Since late 2017 City of Elkins’ elected and appointed officials have been working on a strategic plan for the City and it is nearly ready for adoption. With the help of a highly experienced and qualified facilitator, officials met in February 2018 to kick off the process. Over the following months, the plan was discussed a section at a time in open council meetings until a rough final draft was completed. Our facilitator then returned to help tighten up our draft and fill in any gaps in preparation for adoption. However, before council takes action, they will introduce the draft to the public in an effort to solicit any input citizens may have.
What is a strategic plan? Well, its a document that establishes the direction of an organization by identifying focus areas and setting milestones and deadlines to aim for.
Why would the City be interested in having a strategic plan? It is a great management tool that helps the organization to create long term goals, prioritize projects and focus resources.
What will the City do with the plan once its adopted? Council committees and Administrative Officers will use the plan as a guide in making decisions and recommendations about how to best use City revenues, in directing employee work flow and in measuring performance.
We encourage you to read through the proposed City of Elkins 2018-2023 Strategic Plan and let us know what you think. Comments may be submitted by the following means:
- written comments can be mailed or hand delivered to Elkins City Hall, 401 Davis Ave, Elkins WV 26241, or by email to the City Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org
- verbal comments may be made during the public comment period of the upcoming Elkins Common Council meetings on August 2nd, August 16th and September 6th.
- The City will host an open house 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22 at the Randolph County Community Arts Center located at 2 Park St., Elkins.
Beginning May 14, 2018, the Elkins Police Department will be monitoring and issuing citations for vehicles parked facing against the flow of traffic per W.Va. Code § 17C-13-4(a). This activity occurs primarily in residential neighborhoods and presents a significant safety concern for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. This is not a new law, but the City recognizes that it has not been routinely enforced and is therefore offering this notification so that residents may have the opportunity to correct their parking habits prior to the issuance of a citation.