Barge Meeting Cancelled After Huntington Council Work Session

Updated 7 years ago by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Frances Jackson, Joyce Clark (file photo)
Frances Jackson, Joyce Clark (file photo)

A meeting at Spring Valley HIgh School announced for Friday, July 20 to discuss the Corps of Engineers barge mooring facility permit to Huntington Marine has been cancelled.

Carole Boster, president of the Westmorland Neighborhood Association, called off the meeting. The Herald Dispatch said that in the "statement" Boster said the permit was "only one phase of getting the facility cleared to be built."

Huntington City Council met in executive session at the work session to discuss the barge permit under attorney-client privilege. 

Boster told the H-D that "Huntington City Council is discussing options and that she would keep the neighborhood association updated on any future action."

Prior to the executive session, several current council members had expressed their opposition to the permit.

Huntington Marine began its battle for a barge facility in the 1990s. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved the company's latest proposal for a fleeting area holding up to 72 barges.

Council member Joyce Clark had previously told HNN and WCHS-TV that council could block the facility suggesting that a zoning variance would be necessary. Steve Williams also told HNN that he would not support the facility.

The proposed facility on the Ohio River would create about ten jobs.

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