WORK SESSION: Council Holds Solemn Preparation, While Discussing Skatepark, Comprehensive Plan; Skatepark Plans Now Added

by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Council members Scott Caserta and Frances Jackson
Council members Scott Caserta and Frances Jackson
FILE PHOTO by Tony Rutherford

Respect keyed the Thursday afternoon City Council work session, as Mayor Steve Williams attended, even though he had learned that his father had passed earlier in the day.

Although open for questions, no one asked him any questions, allowing him to defer to a brief humorous recollection of his dad.

The major business Monday, Dec. 9 will be the pending second reading of the city's revised Comprehensive Plan. Brianne Shell, planner, explained that the planning commission had given it a unanimous recommendation for council approval.

Council member Pete Gillespie  inquired whether zoning overhauls would be necessary. Ms. Shell acknowledge that "we will need to re-look at zoning and other ordinances," if the plan passes. Previously, the plan has been described as a living, work in progress, which means that revisions and priority decisions must still be made.

An additional second reading on Monday will be "cleaning up plumbing ordinances," explained Public Works director, David Hagley.

Council on Monday will consider two resolutions which assist in funding Phase One of the river front skate park, which will be constructed in the western portion of Harris Riverfront Park.

Charles Holley, director of development and planning, explained that approval of the two grants will "get us very close" to the monies necessary for the $120,000 to $140,000 cost of phase one.

Both council chairman Mark Bates and long time council supporter Scott Caserta expressed praise for the project's beginning. "We want to ride," Caserta said, adding he will get himself a board when the park opens. Bates asked for a contingency fund report in order to determine whether money could exist for use in the Phase II portion of the park's development.

The final item for Monday night voting will be a Cops Hiring Program grant which will hire five additional police officers. The grant pays the first three years of the new hires salaries and the city guarantees payment of the fourth year as a condition for grant acceptance. The hiring would bring the Huntington Police Department to 111; they now have 106 officers.

  1. Skatepark Design (1.94 MB)
Comments powered by Disqus