Council derails plan to sell park land

A plan to sell off part of Laurie Park is apparently dead after members of the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, Oct. 29, voted down a plan to change the park's land use designation.

The change would have allowed houses to be built on an empty lot that is now part of the park. Mayor Brooks Fetters had proposed selling that lot for private development.
The Huntington Plan Commission had approved the change in land use designation, but the change also required common council approval.

Council members, saying they wanted to keep the 1.83-acre park intact, voted 6-0 to deny the change in land use designation. Councilman Paul Pike was absent.

In other business:

• Council scheduled a public hearing on a proposed sewage rate increase for Nov. 12, during its next regular meeting.

The increase could be as much as 43 percent, which would translate to $14 a month for an average household. The resulting income would help pay for a $16 million wastewater treatment improvement project. The increase could be less if costs for the project can be reduced.

• Objections by neighbors resulted in the denial of a request to vacate an alley running east and west of Drover Street and parallel to Gardendale Avenue. The vacation had been requested by Roy A. Johnson and Nancy J. Johnson.

• Two Main Street Huntington grants were approved.

Matthew Arquette was awarded $5,339.50 to repair the façade of a building at 10 W. Franklin St. that will be leased as office space.

Cameron Carmien was awarded $7,500 for exterior improvements to a building at 431 Cherry St.