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Huntington, WV – It is not “water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink” in downtown Huntington.
It may be a case of “restrooms, restrooms everywhere, but not a one unlocked” instead.
There’s no disagreement among public officials. Each one of those contacted for this story agree: a shortage of available, open to the public restrooms is a problem downtown.
But after considerable study and discussion, no consensus on addressing the problem has been reached.
However, Councilwoman Tia “Fix” Rumbaugh is spearheading efforts to address the problem.
She says numerous good ideas have been suggested but not everyone agrees with the possible solutions. The major factor surrounding the opening of public restrooms is the misuse of the space by vagrants and drug users.
Rumbaugh says government decisions regarding such issues should “not be based on fear but on love instead.” Councilwoman Tia Rumbaugh
There are several public bodies such as TTA and the Greater Huntington Parks & Recreation District looking at the situation and most have a stake in a satisfactory outcome.
Rumbaugh told us she is definitely considering portable restrooms at least on a temporary basis, but is still open to new suggestions. Other members of Council agreed.
This is an ongoing story that we will update.
Meanwhile, Councilwoman Rumbaugh can be reached at 304-710-1143 or TiaFixHuntington@gmail.com. She noted that she welcomes your input.