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February 22, 2017

Huntington Lecture Series to Feature Affrilachian Poet

A St. Albans native and African-American poet will present a lecture on the intertwining of black and white ancestry from the dawn of American history.

Crystal Good will present her lecture, “The Ancestors,” from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in Huntington City Council chambers at City Hall, 800 5th Ave. The lecture is the fourth installment in the City of Huntington’s quarterly “Huntington Lecture Series” and is free and open to the public.

“The goal of the Huntington Lecture Series is to open dialogue and cultivate the collective brilliance in our community to identify opportunities for advancement and address future challenges,” Mayor Steve Williams said.

Good is a poet, an entrepreneur, and an advocate. She is a member of the Affrilachian Poets, an Irene McKinney Scholar, and she performs with Heroes Are Gang Leaders, a jazz-flavored poetry band. She is also the author of “Valley Girl” and is working on her second poetry collection.

Good is also the CEO and founder of Mixxed Media, a startup boutique marketing and consulting firm seeking to disrupt the status quo through innovation in media, publishing, government relations and community engagement.

Good identifies herself as an “Affrilachian,” a term coined by Frank X. Walker, an African-American poet from Danville, Kentucky. Affrilachian is used to define African-Americans who have grown up in Appalachia or have been heavily influenced by Appalachian culture. 

Advocacy is an integral part of Good’s work as well. She has spoken on behalf of many environmental, educational, and economic initiatives including industrial hemp. She also mounted a campaign for Social Media Senator for the Digital District of West Virginia, a fictitious piece of performance art about the rising power of social media.

Good is currently working with local “digital natives” to develop a platform through which concerned voters can channel their thoughts.

The lecture will be televised live on channel 24 on the Comcast cable system and streamed live online at www.cityofhuntington.com/city-government/public-meetings.

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February 22, 2017

Public Input Sought on Highlawn Brownfields Redevelopment Plan

The City of Huntington and its community partners will host an open house next week to present proposed recommendations and gather public input on the final phases of a redevelopment strategy for various post-industrial sites in the Highlawn neighborhood.

The open house is set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena Conference Center. It is the culmination of a year-long community planning process that has involved interactive workshops and other public outreach initiatives to collect input from residents. The city, Huntington Municipal Development Authority and the consulting firm of Stromberg, Garrigan and Associates have guided the process.

The City received funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to come up with a viable redevelopment strategy that links community-driven goals with environmental improvement, resulting in social and economic growth for the city and particularly the Highlawn neighborhood. To accomplish this, city officials, through a competitive bidding process, hired Stromberg, Garrigan and Associates. The consulting firm specializes in urban planning, brownfield redevelopment, landscape architecture and community engagement.

The study area consists of large industrial sites, as well as commercial, retail, institutional, and residential properties between the Ohio River and 3rd Avenue from 13th to 27th streets.  The brownfields redevelopment strategy for the Highlawn neighborhood is a component of the City’s revitalization plan, also known as the Huntington Innovation Project (HIP). The revitalization plan was submitted to the America’s Best Communities competition, of which Huntington is one of eight finalists.

As a finalist in the competition, Huntington received a grant prize of $100,000 in May 2016 and was given 11 months to begin to implement the HIP plan. The top three communities that make the largest impact and show the greatest potential for achieving sustainable revitalization will be selected as the grand prize winners in spring 2017. The first-place community will receive $3 million, with second place earning $2 million and $1 million for third place.

The redevelopment strategy will be unveiled and begin to be implemented later this spring.

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February 22, 2017

Williams Nominates Rader to Become Huntington Fire Chief

Mayor Steve Williams submitted his appointment of Jan Rader as Huntington Fire chief to Huntington City Council on Wednesday, Feb. 22, for its consideration.

Rader has served as interim fire chief since Dec. 5, 2016, when Carl Eastham announced his resignation.

“Chief Rader has displayed stellar leadership during the most difficult of times,” Williams said. “She will serve with integrity and lead the Fire Department with dignity and honor.”

Rader is a 22-year veteran of the Huntington Fire Department. She was promoted to deputy chief on Sept. 9, 2015. She also serves as a member of the Huntington Mayor’s Office of Drug Control Policy.

If City Council approves the appointment, Rader’s salary as fire chief will be $76,615. She does not earn additional compensation as a member of the Mayor’s Office of Drug Control Policy.

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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

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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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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 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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February 10, 2015

Williams named 2014 HPD Officer of the Year

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January 28, 2015

Henderson Named Municipal Court Judge

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January 14, 2015

New Exterior Home Preservation Program Offered

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