City Council discusses wastewater pipelines, bicycle safety

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City council members Scott Caserta and Sandra Clements meet at City Hall Monday to discuss several pressing issues.

Huntington’s City Council introduced two ordinances concerning the faulty pipelines at the Huntington Wastewater Plant during its meeting Monday at City Hall.

The wastewater ordinances, if passed, will authorize the mayor to enter contract on behalf of the Huntington Sanitary Board to replace the intake and outtake pipelines that process the water in the wastewater plant.

Louis Akers, director of the Huntington Sanitary Board and the Huntington Water Quality Board, said with the amount of water filtering in and out of the plant daily, the pipe replacement should be a top priority for the city.

We have two lines in 13 million gallons of water per day, and on a storm day we treat 45 gallons.”

— Louis Akers, director of the Huntington Sanity Board and the Huntington Water Quality Board

“We have two lines in 13 million gallons of water per day, and on a storm day we treat 45 gallons,” Akers said. “It all funnels into the plant, and then that goes into the influent line, which goes into the plant. It goes through a long treatment system, and then it goes into the effluent line and out into the Ohio River as clean water.”

Akers said the plant is having trouble with the effluent and receiving lines.

The second readings are scheduled for the next City Council meeting Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

The council will not vote until the third readings of the ordinances.

The council also resolved Huntington Mayor Steve Williams’ appointment of Cheryl L. Henderson to the position of municipal judge.

Councilwoman Sandra Clements said Henderson is a reputable figure and positive addition for the city.

“She’s an outstanding lawyer in the city of Huntington,” Clements said. “I think she will bring her expertise and good character to this position.”

The council also passed an ordinance amending the general bicycle safety laws throughout the city. The ordinance, article 373 of the codified ordinances of the city of Huntington, involved changes for cyclists riding on roadways.

The revisions implemented by the new state code allow cyclists to ride as close to the right hand side as practical.

Helmets are required for cyclists 17 and younger, which is a revision to the previous helmet-requiring age of 15.

Bicycles are also required to have a white headlight on the front with a red taillight on the rear along with a reflector. This eliminates the requirement of a bell.

The council revised another ordinance on bicycle licensing, requiring only commercial riders to have licenses.

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