City hears recap of successful Strawberry Festival

BUCKHANNON All members of Buckhannon’s City Council met briefly on Thursday to discuss reports from each department.

Shane Jenkins, WV Strawberry Festival President, met with Council to wrap up this past week’s festivities, concluding the 79th Annual WV Strawberry Festival. Although the festival was different this year, Jenkins emphasized that Buckhannon was able to preserve many important traditions during the festival, facilitating a wonderful weekend for Upshur County and beyond. He thanked the festival’s many sponsors and helping hands, including all first responders who provided their safety coverage at the festival.

In addition to a weekend of fun, Community Care of WV was reportedly able to vaccinate over 100 people at their clinic set up on Main Street. All members of Council took turns thanking Jenkins for another successful festival.

Dennis Cortez, head of Parks and Recreation, provided a short report regarding the department’s advisory board meeting. He discussed the ongoing processes of implementing new bike trails, information kiosks, and a disc golf course. As the summer months are approaching, the Parks and Recreation Board will work hard to provide more and more activities and amenities to Buckhannon.

Following, Public Works Director Jerry Arnold added that his department is continuing the construction project on North Spring Street, as well as working to repair fire hydrants around town.

Finance Director Amberle Jenkins reviewed the City of Buckhannon’s budget with Council, highlighting their expenditures, transactions, and bills. Council approved the financial report as presented.

Next, Police Chief Matt Gregory discussed the Buckhannon Police Department’s monthly reports. Their CALEA accreditation process was completed after much time, providing the BPD with a wonderful, thorough report indicating zero compliance issues. This report will soon be available for the public to review. In addition, Gregory added that there were no issues at the Strawberry Festival this year, allowing the event to be enjoyed by all. Lastly, he added the possible dates of two new officers graduating from the academy—James Fisher and Jacob Garrison. Following their completion, they will begin training with the BPD.

Concluding the meeting, City Attorney Tom O’Neill provided the second of three readings regarding Ordinance No. 451, relating to water fees in City Limits. The ordinance will be discussed and voted upon during City Council’s next regular meeting on Thursday, June 3 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.


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