Kraut’s Creek Cleaned within Huntington City Limits Mayor Wolfe Tells Council; Ritter Speaks of Westmoreland Seceding from City

by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Kraut’s Creek Cleaned within Huntington City Limits Mayor Wolfe Tells Council; Ritter Speaks of Westmoreland Seceding from City

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) – Spring rains dominate the weather forecast , and, Huntington’s Mayor told council and the Comcast 24 audience that one of the city’s troublesome flooding locations --- Kraut’s Creek --- has been cleaned.

“It’s clear now,” Wolfe stated adding that he did not know about conditions at the upper level of the stream which is outside the city limits and prone to fill with debris.

Westmorland councilman Jim Ritter asked the mayor for a report about floodwall erosion in the western community, as constituents complained at  a recent meeting.

Later , during the finance hearing, the convoluted manner in which county funding is figured prompted Ritter to suggest that “Westmoreland secede from Huntington.” Ritter referred to some tax inequities that result in his district having its own fund for fire and ambulance protection.

As explained, the residents of Huntington as part of Cabell County receive barely over 11% of property taxes designed which go to the Huntington Fire Department. Eight other volunteer departments receive a similar percentage. In addition 50% of Cabell County’s population lives in Huntington.

As Ritter pondered whether a combination of Spring Valley, Ceredo, Kenova  and Westmoreland might be more beneficial to his constituents, council woman Frances Jackson countered that , perhaps, Westmoreland should “secede from Wayne County.”

For that matter, maybe, Huntington could find additional areas in need of city services and annex its way to both a larger population and larger revenue base. Unfortunately, no one on council proposed that as a possibility.

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