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W.H.O. – West Huntington Organization
Central United Methodist Church
Thursday, April 16, 2015
7:00 pm

The meeting was opened by President Jim Rumbaugh at 7:00pm at Central United Methodist Church.
The minutes were read and approved.
ATTENDEES:  Kim Stover, Mike “Butch” Runyon, Mary Day, Bill Rosenberger, Kevin Day, Sheila Driskill, Dave Driskill, Leslie Petteys, William “Skip” Campbell, Bobby Borders, Roger Keesee, Donna Rumbaugh, Jim Rumbaugh, Stephanie Heck, and Hank Dial.

REPORT FROM NEIGHBORHOOD INSTITUTE BY Donna Rumbaugh
There will be a meeting sponsored by the Neighborhood Institute Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:00pm in the sanctuary of the Central United Methodist Church.  All neighborhood groups are invited to this meeting.  This will be a good opportunity to connect with each group.  Chief Johnson will present what the Huntington Police Department’s plan is for dealing with the drug problem in Huntington.  Scott Lemley, Criminal Intelligence Analyst of the Huntington Police as well as representatives from the Fire and Health Departments will report on the costs to the community of this problem and other programs available to help deal with the drug problems. 
There is now a Regional Health Connect group where representatives from all health providers/workers can meet and discuss what they are doing to prevent duplication of efforts.  The GHPRD reports that they are patrolling the parks early every day to pick up all needles and drug paraphernalia before the people and dogs arrive.  After the first Drug Conversation at the Civic Center several new neighborhoods have expressed interest in creating watch groups.
Nominations for “Unsung Heroes Awards” given by the Neighborhood Institute each year are due April 30.  Letters with nominations need to be sent to Neighborhood Institute, PO Box 9291, Huntington, WV 25704.
 
REPORT FROM RIVER TO RAIL COMMITTEE BY Leslie Petteys
River to Rail will sponsor an Earth Day Celebration on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 12:30 – 5:30pm.  Schools are bringing 137 kids.  The Fire Department will host the Kids in Motion activities from the YMCA on their lawn.  The Mayor will be there helping to plant a tree sponsored by W.H.O. and Urban Forestry Committee of Huntington and celebrating the installation of 3 new quilts on 14th St. West.  A Farmer’s Market sponsored by the Wild Ramp and other booths and classes will be running from 12:00 to 5:30pm.Music was provided by Brazilian guitarist Rodrigo Almeida and the choral group from Musical Arts Guild.

REPORT FROM CITY COUNCIL BY Bill Rosenberger
Rosenberger announced the raffle fund raiser at Kiwanis Day Care open for 85 years and the longest continuously operated child care center in the City.  He attended a business round table sponsored by Unlimited Future who has helped 150 new small businesses start in our area.   He suggested we utilize HHS students for summer projects (cleanup). Rosenberger asked Code Enforcement Officer Roger Keesee if Bill could ride along with him on one of his patrols.  Roger said Bill would need permission through the Police Chief’s office.  Chief Hank Dial encouraged Rosenberger to ride along with the police.  The permission process requires a background check.
Rosenberger along with Stephanie Heck, Butch Runyon and Roger Keesee have been investigating the barge problem brought up in our March meeting.   They have counted between 25-70 barges parked at any one time.  These barges are carrying powdered limestone, metallurgical coal and scrap metal.  These products pose a significant hazard to folks with asthma and lung disease and the barges are spewing this dust and diesel directly into the Central City Elementary playgrounds. Rosenberger met with the principal and superintendent to ask them to survey the teachers for what they notice during recess.  Ashland Steel’s blast furnace is the only one in this area that uses the pulverized limestone which poses a serious silica hazard.  When rain water falls on the coal it creates acetylene gas which again is a significant breathing hazard to anyone.
Butch Runyon reported that he has contacted Megan Thompson, Regulatory Specialist in Operations Division at the Corps of Engineers regarding the West End Barges.  He was told he needs to submit a form to investigate further??
According to the law they must not have this dust and diesel fuel emissions within 100 yards of shoreline???  We need to request an air quality testing from the CCE.  City Council is also discussing the noise ordinance and possible revising of the permit which these barges are operating.  They may be exceeding their permit.  Originally they were docked in Westmoreland but were made to move and so now are in the neighborhood of Central City Elementary School.  Ingram, a national company outside of Memphis has the 10 year contract to operate these barges.  The contract was renewed in 2010.  We need to get more information from the Corps of Engineers.  We will receive another report at next meeting.

REPORTS FROM CODE ENFORCEMENT BY Roger Keesee
Keesee reported he has been concentrating his efforts on the 14th St. West vicinity and on West 23rd and 24th.  He reports a 60 percent rate of cooperation.  Jim Insco will provide dumpsters for neighborhood groups for major cleanups.  This year we can only have neighborhood sweeps.  There will be no city-wide cleanup this year.  He suggested having our neighborhood sweep at the end of June.  Do we have a consensus for end of June cleanup?

REPORT FROM HUNTINGTON POLICE BY Captain Hank Dial
Friday, April 17, the police will have a directed patrol that will include 10 police officers from 12– 8pm manning a low maintenance check point in front of the DMV on Madison and speed enforcement on Jefferson and Adams Avenues.  The stops are not necessarily to generate tickets but often once stopped officers find drugs and other offenses when they check licenses. 
Then from 7pm-3am two teams of police will blanket the West End and Highlawn areas.  There will be 10 cruisers with a Huntington police officer and a state trooper in each car  so they already have backup with them.  In the West End they will concentrate on the Go-Mart which members reported is becoming as bad as the Sunoco on 9th Ave.  The sweep will also Jackson, Jefferson and Madison Ave as well as Coaches Inn.  Krogers and McDonalds are reporting more theft and prostitute activity.  Dial said these police sweeps will match an entire week of 911 calls productivity by just “shaking the bushes.”
Billy Borders asked Dial why all the folks from the demolished project housing were being distributed all around the city.  He felt the “disease” was now spread to more areas.  Dial reported that statistically when all the troublemakers in these projects are concentrated in one area it provides a bigger draw from farther away and the violence is worse when these activities are so concentrated in one spot.

REPORT FROM JEFFERSON NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH BY Stephanie heck
Stephanie Heck has asked the Mayor for a specific policy about neighborhood watch folks can carry concealed weapons.  She is worried about liability concerns..  They have some new folks joining their group.

REPORT FROM Mike “Butch” Runyon
See comments in report by Rosenberger on barge problem.  Butch also gave a special thank you to Hank Dial and the Huntington Police for their latest drug busts in the West End.  He has safety concerns about dead animals and trash pickup.  Apparently the rules have changed so the animals need to be bundled and ready to be collected on the appropriate trash day. 
Other Business – Clean-up was announced for Saturday, April 18.  Meet in the Big Lots Parking Lot at 9 am for trash pick up from our trash cans and then meet at the Gazebo on 14th St. West at 10 am to trim trees and weed.
Meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Leslie Petteys, Mary Day and William “Skip” Campbell




W.H.O.
West Huntington Organization
Minutes for meeting 1-15-2015

In attendance:  Jim Rumbaugh, D. Everett Fullerton, Leslie Petteys, William “Skip” Campbell, Bill Rosenberger, Hank Dial, Kim Stover, Mike “Butch” Runyon, and guest Irv Johnson, County Assessor.
President Jim Rumbaugh called our January meeting to order at the Central United Methodist Church. 
Trash Can Report by Jim Rumbaugh – The cans are being used.  Drilling holes in bottom of cans  and bag was very helpful in letting the water drain out so they weren’t so heavy.
City Council Report by Bill Rosenberger – Bill talked with Public Works Administrator Jim  Insco about sidewalk issues.  As current City Code reads the City owns the sidewalk  property but the homeowner is responsible for the maintenance and replacement of sidewalks.  Insco and Rosenberger are looking at possible changing City Code language.  They also discussed creating a sidewalk restoration fund beginning with $100,000.   The           proposed fund would set aside $25,000 for supplies.  Then homeowners who qualify for financial assistance could apply and the Public Works Division would replace the            sidewalks for these homeowners.  They are reluctant to use the Enforcement Officers to hand out citations for sidewalk violations until they have a solution in place.  D. Everett Fullerton suggested that they also needed to look at many sidewalks that are still not wheelchair accessible in the West End.  He also reported that when people are hired to demolish houses they also tear up the sidewalks and then don’t repair them. 

Mike Runyon also brought up the problem of people parking on the sidewalk which is  also very damaging.

Bill Rosenberger also mentioned they are collecting pothole reports and to send specific locations to him or Jim Insco.  Rosenberger is also collecting names of elderly homeowners who need exterior work done to their homes to submit to the World Changes group for their summer projects.

Police Report by Hank Dial – The Directed Patrol is scheduled to sweep the West End next. This is a patrol including 10 officers and Chiefs Dial and Ciccarelli who blanket a neighborhood from 7pm to 3 am making arrests and giving tickets.  The first such sweep was highly successful.  The police are also working on several drug cases in the West  End as well.  Mike Runyon suggested the police keep an eye on two new businesses in the West End, Gallop and the Biker Bar, as havens for possible drug-related activities.

Jim Rumbaugh reported on $25,000 Habitat for Humanity has that need to be used by January 31available for home repair for homeowners who qualify for financial      assistance.  There is also an ongoing loan program with Habitat for Humanity for  qualified homeowners to do outdoor repair.  Code enforcement officers are including this      information when they write a citation to a homeowner.
County Assessor Irv Johnson asked for concerns or questions pertinent to his Department.

0Hank Dial was asked if his office could generate a list of homeowners and their addresses who  have been burglarized in the past 2 years in the West End.  We could then generate a letter inviting them to attend/join W.H.O. meetings.
Mike Runyon invited those in attendance to come to the Jefferson Avenue Neighborhood  Committee on January 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm at St. Peters Church.  Both Mayor Steve
 Williams and Police Chief Joseph Ciccarelli are scheduled to be in attendance.

Elections were the final order of business.  The following slate was nominated and elected.
    President – Jim Rumbaugh
    Vice-president – Bill Rosenberger
    Treasurer – D. Everett Fullerton
    Secretary – William “Skip” Campbell
This current list of officers should be the only Signatories on the W.H.O. (West Huntington Organization checking account #0184018513 at the Huntington Federal Savings Bank.  Bill Rosenberger will need to go to the bank and fill out a signatory card and Pete Gillespie will need to be removed as he is no longer an officer.  According the by-laws only officers can be signatories on our checking account.
Meeting was adjourned.

West Huntington Organization
Minutes for meeting 5-2-14

In attendance:  Jim Rumbaugh, D. Everett Fullerton, Leslie Petteys and William “Skip” Campbell.

President Jim Rumbaugh called our May meeting to order at the Central United Methodist Church.
Treasurer D. Everett Fullerton brought to our attention that we needed to add new signatories to the W.H.O account because his health has not been good and may not always be available when a check needs to be written.  We nominated and voted to add Jim Rumbaugh and William Campbell to our W.H.O checking account #0184018513 at the Huntington Federal Savings Bank as signatories.
Next we discussed the problems with the Midway Neighborhood group.  The president and founder of this group has moved away and other officers have resigned. No meetings have been held since November.  Because Midway is a sub-group under the umbrella of W.H.O. we decided to work on generating a current mailing list for people who have showed an interest in the past in W.H.O, Midway or the 24th St. West neighborhood groups. Then in the fall determine if we need to have only one main group, W.H.O., or to try and restart the Midway and 24th Street West groups.  Thus we will meet only informally during the summer to collate our information and work to update our Facebook presence, possibly linking to the City of Huntington website, and our website.  We will also discuss if we need to send out a blanket email, text message, traditional mailing or door hanger to as many folks as we can before our next fall meeting.
In our effort to recruit more interest in the West End neighborhood groups we discussed having block parties at 4 or 5 locations in the West End.  We would serve some type of food, perhaps have some live music and a corn hole game. Hopefully a police officer, our city council representative and members of the River to Rail Committee would attend.  We would generate a survey for the folks attending to fill out asking what concerns they have about the West End, possible solutions to problems, to collect email addresses, phone numbers and mailing addresses, and to ascertain their willingness to join a group or to volunteer for various projects.
In order for this to happen we need to identify possible locations, find out if it is possible to get permits for these outdoor meetings, identify possible sponsors for food and get publicity both to advertise the events and to cover them as they are happening.
Another idea for identifying new members is to set up a table at Central City Elementary School during their meeting with parents the day before school, Aug. 4.  The principal Patrick O’Neal has agreed to let us participate in this back-to-school event and/or to send information about WHO home with the students.  Another possible place to meet interested folks or to disperse information would be through Enterprise Child Development Center.  Skip Campbell has connections there he can ask.
We discussed the steps that need to be taken to have the trashcans W.H.O purchased reinstalled near the bus stops already selected. Jim Rumbaugh agreed to meet with James Insco from Public Works to insure these sites are acceptable and to set a date for their installation.
Pete Gillespie our City Council Representative, sent us a message that the City has given the neighborhood groups $2000 each again this year to be used for a project determined by each neighborhood association.  W.H.O has already identified sites to plant additional trees.  These include several crepe myrtles to be planted along Madison Avenue and 5th Street West and evergreens to serve as a screen behind the parking lot for the Gazebo on 14th Street West.  We need to ascertain if this money needs to be spent by July 1, 2014, from Pete Gillespie.

Respectfully submitted,
Leslie Petteys, Secretary Pro Tem



WEST HUNTINGTON ORGANIZATION MEETING MARCH 21ST 2013

Members Present: President-Jim Rumbaugh, Vice President and West Huntington Councilman-Pete Gillispie, , Secretary-Ernie Damron, Neighborhood Institute Representative- Donna Rumbaugh, , Huntington Police Department –Captain Hank Dial, , Mark Conley, Pam Smith, Kandace Smith, Carol Crossan, Joanna Sexton, Eldon McCoy, Butch Bunger, James Baldwin, Breanna Shell from City Planner Office.

The meeting was called to order by Jim Rumbaugh.  The Pledge of Alliance was led by Jim and the opening Prayer was given by Ernie Damron. Minutes of the last meeting was accepted as read.Treasurer Report:  Funds remain the same as last month. Captain Dial reported that request for Grants has been submitted and City of Huntington is in the running with 26 other groups.  Our chances are very good.  The Attorney GenerDecember 20, 2012
WEST HUNTINGTON  ORGANIZATION  METTING
Members Present:  Jim Rumbaugh, President, Donna Rumbaugh, Neighborhood Institute Representative, Pete Gillespie, Vice President and Council Member elect, D. Everett Fullerton, Treasurer, Bruce Adkins, Terri Fullerton, Captain Hank Dial HPD Representative, Jenka Lockwood and Toni Karle, first time members and representing the Midway Neighborhood Watch group.
The meeting was called to order by Jim Rumbaugh at 7 pm.  The Pledge to the Flag was also let by Jim.  Opening Prayer was given by D. Everett Fullerton.
Old Business: Reading of the Nov. 15, 2012 minutes were given by the Treasurer and he also gave the Financial Report of 11/15/2012 meeting had no collections. We have $236.63 in the HFS checking account.
Minutes of the November meeting were reviewed and accepted.  
Captain Dial passed out a 5 page Activity Report on crimes in our area from 1/1/11 to 1/1/12.
It listed by classification the type of crime and the percent of change between the dates. This showed the percent as increase or decrease. It also has two maps attached and by color dots shows were the crimes took place.
New business:
Donna reported the Midway group of Carrington Court Is here to night to join the WHO group. They are presently meeting the first Friday of the month in the FoodFair at 6th Ave and 1st street in their meeting room.
A discussion with the two representatives, Toni Karle and Jenka Lockwood from the Midway Neighborhood Watch that is asking the WHO Inc. to accept the group as a sub group of the West Huntington Org., Inc. and also accept them as new members to the WHO Inc..
Motion by D. Everett Fullerton and second by Pete Gillespie: To allow the “Midway Neighborhood Watch” group to join the West Huntington Organization, Inc. as a body of citizens predominately concerned about the Zoning of the area to C1 Commercial, from First Street to Third Street along the Southside of Sixth Avenue and other areas in the WHO Inc. zone as established by the WHO, Inc. by-laws and may collect monies to fund special projects that would be covered by the WHO, Inc. 501c3 exemption.
Rules regarding Finances:
Being a subgroup of WHO Inc., Midway Neighborhood Watch may collect special monies for projects they will undertake as specified in paragraph above.  These monies will be placed in the WHO Inc. checking account and be dispersed to MNW through a letter signed by MNW Chairperson and one other member. A valid Invoice will need to be submitted before for the 501c3 exemption certificate will be given to the company providing the service.

2.  A letter to WHO Inc., mailed or hand delivered and signed by two Officers of MNW will be
Needed before the Treasurer of WHO Inc. will make a check payable to a provider for items the MNW has voted on at one of their meetings.  This is needed to protect the 501c3 Status of the WHO Inc. .
3. If the MNW stops having regular meetings, the balance of their funds in the WHO Inc. checking account will be made part of the WHO Inc. general fund.

Motion by Donna Rumbaugh and second by Pete Gillespie to accept the Rules regarding finances of the Midway Neighborhood Watch group..
Motion passed by voice vote

At each WHO, Inc. meeting a report by the Treasurer will be given to indicate the balance in the WHO fund and the MNW fund.
Projects discussed for the Spring work sessions are:
Turning empty lots into playgrounds.   Listing streets in the West End that need paving.  Keeping street drains free of debris.
City Ordinance 960.02 will be enforced.  It is unlawful to blow or sweep grass clippings or leaves into the City Streets.  Fines $500 per day per incident. 
No further business to discuss the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m. by Jim Rumbaugh

al supports Huntington as a much needed recipient of this Grant.   Also reported that Heroine is now the number one drug of choice. Because of the way it is being cut and the dosage can be lethal.  Many deaths are being attributed to that.  Larger than ever amounts is being confiscated in the local raids.  Now hiring Police Officer recruits, up to age 40, see Captain Dial if interested. 
Councilman Pete Gillispie presented a plan to purchase trees for the West End.  He has offered to donate a month’s Salary, $600 from his City Council position to help purchase these trees.   He is open to Planting locations and types of trees needed.   Donna Rumbaugh will assist in that decision.

City Wide Clean up days is approaching: Westmoreland group will be April 6th 8-4 pm.  Wes Huntington will be weeks of April 3-4 and 10-13th.   Red, White and Blue project is coming, see Donna to volunteer.   This is also a part of the City beautification project.  JoAnn reported that the 14th Street West group meets Monday 9 am, anyone interested is welcome, meeting at the Historical Association.
Breanna and Brad from the City Planning Office presented maps of the City and has asked the group to label each parcel as to the type it might be:  Residential, Commercial, vacant.   We broke into groups to discuss the City’s assets and liabilities concerning Land use, storm water drainage, and transportation and future possibilities. Several folks took the maps home to do a drive by and mark the usage of each parcel and return that information to Breanna to be recorded. With no further business to discuss the meeting was adjourned.  Next meeting to be Thursday April 17th @ 7 pm


WEST HUNTINGTON ORGANIZATION MEETING FEBRUARY 28TH 2013
Members Present: President-Jim Rumbaugh, Vice President and West Huntington Councilman-Pete Gillispie, Treasurer- D. Everett Fullerton, Secretary-Ernie Damron, Neighborhood Institute Representative- Donna Rumbaugh, Mayor -Steve Williams, Huntington Police Department –Captain Hank Dial, Pastor- Ford Price, Bruce Adkins, Mark Conley, Pam Smith, Mike Bunyan, Joyce Clark, Kandace Smith, Carol Crossan.   Other guests came in late and did not sign the sheet.  Sheet attached to the minutes.
The meeting was called to order by Jim Rumbaugh.  The Pledge of Alliance was led by Jim and the opening Prayer was given by D. Everett Fullerton.  This meeting is dedicated to the loving memory of Terri Fullerton.  Terri’s willingness to serve and her kind nature will be sadly missed by all.
Treasurer Report:  Funds remain the same as last month.  Rules regarding Finances of the WHO and the MNW were submitted by D. Everett and 2nd by Pete, motion carried.  Copy attached to the minutes.
Captain Dial presented Maps showing district 2 crimes broken down by violent crime, firearm crime, property crime and also a list of the Land Bank Properties and their locations.  Copies attached to the minutes.  Captain Dial also reported that the crime that was in the Fairfield West area has now moved to the West End.   Police concentration has increased in the West End via more cruisers patrolling the area and Officers on Bike Patrol.  Grants are in the process to help with this project, but the work has started without waiting on the funds.  This is a commitment by the Police Department and the Mayor’s Office.
Mayor, Steve Williams reported that the River to Rail program is for improvement of the West End Neighborhoods.   These Projects will consist of bringing more small business, extending the Farmers Market along the B & O right of way, cleaning up the entrances to the City from I 64 to Madison and Adams Avenues.  Create Public Art, City Gardens removing houses that have fallen in disrepair.  Power will be given to the Police Officers to write citations for, unkept  lawns, and storage of junk on the front porches and or in the yards.  The Mayor plans to use agencies such as: The National Guard and Public Works to tear down properties that have been abandoned or burned out.  Compliance Officers will make more inspections with the help of the Fire Department to keep residences in compliance.
Pastor- Ford Davis reported that his group is working on a Summer Program for Boys and Girls from the 3rd to 8 th grade.  It will be sports based.  Hopefully to include, Basketball, football, soccer, volley ball and will include lunch.  This will start in June and will be from Monday to Friday each week.   He is working with area organizations to use their facilities.  Such as YMCA, St Clouds, area Churches.  This program will include High School Athletes as Trainers and Mentors.  This will be a Christian based program with Speakers and a Christian message.  Anyone interested should contact Pastor Davis.
Ms. Morbito asked for the support of the WHO group for her planned Bed and Breakfast at 213 West 6th Ave.    The WHO group will not offer support or resistance but individuals are welcome to do so.  Several members of the Carrington Court area expressed their objection.  A meeting will be held at City Council March 19th for those who wish to attend to express their views.
With no further business to discuss the meeting was adjourned.  The next meeting will be March 14th at 7 p.m.


2012


December 20, 2012
WEST HUNTINGTON  ORGANIZATION  METTING
Members Present:  Jim Rumbaugh, President, Donna Rumbaugh, Neighborhood Institute Representative, Pete Gillespie, Vice President and Council Member elect, D. Everett Fullerton, Treasurer, Bruce Adkins, Terri Fullerton, Captain Hank Dial HPD Representative, Jenka Lockwood and Toni Karle, first time members and representing the Midway Neighborhood Watch group.
The meeting was called to order by Jim Rumbaugh at 7 pm.  The Pledge to the Flag was also let by Jim.  Opening Prayer was given by D. Everett Fullerton.
Old Business: Reading of the Nov. 15, 2012 minutes were given by the Treasurer and he also gave the Financial Report of 11/15/2012 meeting had no collections. We have $236.63 in the HFS checking account.
Minutes of the November meeting were reviewed and accepted.  
Captain Dial passed out a 5 page Activity Report on crimes in our area from 1/1/11 to 1/1/12.
It listed by classification the type of crime and the percent of change between the dates. This showed the percent as increase or decrease. It also has two maps attached and by color dots shows were the crimes took place.
New business:
Donna reported the Midway group of Carrington Court Is here to night to join the WHO group. They are presently meeting the first Friday of the month in the FoodFair at 6th Ave and 1st street in their meeting room.
A discussion with the two representatives, Toni Karle and Jenka Lockwood from the Midway Neighborhood Watch that is asking the WHO Inc. to accept the group as a sub group of the West Huntington Org., Inc. and also accept them as new members to the WHO Inc..
Motion by D. Everett Fullerton and second by Pete Gillespie: To allow the “Midway Neighborhood Watch” group to join the West Huntington Organization, Inc. as a body of citizens predominately concerned about the Zoning of the area to C1 Commercial, from First Street to Third Street along the Southside of Sixth Avenue and other areas in the WHO Inc. zone as established by the WHO, Inc. byDecember 20, 2012
WEST HUNTINGTON  ORGANIZATION  METTING
Members Present:  Jim Rumbaugh, President, Donna Rumbaugh, Neighborhood Institute Representative, Pete Gillespie, Vice President and Council Member elect, D. Everett Fullerton, Treasurer, Bruce Adkins, Terri Fullerton, Captain Hank Dial HPD Representative, Jenka Lockwood and Toni Karle, first time members and representing the Midway Neighborhood Watch group.
The meeting was called to order by Jim Rumbaugh at 7 pm.  The Pledge to the Flag was also let by Jim.  Opening Prayer was given by D. Everett Fullerton.
Old Business: Reading of the Nov. 15, 2012 minutes were given by the Treasurer and he also gave the Financial Report of 11/15/2012 meeting had no collections. We have $236.63 in the HFS checking account.
Minutes of the November meeting were reviewed and accepted.  
Captain Dial passed out a 5 page Activity Report on crimes in our area from 1/1/11 to 1/1/12.
It listed by classification the type of crime and the percent of change between the dates. This showed the percent as increase or decrease. It also has two maps attached and by color dots shows were the crimes took place.
New business:
Donna reported the Midway group of Carrington Court Is here to night to join the WHO group. They are presently meeting the first Friday of the month in the FoodFair at 6th Ave and 1st street in their meeting room.
A discussion with the two representatives, Toni Karle and Jenka Lockwood from the Midway Neighborhood Watch that is asking the WHO Inc. to accept the group as a sub group of the West Huntington Org., Inc. and also accept them as new members to the WHO Inc..
Motion by D. Everett Fullerton and second by Pete Gillespie: To allow the “Midway Neighborhood Watch” group to join the West Huntington Organization, Inc. as a body of citizens predominately concerned about the Zoning of the area to C1 Commercial, from First Street to Third Street along the Southside of Sixth Avenue and other areas in the WHO Inc. zone as established by the WHO, Inc. by-laws and may collect monies to fund special projects that would be covered by the WHO, Inc. 501c3 exemption.
Rules regarding Finances:
Being a subgroup of WHO Inc., Midway Neighborhood Watch may collect special monies for projects they will undertake as specified in paragraph above.  These monies will be placed in the WHO Inc. checking account and be dispersed to MNW through a letter signed by MNW Chairperson and one other member. A valid Invoice will need to be submitted before for the 501c3 exemption certificate will be given to the company providing the service.

2.  A letter to WHO Inc., mailed or hand delivered and signed by two Officers of MNW will be
Needed before the Treasurer of WHO Inc. will make a check payable to a provider for items the MNW has voted on at one of their meetings.  This is needed to protect the 501c3 Status of the WHO Inc. .
3. If the MNW stops having regular meetings, the balance of their funds in the WHO Inc. checking account will be made part of the WHO Inc. general fund.

Motion by Donna Rumbaugh and second by Pete Gillespie to accept the Rules regarding finances of the Midway Neighborhood Watch group..
Motion passed by voice vote

At each WHO, Inc. meeting a report by the Treasurer will be given to indicate the balance in the WHO fund and the MNW fund.
Projects discussed for the Spring work sessions are:
Turning empty lots into playgrounds.   Listing streets in the West End that need paving.  Keeping street drains free of debris.
City Ordinance 960.02 will be enforced.  It is unlawful to blow or sweep grass clippings or leaves into the City Streets.  Fines $500 per day per incident. 
No further business to discuss the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m. by Jim Rumbaugh

-laws and may collect monies to fund special projects that would be covered by the WHO, Inc. 501c3 exemption.
Rules regarding Finances:
Being a subgroup of WHO Inc., Midway Neighborhood Watch may collect special monies for projects they will undertake as specified in paragraph above.  These monies will be placed in the WHO Inc. checking account and be dispersed to MNW through a letter signed by MNW Chairperson and one other member. A valid Invoice will need to be submitted before for the 501c3 exemption certificate will be given to the company providing the service.

2.  A letter to WHO Inc., mailed or hand delivered and signed by two Officers of MNW will be
Needed before the Treasurer of WHO Inc. will make a check payable to a provider for items the MNW has voted on at one of their meetings.  This is needed to protect the 501c3 Status of the WHO Inc. .
3. If the MNW stops having regular meetings, the balance of their funds in the WHO Inc. checking account will be made part of the WHO Inc. general fund.

Motion by Donna Rumbaugh and second by Pete Gillespie to accept the Rules regarding finances of the Midway Neighborhood Watch group..
Motion passed by voice vote

At each WHO, Inc. meeting a report by the Treasurer will be given to indicate the balance in the WHO fund and the MNW fund.
Projects discussed for the Spring work sessions are:
Turning empty lots into playgrounds.   Listing streets in the West End that need paving.  Keeping street drains free of debris.
City Ordinance 960.02 will be enforced.  It is unlawful to blow or sweep grass clippings or leaves into the City Streets.  Fines $500 per day per incident. 
No further business to discuss the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m. by Jim Rumbaugh




November 15, 2012
WEST HUNTINGTON  ORGANIZATION  METTING

Members Present:  Jim Rumbaugh, President,  Donna Rumbaugh, Neighborhood Institute Representative, Pete Gillespie, Vice President and Council Member elect,  D. Everett Fullerton, Treasurer, Ernie Damron Secretary, Captain Hank Dial HPD Representative.
The meeting was called to order by Jim Rumbaugh.  The Pledge to the Flag was also let by Jim.  Opening Prayer was given by D. Everett Fullerton.
Old Business:
Minutes of the Sept meeting were reviewed and accepted.  
No one knew the results of the Downtown Churches survey of properties done on  Oct 6th.   The work projects to help with tasks around the homes was to be done Oct 21st.  The projects included light repairs, yard work and some painting.
New business:
Financial report $236.63 in the bank reported by D. Everett
Pete to check on the insurance for the WHO. 
Captain Dial reported a Drug Take Back drop at Police Headquarters in the Lobby.
Crime is down by 12%.
Donna reported the Midway group of Carrington Court Is joining the WHO group. They are presently meeting the first Friday of the month in the FoodFair at 6th Ave and 1st street in their meeting room.
Projects discussed for the Spring are:
Turning empty lots into playgrounds.   Listing streets in the West End that need paving.  Keeping street drains free of depris.
City Ordinance 960.02 will be enforced.  It is unlawful to blow or sweep grass clippings or leaves into the City Streets.  Fines $500 per day per incident. 

No further business to discuss the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m. by Jim Rumbaugh



September 20,2012

WEST HUNTINGTON ORGANIZATON MEETING
MEMBERS AND GUEST PRESENT: Jim Rumbaugh, President.   Donna Rumbaugh, Neighborhood Institute.  Pete Gillespie, Vice President.  D. Everett Fullerton, Treasurer.  Ernie Damron, Secretary.  Guest from Helpington: Monty Fulton, Jim Isaac, Jana Stoner.  Joyce Holland Candidate for House of Delegates.  Chris Baldelli. 
Jim called the meeting to order and lead us in the Pledge to the Flag.  D. Everett gave the opening Prayer.
No old business to discuss.
New Business:
Meet the Candidates meeting is planned at the Westmoreland Women’s Club Oct 15th all are invited to attend.  Refreshments will be furnished.  WHO will provide drinks.
Treasurer Report: $236.63 balance in the bank and no outstanding invoices.
Captain Dial reported to Ernie Damron earlier this month that Police Presence in the West Huntington area has increased.  I have seen on numerous occasions, Police officers on bikes and in cruisers patrolling the area.  Thanks to HPD for their efforts to stop crime in the West Huntington Neighborhood.
Helpington Group (comprised of several downtown Churches, Fifth Ave Baptist, First Presbyterian) reported plans Oct 6th to survey the area from 18th street west to 24th street west and from Adams Ave to the River.  They will be asking each household what they can do to help them with projects around their homes.   The work project will begin Oct 21st .  Other volunteers will be appreciated.  Sign up will be Oct 6th at Central City Elementary.  This is a pilot program and hopefully will spread to the entire City as more Churches and organizations get involved.
Helpington has adopted Central City Elementary School by doing various projects at the School to help.  They are supplying the Children with food backpacks to take home with them each Friday to insure they have food to eat over the weekend. 
Candidate, Joyce Holland, also mentioned she supports the back pack program.   She asked for our vote.  Also Pete Gillespie is running for City Council and he would like our vote.
With no further business to discuss the meeting was adjourned.





March 15th 2012

WEST HUNTINGTON ORGANIZATION MEETING
Members Present: Jim Rumbaugh-President, Pete Gillespie-Vice President, D. Everett Fullerton-Treasurer, Ernie Damron-Secretary, Donna Rumbaugh-President of the Neighborhood Institute, Hank Dial- Captain Huntington Police Department, Guest Speaker-Ernie Barger, Candidates for District 2 Council Seats: Nolan Grubb, Greg Martin & Pete Gillespie.
The meeting was called to order by Jim and the opening Prayer given by D Everett. The minutes of the last meeting with a correction pointed out by Donna: Meet the Candidates night will be at the next meeting, April 19th 6:30p.m.   Motion to accept the minutes with this change was made by Donna and 2nd by D Everett.  Motion carried.
Treasurer report:  $261.63 balance in the account, no expenses last month.  Upcoming invoice for the Neighborhood Institute will be received in April.
Old Business: Voting Precints 1 and 1a will be combined, which will be under City Council district 2.  Update on the 5K run and Festival will be April 14th 2012.  Vendors will have booths set up to education folks about Healthy life style habits, Foods, Exercise & etc.  Booths for information purposes only are free, Vendors selling products, the charge will be $25.  Profits will go for the Paul Ambrose Pathway.
Two area Churches are establishing the Helpington Group, which is a group that will be cleaning up areas around Huntington.  They will need help from the various Neighborhood Groups.  Their plans are to cover the entire City, one Neighborhood at a time.  You can sign up to help or sign up for what and where the clean ups are mostly needed.
Litter-gitter sticks have been ordered, Donna will have more on this to come.
New Business:  Ernie Barger from GoodCents presented the GridSmart plan designed by AEP.  This is a free audit of your home to determine where you can save energy.  The Technician will install at no charge appropriate upgrades like: CFL bulbs, Faucet aerators, low flow showerheads, and pipe wrap.  You will receive energy saving upgrade suggestions and rebates.  They are accepting appointments.
New business:  Pete asked Hank if the HPD were tracking the amount of fires in Huntington.  Seems to be quite high here lately.  Hank says he hopes the new Fire Chief, once settled in his job, will be tracking those in the future and that the HPD stats Department could help with that.
New Business: Captain Hank Dial presented the Huntington Police Department Annual Report. The stats and the reductions are very impressive. We should be proud of their Accomplishments.  All areas of crime has been reduced since 2006.  Property Values in targeted areas has increased because of these reductions.  The HPD has been successful in obtaining outside Grants to finance these programs and they will continue to explore all avenues of funding.  This report is available by logging onto the web site:www.hpdwv.com   HPD has received four award in the past year for their outstanding Service and improved performances in the prevention of crimes.
With no further business to discuss a motion was made by Pete to adjourn and 2nd by Ernie, motion carried, meeting adjourned.
Next meeting April 19th 6:30 p.m.




FEB. 16,2012
WEST HUNTINGTON ORGANIZATION METTING
Members Present: Jim Rumbaugh-President, Donna Rumbaugh- President of the Neighborhood Institute, D. Everett Fullerton-Treasurer, Pete Gillespie-Vice President, Ernie Damron-Secretary, Captain Hank Dial- HPD Representative, Greg Martin.
The meeting was called to order by Jim Rumbaugh.  Jim lead the Pledge to the Flag and the opening Prayer was given by D. Everett.
Old Business:
Minutes of the last meeting were accepted with no changes.
We are still waiting on the City Maps from Jim Baldwin, City Planner, so we can label each parcel of land in the West End of Huntington.  Ex: Single Dwelling, Multi-Dwelling, Business, Vacant Lot.  
Walker Machinery wants to expand to take the north side of west 5th ave.  Still under discussion for approval or find them a nice parcel to relocate in the West End.
Treasurer report: $261.63 balance in the bank as of meeting date.  Only outstanding payable will be from the Neighborhood Institute.  No invoice has been received.
Police Department Report given by Captain Dial.   Weed and Seed program has been such as success in the Fairfield West Community that other Police Departments are interested to see how it works.  They will be visiting Huntington soon.   Captain reported that he has obtained funding for the program to expand to the West Huntington area.   There are 3 openings for Police Officers and 6 more coming up soon.  Funding has allowed Police Cruisers to be equipped with Lap top computers and GPS systems.  Because of this, Officers now have immediate updated information available.  The Stats department, new at the Police Headquarters, pinpoints the type of crime, address, and frequency.  This information is used by the Supervisors as to where the biggest concentration of Officers is needed on each shift.   We are seeing a lot of good things happening with HPD.
Phyllis and Melanie Lee are still in the process of organizing a watch group in the West 9th street area. 
The New Management of Founders Landing at 26th Street West and West 5th ave has invited the WHO to tour the Property.  They have made a complete change there.  Remodeled the inside and outside along with the grounds.  They have created a playground area for the children.  We will make plans for this tour some evening.  Donna will call to set that the time. 
March 15 meeting will be a “Meet the Candidate’s Night”.  It is planned to get the word out by using WSAZ and the Herald Dispatch. Greg Martin and Pete Gillespie will be running for City Council seat representing West Huntington.
Voting Precints 1 and 1A may be combined due to the population changing.  More to come on that.
With no other business to discuss a motion was made to adjourn by Donna and 2nd by Ernie.  Motion carried.  Next meeting will be March 15th 2012.