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Stormwater Plan Goes Before Huntington Council

Reported by: Send eMail Dave Benton
Reported: Jun. 9, 2014 11:46 AM EDT
Updated: Jun. 9, 2014 2:07 PM EDT
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Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- (Dave Benton) It's no secret Huntington has flooding problems when it rains hard. Now the mayor is hoping a new stormwater plan can help solve the problem.

Mayor Steve Williams is presenting two ordinances to city council Monday night. The first plan is to merge the sanitary board, flood wall and stormwater divisions into a new department called the Huntington Water Quality Board. If council agrees to let the three departments merge, there would be a 10 percent cut in the city's municipal fee.

The second ordinance is to set up a fee structure that over time would help alleviate the flooding problems. There would be a flat $7.15 monthly fee for every property. After two years, that fee would change depending on income or size of the property.

"We have dealt with this issue for 70 years and we've been kicking the can down the road for too long," Bryan Chambers, spokesman for the city, said. "The mayor is committed to finding a solution, and we feel this is the best one yet."

Chambers said there also would be discounts to people who use rain barrels to help divert water runoff.

Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday to hear the first reading of the ordinances.



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