Barge Removal Approved by Resolution

by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
An unknown citizen confers with city attorney Scott McClure prior to a resolution on the Harris Riverfront barge.
An unknown citizen confers with city attorney Scott McClure prior to a resolution on the Harris Riverfront barge.

Huntington City Council on Monday evening passed a last minute rule waiver resolution that authorizes disposal of the barge at the Huntington Riverfront Marina.

The action came following an executive session closed to the public by attorney/client privilege.

A citizen questioned whether under the City Charter the measure should be by “ordinance,” not a resolution.

City attorney Scott McClure said the transaction did not fall under the charter requirement for an ordinance due to jurisdictional hurdles.

The former Holderbys Landing and Huntington Yacht Club barge has been mired in a consternation of legal controversies.  Most recently, the barge began taking on water placing it in danger of sinking, according to prior reports from Huntington Mayor Steve Williams office and U.S. Coast Guard.

Per the resolution, holes developed below the waterline which impairs its ability to stay afloat. The Coast Guard indicated  

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