Please join Mayor Van Broughton and the City of Elkins in celebrating WV Heroes Day on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Reach out and thank anyone you may recognize as a hero, including fire, police, emergency medical personnel, 911 dispatchers and first responders. These people make a difference in our lives every day.
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, the Randolph County Solid Waste Authority and Weston Tire and Recycling are jointly sponsoring tire recycling days. Up to ten (10) tires per load will be accepted from each driver presenting a valid license. The dates, times and locations for drop off are as follows:
- August 25, 2017, 8a – 4p @ Leslie Bros. Equipment in Norton
- August 26, 2017, 8a – 4p @ Tygart Valley Sanitation in Dailey
The beginning of the new school year is approaching. Whether it’s preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, or college, the start of school means increased pedestrian and vehicle traffic in neighborhoods and around schools throughout the City of Elkins. Traffic safety is a high priority for the City of Elkins Police Department. We want to remind commuters, parents, students, pedestrians, and bicyclists to:
- STOP for any school bus that has lights and “stop arm” activated to load and unload children. Drivers must STOP in both directions. It is illegal to pass a stopped bus that is loading or unloading children.
- Be alert when around school zones.
- Leave earlier to accommodate the increased congestion and delay surrounding school start and end times.
- Familiarize yourself, and your children, with laws and safety tips related to school buses, school zones, crosswalks, and signals.
- Buses are the safest mode of transportation for children; however, children need to be aware of the bus “danger zone”, blind spots around the bus where the driver may not be able to see them. Children should maintain a distance of 10 feet away from the front, sides, and rear of the bus.
- Children should wait until the bus stops completely and the driver signals that it is okay to board; if crossing the street is necessary, wait for the driver to indicate it is safe to cross.
- Obey all school speed zones.
- Slow down and be alert for children, walking or biking; they may be difficult to see and may appear suddenly and unexpectedly.
- In low light and bad weather, pay extra attention around bus stops and school zones.
- DO NOT be distracted by electronic devices; STAY FOCUSED on the roadway.
- Children should walk with a responsible adult or in a group.
- Walk on sidewalks, when available.
- Pay attention to the road and where you are going; do not play with, push, or shove others.
- Wear brightly colored clothing for better visibility.
- Cross at the proper crosswalks, street corners, or intersections. Obey traffic rules when crossing.
Thank You for taking the time to read these safety reminder tips. As always, if you have any concerns of school safety, within the City of Elkins, please contact us.
Chief G. Galloway
The Elkins Police Civil Service Commission has intitiated the testing process in order to fill a patrolman vacancy within the police department. Information about the civil service hiring process is available here. The hiring packet, including an application, can be found here.
Applications must be received by the City Clerk by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 28th. The written test will be administered on Saturday, July 29th, followed by a physical test on Saturday, August 5th and for those who qualify, interviews will be conducted on Wednesday, August 9th beginning at 5:00 p.m.
On March 1, 2017, Officers of the Elkins Police Department Tactical Response Unit supported by the Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and the WV State Police Special Response Team executed two search warrants at 461 Wilson Street and 98 Washington Avenue, Elkins WV. The search warrants executed were the result of recently developed information associated with an ongoing Elkins Police Department investigation into Elkins Drug Trafficking. During the execution and search of the referenced residences three individuals were detained. Officers seized approximately one-half pound of methamphetamine, two to three ounces of hard crack cocaine, two firearms and twenty five thousand dollars in U.S. currency. In addition to the above seized evidence voluminous intelligence information of value to ongoing Elkins Police Department investigations was obtained. The above seized evidence will be presented in the near future to a Federal Grand Jury. The Elkins Police Department extends a sincere appreciation for the significant cooperation received from the Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and the WV State Police Troops 1 and 3 Special Response Team without whose help the successful results of this law enforcement effort could not have been achieved.
At the February 16, 2017 meeting of the Elkins Common Council, Christopher C. Lowther was unanimously approved as the appointee to the Third Ward council seat vacated by Mark Scott at the end of 2016. Mr. Lowther was sworn in by City Clerk Jessica Sutton and graciously assumed his duties right away. Contact information for Third Ward residents’ newest representative can be found here. Please welcome Mr. Lowther to the City of Elkins Common Council. We look forward to working with him.
Let’s turn the world kind February 12-18.
Random Acts of Kindness Week, #RAKWeek2017, is an opportunity to focus on what unites us, rather than what divides us. It’s a chance to be loud with our generosity and inspire others to do the same. Join the seven-day celebration by doing an act of kindness and posting on social media using #RAKWeek2017. Need some ideas as to how? Look here!
The City of Elkins has proclaimed the week of February 12 through 18, 2017 as Kindness Counts Week. Sometimes it appears that we are in a kindness deficit, but underneath there is a vast stream of it if you just scratch the surface. Please join the City of Elkins in “scratching the surface” to encourage a groundswell of goodwill in 2017. Kindness is contagious and good for us. Please join us at City Hall at noon on Tuesday, Febraury 14th to help kick-off our week of making this community a kinder place to live, work and play. – Mayor Van Broughton
In honor of late Parks Director, Phil Gainer, and his more than forty years of service to our youth and community, the City of Elkins Common Council voted unanimously to change the name of the Elkins Recreation and Event Center to the Phil Gainer Community Center. The idea for the name change was put forth by the Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission after consultation with the Gainer family. Those who met and knew Phil recognized his commitment to creating safe and enjoyable recreation opportunities to the citizens of Elkins, and even those who didn’t, reaped the rewards of his hard work. A lifelong dream of Phil’s was the creation of a community center that could serve as an anchor for Elkins and which came to fruition under his leadership. In the short time since the Center opened, it has housed a variety of events focused on fun and family. Check out the Facebook page for up to date information on activities and events and keep Phil’s dream alive.
At the meeting of common council on January 5, 2017, Resolution 980 was approved and announced the vacancy of the Third Ward council seat recently held by Mark Scott. Mr. Scott, who was elected to the Randolph County Commission, resigned his city council position as of December 31, 2016, leaving the seat open for appointment by the remaining council members per the City’s Council Vacancy Protocol. Any eligible voter who resides in Third Ward and who would like to be considered for this appointment should submit a resume to the Elkins City Clerk at 401 Davis Ave. or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2017. The selected individual will serve the remainder of the unexpired term, ending March 31, 2019. If you have any questions about the duties or time committment expected of a council person, please contact City Clerk Jessica Sutton at 304-636-1414 ext. 1211 or email@example.com.