Finance Committee Meets Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Finance Committee Meets Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) – Huntington City Council’s Finance Committee will hold a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2 in Council Chambers.

Finance Committee Chairman Steve Williams has released an agenda that include discussion of the May 23 council meeting in which Williams found an apparent $120,000 not voted upon by council increase in the budget of the Huntington Fire Department.

Williams referred to previous unaudited fiscal reports.

Brandi Jacobs-Jones, director of finance and administration, speaking for a quiet Mayor Kim Wolfe told reporters the HFD ‘increase’ is a misunderstanding which can be cleared up through discussion with City Finance Director Deron Runyon.

On Feb 1, 2011, the H-D reported how the HFD needed new radio equipment and other safety devices for use in fighting structure fires.

"I'm not kidding when I say we have people going into burning buildings who can't talk on their radios because they won't work," Moore said. "That is an unacceptable practice."
Moore said he has found $123,000 in the department's budget to purchase new radios, three air packs, new rescue belts and one new vehicle, among other things.

"I stress that these purchases are not all of our immediate needs but only what we can afford in this year's budget," Moore said.

Mayor Kim Wolfe indicated  [per the Herald Dispatch that ]  he would bring forth ordinances for the purchases in the near future

HNN reported in March 2011 that council had accepted a HFD budget with $90,000 in cuts identified by Chief Craig T. Moore:

Huntington City Council members scrutinized the Fire Department overtime budget; however, they eventually voted to keep hands off, except for $90,000 identified by Chief Craig T. Moore.  These funds came by factoring in savings by not replacing until Jan 2012 , firefighters who choose to retire in 2010, estimated to be five.

Moore hold council the Fire Department was a “team player” and he had spent 40 of the last 48 hours “combing the budget” with the help of [finance director] Deron Runyon.”

Additional agenda issues are:


  • Review Ordinance re: Contract for Old Main Corridor Improvements-Phase II Project
  • Resolution re: RFP for Operations Efficiency Study
  • Resolution re: RFP for analysis of unfunded retiree liability and advantages/disadvantages
  • Resolution re: RFP for capital improvements, funding sources for such, and advantages/disadvantages
  • Other matters as necessary


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