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Buckhannon Trick or Treat slated

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BUCKHANNON ­­– Citing the Upshur County Commission’s decision to set trick-or-treat hours, Buckhannon’s mayor recommended Buckhannon City Council follow suit during Thursday’s Buckhannon City Council meeting.

Mayor Robbie Skinner said, “I was more inclined to say we don’t do this, but the county commission has set trick-or-treat for the county during the same time. From a logistical standpoint, the City of Buckhannon is located within Upshur County. I think it creates a lot of confusion and frustration on the part of folks if the county can do it and the city cannot, even though we are all part of the same community.”

At its Oct. 8 meeting, the Upshur County Commission voted 3-0 to allow trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 in the county but to encourage CDC guidelines and social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Thursday, councilman C.J. Rylands moved to approve city trick-or-treat hours from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31. Councilwoman Pam Cuppari seconded the motion which passed with councilman Dave Thomas voting no.

Skinner said, “I know our numbers are not great, but I would like to remind everyone that this activity has always been voluntary. It’s not something that is required. You are not required to go trick-or-treating and you are not required to give out candy.”

Skinner said he believed the council should recommend those going trick-or-treating follow CDC guidelines and stress not to congregate in large groups.

“Please, just know you don’t have to participate,” he said.

Thomas asked if the county commission had conferred with Skinner before making their decision.

Skinner said, “We did talk about it and I had communicated with them prior to the Oct. 1 meeting that I thought we should delay the decision until tonight.”

The council tabled their decision Oct. 1 after Skinner recommended waiting to see what the COVID-19 case numbers were. Upshur County Schools have been remote learning only for the last two weeks.

Skinner said he talked to a commissioner after their vote.

“I don’t want to be at odds and I don’t want to create confusion in our community,” he said.

“That’s a big reason for my recommendation to go ahead and follow their lead with this.”

Thomas said, “I think it is very sad that we couldn’t have done this together, rather than they do it before we have an opportunity to discuss it ourselves. I think this is one more example of county commission and city council not working together when they should. I have an issue with that and it’s disappointing.

Skinner said, “I hear you. I thought we were going to make a decision more in-line together. Again, I have talked to them since then. I think it’s just best if we just do this together and leave it up to everybody’s individual choice to determine whether they want to participate or not.”

City recorder Randy Sanders said, “I would suggest we put those CDC guidelines on our website just to remind people that while we are voting on this in the affirmative that we do recommend that people do take precautions in doing so.”

Visit www.buckhannonwv.org for a release on trick-or-treat that includes the CDC recommendations.

Sanders said he voted yes “with trepidation.”

“Please be careful; take precautions,” he said.

Upshur County Family Resource Network is hosting a drive-in trunk-or-treat at the Buckhannon-Upshur High School parking lot loop form 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Attendees are encouraged to dress up and wear a mask. Organizations wishing to set up a trunk a pass out treats should contact FRN director Lori Ulderich Harvey at upshurfrn@yahoo.com or 304-473-1051 or call Jewel Fisher at 304-472-4466.

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