Notice: Public Meeting on Sewer Overflows

In 2011, the City of Elkins negotiated a Long-Term Control Plan (LTCP) for Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs), which identified two sewer separation projects.

With the completion of the two phases of improvements, the City is required to update Agencies on the progress of the program and to update the LTCP, which includes receiving input from the public.

As such, a Public Meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on January 23, 2023 to discuss continued conformance with USEPA requirements and finalizing an Implementation Schedule for future improvements in the wastewater collection system.

This meeting will be held in the council chamber at Elkins City Hall.

UPDATE: Boil Water Near Ward and Lavalette LIFTED

Last modified on December 29th, 2022 at 10:37 am

Update as of 10:36 a.m., Dec. 29: This Boil Water Notice has been lifted after testing found no contamination.

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Water system personnel have repaired a leak in a water line near the intersection of Ward Avenue and Lavalette Avenue. A Boil Water Notice is now in effect for customers on Ward Avenue, between South Davis and Livingston. Also under the Boil Water Notice are customers south of Ward Avenue on Lavalette Avenue, Green Lane, Taylor Avenue, and Bond Lane. (The Boil Water Notice does not include any customers on South Davis Avenue or Livingston Avenue.)

The approximate area of the Boil Water Notice is marked in red on the map below.

The earliest that laboratory testing can be completed and the notice lifted is Thursday, December 29.

Boil Water Notices are issued out of an abundance of caution because positive pressure has been lost and the possibility of contamination exists, not because contamination has been detected. The presence or absence of contamination must be confirmed by an independent lab through a testing process that requires at least 24 hours after delivery of a sample. Samples cannot be taken until the leak has been repaired and service has been restored. Samples can only be submitted during business hours. For more information about what to do under a Boil Water Notice, click here.

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

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Avoid Frozen Pipes

We are receiving calls about frozen pipes. Unfortunately, there is little that Water Department personnel can do to help this situation while the freeze is ongoing.

To reduce the chances your pipes will freeze:

• Leave COLD water dripping from a faucet served by pipes on an exterior wall. Even a slow drip is enough.
• Ensure exterior vents on crawlspaces/basements are closed or covered. (Bricks and newspapers if nothing else.)
• Open under sink cabinet doors against exterior walls.
• Keep furnace at constant temperature (i.e., don’t decrease overnight).

If your pipes freeze, DO NOT attempt to thaw using open flame. Water damage is preferable to burning your house down. A hair dryer is a better choice.

If your pipes show signs of bursting, attempt to shut off water at the nearest valve or secure the main cutoff.

2022 Holiday Schedule Changes

Last modified on December 22nd, 2022 at 04:29 pm

Here are the holiday-related schedule changes over the next two weeks.

City Hall Hours

During the holidays, city hall will be:

  • Closed on Friday, December 23 due to Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency.
  • Closed Monday, December 26.
  • Open 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. on Friday, December 30.
  • Closed Monday, January 2.

Trash Pickup

Trash will not be collected on Monday, December 26. Trash normally collected Mondays will be collected on Tuesday, December 27.

There are no other changes to the trash schedule. Trash will be collected as usual on Monday, January 2.

Recycling

The city’s glass and yard-waste dropoff site (at 31 Jones Drive, near the Flood Control Road) will be closed on Saturday, December 24 and Saturday, December 31.

 

12/7-8: 4th Street Closures

On Wednesday (12/7), Fourth Street will be closed to traffic and parking between Railroad and Davis.

On Thursday, this block of Fourth will have only one lane of traffic. Please watch for flaggers.

Mountaineer Gas is performing work.

Leaf Collection Ends 11/23

The final day of leaf collection will be Wednesday, November 23.

Please have all leaves to the curb by Monday morning to ensure your leaves will be picked up.

More information: https://cityofelkinswv.com/2022-leaf-pickups-begin-oct-17/

Thanksgiving Week 2022: Schedule Changes

If your trash is usually picked up on MONDAYS or THURSDAYS, this schedule will change during Thanksgiving week.
 
Trash normally picked up MONDAYS will be picked up Sunday (11/20), starting at 6 a.m.
 
Trash normally picked up THURSDAYS will be picked up Wednesday (11/23), starting at 6 a.m.
 
There are no changes for customers whose trash is picked up Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
 
City hall will be closed Thursday and Friday (11/24-25).

Election Changes Due to Charter Adoption

You’re not imagining things. In the past, by this point in November, we would have been gearing up for the municipal election season. As a result of the new city charter adopted in 2020-2021, however, Elkins elections–which were previously held on the first Tuesday in March of odd-numbered years–are now held on the second Tuesday in June, also in odd-numbered years.

As a result, candidate filing and related activities won’t start until February. We are fine-tuning city law to comport with the new charter and will provide precise timetables as soon as that process is complete.

Read more about city elections here.

Illegal Parking Near Railroad and Third

Statement from EPD Chief Travis Bennett:

EPD personnel have observed illegal, unsafe parking patterns near the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Third Street.

Drivers are reminded that, in this area, the only allowed street parking is either (1) parallel to the curb in front of the Station Square Office Complex, (2) in the angled parking spaces along the side of the Delmonte Market, or (3) parallel to the curb adjacent to the city parking lot near the Davis Trust Company. Aside from two spots reserved for tour buses on the other side of the street, parking is not allowed anywhere else on Railroad Avenue, including in the wide area of the street adjacent to the Delmonte and Station Square. Cars parked anywhere other than the designated spots cause confusion and hazards and may be ticketed and towed.

Free parking is available in the city hall parking lot, located at the intersection of Fourth Street and Railroad Avenue.

Nominees Wanted for Extra Mile Day

November 1 is Extra Mile Day, and Mayor Jerry Marco wants to hear nominations from the public.

According to Extra Mile America, the organization coordinating this program, the purpose of Extra Mile Day is to celebrate the capacity everyone has to create positive change in their families, organizations, and communities by “going the extra mile. On Extra Mile Day, mayors of more than 500 cities across the nation will recognize three individuals or organizations in their local areas that “go the extra mile” in volunteerism and service.

On this November 1, Elkins will be one of those cities. Please submit nominations for this recognition to Mayor Marco by email. Your email should include:

  • The nominee’s name (can be a person or an organization from the Elkins area)
  • Two-to-four sentences describing why this person/organization was selected as an extra-mile change maker

Please submit nominations no later than October 14. Email nominations to the mayor’s office by clicking here or get in touch using the contact information below.

Mayor’s Executive Secretary
Rachel Wickham
rwickham@cityofelkinswv.com
Phone: (304) 636-1414, ext. 1110
401 Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV, 26241

 

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