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Huntington Mayor Pledges to Put Huntington Sanitary Board House in Order
The mayor has now held conversations with “our counsel, legal counsel within the Huntington Sanitary Board, our board members, and subsequently a meeting with the general manager of Huntington Alloys, Keith Dabbs. Dabbs did not “accept” all alleged violations as valid.
The Sanitary board (of directors) itself are “very specifically concerned with eleven to 14 years of [alleged violations] and only recently did this information come before the board”, Williams said.
“We are also concerned that the draft consent order would be sent to any of our customers, particularly, proposing a $250,000 fine without the [Sanitary Board’s Directors] actually acting upon it”, the Mayor said.
Due to the resignation of former sanitary board executive director, Kit Anderson, Mayor Williams first step will be naming an interim executive director. The HSB board of directors empowered Williams to take the action.
“Once that person is in place then we will begin looking into all the actions that lead up to the draft consent order being sent out without the Board (of directors) acting upon it. Garry Black, Alex Vence and myself were NOT aware of these issues until they were brought to us.”
Williams added that “Huntington Alloys has been a strongly valued employer and valued member of our business community.” The general manager wants “to get to the bottom of” the draft consent order and, in the Mayor’s words, “I have absolute faith that as we work with them we will be able to come to some resolution. What that resolution is, I do not know. And, if I did know, this would not be the venue (in which) to discuss.”
No member of council attending the work session asked Williams questions about the proposed order, the executive director’s resignation, or the ratification of the labor/management agreement with union employees of HSB.