BUCKHANNON – Buckhannon City Council met in the council chamber on Thursday to hear reports from each department and vote on strategic city issues. All members were present except for Council member David Thomas.
At the start of the meeting, Jody Light informed the Board of BBQ Almost Heaven’s upcoming Spooktacular event, scheduled for October 30th. Due to COVID, the event has unfortunately been reduced to a competition day that Saturday, and drive-through meals will be tentatively available on November 6. City Council provided Light with $ 2,000 in funding for the event. Dates, times and prices will be published once finalized.
Next, Tammy Reger, Executive Director of the Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce, addressed the Council. She informed them that fundraising for the House’s annual awards ceremony will be held virtually this year, due to the recent increase in COVID cases. One of the awards to be presented — Business Woman of the Year — still needed a sponsor, so Council agreed to donate $ 1,000 for the award.
Next, WVU local extension agent and 4-H leader Craig Presar spoke on behalf of National 4-H Week. Presar is working with the WVU Extension Office to advocate for the involvement of 4-H as it is the largest positive youth development organization in the world. Presar has requested the use of Jawbone Park and City Park for possible upcoming 4-H events later in the month. Council approved his request and Presar ensured that the information would be forwarded when the plans were finalized.
The Buckhannon Christmas Decorating Committee asked to create an “Old Fashioned Christmas” theme this year, and requested $ 5,000 to purchase and hang lights, wreaths, banners, trees and more. Supporting the idea that these decorations can be used for several years due to the theme, Council approved the funding.
Chief Financial Officer Amberle Jenkins reported to Council regarding last month’s bill payments, expenses, grant totals and project budgets. Revising the budget with the new funding adopted at the meeting, its financial report was approved.
Concluding the service’s reports, Buckhannon Fire Department Chief JB Kimble presented his report to City Council. All members congratulated and thanked Kimble and his exceptional team of firefighters for their bravery and work in putting out the Main Street fire on Tuesday. It is estimated that 1.3 million gallons of water were used to put out the raging fire, which luckily caused no serious injuries or deaths. With the help of BFD, Buckhannon Police Department, many departments in surrounding districts and counties, Water Board, Waste Board, Public Works, community members and business owners , Buckhannon was able to work together to put out the flames and save the Main Street. . In the BFD report, Kimble also explained that they answered more than 1,000 calls in 2021 alone, in addition to visiting more than 600 students to teach fire prevention.
The next municipal council meeting will take place on Thursday, October 21 at 7 p.m. in the council chamber.