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 City of Elkins is currently updating its part of the Region VII Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. We are looking for community input. Please follow the link below and participate in the survey. It only takes a few minutes and will greatly inform our efforts! The hazard mitigation planning process is required by federal regulations. The plan helps increase resiliency by looking at hazard vulnerability and identifying projects to lessen or eliminate the losses our community could sustain as a result of natural and other hazards.
Water outage on July 17th from S. Davis Ave. bridge to Tenth St. Crews will restore service as quickly as possible.
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.
COMBINED SEWER SMOKE TESTING NOTIFICATION
The City of Elkins is conducting a sanitary sewer smoke testing evaluation designed to detect ground water and storm water that is entering the sanitary sewer system through defects in the pipe or illicit connections such as catch basins or downspouts. We will be testing sewer lines adjacent to South Davis Avenue in an area approximately bounded by the river, Industrial Park Drive, and Conway Drive, as well as the Teaberry Hills area and areas around Sycamore Street adjacent to Davis & Elkins College. The smoke testing will be performed during the week of May 22, 2017 to May 26, 2017. In the event of inclement weather, the smoke testing will continue into the following week.
Smoke will be blown into the sewer system at manholes, and may be seen coming from roof vents, building foundations, or manhole covers. The smoke is a non-toxic substance which is clean and harmless to humans, pets, food, and material goods and creates no fire hazard. The smoke should not enter your home unless you have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps. Ensure that all plumbing traps, including basement floor drains, are not dry and contain water. If you have any seldom used drains, pour water into the drain to fill the trap. If smoke enters the home through faulty plumbing, this indicates the possibility that dangerous sewer gases are also entering your home and you should consider contacting a licensed plumber to identify and make repairs. You can report any presence of smoke within the house to the crews working in the street conducting the tests.
Please avoid unnecessary exposure to the smoke. Although the smoke is relatively harmless, smoke of any kind can be irritating to the nasal passages for some people. If you experience smoke irritation, it should be temporary and quickly disappear after exposure has ceased.
If you or any member of your family have respiratory problems, are immobile, or have any other health condition that you feel we need to be aware of, please contact the City of Elkins Operations Division, at 304-635-7021.
If you should have any further questions, additional information on smoke testing can be obtained in the lobby of the City Hall.
Click here to download the smoke testing FAQ sheet.
As a result of discussion with the Region III office of the US Environmental Protection Agency, the City of Elkins has been advised by the EPA that our obligation for the 5 year yard waste project under the Consent Decree signed by the City in 2011 has been satisfied.
While we recognize that the curbside yard waste pick-up has proven to be a popular service offered by the City, the burden on the City’s resources can no longer be sustained. Therefore the City will no longer be able to offer curbside pick-up of yard waste.
However, we realize that offering City residents a means for disposal of yard waste material has significant benefits, so we intend to keep our receiving area open in its current location at 31 Jones Drive.
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