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HURRICANE COUNCIL NEWS: City Council to Consider Water, Sewer Rate Increases

HMS Boys Tennis team members are Nicholas Castro, Carter Gohlmann, Konnor Hawk, Liam Hodges, Isiah Estep, Hunter Jones, Parker Hewett, Bryce Hastings, and Jacob Cox.
Individual MVAC champions were: #1 Singles Champion – Nicholas Castro; #2 Singles Champion – Carter Gohlmann; #3 Singles Champion – Konnor Hawk; #1 Doubles Champions – Nicholas Castro & Carter Gohlmann; #2 Doubles Champions –Konnor Hawk & Liam Hodges.

The December 4th City of Hurricane Council meeting was a time of recognition for Hurricane Middle and Calvary Baptist athletic teams and a time to act upon several new business issues.

Council honored the Calvary Baptist Academy soccer team for winning the WVCAT Championship. The Brian Ray coached team finished the season with a 12-7 record against a schedule that included public schools. The Soccer Championship was the school’s first since 2009.

The Hurricane Middle Cross Country and Boys Tennis teams were recognized for winning Mid Valley Athletic Conference championships. The HMS Cross Country Team posted a perfect record against West Virginia competition. The Boys Tennis Team’s MVAC Championship was quite an achievement as six of the nine members had never played tennis prior to this year.

Council held the second reading of an ordinance which expands the boundaries of Hurricane’s TIF (Tax Increment Financing) district to include areas near the I-64 Culloden interchange that is under construction.

Council set January 2nd public hearings dates for water and sewer rate increases and held the first reading of “Ordinance of Council Amending, Modifying and Re-enacting Article 939.03 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Hurricane, as revised, Regarding Water Rates and Charges” and first reading of “Ordinance of Council Amending, Modifying and Re-enacting Article 939.14 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Hurricane, as revised, Regarding Sewer Rates and Charges.” The proposed rate increases are projected to be more than 50% for minimum water users.

Council granted approval for city officials to approach the WVDOT regarding the possible purchase of DOT property at the junction of State Routes 19 and 34. The purchase would allow the city to lease the property to Mountain State Waste.

Hurricane Police Chief Mike Mullins reported that a locker search conducted at Hurricane High School during November by the Department’s K-9 officer turned up several jars of marijuana and some counterfeit money. Drug seizures during the month were 9.7 grams of marijuana, 5.5 grams of Meth, 4.3 grams of yellow Fentanyl, 1.7 grams of Blue Fentanyl.

HPD made 8 arrests which were charged to the State and 16 charged to the City. The City arrests included 14 for shoplifting and one for possession of marijuana. The Department issued 146 citations and 157 warnings during the month.

Hurricane City offices will be closed on Monday, December 25th and January 1st for Christmas and New Years. The next council meeting will be Tuesday, January 2nd at 6:30 p.m.

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