At the November Huntington City Council meeting, the Council adopted Ordinance 5-2013 making the city a smoke-free city in public areas. Smoking will not be permitted at any activity around ball parks, rodeo grounds or parks. This is an effort sponsored by Four Corners Behavioral Health to have every community hold smoke free events.
Councilperson Julie Jones reminded all the Huntington City Christmas party for all local residents will be held Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at the new fire station. Chili and scones and dessert will be served. Santa will visit. There will be crafts and games.
The Council also discussed a request by a Huntington resident and property owner to have several additional approaches approved when curb and gutter is done on their property. The tradition has been to do up to 40 feet of approach per zoned lot as set forth in a resolution in 2004.
The party making the request has frontage of close to 600 feet on city streets and they have been selling off lots. Resident Cathy Cowley told the Council that she had to pay for her third approach several years ago and thinks the rules should stay as is. Several other residents offered opinions and the Council will readdress the issue next month after taking time to study the issue.
The City recently submitted an application to the Community Impact Board for a project to remove the existing and replace the rodeo ground bleachers. The city would like to construct a new kitchen/concession area at the city park along with new restrooms. The city wants to start a trail system in the city. This trail would go from Main Street to 400 East along the river.
At the November CIB meeting, the City was granted a $533,000 grant and a $433,000 loan that would extend for 30 years. The City will move forward with the projects and hopefully complete them before the summer celebrations begin in 2014.
Cathy Cowley, in public comments, questioned why a newly annexed piece of property was getting curb and gutter. Councilman Mark Justice responded by saying that the city received extra funding from the Castle Valley Special Service District and chose to complete two half blocks of curb and gutter that have been on the list for several years that have drainage issues. Both blocks were allowing storm run off to run into low areas that allowed ponds to form and were major mosquito producers.
The city adopt-a-bench program at the cemetery is going well with several benches in place. Any citizen can pay for a bench and have a plaque installed by going to the city offices. Councilperson Gloria Wilson reported that the city has hired an additional crossing guard for Main Street to provide additional safety for elementary students crossing the streets.
Wilson also invited all to run in the Annual turkey trot 5k run on Thanksgiving morning. Meet at the city park at 9 a.m. with the cost being $6 and includes a free shirt.