The standard procedure for snow and ice control of the roads maintained by the City of Elkins is to plow all streets and alleys and treat intersections, turns and hills with salt. The reasons why all street surfaces are not treated is both fiscal and environmental. As we work now, a treatment run takes around two hours and uses two to three tons of salt. In a normal winter, we use around one-hundred twenty-five tons of salt, costing $12 – $15,000, depending on salt prices. If we were to treat every foot of all streets we would have to put at least one additional truck on the road with a spreader, and our salt consumption would likely quadruple. Considering the manpower and salt, the cost of treating the streets, not including the larger effort of plowing, would quickly reach upwards of $100,000 annually. Further, the addition of this much salt to our sewer system would have a significant impact on our wastewater plant treatment process. In short, what we’re doing now is more environmentally friendly, cost effective and seems to work for the vast majority of folks who travel our streets.
Please be safe and curteous when traveling on any snow or ice affected roads. For information on state maintained roads throughout West Virginia, go to WV 511.
Message from Mayor Van T. Broughton concerning the Suddenlink office closure
December 28, 2017
Since the City first learned that Suddenlink intended to close its local office at the Tygart Valley Mall in Elkins, we have been working diligently to both prevent and then reverse that decision. I immediately sent a letter to Suddenlink requesting that they reconsider, and at the same time reached out to the law firm of Kay, Casto & Chaney, who aided in the drafting of the original franchise agreement, for advice on what the City could do. As you all know, the storefront closed on October 27, 2017, despite our pleas. Suddenlink did respond in writing to my initial letter with the reasons for their decision and have been open to communication throughout. However, after receiving numerous citizen complaints including during a public hearing held on November 2, 2017, council granted permission to Kay, Chaney & Casto to issue a Notice of Right to Cure to Suddenlink, believing that they had violated the franchise agreement signed in 2015 with the City. In early December we recently received a response from Altice, the parent company of Suddenlink, and were sorry to hear that they do not agree with our claims and have no intention of reestablishing an office in Elkins. In light of this response and taking into consideration that the only further action available to the City is litigation, we have decided to pursue this request no further. Thank you all for your time and attention to this matter. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at City Hall anytime.
It is the beginning of December and the holiday season is upon us. However, as a few of you have already noticed, the Christmas lights that have decorated our downtown streets in years past have yet to be put up. The unfortunate news is that they won’t be. The City purchased the homemade lights used downtown secondhand many years ago and through weather and use, they have deteriorated to a point beyond repair. A number of the lights don’t work at all, and those that do light, do not have working timers requiring them to burn continuously using significant energy and money. The City knew this day would come and had hoped to purchase new lights before the old ones were no longer useful, however there was never enough room for this significant cost in the budget. Our intention moving forward is to join with local organizations and property owners to formulate a plan for 2018, so that we may light the City for the holidays once again. In the meantime, we are thankful to have the lighted baskets down Davis Ave. and Third St., businesses with beautiful window and storefront displays throughout the downtown, and the Christmas light display in the Railyard.
Happy Holidays to you all,
Mayor Van Broughton
Stop by the Elkins YMCA lobby on Monday, November 13th to learn about City revenues, the proposed 1% municipal sales tax, and to let the City know how you would prioritize spending any additional revenues. The event is open from 4pm to 7pm for City residents, property owners, business owners, representatives of local service organizations, and any other individual(s) with a vested interest in the furture of Elkins.
Elkins City Council is hosting a public hearing on Thursday, November 2nd at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall to both inform citizens of actions already taken by the City in response to Suddenlink’s closure of their Elkins office, and to solicit citizens’ interest in the City taking further action to try and reverse this closure. If you wish to comment you must appear in person at the public hearing or submit a statement in writing to the Elkins City Clerk at 401 Davis Ave. or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments posted on this website or the City’s Facebook page will neither be responded to nor included in the permanent record made of the public hearing.
Elkins residential trick or treat will be held on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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.