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Huntington Towing Policies Will Be Reviewed at Hearing
Three speakers during Good and Welfare expressed dissatisfaction with the new policies. Companies had to sign a letter of willingness to comply with the stipulations by Monday, Aug 26. Several signed but indicated that the alterations had not been discussed in detail.
At the suggestion of council chairman Make Bates, councilman David Ball who heads the council’s Public Safety Committee will soon announce a hearing to take further input on towing concerns, including those of a physically challenged Vietnam Veteran whose vehicle was towed from its parking spot in front of his home. Unfortunately, his vehicle was “crunched” because he could not afford the tow bill on a veteran’s pension.
Speaking of the towing company criteria alterations, City Attorney Scott McClure noted that the Cabell County Commission has a part in passing regulations impacting rotation.
“I think it’s a combined city/county issue. Our police department need (to put in place) some rules and certainty,” McClure said, adding, “I don’t think [the new criteria] are unreasonable.”
However, County Manager Chris Tatum told HNN that to his best knowledge the county last altered their policies three-and-a-half years ago.
“The county’s criteria remains untouched as it was put in place a few years ago”, Tatum said.
Tatum continued, “We merely adopt the city's criteria for the purpose of dispatching calls. Each municipality has their own (policy) as does the county. They recently made us aware of a change to their portion of the policy. When the county adopted similar policy a few years back at the suggestion of 911, they did meet with the tow companies on behalf of the county.”
Braxton Adkins, a representative of J.B. Towing, explained to council there’s a lot of new city criteria which had not been discussed with towing reps.
Sheila Davis told council, “We can’t afford to staff someone 24/7”, adding that the sections on sub-contracting (in event of for instance a large accident), fencing, and facilitate release of vehicles 24/7 are major concerns.
The public hearing will take input from both the towing companies and from citizens who have had their vehicles towed.
According to Ms. Davis, "Every customer we have is mad. They say we stole something."