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“City Beat” Newsletter: January 2014

New smartphone app off to a successful start

Thousands of smartphone users in Huntington and the surrounding areas are taking advantage of a new smartphone application that is intended to keep residents in Cabell and Wayne counties aware of local emergencies.

Heads Up Huntington is a free app that provides users with critical information in the event of an emergency or disaster as well as other incidents such as school closings, major traffic accidents and boil water advisories.

The app launched Nov. 5, 2013, and is available to the public through Google Play or Apple’s app store. It was a collaborative effort among the City of Huntington, Huntington Police Department, Mountain State Computer & Networking Solutions and the Cabell-Wayne Homeland Security Committee.

Emergency response officials send alerts to the app using a scale of one through five, with one being a low-level incident that may cause general disruptions in traffic flow, services or utilities and a five being a major disaster that has regional ramifications. Users can customize the app by selecting which notifications are important to them and the alert levels that are sent to their phone as push notifications.

“We have set a goal within our operations in the City of Huntington to set a standard of accomplishment that others throughout the nation will choose to follow,” Mayor Steve Williams said. “Heads Up Huntington is a formidable example of how our community can lead the nation in innovative solutions.”

Ninety trusted delegates of the Cabell-Wayne Homeland Security Committee representing law enforcement, emergency responders, local and state government, school districts, utility companies and the health care industry have been trained thus far to enter alerts through the app.

It is the first official installment of the Huntington Police Department’s “Community Force” initiative, which encompasses concepts that may not contain an element of law enforcement but still serve as powerful

PLAN 2025: A blueprint for the future of Huntington

A collective vision for the City of Huntington intended to guide future planning and development on a wide range of topics like housing, land use, economic development, public services, infrastructure and transportation is now in place.

Huntington City Council unanimously adopted “Plan 2025: The Future of Huntington” during its Dec. 9 meeting. The new plan was spearheaded by the City’s Department of Development and Planning and is the culmination of two years of obtaining feedback from more than 500 people at approximately 20 neighborhood association meetings and community forums.

The plan can be viewed online at or at the following locations: Planning Office at City Hall (Room 2), Cabell County Public Library, West Huntington Public Library, Guyandotte Public Library, Cabell County Clerk’s Office and Wayne County Clerk’s Office.

Residents eligible for one free trash pickup each month

The Christmas decorations are put away and the relatives have all gone back home. The only thing to take care of now is getting rid of all of those empty boxes and trash that piles up after Christmas.

If you are a city resident, you are allowed one free trash pickup per month from the Sanitation and Trash Division if the load can fit into an eight-foot pickup truck.

To request a special pickup, call 304-696-4431. City workers will assess the size of the pickup order and will contact you if a fee applies.

As another friendly reminder, weekly household garbage should not be set out for collection before 6 p.m. the night before the scheduled pickup day. Doing so prevents trash from being knocked over by animals or the wind.

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