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Mayor seeks to fund initiatives

Jan. 24, 2013 @ 11:20 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Huntington Mayor Steve Williams wants to begin funding some of the recommendations made by his post-election transition team to improve services and give the city a larger role in economic development.

The requests are included in a package of budget revisions Williams presented to City Council members Thursday. They will be up for a vote during the governing body's meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28.

In addition to previously announced contributions of $25,000 each to the Huntington Area Development Council and to the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center to help with roof repairs to the historic theater, Williams wants to appropriate $27,500 toward "exceptional city grants." Under the grant program, each City Council member would have $2,500 to distribute among neighborhood associations, community centers or any other organization that would use the money to spur development in their respective districts.

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