STORMWATER FEE PASSES

Council Unanimously Passes Fee Which Will Alleviate Some Huntington Flooding

Updated 16 weeks ago by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Council Unanimously Passes Fee Which Will Alleviate Some Huntington Flooding

After hearing mostly favorable input from city residents at the Huntington City Council meeting, Council passed the Water Quality Board ordinance which adds a $7.15 a month fee for floodwall  maintenance and storm water controls.

Scott Caserta, subbing for council chair Mark Bates, asked that Huntington Mayor Steve Williams sign both the Water Quality Board ordinance and the Municipal Fee Ordinance immediately. The latter reduces the cost by about 10%  transferring the current floodwall fees to the omnibus Water Quality Board. The Municipal Service Fee becomes essentially a fire service fee.

Council Unanimously Passes Fee Which Will Alleviate Some Huntington Flooding

Williams took his pen and smiled as the passage ends years of kicking down the can down the road on  such issues as citywide flooding , runoff, and decaying infrastructure.

The new Water Quality Board will consist of the same members as that of the Huntington Sanitary Board --- Darryl Black, Alex Vence, and Mayor Williams.

Council Unanimously Passes Fee Which Will Alleviate Some Huntington Flooding

After passage, Williams told HNN:

"It surprised me [and] I was overcome by emotion. This is what I expected. Now we have a chance to go to work... it's  not a matter of talking about it [anymore]. We are in a position to do something.


"What's nice is the breath of individuals representing the entire community. There are those who would be against the sunshine if it was being piped in. That's OK, we will do it without them. We are in the position to take meaningful steps.

"What we have tonight will be copied by several cities around the state," adding "there is bigger fish" than DEP and EPA.

Council Unanimously Passes Fee Which Will Alleviate Some Huntington Flooding

"This is a huge step and something totally different than this was attempted to be passed on Christmas Eve 2012. This has been a long time coming. It's fair. It's equitable. It gives us a way to pay for long term capital projects and it will encourage development in the city. We have been able to accomplish what we set out to do."

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