City Tour Reveals Big Needs in Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- City leaders spent Saturday searching for solutions for the many road and flooding problems within the city.

They evaluated roads and buildings in need of repair on the council city tour. A major focus of the tour was on the city's road conditions and problem areas like the Edgemont road slide; that has needed a permanent repair for quite some time.

They also highlighted storm sewer issues along Saltwell Road and Washington Blvd.

However, city roads wasn't the only thing in need of attention. They also called attention to several of the city's buildings that need some work.

A big emphasis was placed on four fire stations throughout the city. Whether it's broken cabinets, or mold filled air vents; repairs are needed around every corner.

The mayor and council members say they don't have the money in the budget right now to make the repairs, but will soon be implementing a plan for the next few years to make sure the city's needs are met.

"We have one of two choices," Mayor Steve Williams said. "If we do nothing then the city just starts sliding backwards and we've made too much progress - or two, decide we are going to do something, and set a schedule as to how we're going to go about doing it."

The public safety building, city garage and city hall were also on the tour, and all need repairs.

The city council will vote on a flat budget Monday, but will discuss further plans to include the necessary repairs.

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