““Williams [Mayor of Huntington, WV] would like to see an expansion of the boundaries of Huntington. At the Monday council meeting, city attorney Scott McClure was asked to research annexation law. The city must demonstrate a “value” to living here, Mayor Williams said,”” according to the Huntington News Net article.
Did you see this coming? Huntington has, and is failing; they (city leaders) are, is it just my opinion, the city leaders wanting to extend their boundaries to get into your wallet? This new Mayor of Huntington is bringing his big city ideas to Huntington and wants to present how Huntington could provide professional Fire, Police coverage, and ‘their form of administration’ to the more successful communities outside their reach. Really, don’t they understand business has and is leaving Huntington avoiding business as usual; I understand even Walmart contracts with the city for limited protection and service to avoid the City of Huntington’s control. Sounds like a sure way to close business as we currently know it within the designated areas. If you want to annex, consider a city or town such as Barboursville which has been identified with proven success? These lack-of-leaders (Huntington) obviously want to extend their city limits to increase the numbers such as residents and $tax dollars$ for their demand of power, and control.
Do you remember when Huntington attempted this before? Several Mayors have attempted this task before and archived news articles will prove it correct. To keep my list short, I’m thinking of two that stand out. Do you recall when a former Huntington Mayor went to Barboursville [after the completion of the mall] requesting to annex? Then there were portions of Route 2 along the Ohio River that Huntington wanted to annex, how did that go? It appears to me that people don’t want Huntington’s form of leadership, or lack thereof.
Methinks the Cabell County Commission has something to say about this dream that could easily turn into a nightmare for Cabell County. Next it will be Metro Government with Huntington serving as the hub? ***Let your county commissioners know how you think on this matter, and let them hear from you now!
In the event you missed this part of the article (link provided below), ““We in city government have to demonstrate there is a value for someone to live in Huntington,” he said. ‘Value’ for whom I ask; just another source of income for Huntington’s government? Among benefits noted by the Mayor in the brief interview with HNN, both a professional police and fire department, as well as paved and clean streets, that (in the future) do not flood. “If we do those things, individuals will be more compelled to move here. What we need to develop are areas where large homes can be built, where empty nesters can have smaller homes, or multi-family residential complexes and downtown living.””
Now that you have read the news quote(s) ask yourself these questions. Does Cabell County possess less than profession law enforcement? Does the Huntington Fire Department train alongside (county volunteer Fire Fighters) at the COUNTY Fire School? Professional, and dedicated performance of duties by are trained volunteers does NOT diminish because Huntington is paying a salary. The term ‘Professional’ implies someone is merely paid. Also, would the State of West Virginia allow ‘less than trained’ individuals face immediate danger without having some responsibility? I’m thinking mandatory and frequent training of all Fire Fighters are required along with certification. Personally, I found his statement insulting to our Cabell County bravest, and finest, and it makes light of Fire Department mutual aid within Cabell County.
The mayor spoke of street flooding, and paving projects; how’s that working for Huntington? Huntington’s streets have been flooding longer than I am old, and their storm drains share raw sewage correct? Isn’t this same city coming under fire by the US EPA on this matter, and Huntington wants to add more to their crappy operation? Yes I know he hired some new managers to get-er-done, but tools do not fit management’s hands. They do however, generate more paperwork and put more on the backs of those required to get the job done, don’t you agree?
Did we hear much about Huntington’s drugs and crime, and please don’t provide statistical data juggled like Obama’s healthcare and jobs’ data.
““Prior to the bubble when he [Mayor Williams] lived in Chicago, “there were people buying property down and building a new residence.” He had an office in Hinsdale, Illinois, which he said reminded him of Huntington though not as large geographically and not having the same diversity” is identified within the HNN article. Chicago got my attention, and made me think of the areas I passed while traveling and now avoid in the Chicago area. Oh, what is he implying when he spoke of his former home as ‘not having the same diversity’?
“The Chicago Sun-Times recently named Hinsdale Central High School as the city’s top suburban school and its ranked as number four in the state for excellence,” reminds me of a former Cabell County School Superintendent [reported in Herald Dispatch] claiming how people as they travel through Huntington [on I-64] seeing a new ‘world class’ school sitting on the hill would make want them to move to Huntington, get a job and have their children attend the local schools (be a wonderful place to work, or words to that affect. So, how is that working for you? Oh, did you notice the key term, ‘SUBURBAN’ within his presentation? Just sayin’.
You got to know that politicians understand how people forget and will buy into anything offering them hope. We heard this all before. Have you ever heard of the Anti-Christ with his promises of making things so wonderful; er, that is another story. Article further reports, “‘stressing that “people flock to a winner,” he [Mayor of Huntington] added, “the more success we have, the more likely people….”” This stuff continues keep coming around like the hands on a clock, don’t you think?
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