SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- South Charleston City Council has designated Thursday, Oct. 31, as trick-or-treat night in the city.
Hours will be 6 to 8 p.m., according to Mayor Frank Mullens' proposal, which council approved Thursday evening.
In other action, council:
■ Approved closing D Street from 2nd Avenue to the Mound for one hour today for South Charleston High School's homecoming parade. Mullens said the parade would start at 6 p.m.
■ Gave final approval to an ordinance that gives away an unused portion of an alley between McDonald Street and Park Avenue in Spring Hill to help pave the way for a Sheetz gasoline station and convenience store. The ordinance declares that the portion of the alley to be vacated is not frequently used, is not needed for transportation, is not used by the public generally for vehicular or pedestrian through traffic, and is of no value to the public or the city.
Mullens thanked Fire Chief John Taylor and his department for their work during the shelter in place following a leak and fire at the Clearon plant earlier this week.
"You guys took what could have been a bad situation and worked it professionally and the community appreciates it," Mullens said.
Following the meeting, Mullens was asked why a notice of the lifting of the shelter-inplace was posted on the city's Internet application but the event itself was not announced on the application.
He said each department head is responsible for posting information about events involving their department but when the Clearon leak occurred, Taylor was busy with his firefighting duties. In addition, the city is in the process of changing application vendors.
Mullens said the lack of a notice on the application is a glitch that will be fixed. The mayor said B.G. Hamrick of Scott Depot has already been hired to help the city post public notifications.
In addition, there will be follow-up meetings about the city's response to the leak to determine what went right and what could be improved, he said.
Council's next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at City Hall on D Street.