Trick or Treating

A family troops through the rain for Halloween fun in this file photo. Halloween will be held on Saturday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.

PRINCETON — The setting up of parameters for Halloween Trick-or-Treating and a recognition of Christian Heritage Week were among the main items of business at Tuesday’s Princeton City Council meeting at the Princeton Municipal Building.

Mayor David Graham opened the meeting by reading a proclamation declaring November 22-28 as “Christian Heritage Week” in the City of Princeton. The tradition was started statewide in 1992 by then-Gov. Gaston Caperton.

As for trick-or-treating, Councilman Jim Hill, with a second from Councilwoman Jacqueline Rucker, moved that Halloween hours be 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 in the city. There will be no formal organized celebrations held, masks and social distancing will be required and the celebration will depend on future actions by Governor Jim Justice.

In other news:

Rucker moved, with a second by Councilman Joe Allen, to authorize City Manager Mike Webb to move forward with the West Main Street sidewalk project in cooperation with the West Virginia Department of Highways. The project will be funded by a $167,200 Transportation Enhancement Act grant with matching funding from the city.

On motion of Rucker and second by Councilman Dewey Russell, Allen was made one of two voting members from Council on the Parks And Recreation Board.

Fire Chief Chad Bailey said that testing to fill a vacancy on the PFD would be starting tomorrow with physical testing.

Police Chief Tim Gray said that another cooperative SWAT team exercise was held with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department.

He added that the department was also beginning to fill vacancies created by departed officers.

Councilman Marshall Lytton moved, with a second by Rucker, to approve the September city financial report.

The annual fire and police pension board reports were approved on motion of Lytton and second by Vice Mayor Jim Harvey.

The November meeting for the three Council committees was set for Friday, November 6, starting at 1 p.m. The regular meeting of Council will be Monday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m. The motion was made by Lytton and seconded by Rucker.

A nomination of Chuck Autrey to the Princeton Health Care Center board was approved by a 5-2 roll call vote. Lytton, who made the motion, and Russell, who seconded, were joined by Allen, Harvey and Graham as “yes” voters, while Hill and Rucker voted no.

Two items on the agenda were tabled for further study on respective motions by Lytton and seconds by Russell and Harvey.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at

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