Fairfield West Redevelopment, C.D.B.G. Reallocation, Paving Authorization on Huntington Council's Agenda

Updated 1 year ago by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Fairfield West Redevelopment, C.D.B.G. Reallocation, Paving Authorization on Huntington Council's Agenda
Photo Aaron Michael Fox (Mayor's Office)

Could strawberry pie accompany the Monday night Huntington City Council meeting?

Council chairman Mark Bates and Huntington Mayor Steve Williams attended the 75th Anniversary celebration of Jim’s Restaurant on Saturday, June 8. The Mayor declared Sunday, June 9 as Jim’s Steak and Spaghetti House Day.

At the meeting, members of the Jimmie Carder family will be present when council formally honors the restaurant which was opened in 1938 as Jim’s Dairy Bar by the late Jim Tweel.

During the work session, a council member joked about the Huntington icon’s pie which along with its spaghetti sauce and nice people have made it a downtown institution.

On Saturday more than 400 pieces of birthday cake were served in three hours. 

In other business council will have first reading of an ordinance authorizing street paving.

Bates stated at the work session , “We’ve kept our word” on the expenditure of one million dollars in paving improvements during the past fiscal year.

The Spring and Fall 2013 locations were announced last week. They can be found by clicking here: http://www.huntingtonnews.net/64255.

Resolutions on the short agenda include approval of the Fairfield West Redevelopment Plan, permission for the Huntington Fire Department to apply for a Port Security Grant which, if awarded, could lead to the acquisition of a 35 foot river firefighting and rescue vessel,and a budget revision.

The budget adjustment, which can be downloaded as a PDF, incorporates revenue increases which allows the balanced expenditure increases.

Mayor Williams at his inauguration implemented a 2% budget reduction to avoid “hiccups”, that in prior administrations have ranged from pension fund  and revenue shortfalls, to staffing and overtime usage.

Council also considers a resolution to provide 24/7 dusk to dawn lighting to keep the gates open at the Guyandotte Park. Funding comes from  $18,000 of unspent 2009-2010 C.D.B.G. traffic signal monies.

A public hearing begins at 6 p.m. on the Fairfield West Redevelopment which Williams called a "game  changer" for that community. In brief, the project includes $40 million  dollars in private business development along Hal Greer Blvd. and $20  million for new housing.

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