Boil-Water Advisory Remains in Effect for Parts of Elkins Area

May 21, 2020
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A boil-water advisory is still in effect for parts of the Elkins area. This advisory cannot be updated until Friday because of the time needed to perform lab testing of water samples.

Neighborhoods under a boil-water advisory include all customers in Crystal Springs and also any customers west of Worth Avenue and south of Harrison Avenue, including Oak Grove and Tygart Valley Mall. Water customers outside of the boil-water area may still experience discolored water.

Boil-water advisories are issued out of an abundance of caution and do not necessarily indicate the presence of contaminated water. For more information about boil-water advisories, click here.

Notification will be sent out when the boil water advisory is lifted. Again, the earliest we will be able to announce any updates concerning this advisory will be Friday, May 22.

We regret any inconvenience this may have caused and appreciate your patience during this time.

To keep up to date on these and similar announcements, please follow the following channels:

Water Main Break: Boil-Water Advisory Is In Effect In Crystal Springs and Parts of Elkins

May 20, 2020

The City of Elkins has experienced a major water-main break in the vicinity of Wilson and Worth streets. This break has affected service and water quality across wide areas of the city. Crews have been working since last night to restore service. However, this work has been complicated by 18 inches of concrete road bed and the proximity of gas lines and a sewer main, all under a major truck route. We will restore service as soon as possible.

As a result of this break, many parts of the city are under a boil-water advisory. Areas under a boil-water advisory will include all customers in Crystal Springs west of Worth Avenue and south of Harrison Avenue including Oak Grove, and Tygart Valley Mall. Water customers outside of the boil-water area may still experience discolored water.

Boil-water advisories are issued out of an abundance of caution and do not necessarily indicate the presence of contaminated water. For more information about boil-water advisories, click here.

Notification will be sent out when the boil water advisory is lifted. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused and appreciate your patience during this time.

To keep up to date on these and similar announcements, please follow the following channels:

Governor’s Guidance for Week 4 Reopenings

The official “Week 4” phase of West Virginia’s statewide reopening plan starts Thursday, May 21 (with some categories of businesses allowed to open Monday, May 18).

Below is an excerpt from the governor’s West Virginia Strong: The Comeback web page showing the business categories that may reopen this week (with links to guidance documents showing safety precautions they should, and in some cases must, take):

Note for lodging facilities: The executive order requiring out-of-state travelers to self-quarantine will be lifted in Week 4. In accordance with this change, additional guidance documents are available for hotels, motels, condo hotels, rental properties, and cabins.

How to Stay Current on the Governor’s Reopening Plan

May 19, 2020

Since April 30, West Virginia has been in the process of reducing pandemic-related restrictions in weekly phases laid out in Governor Jim Justice’s West Virginia Strong: The Comeback “reopening” plan.

With the frequent announcements of tweaks to this plan (e.g., the official “Week 4” phase didn’t start Monday, it starts Thursday, etc.), it can be easy to lose track of what categories of businesses are allowed to open when.

For a handy reference, check out this page on the governor’s website. The page lists, week by week, the various categories of businesses that are allowed to open and provides links to state-issued guidance documents to enable safer operations for many of them.

The governor also provides a daily press briefing Monday-Friday. You can find the live streams here. They are not always at the same time every day. However, the times are announced various places, including on the Governor’s Twitter stream. If you join late, you can rewind to the beginning while it is still being broadcast and, later, you can view an archived recording–all on this page.

Even More Week 4 Reopenings: Low-Contact Sport Training Facilities

May 18, 2020

At his daily press conference Friday, May 15, Governor Jim Justice announced additional categories of businesses that will be allowed but not required to reopen during the week of May 18, or “Week 4” of his reopening plan.

The newly announced categories of businesses that will be permitted to reopen May 18 are those operating “low-contact sport training facilities.” These include gymnastics, dance, cheerleading, and martial arts centers. (Guidelines are available here.)

These Week 4 changes are only the latest. You can read about other changes here and here.

City Hall News: May 18-22, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., May 16, 2020: Elkins City Hall reopens to the public during normal business hours (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) starting Monday, May 18. However, the public is asked to continue to use low-contact methods for interacting with city staff, including asking questions by email or phone and paying bills by mail, online, or by using the drop box behind city hall. Other safety precautions will be posted on entrance doors. For more information: www.cityofelkinswv.com/coronavirus.

For at least the month of May, Elkins Common Council and its committees will continue to meet virtually. Login and other important meeting information will be posted on this page of the city website: www.cityofelkinswv.com/login.

The Elkins Sanitary Board, the body in charge of the Elkins sewer system, holds its regular meeting Monday, May 18, at 3:15 p.m. Council will hold its regular meeting Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. The agenda is not yet complete but will include consideration of the Fiscal Year 2021 Water Fund budget. (Virtual meetings; login information at above link.)

Please continue to help keep our sanitation workers safe by placing items out for collection only in tied trash bags. Don’t forget to fill out your Census form—it’s absolutely crucial for federal funding and representation in Congress. And remember: Tuesday, May 19 is the deadline for registering to vote in the upcoming primary election. Because of the pandemic, all West Virginians are eligible to vote via absentee ballot. See www.sos.wv.gov for information about voter registration and other election information.

Visiting City Hall During the Pandemic: What to Expect

Elkins City Hall is committed to the safety of its customers, its staff, and the community as a whole.

Everyone entering city hall is asked to follow certain safety precautions recommended by the West Virginia Governor’s Office.

  1. Please visit city hall only if there is no other option. Remember that utility bills and municipal court fines can be paid by mail, online, phone, or via the dropbox behind city hall. Questions can be answered by phone or email. See cityofelkinswv.com for more details, including departmental contact information.
  2. Wait your turn to enter. As ordered by the W. Va. DHHR, only two people may be admitted to the building’s lobby at a time.
  3. Maintain the 6-foot social distancing requirement. Use floor markings as reference points.
  4. Wear a mask and sanitize your hands upon entering. It is strongly recommended by the governor’s office to wear masks inside public buildings. Sanitizer will be available at the counter.
  5. Make an appointment to meet with non-Treasurer’s Department personnel. If you require a face-to-face meeting with a city hall employee located on the second floor, please contact that employee in advance, via phone or email, to arrange a time. This meeting will occur on the first floor, in the municipal courtroom, pending availability of that space.

For more information about coronavirus in Elkins, please click here.

Why is Our Flag at Half Mast Today?

May 15, 2020

The flag in front of Elkins City Hall is being flown at half mast today in honor of National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

According to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, “since the first known line-of-duty death in 1786, more than 21,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.” So far in 2020, the organization reports that more than 40 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty nationwide.

Please join us in expressing our appreciation for the law enforcement officers of the Elkins Police Department, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, the West Virginia State Police, and the multiple federal agencies who work so hard and make so many sacrifices for the protection of our community.

 

Additional Week 4 Reopenings: Gyms, Rafting, Rock Climbing

May 14, 2020

At his daily press conference today, Governor Jim Justice announced additional categories of businesses that will be allowed but not required to reopen during the week of May 18, or “Week 4” of his reopening plan.

The newly announced categories are:

  • Fitness centers, gyms, and recreation centers may open Monday, May 18 (guidelines available here)
  • Whitewater rafting and ziplining may open Thursday, May 21 (guidelines available here)
  • Guided rock climbing may open Friday, May 15 (guidelines available here)

Elkins Announces Next Reopening Steps

City hall opening to public May 18; Yard sales permitted May 15

Elkins, W. Va., May 13, 2020: Elkins officials today announced the scheduled dates of multiple reductions in coronavirus-related restrictions, including the reopening of city hall to the public, permission to resume yard sales and door-to-door solicitation, and the resumption of municipal court proceedings. To reduce COVID-19 infection risk, the public is encouraged to continue using no-contact methods for paying utility bills or contacting city staff. Multiple additional safety precautions will be required as well. (more…)

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