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City Council holds-off on Trick-or-Treating decision

By Gabriella Brown

How Trick-or-Treating in Westover will be held safely this year is yet to be determined.

During Monday night’s Westover City Council meeting, council unanimously voted to make the decision over how Trick-or-Treating will be conducted during its next meeting. Mayor Dave Johnson said the additional time will allow council to make an educated decision on the safest way to hold the event.

Jason Stinespring, director of public works, said the Morgantown Mall plans to hold a drive-thru event. The event will feature stands with various characters, including superheroes and princesses, and at the end children will receive candy.

Bids for a new garbage truck were also discussed. The council unanimously voted to accept an offer from West Virginia Tractor, the cheapest option out of the three bids, at about $125,000.

Interim Police Chief John Morgan said the Mon-Metro Drug Task Force conducted a drug raid in Westover last week. Councilman Ralph Mullins said the drug task force is continuing to conduct drug raids within Westover, and during last week’s raid, about 34 grams of Fentanyl was uncovered.

“That is enough to kill the entire population of Westover three or four times over,” Mullins said.

He said he hopes council and the Westover Police Department will find a way to work together with the drug task force.

“Why we would not elect to participate is beyond me,” Mullins said. “People are dying, and a lot of the people who are selling this stuff live right here in Westover.” 

Morgan said discussion over joining the task force can be revisited in the future.

Council unanimously voted to hold off on making a decision regarding the ordinance annexation of Solomon Road located in Monongalia County. Council determined it would be best to wait until an estimate of how much the road will cost to repair is available.

The next city council meeting is set to be held at 6 p.m. on Oct. 19.

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