City Council meets, takes no action
HUNTINGTON — Huntington City Council members met during a short meeting on Christmas Eve but did not introduce or take action on any items.
The agenda for Monday night’s regularly scheduled meeting did not list discussion of any old business or the introduction of any new business.
Instead, City Council members received reports from Mayor Steve Williams, who said household garbage collection would be affected by the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays.
Since City Hall and its departments closed on Christmas Day, household garbage pickups are running on a one-day delay Wednesday, Dec. 26, through Saturday, Dec. 29. Williams said City Hall will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, but will be closed on Jan. 1. Household garbage will run on New Year’s Eve, but not on Jan. 1. Pickups will run on a one-day delay Jan. 2 to Jan. 5.
He also reminded city residents of seven drop-off locations where they could dispose of Christmas trees. He asked residents not to place their trees out with household garbage because leaking tree sap could damage garbage collection trucks. The city’s Public Works Department set up drop-off locations on the east end of Harris Riverfront Park; the former Olympic Pool site along Memorial Boulevard; at St. Cloud Commons; at the parking lot of the former League 6 baseball field on Ferguson Road; McClelland Park parking lot; Westmoreland Park on the Vernon Street side; and Altizer Park.
Council members did not discuss any other related matters, such as an ordinance that would see them give up the right to name people to the Cabell Huntington Hospital Board of Directors in exchange for $1 million. The ordinance was presented to the city’s Administration and Finance Committee on Nov. 12 and was forwarded to City Council with a favorable recommendation to pass it.
The proposed ordinance has since been met with criticism, primarily from members of the Service Employees International Union District 1199, which represents employees at Cabell Huntington and supports organization efforts at St. Mary’s Medical Center. The union has asked City Council members not to pass the ordinance for fear it will remove public representation from Cabell Huntington’s board of directors.
The hospital said it agrees to follow guidelines set forth by City Council, including appointing a city resident, a county resident and a resident who makes below the average median income. The ordinance could be introduced during a meeting in January.
The Cabell County Commission passed a similar ordinance in November, which is contingent on the city’s decision.
City Council members Rebecca Howe, Charles McComas, Mike Shockley and Alex Vence were absent from Monday’s meeting.