Random Acts of Kindness Week

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!

Kindness Counts

Kindness Counts weekThe 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

Phil Gainer Community Center

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.

City accepting resumes for Third Ward council member

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 jsutton@cityofelkinswv.com 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 jsutton@cityofelkinswv.com.

Public Safety FAQ’s

In an effort to help address citizen concerns more effectively and efficiently, the Public Safety Committee has issued a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If  you have a public safety concern, but are unsure of where to direct it, check our FAQ’s first. In addition, the City is working on an email subscriber list for those individuals who would like to receive public safety notices. These email notices will cover a variety of topics including police, fire and operations. If you would like to be added to this list, please send an email from the account you wish to be added with the subject “public safety email list” to jsutton@cityofelkinswv.com. If you have any questions, please contact City Clerk Jessica Sutton at this same email or at 304-636-1414 ext. 1211.

Arrangements announced for Director Gainer

The family of Phil Gainer invites all those wishing to celebrate his life and express condolences over his passing to the Elkins Recreation and Events Center this Sunday, November 27, 2016 between noon and 2:00 p.m. The Events Center, which was a project near to Phil’s heart, is located at 42 Robert E. Lee Ave extension. The reception will be followed by a service of remembrance at 2:00 p.m. at the same location. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission, 401 Davis Ave., Elkins, WV 26241 to continue the work to which Phil devoted his life. The Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Phil Gainer. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.

City suffers great loss


It is with heavy hearts that Mayor Van Broughton and the Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission share the news of the passing of our Parks Director Phil Gainer. Phil suffered a heart attack yesterday while hunting, a hobby he greatly enjoyed. Our love and sympathy goes out to Phil’s wife, children, granddaughter, extended family and friends during their time of sorrow. Information about services and other opportunities to help and support the family will be shared as soon as they become available.

Municipal Government Week

City Officials Celebrate Municipal Government Week

The third week in October of each year has been proclaimed Municipal Government Week in West Virginia. This year Municipal officials are recognizing the week of October 17-22, 2016 with activities in cities and towns across the state. The City of Elkins will host a variety of events to provide information and promote civic engagement. Some of the activities to look forward to include mock council meetings with area students in an effort to help students to become informed, responsible and involved citizens; a Fire Department open house; tours of the new water plant; council and committee meetings; and a City Exhibition highlighting city officials, employees and elected officials.

Municipalities are the level of government closest to the citizens they serve. From police and fire protection, to water & sewer services, cities provide services for a better quality of life in West Virginia. For more information check out the announcements posted at businesses around town, the City Facebook page, or contact Jessica Sutton, Elkins City Clerk, at jsutton@cityofelkinswv.com or 304-636-1414 x 1211.



Elkins in the running for 3 WV Living awards

The fourth annual Best of West Virginia awards sponsored by WV Living magazine are open to voting. Elkins is a contender in three categories this year:

  • Best Brewery – Big Timber Brewing
  • Best Festival – Mountain State Forest Festival
  • Best Adventure Town

Visit the WV Living website now and cast your vote for Elkins!

Opinions on Historic Preservation Sought by the Elkins Planning Commission

Should historic structures in Elkins be protected? Or should owners have the right to do whatever they want with their historic properties?

Elkins residents have two options for expressing opinions about these and related questions, the Elkins Planning Commission announced today. An online survey, designed to take only a few minutes to complete,  is available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/ElkinsZoningUpdate through September 23rd. Input will also be accepted at an open house held in the Caboose Room at the Elkins Depot Welcome Center on Tuesday, October 25 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The commission is collecting this information as part of an ongoing project to update the city’s zoning laws, which have not been significantly amended since their initial adoption in the 1950s. The West Virginia College of Law Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic is assisting with this effort.


Paper copies of the survey are also available at Elkins City Hall.