City Council proclaims April 1 “Take Down Tobacco Day”


BUCKHANNON — Thursday’s Buckhannon’s City Council meeting began with Mayor Robbie Skinner recognizing Dr. Joseph Reed’s proclamation declaring April 1 as “Take Down Tobacco Day.” The purpose of observing this anti-tobacco day is to advocate against the use of tobacco for both users, and non-users. Council members showed their support by holding signs designed by local students in grades 2-5.

Following, Jody Light presented and outlined the details regarding the 2021 Almost Heaven BBQ Rib Bash coming to Buckhannon on May 1. Cash prizes will be offered to in-state and out-of-state BBQ teams attending and participating. The event will showcase competition BBQ, Bingo, vendors, games, and much more. City Council approved a $2,000 donation to the BBQ Rib Bash and approved the proposed itinerary for May 1.

Jerry Arnold began the board reports with a brief update on the Consolidated Public Works department. Crews continue to work on repairs, installations and renovation projects. Arnold notified the Council that a crew will be coming in within the next few days to clean sidewalks around town.

Reports continued with Amberle Jenkins reviewing the City’s budget and expenses. She proposed opening a separate bank account for the funds from the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act. The motion was approved unanimously by Council members.

Buckhannon Fire Department Chief JB Kimble briefly discussed the department’s monthly report, going over the number of fire responses, accidents, alarms, etc. for the past month. BFD also continues their accreditation process, as City Council continues their efforts to fund three additional full-time firefighters. If their grant request is not accepted, the firefighters will be funded through money received from the 2021 CARES Act reimbursement.

Tabled for the following meeting, Council is set to appoint members of the Colonial Theatre Board in Buckhannon.

The next City Council meeting will be held on Thursday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.

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