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August 21, 2017

Welcome Event to Help New Residents Connect to Community

Are you new to the Huntington area? If so, mark your calendar for Wednesday, Sept. 27.

The City of Huntington, Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau and Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce will host "About Town," a welcome event for residents who recently moved to the Huntington area and want to learn more about the services, activities, events and organizations that will help them become connected to the community.

The event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in the lobby of 21 at the Frederick, 940 4th Ave.

More than 40 organizations -- ranging from governmental entities and neighborhood groups to recreation and fitness and arts and culture -- will attend the event, which is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided by 21 at the Frederick, and the Huntington Museum of Art will have an arts and crafts table for children.

For more information, call 304-962-8138.

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August 16, 2017

City Begins Fall Paving Program in Mid-September

HUNTINGTON – Twenty-nine sections of roadway will be paved in Huntington during the city’s fall paving program.

Paving is expected to begin in mid-September and be completed sometime in October, weather permitting. The list represents approximately $850,000 of paving projects totaling 3.31 miles.

In addition, City Council members Alex Vence and Tonia Kay Page requested that sidewalks be repaired in their districts in lieu of paving. Vence represents District 3, which includes much of the downtown, while Page represents District 5, which includes the Fairfield neighborhood.

In District 3, sidewalk repairs would take place on the south side of 4th Avenue between 535 4th Ave. and 555 4th Ave. and on the west side of 6th Street between 4th Avenue and 4 ½ Alley. In District 5, the sidewalk repairs would take place on the north side of 10th Avenue between 17th and 20th streets. The sidewalk repairs are estimated to cost $175,000 and are contingent upon City Council approving a budget revision to move funding for the repairs from the city budget’s paving line item to the sidewalk repair line item.

The approved budget for FY 2017-2018 includes $1.6 million for paving, meaning there will be approximately $575,000 left for paving projects that will occur in spring 2018, pending the approval of a budget revision for sidewalk repairs this fall.

Compiling the paving list began with City Council members submitting requests to Mayor Steve Williams. The Mayor’s Office and officials in Public Works worked with the West Virginia Division of Highways to prioritize the requests based on traffic volume, road condition and other factors.

The following is the paving list for the fall by City Council district:

District 1

  • Handley Road (Waverly Road to Sunset Drive)
  • 29th Street West (Piedmont Road to Hughes Street)
  • Piedmont Road (29th Street West to Camden Road)

District 2

  • Jefferson Avenue (19th Street West to 20th Street West)
  • 5th Avenue West (23rd Street West to 24th Street West)
  • 4th Street West (railroad to 7th Avenue West)
  • 6th Street West (Adams Avenue to Washington Avenue)
  • 22nd Street West (Madison Avenue to Jefferson Avenue)

District 4

  • Cavalier Drive (intersection to fifth house on left)
  • West Whitaker Boulevard (5th Street West to Willow Glen Drive)

District 6

  • Wiltshire Boulevard (Oakwood Road to Washington Boulevard)
  • Ridgewood Road (McCoy Road to Summit Drive)
  • Virginia Court (Oak Lane to dead end)
  • Oak Lane (Wiltshire Boulevard to dead end)
  • Fountain Place (Enslow Boulevard to Wilson Court)
  • Military Road (Washington Boulevard to Holswade Drive)
  • Grand Boulevard (Kings Highway to Forest Road)

District 7

  • Saltwell Road (U.S. 60 to Washington Boulevard)
  • Rotary Park Drive (U.S. 60 to Russell Street)
  • 28th Street (Roby Road to Marion Street)

District 8

  • 26th Street (Collis Avenue to 1st Avenue)
  • Elmwood Avenue (28th Street to Latulle Avenue)
  • Cedar Grove Court (28th Street to Guyan Avenue)


District 9

  • Elwood Drive (entire street)
  • Parkway Rear (Elwood Drive to dead end)
  • Tiernan Street (South High Street to Park Street)
  • Altizer Avenue (8th Street in Altizer to Grapevine Street)
  • Hibner Avenue (Norway Avenue to Lewis Street)
  • Grapevine Street (Altizer Avenue to dead end)

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August 10, 2017

Team Collections Making Progress

A multi-department team of city employees has made a significant impact on collecting delinquent fees and taxes owed to the City of Huntington.

“Team Collections,” as it is called, consists of members of the Legal Department and Finance Division, but their efforts are assisted by members of Code Enforcement, Permitting and Planning. Since the team was assembled in 2014, it has been responsible for collecting more than $6.3 million.

Currently, Team Collections specifically targets delinquent municipal fees, refuse fees and Business and Occupation Tax accounts for collections. The team takes a multi-directional, escalating approach at collections using tactics that include, but are not limited to, letters, phone calls, and audits.

The city also contracts out some municipal and refuse fee collection to the collection agency of Rossman & Co. Rossman usually takes the first crack at delinquent accounts and Team Collections picks up with what Rossman & Co. cannot collect. Rossman’s fee is 17 percent of the amount collected.

Team Collections meets monthly to discuss collections activities, collaborate on methods, and exchange responsibility for specific debtors when alternative methods are needed. The team reports collection numbers to the mayor and City Council on a quarterly basis.

Impact of Team Collections

FY 2015: $932,415.47
FY 2016: $3,131,902.36
FY 2017: $2,258,178.02

3-year total: $6,322,495.85

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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

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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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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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