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DEVELOPING: Public Prevails; Committee Determines Whose Garbage Removal Proposals not Ready for Full Council

Updated 3 years ago by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
DEVELOPING: Public Prevails; Committee Determines Whose Garbage Removal Proposals not Ready for Full Council

Huntington City Council's Finance Committee voted to send the proposed abandoned buildings ordinance to the full council noting that council could still amend. Two other proposals --- for a $50 re-inspection fee for garbage/nuisance/rubbish compliance violations and new definitions and mandatory refuse pick up guidelines --- were delayed. The committee agreed with those gathered from the public that the current versions need additional input and work. This includes the proposal to charge $25 for special monthly garbage pick ups, although those at the work session / pubic hearing seemed appeased at a compromise that would allow from one to four 'free' pick ups annually.

During the committee meeting, property owners raised an inconsistency in refuse collection fees. The vacant building ordinance proposes a registry and fees for structures vacant after a year. However, it appears some building owners are paying refuse collection user fees for vacant property.

The vacant building proposal seeks that unoccupied structures do not become eyesores or locations for criminal activity.

Clarification is anticipated to be made between an abandoned building and a residence unused for several months while the owners live in their southern property. The specification may be made by defining adding an "occupied" definition .

 

 

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