City approves hire of CAC Managing Director

City Planning Commission President Susan Aloi

BUCKHANNON — Colonial Theatre Board President John Waltz attended the Buckhannon City Council meeting on July 15 to inquire about the possibility of adding a paid position at the newly-named Colonial Arts Center. 

Waltz said the Board recommends hiring for the position of a Managing Director. As of now, the Colonial Theatre Board consists of all unpaid, volunteer positions. “We’ve explored all the things that could—or we hope will happen in there—it cannot be managed by volunteers,” Waltz expressed. He said the Board is seeking someone who can oversee facility scheduling, maintenance, and supervision. 

City Council approved the job position inquiry, although no official salary or application process has been decided. Stay tuned for more information once the job is posted.

Following, City Planning Commission President Susan Aloi reported on their June 15 meeting, regarding the use of the Madison St. property (the old Chase Bank drive thru). Aloi read Council a list of ideas for the suggested repurposing of the property, which included a green space, picnic tables, skateboard park, ice skating rink, restrooms, Pickle Ball, and event expansion. 

Several ideas were ruled out due to the flood zone and zoning regulations; however, several ideas may be combined into one big plan. A group of Buckhannon-Upshur High School students also attended the meeting to advocate for a Skate Park, providing plans and blueprints for consideration. Although no official plans were discussed or approved, the City of Buckhannon and Planning Commission will continue to gather feedback from the community and work towards repurposing the space. 

Beginning department reports, Jerry Arnold updated Council on Consolidated Public Works. Arnold said the sidewalks on North Kanawha Street are now complete, and the Spring Street project continues making progress. Waste Collection is currently undergoing truck repairs and looking for a licensed CDL driver for hire.

Next, Amberle Jenkins briefly updated Council with a financial report, reading balance, payment of the bills, and General Funds budget adjustments. 

Buckhannon Police Department’s Chief Matthew Gregory concluded the City Council meeting with great news—BPD is now officially CALEA accredited. A process that has been ongoing for years, Gregory received the news the same morning that the department received 100% full accreditation. He anticipates receiving the formal award in August. Read more about BPD’s CALEA accreditation in Tuesday’s edition of The Record Delta. The BPD is also accepting applications for an additional police officer. 

The next City Council meeting will take place on August 3 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.

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