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Focusing on Huntsville’s future: An update on TIF districts

April 8, 2021 Click to view Focusing on Huntsville’s future: An update on TIF districts

For more than a decade, the City of Huntsville has successfully financed many major improvement projects by using Tax Increment Financing, better known as TIFs. They have helped provide schools, roads, and other infrastructure to support economic development and growth. In Thursday night’s Huntsville City Council meeting, the City’s Finance Director, Penny Smith, provided an update on the City’s six TIF districts. “The TIFs are performing very well and they have played [more]

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Huntsville Extends Face Cover Requirements in City Buildings

April 8, 2021 Click to view Huntsville Extends Face Cover Requirements in City Buildings

The City of Huntsville will require employees and the public to wear face coverings in all City buildings, Mayor Tommy Battle announced Thursday during a news conference at City Hall. Though Alabama’s Safer at Home Order expires Friday, April 9, the City decided to continue its face covering protocols until further notice. There are several exceptions, however, for essential job functions, such as eating or drinking, working outdoors or to enhance communication. “We [more]

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City of Huntsville Municipal Offices Closed for Good Friday

March 29, 2021 Click to view City of Huntsville Municipal Offices Closed for Good Friday

The City of Huntsville’s municipal offices and Municipal Court will be closed Friday, April 2, in observance of Good Friday. City offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, April 5. Huntsville Transit will operate a normal schedule for both Orbit fixed-route buses and Access paratransit services. Because garbage collection occurs Monday-Thursday, there will be no change to service. Recycling will also not be affected. All Huntsville Parks & Recreation facilities are closed, except the [more]

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Johnson Legacy Center to include new urban park

March 25, 2021 Click to view Johnson Legacy Center to include new urban park

Just seven months after cutting the ribbon on the new Johnson Legacy Center (JLC) in northwest Huntsville, the City is moving forward with plans to add an urban park to the campus. At the request of Mayor Tommy Battle, City Council approved a contract with Bostick Landscape Architects to design a new outdoor park adjacent to the JLC. “As we start this second phase, I am excited to see, yet again, the [more]

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Mayor Battle appoints new directors for Parks & Recreation, Parking & Public Transit

March 25, 2021 Click to view Mayor Battle appoints new directors for Parks & Recreation, Parking & Public Transit

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle on Thursday announced the appointments of Bernita Reese as director of Huntsville Parks & Recreation and Quisha Riche as director of Parking & Public Transit. The Mayor’s recommendations were unanimously approved by the City Council. Reese fills the spot left vacant following Steve Ivey’s recent retirement, while Riche replaces Tommy Brown, who retires in June. Bernita Reese Bernita Reese Reese comes to Huntsville from Columbus, Ohio, where she has served [more]

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Strong showing by Huntsville Transit operators in statewide competition

March 12, 2021 Click to view Strong showing by Huntsville Transit operators in statewide competition

Five Huntsville Transit operators were among those who placed at the 2021 Alabama RTAP Bus & Paratransit Roadeo competition at Lakepoint State Park in Eufaula on March 5-6. In the Large Bus division, Alvin Franklin placed first, Reychal Lewis placed second and Modjeska Eldridge placed fourth. All three employees are fixed-route bus operators for Huntsville Orbit. Five Huntsville Transit bus operators competed in the 2021 Alabama RTAP Bus & Paratransit Roadeo competition [more]

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Adopt a Pet for $5

March 4, 2021 Click to view Adopt a Pet for $5

Those who have a home to offer a furry friend can adopt one March 4 – 5  for the low cost of $5. Huntsville Animal Services (HAS) is offering the promotion as part of its Adopt-A-Day sponsorship event. The $5 fee includes the same amenities as the regular adoption package – shots, spay/neuter surgery, microchip and a City license. Some pets may be exempt from the two-day special. The Adopt-A-Day promotion is [more]

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This weekend only, bring home a new best friend for $5

February 25, 2021 Click to view This weekend only, bring home a new best friend for $5

Looking for a new best friend? Look no further than Huntsville Animal Services (HAS), which will offer a $5 adoption fee on all homeless dogs and cats Feb. 26-27. The $5 fee includes the same amenities as the regular adoption package – shots, spay/neuter surgery, microchip and a City license. Some pets may be exempt from the two-day special. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity. If you’re unable to adopt a [more]

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Outdoor pets at risk in subfreezing conditions

February 16, 2021 Click to view Outdoor pets at risk in subfreezing conditions

When extreme winter weather hits, we often remember to check on family members and homebound residents, but pets are sometimes left out in the cold. For those wondering if this week’s cold weather is too much for outdoor pets to handle, Huntsville Animal Services Director Dr. Karen Sheppard has a simple rule of thumb to remember: “If you’re cold, they’re cold.” This week’s subfreezing temperatures puts outdoor pets at serious risk. Owners [more]

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City offices remain closed due to inclement weather 

February 16, 2021 Click to view City offices remain closed due to inclement weather 

HUNTSVILLE, AL – City of Huntsville municipal offices, including Municipal Court, will be closed today due inclement winter weather. Offices will reopen Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 8 a.m. Notices will be sent to the public via the City Alerts system, local media, and City of Huntsville social media. Transit   Orbit routes are operating at Saturday-level service, so buses will run just once an hour as opposed to every 30 minutes. Service will also end at 7 p.m., instead [more]

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