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Elkins sets trick or treat times

September 18, 2009

Elkins City Council did not have discussion on waiving competitive bids for the purchase of police cars, rescheduling the council meetings in October, employee travel or employment status of Peggy blosser or Wendy Williams before passing the measures. However, council members did spend more than 30 minutes discussing Halloween trick or treat times on Thursday.

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Marilynn Cuonzo made a motion for trick or treat to be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31 for children ages 12 and younger. Councilman Rob Beckwith, 1st Ward, immediately stated that he wanted the times to be earlier.

"We did this several years ago to start it earlier for the safety of children," Beckwith said. "I think this start time is too late."

Councilman Carman Metheny, 3rd Ward, said at one time the times for trick or treat was 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

"How does 6 p.m. to 7:30 sound?" Beckwith asked.

Beckwith also asked Elkins Police Captain J.E. Batdorf about the times. Batdorf said the more daylight the better because it makes safer conditions. Second Ward Councilman Tom Hensil said he believes an hour's worth of time is sufficient.

"We need to set the times and leave it to the parents on how long their children are out," Metheny said.

Beckwith said in 1st Ward there is a lot of traffic and more daylight would be better. Beckwith made a motion to amend the times to 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Councilman Bob Woolwine, 1st Ward, seconded the motion. Elkins Mayor Duke Talbott called for a vote on the matter and several no votes could be heard. Talbott ruled the yes votes won.

Council then had to vote on the amended motion. Talbott called for the vote and again several no votes were heard and Talbott ruled in favor of the no votes. Beckwith challenged the Talbott's ruling and Woolwine again seconded. A roll call vote was called for and Cuonzo, Metheny and Nanci Bross-Fregonara voted against the motion. The motion carried 5-3 and trick or treat times were set for 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Fifth Ward Councilmen Jim Bibey and Danny Satterfield were not present during the meeting.



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