After holding a public hearing earlier in the June Huntington City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved the 2012-13 Huntington City budget. The total budget for the year is $915,540. The city adopted the property tax rate recommended by the county, a rate slightly lower than last year.
The annual Heritage Days celebration that begins this weekend consumed the most time after the budget discussions. This year, there will be six straight nights of some sort of entertainment in the city.
This Friday and Saturday, the Heritage Days rodeo will be held at the rodeo grounds. On Sunday night, the Huntington Glee Club will put on their annual patriotic program at the LDS Church Stake Center on Main Street.
On Monday night, Val Jensen's group will be playing at the City Park Pavilion. In conjunction with the music, the city will be having dinner in the park. At a cost of $5 a person or $20 per family, one can come out and have a great night.
On Tuesday night, the band No Limits will be performing under the pavilion. No Limits performs today's hot music plus music clear back to the 60's with lots of energy. This will be in a concert/dance format and will be held in conjunction with the free ice cream social in the park.
On Wednesday night, long time Castle Country favorites Haywire will be performing on the stage at Canyon View Junior High prior to the annual fire works display. Bring your blanket, bring your chair and bring your friends and family for good music to the football field at the school.
There are many other activities scheduled throughout the six days so check a schedule and be sure to attend.
In other business, the city council talked about fireworks and cautioned all to be careful in this highly flammable fire season. The city actually is encouraging those who will be setting off fireworks to do so in the city since there is much less fire hazard here. The council wants all to be extremely careful.
The city is looking at installing cameras in the city parks due to the high rate of vandalism. The city is encouraging the citizens to watch out for those who insist on damaging city property and call the authorities. The damage last month cost more than $1,000 to repair.
It was also decided to put the old fire station for sale as soon as the fire department has totally cleared out of the building. Those interested in buying the facility should contact the city.
The council was informed by the city zoning administrator that there are people in town that do not realize that a drought is on. There are fields that have water running in the same place for up to 24 hours. There are people flooding out their neighbors with water running too long. There are also people that turn on the water and just let it run down the storm drains. If we do not want to ration water then we all need to be wise in the usage.