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July 24, 2017

Code Enforcement Unit to Begin Inspecting Contractors for Licensing, Permits

The City of Huntington's Public Works Department now has a code enforcement officer who will inspect contractors working throughout the city to ensure they have their required business licenses and permits.

The code enforcement officer's work will include inspecting roofing contractors, lawn services, tree-cutting services, right-of-way contractors, home improvement contractors and more. This employee will also be working in the evenings and on weekends when many unlicensed jobs occur. This officer will also inspect bricks-and-mortar businesses for the appropriate licensing and permits.

If you are aware of a contractor or business that is operating without a business license or the proper permits in the City of Huntington, please call the Inspections and Permits Division at 304-696-4483.

External sanitation code enforcement violations such as tall grass, weeds, junked vehicles and trash in yards can still be reported to the Public Works Department at 304-696-5903.

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June 19, 2017

HPD Bringing Back Officers, Launches Recruitment Campaign

The Huntington Police Department will hire six police officers this summer, five of whom will return to the department after their positions were part of a reduction in force in January to address a projected budget deficit.

All 10 officers who were part of the reduction in force in January were offered the opportunity to return. The five officers who agreed to return will be rehired on July 3, while the other five have accepted positions elsewhere. The sixth officer who will be hired this summer will originate from the Police Department’s current civil service hiring list. The officer will enter the State Police Academy in late August.

The Police Department’s civil service hiring list is good for up to three years or until the list is exhausted. The current hiring list will be exhausted with the hiring of the officer who will enter the State Police Academy in late August. Therefore, the Police Department is now accepting applications for a new hiring list.

Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office, Room 16 at City Hall, before the start of this testing cycle, which will begin with a physical ability test at 9:30 a.m. July 29, 2017, at the Chris Cline Athletic Complex, 2263 3rd Ave. Applications will also be accepted on the morning of the physical ability test. Applications can be obtained in the City Clerk’s Office or online at www.hpdwv.com/recruit.

In addition to the physical ability test, applicants will undergo a written test; background, polygraph and physical examination; psychological testing; and an oral interview. 

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.

Additional information regarding the testing dates and locations can also be found at www.hpdwv.com/recruit.

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June 15, 2017

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

Marshall University’s student body president will present a lecture on his personal experiences of growing up as gay in West Virginia and how the region’s culture may be attributed to a growth in the LGBTQ+ population in the state.

Matt Jarvis will present his lecture, “Mountainqueer: Identifying as LGBTQ+ in West Virginia and Appalachia,” from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 26, in Huntington City Council chambers at City Hall, 800 5th Ave. The lecture is the fifth 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. “Through Mr. Jarvis’ personal experiences, his presentation will provide insight on how we can advance our ongoing efforts to embrace and promote diversity in our community.”

Jarvis is a senior Finance and Economics major from Nitro, West Virginia, and is currently serving his second term as Marshall University’s student body president.

“Often defined by negative portrayals of our region in the media, it is not uncommon for the people of West Virginia and Appalachia as a whole to be unfairly stereotyped as jobless, uneducated, and ignorant,” Jarvis said. “Yet, even with these stereotypes projected onto our state and this area of the country, LGBTQ+ populations are experiencing significant growth in the Southern and Appalachian regions of America, specifically in West Virginia.

“This presentation will be a conversation on my own experiences growing up in West Virginia identifying as gay and discussing why this growth in the LGBTQ+ population may be attributed to the culture of West Virginia and its surrounding states.”

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

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June 14, 2017

Pride Picnic Set For June 17

In recognition of Pride Month, the Mayor’s LGBT Advisory Committee will host the inaugural Huntington Pride Picnic from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at the new Ritter Park picnic shelter.

The event is free and open to the public. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. Attendees are asked to bring a chair and covered dish or dessert.

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June 6, 2017

Water Quality Fee to Increase for Some Nonresidential Customers

Some nonresidential customers who receive a water quality fee billing from the Huntington Water Quality Board will soon see an increase in their monthly bill.

The water quality fee was implemented in 2014 at a flat rate of $7.15 for residential and nonresidential property owners. The second phase of the fee, charging nonresidential property owners for the amount of impervious surface on their property, will take effect this month and will be reflected on the bill that nonresidential customers will be mailed June 15. Approximately 2,080 non-residential customers who will be affected will receive letters explaining the increase in the next few days.

Residential customers will continue to pay the flat rate of $7.15 per month and will not see an increase in their bill.

The fee allows the Huntington Stormwater Utility, which falls under the umbrella of the Water Quality Board along with the Huntington Sanitary Board, to operate and maintain Huntington’s floodwall system; maintain, repair and replace storm drainage infrastructure; and implement a federally-required stormwater management program to reduce runoff pollution from entering Huntington’s streams and rivers.

Although the water quality fee is found on a Huntington Sanitary Board bill, it is used solely for stormwater and floodwall activities and is accounted for separately.

Nonresidential property owners who have 3,000 square feet or less of impervious surface – ground covered by buildings, parking lots, driveways, gravel, pavement, compacted dirt lots on industrial sites or any other material that does not allow rain water to soak into the ground – will continue to pay the flat rate of $7.15 per month. For each 1,000 square feet of impervious surface above the base rate, a nonresidential property owner will pay $1.05. For example, if you have 6,000 square feet of impervious surface, your water quality fee would be $10.30 per month.

The Huntington Stormwater Utility used high-resolution aerial photography to determine the impervious area of each parcel. Photos were taken in spring 2015. Geographical Information System (GIS) measurements were used in the determination and cross-referenced with existing county parcel records.

If a property owner believes the impervious surface measurement for his or her property is incorrect, he or she can provide additional information for consideration by the Stormwater Utility. The additional information must be provided on the form established by the Stormwater Utility for that purpose. The Stormwater Utility will use additional information to determine, in its sole discretion, whether to modify the impervious surface measurement.

Re-evaluation forms can be obtained at the Stormwater Utility, 555 7th Ave., or online by clicking here. A list of frequently asked questions about the water quality fee can also be found by clicking here.

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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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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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