City officials have given the green light for Halloween trick-or-treating.
City police chief Bob Dunham went before members of the Board of Works on Monday asking that they go ahead and set suggested trick-or-treating times for 5-8 p.m. both Oct. 30 and 31.
While Halloween is still about a month away, Dunham said the police department’s phones have already begun ringing off the hook from locals wanting to know — in this time of COVID — whether or not youngsters will be able to go door-to-door seeking treats.
And while the answer is yes, Dunham said there will be additional rules in place this year in an effort to keep everyone safe.
Everyone opting to trick-or-treat this year will be asked to stay at least six feet apart from all other groups.
Trick-or-treaters, too, are asked to wear masks as are local residents giving out candy.
Residents are also asked to refrain from letting youngsters pick out their own candy from a large bowl, and they are encouraged to wear gloves as they pass out treats.
Mayor Joe Yochum said he spoke with county health officer Dr. Alan Stewart recently who gave his blessing to allowing kids to trick-or-treat but with these guidelines in place.
“And I think people who are uncomfortable probably aren’t going to pass out candy anyway and will keep their porch lights off,” said board member Mark Hill.
Anyone with questions about trick-or-treating rules or hours can call the Vincennes Police Department at 812-882-1630.
In other business, city engineer John Sprague said an ongoing state-funded repaving effort has hit a snag.
The city early this year received $233,000 from the state’s Community Crossings Matching Grant program; when combined with a full match, it resulted in $460,000 in infrastructure repair.
That project is currently underway and focuses on Reel Avenue from Second to Chestnut streets as well as Upper 11th Street from Wabash Avenue to St. Clair Street.
Also included is First Street from Reel to Swartzel avenues, and Parke Street from Eberwine to Swartzel avenues as well as concrete Roads Arbor Drive, Clodfelter Drive and Perdue Road from River Road to Sixth Street.
And while most of it is done, Crews pouring the asphalt roads, Sprague told the board, were set to move over to Reel Avenue and Upper 11th Street only to find that Vectren hadn’t yet replaced the gas lines there yet as part of the utility’s multi-year upgrade effort.
That section of Upper 11th was scheduled to be done by Vectren early this year, which is why it was included on the city’s CCMG application; they make it a point only to repave roads Vectren has already done so as not to see them torn up later.
“So we’ve decided to pull the asphalt there from this year and move it to the spring,” he said of Upper 11th, adding that Vectren is going to move those two blocks to their very first project of 2021.
And since Reel Avenue is in such close proximity to that stretch of Upper 11th, the city has opted to hold off on doing it until 2021 as well.
Vectren is, however, going to come through and fill in large gaps in the pavement left behind by the replacement of concrete curbs and curb ramps all along where the city planned to repave.
“So we can get through the winter without any ponding or icing there,” Sprague said.
And in other business, the mayor swore in the city’s newest firefighter, Alex Smith, a graduate of Lincoln High School, who also graduated from the fire science program at Vincennes University.
Smith is the son of Tim Smith, chief of the Vincennes Township Fire Department, where he worked until recently.