BUCKHANNON – Start shopping for your kids’ costumes because that candy-collecting time of year is fast approaching.
At its regular meeting Thursday, Buckhannon City Council voted to set trick-or-treating hours from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31 within Buckhannon city limits.
“We started doing a hour and a half a couple years ago, and the little hobgoblins seem to enjoy that extra half hour,” mayor David McCauley said. The Upshur County Commission has not yet set county trick-or-treating hours.
In other news, McCauley and public works director Jerry Arnold updated council on a new project at the Riverwalk involving the installation of a larger pavilion near the northernmost portion of the boat ramp parking lot. The mayor noted the Consolidated Public Works Board recommended the adoption of the project at its Aug. 24 meeting.
Arnold said, “With the creation of the dog park and music on the river and just the walk trail in general, those things have established more people utilizing the Riverwalk trail. It’s a pretty big draw. We currently do not have a pavilion facility on the walk trail, so what that would do is provide that facility off of one corner of the boat ramp parking area.”
Arnold characterized the pavilion project as “just an expansion of the current park,” saying “it just makes sense” to install the pavilion.
McCauley noted the pavilion will likely be 30-by-40 feet, making it capable of accommodating 50 to 100 people for events like family reunions. The facility could even be utilized as an outdoor classroom by West Virginia Wesleyan College during the day, the mayor said.
Councilman CJ Rylands recommended the city solicit the input of city architect Bryson VanNostrand.
“We should also add some kind of artistic element to this, and make sure it’s still functional if it’s raining,” Rylands said.
In other infrastructure-related news, Arnold said that the city is on the cusp of receiving official notification that it’s the recipient of a large grant award. However, he was unable to disclose further details.
“We’ve received unofficial notification that we will be the recipient of a significant grant award,” Arnold said. “I know that’s elusive, but it’s dependent on when the governor schedules the official announcement, and we can’t divulge the information on the project or the amount, but I will say that it’s a very significant project.”
Before adjourning, council also:
p Tabled Ordinance No. 419, an ordinance calling for a sewer rate increase because city attorney Tom O’Neill was unable to make revisions due to illness.
p Approved on second and final reading Ordinance No. 420, an ordinance amending the Animal Care and Control Act to allow for an off-leash area in the city’s new dog park.
p Appointed councilman David Thomas, Richard Clemens, Nancy Shobe and finance and administrative director Amberle Jenkins to the city’s Audit Procurement Committee. The committee will be authorized to select a CPA (certified public accountant) for three years.
p Jenkins advised any crafters interested in securing slots during the city’s Fall Fest on Saturday, Sept. 30 to contact city hall at 304-472-1651. Slots will be available in the Stockert Youth Center gymnasium. All proceeds will benefit the SYC Capital Campaign.
p City fire chief Jim Townsend announced an inaugural Public Safety Expo, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Tractor Supply parking lot.