Residents want to bring “Light up Night” back to Paden City
Miranda Corcoran appeared before Paden City Council Monday to seek the city’s support to have a light up night on the first Friday in December, Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m., in Centennial Park.
She said a group of people, herself included, wanted to bring back the tradition that previously took place at Pineapple Park, located across state Route 2 from WesBanco. However, the tree on that lot that was used in the past is now too large to be effectively decorated.
“We want your permission to do that and bring a tradition back,” said Corcoran. Councilman John Staggers made a motion to that effect, but Councilman Joel Davis III noted that while he was in favor of the action, it wasn’t on the agenda and therefore could not be enacted. With that dilemma, council told Corcoran to move forward with her plans and the council would approve it at their next regular meeting to be held on Dec. 1. Their action is anticipated to include some street closures around the park for the event.
Recorder Tammy Billiter offered that there is a large artificial tree stored in the municipal building that could be used in Centennial Park. Also, they have many lights available too.
Corcoran said the Paden City High School band is willing to perform at the event and they are hoping to get the Paden City Elementary School choir there too.
The town’s sewer remediation project should be “shovel ready” by mid- to late-summer. Prior to that work, the city wants to be ready to do some work on the water system at the same time.
Council unanimously approved the purchase and installation of three water valves in preparation of future infrastructure work.
Josh Billiter said they will be replaced at the intersections of Jackson Street and state Route 2, Work Street and state Route 2, and Jefferson Street and Seventh Avenue. With those in place, they can lay new water lines when sewer line work is being done.
“This will service the citizens a lot better,” said Hopkins, noting it will make the city more able to isolate water outages for repairs.
Relatedly, Hopkins said Monroe Street will be completely replaced once the sewer project is completed. He said they will possibly put it back with a concrete curb and blacktop, but that is up to the street committee.
In another street matter, council unanimously approved the second reading of request from the state road department to eliminate all parking on Robinson Street from Fourth to Seventh Avenues.
“They are concerned there will be a bad accident,” noted Hopkins.
Council also passed the first reading of an ordinance that will allow children age 12 and under to ride their bicycle on the sidewalk as long as they are properly wearing a helmet and must be careful not to interfere with persons walking on the sidewalk. A $50 fine per violation of the ordinance is laid out in the measure.
A few police department matters were addressed.
The city will look into purchasing a video camera for the cruiser that does not have one. They noted that only one is needed as they already have one and the white cruiser does not need one as it is only used for transportation.
“It’s a liability thing,” noted Staggers of the need for the video documentation.
Hopkins said the city will talk to Miller Communications and find out more information, then conduct a phone poll later.
They pre-approved the purchase of a digital camera, up to $200, to better record evidence.
And finally, Officer Tim Shreve was promoted, garnering an additional $1 per hour in pay. “I think he’s worthy of us looking at a promotion,” noted Postlethwait at the beginning of the discussion.
Council also set another promotion in motion as they approved the first of two readings to name Josh Billiter as the water street maintenance superintendent. This does not involve a pay raise.
Finally, Tom Trader of the park and pool committee said the Haunted Trail was a huge success. He thanked several volunteers and city employees for their work in making it go so smoothly, and to the fire department for staying by the railroad tracks and handing out candy there.
He said 23 stations showed up out of 25 that had committed to the event. They sold 563 tickets for the event, netting $1,126. Added to that was $200 in donations for candy that was never used. That meant the trail resulted in a $1,324 profit for the park and pool fund.