By Julie Johansen
A new business license was approved for Jed’s Handyman and Furniture Repair. This business is located at 21 North 200 East and is owned by Jed Black.
A request was made to change the batting cages to be installed at the elementary ball park from the east side of the ball diamond to the north side of the concession stand. This will more easily facilitate the availability of electricity need for the cages. The council approved the change and also a $150.00 donation to the baseball commission.
Huntington City secondary water billing will change from a once a year charge of $70.00 in March to monthly payments added to the current culinary bill. This charge will be around an additional $5.00. The change will become effective in August 2017 for next year.
A public hearing to approve adjustments to the budget was opened. The affected areas will be general funds, municipal building and the general projects funds. There were no public comments so the hearing was closed and the council approved a resolution to facilitate the budgets changes.
The new General Plan for the city was approved with a few minor changes. The council was very appreciative of the Planning and Zoning Commission, especially Edward Geary, for all the work to accomplish this big task stating that it was a lot of work and very well written.
The council took into consideration the large billboard north of the city for advertisement. The county no longer wants to use it. Decision was made to contact the property owners about a lease agreement. It must be used by a government entity according to UDOT. Matching funds from the county TRT are available if used for tourism advertisement.
Councilman Mark Justice volunteered his construction company to refinish the wood floors at the old city hall. This will require several hours sanding and refinishing. The council was very appreciative of this contribution as the floor needed immediate attention.
Parking Ordinance 2-2017 was adopted. This requires that vehicles be removed from the main street after 2 hours of parking. If this is not followed a fine of $50.00 will be imposed.
Chris Peterson introduced himself as the new Baptist minister at the Southern Community Baptist Church in Huntington. He was welcomed by the council to the city and neighbors stated they were also happy to have someone taking care of the church that has been vacant for years.
The mayor and council members then reported on issues they are responsible for and/or working on for the city. Julie Jones reported to the council that she had been to a county economic development meeting. She volunteered to report to the city after each meeting with things pertaining to the Huntington.