Mayor Williams to present State of the City

February 15, 2019
Toril Lavender/For The Herald-Dispatch Huntington Mayor Steve Williams talks with reporters after Cabell Circuit Judge Chris Chiles rules to uphold the sanitation board's rate increases on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.

HUNTINGTON - Huntington Mayor Steve Williams will deliver the annual State of the City address at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in the City Council Chambers, where he will address the successes of the city as well as present his proposed budget for the 2020 fiscal year to City Council.

City Communications Director Bryan Chambers said the mayor will acknowledge the successes of the police, fire, public works and finance departments in the speech.

“There will be a focus and an update on the progress that we’ve made with economic development,” Chambers said. “The mayor will also champion our ongoing effort to be an inclusive and diverse community.”

The mayor also will discuss the demolition efforts the city has taken to address vacant structures, several of which have been the target of arson in recent weeks.

After the State of the City Address, the mayor will present his proposed 2020 budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. City Council will then schedule a series of hearings to review the budget and make any needed adjustments.

The approved budget must be submitted to the state auditor’s office by the end of March.

The address will be televised for Comcast Xfinity cable subscribers on channel 24. It will also be broadcast via radio on WRVC 94.1 FM and AM 930.

The next Huntington City Council meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in the city council chambers at City Hall.

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