Huntington Stormwater Plan Indefinitely Postponed

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- All the complaints regarding the city of Huntington’s plans to implement a fee to pay for repairs to stormwater infrastructure were heard loud and clear, and that plan has been taken off the table.

City council voted unanimously Tuesday night to indefinitely postpone that plan. The fee would have charged residents and businesses a fee based on the size of their property.

Mayor Steve Williams says it had unintended consequences that would have hurt recruitment of business.

"The city of Huntington since 1947 has been talking about this,” he said. “We have to figure out how to appropriately address it and not have the unintended consequences.”

The mayor has managed to merge the stormwater department and the sanitary board and brought in community leaders to help form a new plan.

Williams is meeting with that group later this week and says he'll hopefully have something to bring to council soon.

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