Comments sought on Home Rule plan

At a special meeting today, Elkins Common Council voted to proceed with an application to the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program (Phase III).

This now opens a 30-day public comment period on the plan; if you wish to read the draft as approved, you may do so at the city clerk’s office or by downloading it.

The next date on the city’s application schedule is a public hearing on October 30 at 12 p.m. in council chambers.

Submit comments to:

Elkins City Clerk
Sutton Stokes
Phone: (304) 636-1414, ext. 1211
401 Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV, 26241

Online Utility Bill Payment Now Available

Great news! You may now pay your utility bill online. Click here to do so.

Seating for Forest Festival Parade

Fall is in the air, and the Mountain State Forest Festival is approaching. One of the best views of the Grand Feature Parade is from the chairs or bleachers placed along the curbs on the parade route. Here is the city code section concerning placement of and the practice of “selling” seats:

Section 18-1 Seating at Mountain State Forest Festival.

  • The placing of chairs for viewing the Mountain State Forest Festival scheduled parades shall, insofar as they are placed between the curb of any street on the parade route and the property of any person abutting the parade route, be placed only with the permission, direction and control of such abutting property owner, subject only to the provisions of this section.
  • Chairs shall be so placed as to leave the sidewalk abutting the parade route clear and unobstructed for normal pedestrian traffic.
  • Chairs shall not be placed in the traveled portion of any street.
  • Sales of chairs and seating shall be only by religious, charitable or nonprofit organizations.
  • By granting the right to place chairs or seating upon that portion of the public street right-of-way adjacent to any abutting owner’ s property, the city shall assume no liability or responsibility for injuries of parade spectators or users of the rights granted herein.

Doing Business in Elkins During Forest Festival

The annual Mountain State Forest Festival (MSFF) is almost upon us. If this year is like past years, more than a few of you are thinking about setting up a food cart or other temporary business during the festival and are wondering what sort of licenses or fees apply.

Normally, anyone doing any kind of business inside of Elkins must obtain a city business license. However, the rules are a little different during the festival.  During the festival, many “temporary” vendors show up, hoping to put their products in front of the tens of thousands visitors brought in by festival events. That category of vendor is not required to obtain a city business license but instead must obtain a special festival license from MSFF.

Before MSFF will issue this permit, there are various insurance and other requirements to be met. You’ll need to check with MSFF for all the details.

As usual, all food vendors must comply with health regulations. Also, no grease may be dumped within city limits.

For more information, please contact MSFF staff: 304-636-1824  |

Happy festival, and happy vending!


Tell DOH: Build the bridges, bring the Allegheny Highlands Trail downtown!

The Allegheny Highlands Trail (AHT) trailhead is now in downtown Elkins, at the Elkins Depot Welcome Center.

But how will AHT users get across North Randolph Avenue/U.S. Rt. 219 and Harrison Avenue?

One plan, proposed several years ago, would be the installation of an “on-demand” (button-activated) walk signal and crosswalk.

Again and again, though, similar designs on other trails have been seen to scare away children, seniors, and people of limited mobility. Think about it: would you let your children cross Harrison AND Randolph, even with an on-demand walk signal? How about someone in a wheelchair, or someone who isn’t moving as fast as they used to?  (more…)

Elkins Police Department Calls, Cases, and Arrests: August 2015

The Elkins Police Department currently reports monthly statistics on calls*, cases*, and arrests* to council each month. We thought you might be interested, too.

ActivityAugust 2015September 2015
Violations by arrestees2827


* “Calls” are requests for an officer’s services or assistance. “Cases” are all calls and/or situations observed by an officer in which there is evidence of a crime having been committed; the number of cases shown in this table is only those with an initial “call” or report date during the given month. “Arrests” are the number of people arrested in the given month. Because one individual may be arrested for multiple crimes, we also report the total number of “violations by arrestees.”

Welcome to our new website!

No, it’s not your imagination: this site has definitely changed since your last visit. We have reorganized the site and introduced several new features to make it easier for you to find the information you need:

  • The “How Do I” pull-down menu on the left side of each page
  • The “sliders” in the middle of the home page, which we’ll use to share seasonal information
  • A new “Alerts” feature that will appear on every page, for sharing information about things like water interruptions, weather closures, etc.)

Please explore and let us know what you think!

Council Meeting: August 6, 7 p.m.

Council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. this Thursday.

Download a copy of the agenda here.

Council Meeting: July 16th, 7 p.m.

Council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. this Thursday.

Download a copy of the agenda here.

Council Meeting: June 4, 2015

Council will meet in special session at 5:30 p.m. and in regular session at 7 p.m. this Thursday. (The 5:30 meeting is to continue interviewing applicants for the First Ward vacancy.)

Download a copy of the agendas here.