Huntington City Council to consider rules for TV
HUNTINGTON -- The Huntington City Council will review first reading of an ordinance Monday that would establish rules for televised meetings.
Councilman Gary Bunn sponsored the ordinance after an event earlier this year when U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., held a town hall meeting in Council chambers and not everyone in attendance could fit inside.
Council meetings, work sessions and events like Manchin's meeting are televised on public access (channel 25, for local cable subscribers).
Bunn said he believes that meetings should be allowed to be conducted elsewhere without violating city laws, and the ordinance would identify instances when meetings would not have to be televised.
"I just think we should be able to bring the government to the people," Bunn said. "We should occasionally have meetings where some of these neighborhood associations meet. We have nine districts; we shouldn't be locked into one room."
City Attorney Scott McClure clarified that the ordinance is not a change to the open meetings law, and that the city charter already allows for the Council to meet elsewhere, as long as proper procedure is followed.
The Council also will give first reading to an ordinance that would rezone 14 parcels of property owned by St. Mary's Medical Center from R-2 and R-4 to C-1, a commercial/residential designation.
The property includes the former Highlawn Baptist Church Building, and property owned by the church, which was bought at auction by the hospital late last year.
Church officials at the time said they could no longer afford to keep the building.
City Planner Breanna Shell said St. Mary's did not express any immediate intention for the property.
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