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Trail's 1st phase up for vote Tuesday, Nov. 13

Nov. 12, 2012 @ 08:42 AM

HUNTINGTON — Huntington City Council will vote on an ordinance Tuesday, Nov. 13, that authorizes construction of the first phase of the long-awaited Paul Ambrose Trail for Health.

The $2.3 million contract with Famco Inc. of Huntington will go toward three sections of crushed limestone trails and trailheads. More than five miles of walking and biking paths will run along bodies of water, making once-hidden views of Huntington easily accessible, according to city officials.

In the West End, a trailhead with a kiosk, bike racks, landscaping and a wheelchair-accessible ramp will be built at the base of the earthen levee at 3rd Street West. The ramp will wind to a 3.5-mile trail that will run along the top of the levee to Vinson Road in Westmoreland. Small portions of the trail will drop off of the levee to accommodate pump stations.

In Guyandotte, another trailhead will be built near the boat launch ramp, which will serve as the northern end of a 1.25-mile trail that will run underneath the new 5th Avenue bridge and along the Guyandotte River side of the floodwall until Main Street turns into Riverside Drive. The trail then will jump across the road and run along Riverside Drive until it stops at the Washington Boulevard bridge. There are future plans for the trail to extend to Altizer Park.

And in Harveytown, a trailhead will be constructed at Harveytown Park. A half-mile trail will run from the park through a wooded area along the Hisey Fork of Fourpole Creek and connect to the existing trail in the western end of Ritter Park. The project also calls for a pedestrian bridge that will cross the Hisey Fork of Fourpole Creek.

The construction contract calls for the project to be completed within five months of Famco being given the notice to proceed.

In other business Tuesday, the council will vote on an ordinance authorizing a contract for demolition work. The one-year contract would be given to R&B Tassen Construction, the city’s current demolition contractor. The company would demolish and remove debris at a rate of $2 per square foot. The current contract is for $2.25 per square foot.

The city just completed a joint demolition program with the West Virginia National Guard and Division of Highways that saw the removal of 54 dilapidated structures in 28 days. The work erased all of the dilapidated structures on the city’s priority list, Holley said. Once a new list is compiled, the city will have about $160,000 in federal grant funds to tear down more structures this fiscal year, he said.

The council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 800 5th Ave. Here’s look at other items on the agenda:

TEEN COURT: The council will vote on an ordinance that repeals a fee that is tacked onto municipal court costs and designated for the Cabell County Teen Court program. The program has been suspended indefinitely because of the inability to find and retain a qualified coordinator to manage it.

VEHICLE PURCHASES: The council will discuss four ordinances on first reading that pertain to purchasing five new police cruisers, two utility police vehicles, 24 mobile data terminals for police cruisers and two crew cab trucks for the Public Works Department.

The police cruisers cost $113,570 and would be acquired through a three-year, lease-purchase agreement. One of the utility police vehicles would be added to the lease-purchase agreement, while the second vehicle would be purchased with insurance proceeds and money from the Police Department’s budget. Each utility police vehicle costs $25,518.

The crew cab trucks cost $90,266, while the mobile data terminals cost $50,376 and will be paid for through a state grant.

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