The final two of Mayor Steve Williams' neighborhood walks are scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, and Thursday, April 25.
Williams, along with representatives of the Police, Fire, Public Works, Development and Planning departments and the Huntington Water Quality Board, will walk in the Altizer neighborhood at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24.
The final walk of the spring will be in the Fairfield neighborhood at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25. The walk will start at the corner of 19th Street and 12th Avenue.
Employers are sought to participate in the Fairfield Job Fair, which will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 828 15th St., in Huntington.
The job fair is an early-action event that arose from community meetings after the City of Huntington received a HUD Choice Neighborhood grant in 2018. The event will bring together employers and job seekers and help to bridge a path to employment for members of the Fairfield community.
If you would like to participate in the job fair or if you have any questions about the event, contact Kelli Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-617-6400 or Ursulette Huntley at email@example.com by May 24.
Johnson and Huntley are also organizing the Fairfield community’s annual Juneteenth Festival on June 15. The event will offer free food and games for families as well as entertainment, vendors and information booths. If you have interest in setting up an information booth, contact Johnson or Huntley by May 24.
We've seen several community cleanups already this spring in Huntington. The turnouts have been so strong that more are being planned during the next several weeks. The City of Huntington's Public Works Department is participating by agreeing to haul away all of the garbage collected from these cleanups. Everyone is welcome to attend. Here is the current list:
Buddy's All American BBQ 2ND ANNUAL EARTH DAY COMMUNITY CLEANUP: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday, April 28. Volunteers will meet at Buddy's, 1537 3rd Ave. Areas to be cleaned include 3rd, 4th and 5th avenues between 12th Street and Hal Greer Boulevard. Trash bags and gloves will be provided to each volunteer. Volunteers will also receive a 20 percent off coupon for a future purchase at Buddy's. For more information, check the Buddy's Facebook page.
My Huntington DOWNTOWN CLEANUP: 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4. Volunteers will meet in the parking lot of City Hall, 800 5th Ave. Areas to be cleaned up include 6th and 7th avenues from 1st to 8th Street and 8th Street from 5th to 7th avenues. Litter sticks, garbage bags and gloves will be provided. Follow the My Huntington Facebook page for more information.
My Huntington GUYANDOTTE CLEANUP: 9 a.m. Saturday, May 11. Volunteers will meet at Children's Place, 625 Richmond St., in Guyandotte. Areas to be cleaned include the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health. Litter sticks, garbage bags and gloves will be provided. Follow the My Huntington Facebook page for more information.
My Huntington FAIRFIELD CLEANUP: 9 a.m. Saturday, May 18. Volunteers will meet at the A.D. Lewis Community Center, 1450 A.D. Lewis Ave. Areas to be cleaned include Doulton Avenue, 10th Avenue and Hal Greer Boulevard. Litter sticks, garbage bags and gloves will be provided. Follow the My Huntington Facebook page for more information.
New Task Force Aimed at Dismantling Drug Trafficking Organizations
The Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (AHIDTA) and the Huntington Police Department announced the formation of a new task force on April 2 that is designed to pursue the dismantlement of drug trafficking organizations in the area.
The task force, which will be known as the Huntington Violent Crime-Drug Task Force, will consist of Huntington Police officers, a Barboursville Police officer and ATF special agents. It will also coordinate with the DEA, the Cabell County Prosecutor’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia.
“This task force takes our longstanding partnerships to a new level of effectiveness,” Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial said. “It will allow for the rapid, thorough investigation of drug dealers, followed by strong prosecution of offenders. We will be even more proactive in taking down drug offenders before they can become trigger pullers in our community.”
“From the first day I took the oath of office, Huntington has been an urgent priority for me,” U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart added. “We have built unprecedented federal, state and local partnerships with a single goal in mind – protecting the people of Huntington by taking back our streets from the out of state drug thugs that cause death, destruction and despair. We will continue to fight against those that come here to do harm. This new task force will further strengthen our impact for the families of Huntington.”
AHIDTA will fund the new task force at $97,000 annually, provide training opportunities to Task Force officers, and strengthen intelligence capabilities and information sharing with law enforcement agencies throughout the country.
“Appalachia HIDTA is pleased to provide resources to bring an end to the drug scourge in Huntington,” AHIDTA Director Vic Brown said. “We believe the partnerships this initiative forms will make a dramatic impact in the lives of those affected.”
By sharing resources, the Huntington Violent Crime-Drug Task Force will work toward a common goal of reducing and preventing drug- and gun-related crimes and continuing to lower violent crime rates in the region. Huntington’s violent crime rate fell 21 percent in 2018 compared to the previous year.
“ATF is committed to reducing gun violence and illicit drug trafficking in Huntington and surrounding communities by working with our law enforcement partners to arrest armed violent offenders and their sources,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Stuart Lowrey of the Louisville Field Division. “This partnership promises to combine the unique resources of each agency to ensure a dramatic impact on criminal activity. It’s a clear message to armed drug dealers in Huntington – you will be arrested and there is no parole in the federal prison system.”
The City of Huntington’s paving program for the current fiscal year is tentatively scheduled to begin March 25.
Forty-seven sections of roadways totaling 6.32 miles will be paved this spring. The City of Huntington budgeted $1.6 million for paving this fiscal year, which includes costs for striping. The paving budget for fiscal year 2019-2020, which begins July 1, includes another $1.6 million for paving. Since 2013, the city has paved more than 42 miles of roads.
Compiling the list began with City Council members submitting requests to Mayor Steve Williams. The Mayor’s Office and officials in the Public Works Department worked with the West Virginia Division of Highways to prioritize the requests based on traffic volume, road conditions and other factors.
The City of Huntington piggybacks on the West Virginia Division of Highways’ paving contract.
Here is the list of roads that will be paved this spring, broken down by City Council district:
City Council District 1
Burlington Road from Magazine Avenue to Auburn Road
Florence Street from Bradley to Piedmont roads
Acoma Court from Auburn to Brandon roads
Camden Road from Chase Street to Park Avenue
West River Road from Burlington Road to East Road
City Council District 2
Clemens Court from Washington to Virginia avenues
6th Street West from Adams to Jefferson avenues
17th Street West from Jackson Avenue to end of street
Jefferson Avenue from 18th Street West to 19th Street West
West 5th Avenue from 24th Street West to 26th Street West
23rd Street West from Jefferson Avenue to West 5th Avenue
City Council District 3
4 ½ alley from 13th to 14th streets
4 ½ alley from 14th to 15th streets
Commerce Avenue from 13th to 15th streets
City Council District 4
West Whitaker Boulevard from 303 West Whitaker to Willow Glen Drive
Willow Glen Drive from West Whitaker Boulevard to 5 Willow Glen
Arthur Street from Westview to Florence avenues
Whitaker Boulevard from 200 Whitaker to junction with Edgemont Road
City Council District 5
Council representative requested new sidewalks in lieu of paving
City Council District 6
Stamford Park Drive from beginning of Mayfair Way to end of Mayfair
North Inwood Road from intersection to 549 North Inwood
Cherry Avenue from Washington Boulevard to Holswade Drive
Section of Ferguson Court (122 to 322)
Section of Enslow Boulevard (2004 to 2048)
Marne Drive from Kings Highway to 76 Marne
Roland Park Drive from 40 Roland Park Drive to Gallaher Street
Kings Highway from 12 Kings to Grand Boulevard
Marquis Drive from Forest Road to end of street
Crestmont Drive from 1772 Crestmont to concrete road
Section of Crestmont Drive (1772 to 1784)
Washington Boulevard from Enslow Park Bridge to 15th Street
Washington Boulevard from 13th to 14th streets (up to the brick)
South Boulevard from 5th to 8th streets
10th Street from 12th to 13th avenues
Section of Green Oak Drive (400 to 432)
Ferguson Road from Washington Boulevard to 3021 Ferguson
City Council District 7
Morris Street from Rotary Road to 28th Street
Clem Street from Highland Court to Sheppard Drive
Sheppard Drive from Clem Street to Maupin Road
Hollywood Place from Rotary Road to end of street
St. Louis Avenue from Olive to Davis streets
City Council District 8
Rowland Court from Fourth Avenue to end
1st Avenue from 26th to 27th streets
City Council District 9
36th Street (Guyandotte) from 4th to 5th avenues
Section of Willoughby Avenue (127 to 164)
Short Street from 5th Avenue to Bridge Street
Richmond Street from Oak Street to 8th Avenue
Staunton Street alley from Staunton to 33rd Street