“The City of Huntington remains committed to offering our residents a robust recycling program,” Mayor Steve Williams said. “My administration’s mantra has been to measure twice and cut once. If we’re going to be successful in bringing a world-class recycling program to Huntington, we must approach it in a business-like, calculated fashion.

“The talents of Marshall University’s faculty members and students will bring a greater depth of analysis to this endeavor that the city could not reach on its own. We are extremely excited about this ongoing partnership that we have forged with Marshall.”

The recycling questionnaire that will be mailed to residents and the analysis that will occur over the next few months is part of a project hosted by the Community Research and Teaching

Experiences (CORTEX) Center at Marshall. The Center was the brainchild of Mathematics Professor Dr. Michael Schroeder and Political Science Professor Dr. Damien Arthur following a research project that Schroeder and a group of his students conducted for the Huntington Police Department in 2016. That project analyzed ways the Police Department could optimize patrol routes.

The CORTEX Center also coordinated a research project with the Public Works Department this past spring that evaluated the Department’s household garbage routes and looked for potential efficiencies.

“The focus of the CORTEX Center is to create inter-disciplinary task forces consisting of faculty members and students that can help overcome challenges faced by Marshall’s community partners,” Schroeder said. Our students gain valuable, real-world experience in the process and our faculty members are able to make significant contributions in the community in which they live, work and play.”

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November 2, 2017

Public Works Prepares for Winter

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November 1, 2017

Team of City Employees Collects Millions in Delinquent Fees

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October 24, 2017

Parkmobile, LLC Partners with City of Huntington to Introduce Mobile Parking Payments

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October 19, 2017

Huntington Improves Score in 2017 Municipal Equality Index

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October 17, 2017

Local Author to Present Lecture on “Art of Being a Weirdo”

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October 10, 2017

City Unveils Plan to Demolish 55 Unsafe Structures

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October 6, 2017

Fall Paving Program Scheduled to Begin Oct. 9

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October 6, 2017

Signs prohibited on public rights-of-way

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September 29, 2017

Public Works can help residents with leaf disposal

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September 25, 2017

City Council, Cabell Delegates Partner to Donate Money for Protective Gear

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September 25, 2017

City of Huntington Awarded Federal Grants to Combat Opioid Epidemic

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September 19, 2017

District 7 Walk With the Mayor set for Sept. 26

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August 28, 2017

Parking Board Now Accepts Online Payments

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August 10, 2017

Team Collections Making Progress

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July 24, 2017

Code Enforcement Unit to Begin Inspecting Contractors for Licensing, Permits

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June 19, 2017

HPD Bringing Back Officers, Launches Recruitment Campaign

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June 15, 2017

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

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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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