At the March Huntington City Council meeting Mayor Hilary Gordon reported the city employees fenced off the property located at 400 North and Main Street at the direction of the Council and a for sale sign has been installed. The City has received several inquiries since the work was performed. One of the Huntington's conditions for selling the property is that the buyer has to be ready now to build a business at that location. Julie Jones reported that the fence installed at 400 North Main Street has allowed people to really see how big that piece of property is.
A public hearing was held to discuss raising the rates the citizens pay annually for secondary water. With the amount being charged staying stable for a number of years, the city is now raising the fee by approximately $15 per year.
Tom Roush asked "What do other cities pay?" and was told by city officials that the city is lower than the other cities in the county and would probably remain that way.
Roush had looked over the audit report and agreed that a raise was necessary. Don Gordon asked "What do we pay the irrigation company?" and the breakdown of costs was provided to those in attendance.
When the regular city council reconvened, the Council approved Ordinance 1-2013 to raise the rates.
The Council also approved business licenses for four new businesses in Huntington. Juldees, a catering business, and Cindi's CafÃ© and gifts were re-licensed after being on hold for several months. Nailed by Becky, a nail salon, was licensed as a home business by owner Becky Bunnell. Bear River CafÃ© was licensed at 190 South Main Street and should be opening sometime in mid-April. The cafÃ© will be a Mexican grill.
The city approved resolution 1-2013 to alter the building permit fee schedule by clarifying the valuation that certain construction in the city would come under. The city also approved resolutions 2-2013 and 3-2013 authorizing Rocky Mountain Power to add some street lights within the city and to move a couple of poles where curb and gutter work is being performed this year.
After the Mayor gave an update on the Huntington Creek Restoration project, the meeting went to public comments. Mac Mills stated, "Two-thirds of the bridge under highway 10 is blocked right now. If that bridge goes, the bridge at 400 East would go plus the bridge on the Loop Road would also go so it is important to do the work."
Bob Mills stated that he would work with Nielson Construction on work done next to their property. Nielson's received the contract for the work after outbidding several other contractors.
The Mayor reported that Heritage Days planning is basically complete and that the city should have a good celebration again this season. The rodeo will be the weekend of June 28-29 and the city park celebration will be July 2-4. The city will have entertainment all three nights plus Thursday during the day at the park.
In the Council reports, Mark Justice reported six contractors showed up to receive bid packages for sidewalk work within the city this season. Most of the work will be done on the west side of the city this season.
Jerry Livingston reported many people around town are constantly parking on the sidewalks. The sidewalks were not engineered nor built to handle this weight and sidewalks are cracking and crumbling around town due to this problem. It was decided that the city will enforce this ordinance and that residents would be cited if this practice continues.