Spring Cleanup 2018 Schedule:
First Ward – April 16 & 17
Second Ward – April 18 & 19
Third Ward – April 20 & 23
Fourth Ward – April 24 & 25
Fifth Ward – April 26 & 27
Normally, city residents needing to dispose of bulky trash items must request a special pickup
However, as a courtesy to residents, the City of Elkins will collect bulky items at no cost during Spring Cleanup, an annual event that takes place each April and lasts for two weeks.
Each ward will be assigned two days during the two-week Spring Cleanup period. To take advantage of this service, please have all items at the curb no later than 5:30 a.m. on the first assigned day for your ward. Crews will not return to the part of the ward they visited on the first day, so placing your items out on the second day may result in your items being left behind.
Crews will only accept one level pickup truck load from each residence. The following items will not be picked up: appliances, tires, free flowing liquids, batteries and yard waste. (For information about disposing of yard waste, please click here.) Please make all items as easy to collect as possible, such as by bagging or boxing smaller items. Crews will not collect loose trash.
For more information, contact:
Melody Himes, Operations Assistant
Phone: 304-636-1414, Ext. 1437
401 Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV, 26241
SPRING CLEANUP SCHEDULE
Please place items by the curb away from your normal trash area.
First Ward April 16 & 17
Second Ward April 18 & 19
Third Ward April 20 & 23
Fourth Ward April 24 & 25
Fifth Ward April 26 & 27
- We will accept one level pickup truck load from each household.
- We will not revisit any location, so be sure your items are out by 5:30 a.m. on the first day we pick up in your area.
- Sofas, chairs, mattresses, etc. will be accepted
- NO appliances
- NO Tires
- NO Free-flowing liquids
- NO Batteries
- NO Yard waste
When shoveling your driveway, please place snow to the right side of your driveway as you are facing the street. This will prevent the bulk of the snow from being pushed back into your driveway. Snow should never be placed in the street as this creates hazardous driving conditions and causes the City’s snow plow to push it back in front of your driveway.
The City of Elkins will plow the streets in a specific order to ensure that emergency vehicles can navigate through the City; main roads will be plowed first. During a severe weather event, city crews may need to repeatedly clear main roads.
The City of Elkins would like to remind business owners and citizens that city code requires property owners to remove snow and ice from sidewalks in front of their properties. Please imagine how dangerous it is for elderly, disabled, or parents with strollers to navigate unshoveled sidewalks.
The standard procedure for snow and ice control of the roads maintained by the City of Elkins is to plow all streets and alleys and treat intersections, turns and hills with salt. The reasons why all street surfaces are not treated is both fiscal and environmental. As we work now, a treatment run takes around two hours and uses two to three tons of salt. In a normal winter, we use around one-hundred twenty-five tons of salt, costing $12 – $15,000, depending on salt prices. If we were to treat every foot of all streets we would have to put at least one additional truck on the road with a spreader, and our salt consumption would likely quadruple. Considering the manpower and salt, the cost of treating the streets, not including the larger effort of plowing, would quickly reach upwards of $100,000 annually. Further, the addition of this much salt to our sewer system would have a significant impact on our wastewater plant treatment process. In short, what we’re doing now is more environmentally friendly, cost effective and seems to work for the vast majority of folks who travel our streets.
Please be safe and curteous when traveling on any snow or ice affected roads. For information on state maintained roads throughout West Virginia, go to WV 511.
Message from Mayor Van T. Broughton concerning the Suddenlink office closure
December 28, 2017
Since the City first learned that Suddenlink intended to close its local office at the Tygart Valley Mall in Elkins, we have been working diligently to both prevent and then reverse that decision. I immediately sent a letter to Suddenlink requesting that they reconsider, and at the same time reached out to the law firm of Kay, Casto & Chaney, who aided in the drafting of the original franchise agreement, for advice on what the City could do. As you all know, the storefront closed on October 27, 2017, despite our pleas. Suddenlink did respond in writing to my initial letter with the reasons for their decision and have been open to communication throughout. However, after receiving numerous citizen complaints including during a public hearing held on November 2, 2017, council granted permission to Kay, Chaney & Casto to issue a Notice of Right to Cure to Suddenlink, believing that they had violated the franchise agreement signed in 2015 with the City. In early December we recently received a response from Altice, the parent company of Suddenlink, and were sorry to hear that they do not agree with our claims and have no intention of reestablishing an office in Elkins. In light of this response and taking into consideration that the only further action available to the City is litigation, we have decided to pursue this request no further. Thank you all for your time and attention to this matter. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at City Hall anytime.
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
The City of Elkins has heard several concerns from local residents about receiving phone calls attempting to solicit information or sell products from the City Hall phone number, 304-636-1414.
City officials would like to caution residents that these calls are not coming from the City of Elkins, but from telemarketing companies or individuals that have the means to use a local phone number for display on your caller ID.
Legitimate calls from City Hall will only be made by employees able to provide their name and position and for City business only. At no time will a city employee ask for private financial information from a customer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Crews will be repairing a water line on North Washington Avenue beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 26th. Flagging will take place to direct a one lane alternating traffic pattern on Harrison Avenue. Drivers are advised to choose an alternate route to avoid delays.