Water off: North Randolph between Heavner and Hanley

Contractors are working on a water-line relocation at the Cravens Run bridge on North Randolph Avenue. Water will be off on North Randolph from Heavner Avenue to Hanley Street starting this afternoon and lasting several hours.

Elkins Offering Firefighter Test

The City of Elkins, W. Va. is testing for new firefighters:

  • Practice fitness test (optional): Jul 19, 12 p.m.
  • Fitness test: Jul 26, 9 a.m.
  • Written test: Aug 9, 9 a.m.

Entry-level pay: $10 per hour + benefits.

Must be 18-35 years old on date of application.

Drug/medical/psychological/background checks will be performed.

Apply in advance to: City Clerk, 401 Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV. Phone: 304-636-1414, x1211.

App. fee: $15.

Download application and information packet here:http://cityofelkinswv.com/images/PDFs/ElkinsFDapp2014.pdf

Applications will not be accepted after 3 p.m. on Friday, July 11.

Please note that the Elkins Fire Department does not currently have any openings. The purpose of this testing process is to generate the civil service list from which appointments will be made in the event that any openings arise or new positions are created. Lists remain valid for three years.

To apply:

  • Download packet (http://cityofelkinswv.com/images/PDFs/ElkinsFDapp2014.pdf).
  • Review all information.
  • Complete application.
  • Bring completed application to Elkins City Hall (401 Davis Avenue) by above date/time.
  • Report to first-floor counter to pay $15 firefighter application fee. Get a receipt.
  • Submit receipt and completed application to the Mayor’s Executive Secretary on the second floor.

The packet contains the following materials. Please double check to make sure you have all of these documents, as they will help you prepare for and understand the testing process.

  • Firefighter Civil Service Application
  • 2014 Civil Service Testing Schedule (with test locations)
  • Advisory to Firefighter Applicants (with attachment: Compensation and Fringe Benefits)
  • Physical Agility Test Information
  • Civil Service Exam Preparation


Water off: Pleasant Ave., N. Randolph, & Highland Park

The City’s Water Distribution department will be working on a water main near Heavner Avenue today. The work will require water to be shut off on Pleasant Avenue, North Randolph, and all of Highland Park. The shutoff will begin later this morning and should last 3 to 4 hours. We will advise if the shutoff becomes more extended than expected.

Summer safety tips from Elkins Police Department

Message from Elkins Police Chief Steve Richards:

With the arrival of summer and the resulting changes in routines (travel, open windows, outdoor exercise), the Elkins Police Department wants to remind everyone of some basic precautions to improve the security of your home:

  • Don’t leave garage doors open when unattended
  • Lock doors and at least ground-floor windows when away from home or at night
  • Lock cars and leave no valuables in sight
  • Secure electronics, bikes, and other valuable when you go inside
  • When traveling, stop mail, papers; plan to make your house look occupied (lights on timers, ask a neighbor to stop and change lights)
  • Get to know your neighbors and look out for each other
  • Consider starting a neighborhood email, Facebook or other group to communicate more easily with your neighbors

No trash collection on Memorial Day

Please note that the City of Elkins Sanitation Department will be closed on Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day. Trash normally collected Mondays will be collected on Tuesday, May 27.

Forgiveness of parking citations from May 2


TO: Whom It May Concern

FROM: Mayor Van T. Broughton

RE: Parking Citations issued May 2 after 5 p.m.

DATE: May 5, 2014

I have heard concern from the community about parking tickets that were issued on the evening of Friday, May 2. Let me say right up front: if you received a parking ticket in downtown Elkins for parking-meter or “two-hour free zone” violations after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 2, that ticket will be forgiven and you will not be required to pay the fine. If you have already submitted payment, your payment envelope will be held for you to pick up with proper ID until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7.

That said, on behalf of our police department, the tickets that were issued were valid citations for actual violations of city parking laws. We are fortunate to have enthusiastic staff members who have heard nothing but praise for recently stepping up parking enforcement during the day; on Friday evening, they were simply enforcing the current laws on the books, just as they have been doing during business hours, and I commend them for their initiative and hard work.

However, as many of you have pointed out to me, it does seem as though our evening parking rules might need some adjustment. I apologize for any confusion that may have arisen as a result. I will be bringing suggested revisions to council for them to consider, and I would welcome hearing your input before I do.

In the meantime, effective immediately, I am ordering the police department not to enforce either parking-meter or “two-hour free zone” violations after 5:00 p.m. All other parking violations (e.g., obstructing traffic, unauthorized use of handicapped spaces, yellow zones, etc.) will be cited, but parking-meter and “two-hour free zone” violations will not be enforced after 5 p.m.


Street sweeper tickets issued starting Mon., May 5

To help keep our city as clean as possible, the City of Elkins Street Department operates a street sweeper during the spring, summer and fall. Most of the material that the street sweeper is trying to remove accumulates in or close to the gutter, so it is vital for this program’s effectiveness that all parked vehicles be moved out of the path of the street sweeper. Therefore, Elkins City Code imposes a fine of $15 for cars obstructing the street sweeper.

You may have noticed that the street sweeper is already operating, and perhaps you’ve forgotten to move your car and haven’t gotten a ticket yet. This is because, every year, we always start operating a few weeks earlier than we start issuing citations. The purpose of this is to offer a sort of “grace period,” to remind people that the street sweeping season is once again gearing up.

This year’s grace period is now over. On Monday, May 5, the Elkins Police Department will begin issuing street-sweeper parking citations. Please check the schedule to see when you need to move your car. The schedule may be downloaded in PDF format by clicking on this link or copying and pasting it into the address bar of your web browser: http://tinyurl.com/l4u3wv9

Please share this information with your friends and neighbors, to help them avoid a ticket and so that we can all help keep our city clean.

Yard Waste Pick-up

Just a reminder…Yard Waste Pick-up for the month of May will be conducted next Tuesday, May 6th throughout the City of Elkins. There is no set schedule, so make sure your waste is out by the curb by 6:00 a.m. that morning; if it is not collected Tuesday, it will be collected Wednesday or possibly Thursday.

Electronics Recycling: Saturday, 4/26, near Elkins Builders’ Supply

We are passing along this notice from the GreenWorks group at Davis and Elkins College:

As foretold in the newspaper and on the radio…it’s that time of year again – e-cycling by the GreenWorks! student sustainability group!

In partnership with the Randolph County Solid Waste Authority, GreenWorks!, Sustainability Studies, Environmental Science students, and Center for Sustainability studies staff will be collecting electronics THIS Saturday, April 26th, 9am-4pm at the Elkins industrial yard next to Elkins Builder’s Supply and across from Elkins Recycling. Please bring your items for recycling at this time, earlier is better as the collection will end when the 53’ trailer is full (have filled every year for 5 years!). The collection is free of charge but donations to the GreenWorks! group in any amount will be accepted in support of future student projects (planned for this month is an LED outdoor security lighting install on campus, next fall they plan additional solar panels in partnership with Student Assembly).

Hope to see you there! Volunteers are welcome – please reply to [<mcclainw@dewv.edu>] if you wish to help out for any amount of time on the 26th. Lunch will be provided.

Acceptable Items:

Computers and Peripherals:

Complete and partial systems (working or not), processors (CPUs), optical drives (CDROM, CDRW, DVD, etc), network and communications hardware (modems, routers, hubs, etc), drives (hard drives, floppy), keyboards, laptops, mice, monitors, network hardware (servers), paper tape readers and punchers, plotters, printers, tape drives

Subassemblies and Components:

Any subassemblies of the above, boards, cables, casters, circuit boards, computer chips, controllers, disk storage products, expansion products, fans (200/240v, 115v, 12v 24/48v), motors, PC cards, power supplies, wire (telephone, networking, electrical), fiber optic (kinked or broken cable, drop, etc)

Home Electronics:

NO WHITE GOODS (including: refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers). But we do accept TVs (CRT, flat panel, plasma, etc), microwaves, mixers, phones (corded, cordless, and cellular), entertainment goods (VCRs, DVD players, radios, speakers, cameras, recorders, alarms, VCR’s, key pads

Central Office and Communication Room Equipment:

Chillers, communication equipment, mainframe equipment, motor generator Sets (MG sets), power distribution units (PDU), uninteruptable power supplies (UPS Systems)

Office Equipment:

Barcode equipment, pagers, copy machines, fax machines, telephone systems (cordless, cellular, desk)

Utility and Power Equipment:

CATV, cable, electric generators, gas meters, repeaters, transformers, water meters, specialty equipment, construction, production, manufacturing equipment.

Water repair

City of Elkins water distribution employees are repairing a hydrant on 13th Street. Water will most likely be off on 13th Street and Cole Avenue for a short while. No boil-water advisories are anticipated at this time.