Council Will Vote on $7.15 per Month Fee

Updated 18 weeks ago
Council will likely hear from several of its members, including David Ball. Ball revealed that too many trucks block roads within the city.
Council will likely hear from several of its members, including David Ball. Ball revealed that too many trucks block roads within the city.

Huntington City Council decides Monday, June 23, whether to add the proposed Water Quality Board by consolidating the Huntington Sanitary Board, flood wall division and Storm Water program.

As a result property owners pay a $7.15 a month fee which will incorporate flood wall commitments, cleaning sewer systems, and long awaited repair of aging city infrastructure to gradually eliminate the mammoth flooding of city streets.

The proposal comes after Mayor Steve Williams vowed to "be back" with a more suitable proposal following the referral of the Stormwater Start Up ordinance back to the Finance Committee.

The fee allows for consideration of those on fixed incomes, those receiving disability, and those on food stamps with qualifying incomes determined by federal levels.

In addition, the Mayor has asked that the interim appointment of Police Chief Jimmy Johnson be made permanent to comply with the City Charter. Meanwhile , the search committee continues evaluation of applications received to replace Police Chief Skip Holbrook, who left HPD for a similar position in Columbia, S.C.

Purchase of police cars is on the agenda too. No controversy occurred at the work session as the equipment acquisition comes from drug forfeiture monies.

Council meets at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall. Public comment will be taken on the proposed fee which would take effect October 1, 2014. The current municipal services fee will be reduced by 9.4 % as the floodwall portions are in assessed to the Municipal Services Fee. It now becomes the Fire Service fee.

The meeting is streamed via the internet; it is televised live on Comcast Channel 24.

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