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 email@example.com. 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.
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.