Huntington Council Considering CDBG Allocations; Phase II Skate Park Funded with New Firetruck

Updated 14 weeks ago Edited from a Press Release
Huntington Council Considering CDBG Allocations; Phase II Skate Park Funded with New Firetruck

Huntington City Council members have made some tough choices in committee meetings choosing what Community Block Development Grant projects will be funded.

HUD provides $1.4 million for the city's  CBDG projects which expand living environments and economic opportunities for low to moderate income neighborhoods.

However, committee members have made tough choices funding the A.D. Lewis Community Center, a portion of the  purchase of a new truck for the Huntington Fire Department, security equipment for Lily's Place, and $134,000 for Phase II of the Skateboard Project at Harris Riverfront Park. The skateboard park funding had been part of a promise made in 2015.

A second resolution approves $143,000 in CDBG funding including $106,000 for Phase I of the marina complex at Harris Riverfront Park and $36,000 for Huntington Police Department equipment.

Items left unfunded under the proposal are: The Green team (which hires homeless people to take care of flowers around the city); a new roof at the Huntington City Mission; and $100,000 to assist the Greater Huntington Parks and Recreation with an all inclusive playground at St. Clouds Commons.

Former councilman Scott Caserta who championed the Skate Park during his twelve years on council, told social media followers: " I am so thankful for Mike Shockley  and others in City Council for fighting to keep this dream alive for our kids!! I know it's difficult sometimes in the midst of all the problems to keep focus on what truly matters, "our kids". Great job Councilman, I couldn't have done it any better."

He extended  kudos to , Councilman Alex Vence and Councilwoman Jennifer Wheeler "for your continued love of our kids."

However, during the work session, councilwoman Tina Brooks thought the funds would have been better spent on the inclusive St. Clouds Commons park in conjunction with the   $1.4 million GHPR project.

She said she will not vote against the package that includes the skate park:

"I'm not going to let the other programs go without because my hearts not made that way. But I'm not happy ... I hope and pray that none of (the committee members) has to ever deal with a child or grandchild that has autistic problems," Brooks said.

Wheeler defended the skate board option and supported the St. Cloud's accessible park and a proposed water park addition to Harris Riverfront:

"A splash park would be a great future addition to the riverfront; we've talked about that for opportunities after our obligation that was pledged to the skate park has been fulfilled. While this particular grant won't be used for the accessible playground, it will still be built. That will belong to the Greater Huntington Parks and Rec District and they still will receive other funding from the city and various sources, including other grants, some of which will likely be specific to accessibility. I'm glad that we should expect to have both the accessibility playground AND the skate park in Huntington- and hopefully a water element someday!"

 

The full council agenda is below:

Huntington City Council meets Monday, August 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at Huntington City Hall. The agenda includes acceptance of grant terms for the Fire Department and emergency fire truck repairs.

The work session will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10.

HUNTINGTON CITY COUNCIL

August 14, 2017

7:30 p.m.

 

 

1. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance

 

2. Roll Call

 

3. Synopsis of Last Meeting

 

4. Reports of the Mayor

 

5. 1st Reading of an Ordinance re: AN ORDINANCE OF COUNCIL AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH THE CABELL COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION ON BEHALF OF THE HUNTINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

Sponsored by: Councilwoman Joyce Clark

 

6. Resolution re: A RESOLUTION OF COUNCIL AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ACCEPT THE CONDITIONS OF A FISCAL YEAR 2016 STAFFING FOR ADEQUATE FIRE AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE (SAFER) GRANT ON BEHALF OF THE HUNTINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

 

Sponsored by: Councilwoman Joyce Clark

 

7. Resolution re: A RESOLUTION OF COUNCIL AUTHORIZING AN AMENDMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) FISCAL YEAR 2015-2016 FUNDING

 

Sponsored by: Councilwoman Joyce Clark

 

8. Resolution re: A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF HUNTINGTON APPROVING THE FISCAL YEAR 2017 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG), HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIPS (HOME), AND EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT (ESG) PROGRAMS, AND AUTHORIZING THE FILING OF TH FY 2017 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN WITH THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD)

 

Sponsored by: Councilwoman Joyce Clark

 

9. Resolution re: A RESOLUTION OF COUNCIL AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT TO FURNISH THE CITY WITH ITS ANNUAL SUPPLY OF SODIUM CHLORIDE (ROCK SALT) FOR ICE AND SNOW REMOVAL ON CITY STREETS

 

Sponsored by: Councilwoman Joyce Clark

 

10. Resolution re: A RESOLUTION OF COUNCIL AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR ENTER INTO A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE HUNTINGTON WV HOUSING AUTHORITY TO PROMOTE THE “FAIRFIELD REBIRTH” INITIATIVE

 

Sponsored by: Councilwoman Joyce Clark

 

11. Resolution re: A RESOLUTION OF COUNCIL RATIFYING, APPROVING AND CONFIRMING AN EMERGENCY PURCHASE TO MAKE REPAIRS TO A FIRE TRUCK

 

Sponsored by: Councilwoman Joyce Clark

 

12. Good & Welfare

 

13. Adjournment

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