Council to Vote on Support of Possible New I-64 Visitor's Center

Updated 6 years ago by Tony E. Rutherford, News Editor
Jim Johnson sworn in as interim police chief
Jim Johnson sworn in as interim police chief
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Huntington City Council will have a moderate agenda Monday, April 14, but based on the work session  what it takes to make ends meet could be a topic.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams on Monday , March 24 emphasized:

"We're biting the bullet," Williams said. "This is the base" and it "sends a message," which will be addressing long term needs in a systematic fashion.

The budget passed spells out minimal status quo budget expenditures and anticipated revenues for the coming year.

Council and the administration have both acknowledged that the city has a formidable list of hard decisions still to be made on the best choices for moving the city forward and how to pay for them. A town hall forum has been mentioned as one method for setting the priorities.

The work session good and welfare discussion suggested a majority of council member likely favor a series of public hearing and potentially a city wide vote on a tax excess levy.

On the agenda will be passage of a resolution supporting a possible new  welcome center for Interstate 64 in Kenova, 110 upgraded fire "heads up" breathing devices, and a police interceptor from grant monies.

In addition, Mayor Williams indicated the search for a new police chief could take three to four months. That likely will , according to long time strict city charter supporter Tom McCallister bring a question about the replacement time exceeding the charter. The administration intends to advertise in national publications for Skip Holbrook's replacement.

City council meets at 7:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers. It will be televised on Comcast Channel 24.

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