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Huntington Council to Hear Stormwater Proposals
“Let’s not confuse the two, the revision means we will not pay twice for the floodwall,” the Mayor said.
Instead, for two years, a $7.15 a month Water Quality fee would be paid by residential and business alike. After that period, residential rates would remain the same. Business property owners would pay an added $1.05 for every 1,000 square feet of building
1.05 for every 1,000 square feet of impervious (i.e. manmade structures that result in water runoff). A cap would be placed after 1,000,000 square feet.
Alluding to the January proposal, Williams explained that “we assembled a team of advisors who provided greater efficiencies than January.” The work group consisted of representatives of Marshall University, Cabell Huntington Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, Steel of W.Va., the Chamber of Commerce, pastors and real estate developers.
Following three meetings and nine hours of discussions, they worked with Lou Akers, director of the Huntington Sanitary Board, to bring the parties together.
Funds would be used for capital improvements that would go toward eliminating the flooding underpasses and road by leveraging the revenue source to obtain bond funding for “long term capital needs.”
Before the square footage portion would be implemented on business, after new mapping is completed.
Akers indicated that he was proud to be living in Huntington “to do the right thing” on the infrastructure matters, as well as the sanitary board handling cleaning o catch basins and the floodwall.
Due to the low attendance at the work session, Williams indicated that he would elaborate more fully on the proposal at the Monday, June 9 city council meeting.
The complete Water Quality proposal can be downloaded below.