Last year the city of Huntington laid of 6 firefighters and closed a much needed fire station when a budget shortfall occurred. The department filed for and received a grant from FEMA to place the firefighters back on duty and open the station. The station closed was the closest to a gravel pit that used high explosives and a multi-company fuel depot.
The city council was told at this week’s meeting that the 6 positions that had been laid off were going to be eliminated next year when the grant runs out. Mayor Updike said the positions would be permanently deleted instead of staffed because of members that will be retiring. There was no word as to whether the station will remain open or closed as before.
There was also discussion about raising the LOIT (Local Option Income Tax) tax rate. Part of this tax is used to pay the benefits of retired police and fire personnel.