APPLICATION PERIOD EXTENDED: Water Board Vacancy

Last modified on April 28th, 2022 at 03:38 pm

Council will soon fill a vacancy on the Elkins Water Board. City residents who wish to be considered for appointment to this important volunteer position are encouraged to submit an application to the city clerk no later than April 29. Update: The application period has been extended to Friday, May 13.

What the Board Does

The Elkins Water Board is responsible for the the management, control, and operation of the Elkins Public Waterworks System. The water board collaborates with city council in establishing rates and planning and securing funds for capital projects. Council is ultimately responsible for setting rates, issuing bonds, and similar matters.

Membership

There are five seats on the board, one of which must be filled by the mayor (or the mayor’s designee). At least three members must be Elkins residents, and all must be West Virginia residents. Water board members are appointed by the Elkins council to four-year terms; membership is unpaid.

As the current vacancy arose from a resignation, the successful applicant will be appointed for an unexpired term ending March 31, 2023. Again, this applicant must be a city resident.

Meeting Times

The regular meetings of the Elkins Water Board are on fourth Tuesdays at 4 p.m. in the council chamber at Elkins City Hall. The board may also hold special meetings with two days’ notice when needed.

More Information

Visit the Elkins Water Board homepage for more information.

To Apply

Apply by downloading and completing this PDF application form. The form may be submitted to the city clerk’s office by email, mail, or hand delivery. Please ensure your application arrives no later than April 29. Update: The application period has been extended to Friday, May 13.

Update Concerning Elkins-Randolph County Public Library

Jennifer Morgan, chairwoman of the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library Board of Trustees, has supplied the following update concerning the library’s next steps after the recent water damage:

We are very pleased to have secured temporary office space downtown to meet the needs of our downtown patrons. To be specific, we have leased the old office of T.R. Ross, which sits next to the Episcopal Church at 324 Randolph Avenue. At this location, we will be able to offer computer services, print/copy/fax services, and limited tutoring/meeting space. We also hope that we can offer books, but this will be done in conjunction with our Beverly Branch. With 24-48 hours notice, we will bring requested books from Beverly to Elkins for patrons. Although on a smaller scale, we are hoping that this location will meet the needs of our in town patrons until we can get our library back up and running.

As for our future plans, we are taking this opportunity to expand our current library. We have been working with an architect to design a space at our current location. We are adding a second story to provide much needed additional space. Our new facility will have multiple tutoring rooms, meeting rooms and conference rooms, more computers and a revamped children’s area. We will have a large classroom attached to a full kitchen so that meetings can enjoy refreshments or cooking classes can be held. The Friends of the Library group will have a dedicated office. We are still working out the details, but this will be such a wonderful rebuild for the entire Elkins/Randolph County community.

UPDATE: Boil Water Near Old High School LIFTED

Last modified on April 9th, 2022 at 07:47 am

Update as of Saturday, 4/9, 7:30 a.m.: This Boil Water Notice has been lifted. Lab testing found no contamination.

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Update as of Friday, 4/8: The Boil Water Notice remains in effect. The earliest that laboratory testing can be completed and the notice lifted is Saturday, April 9.

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Crews are responding to a water leak in the vicinity of 13th Street and South Henry, near the old Elkins High School and current RCPS bus garage.

While repairs are underway, water will be off to customers on sections of Cole Avenue, 13th Street, 15th Street, South Henry Avenue, and South Kerens Avenue. (The approximate area is shown in yellow on the below map. The affected water lines are shown in red.)

After repairs are complete and service has been restored, a Boil Water Notice will be in effect for these same customers. The earliest that laboratory testing can be completed and the notice lifted is Saturday, April 9.

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.

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

UPDATE: Boil Water on Ferguson Road LIFTED

Last modified on March 6th, 2022 at 01:57 pm

Update as of March 6, 1;08 p.m.: This Boil Water Notice has been lifted. No contamination was detected.

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As a result of loss of pressure on a water main during repair of a leak, a Boil Water Notice has been issued for water customers on Ferguson Road east of Harris Street. The earliest that laboratory testing can be completed and the notice lifted is Sunday, March 6.

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.

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

UPDATE: Water Outage Tuesday in West Elkins EXTENDED

Last modified on February 22nd, 2022 at 05:52 pm

2/22: Water Outage Extended

February 22nd, 2022 | 5:49 pm

Water outage announced here will continue through the evening due to difficulties encountered underground. Outage area now includes Tygart Valley Mall because a second line needed to be secured.

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On Tuesday, starting at 10 a.m., water customers near West Central Street, Wilson Lane, and Vernon Avenue, including Mountain Memories Assisted Living, will experience a water outage.

Elkins water system employees will be terminating an abandoned section of 18-inch line near Wilson Lane, behind the Tygart Valley Mall. Water service to Elkins Middle School will not be affected.

This work is projected to be completed during business hours but may be extended as a result of conditions encountered underground.

The approximate affected area is outlined in red in the below map.

Update: Boil Water Notice near Industrial Park LIFTED

Last modified on January 29th, 2022 at 07:50 am

Update as of 1/29, 7:45 a.m.: This Boil Water Notice has been lifted. Lab testing found no contamination in the sample.

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As a result of loss of pressure on a water main during repair of a leak, a Boil Water Notice has been issued for certain water customers in First and Second Ward, near Elkins Industrial Park. The earliest laboratory testing can be completed and the notice lifted is  Saturday, January 29.

The area of the Boil Water Notice is bounded by the Tygart Valley River, South Davis Avenue, 15th Street, and Industrial Park Road. See map below.

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.

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

 

Prepare for Water Outage: South Elkins and Wilson Hill

City of Elkins is responding to a break in a 12-inch transmission line near Builder’s Supply. When we shut off water to this line, customers throughout South Elkins, including Jennings Randolph Elementary School, and customers in a large section of Second Ward, including Wilson Hill and Elkins Middle School, will lose water pressure until repairs are completed.

We do not plan to shut this line down until school is dismissed. However, because of the size of the line and resulting high water pressure, there is a risk of an additional large rupture that will effectively shut off water service to the areas mentioned.

Please begin making preparations for a sudden loss of water service in these areas. (Note that map is very approximate and may not capture all areas that would be affected. If you are near the indicated zone, you should make preparations.)

Updated: Boil Water on Ward Avenue Lifted

Last modified on December 18th, 2021 at 08:04 am

Update as of Dec. 18, 8 a.m.: The Ward Avenue Boil Water Notice has been lifted. Lab testing found no contamination.

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Update as of 12/17,  9 a.m.: Repairs are complete. A sample is being submitted for independent lab testing this morning. Earliest results will be available morning of 12/18.

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Water Service Interruption South of Sixteenth Street

As a result of loss of pressure on a water main during repair of a leak, a Boil Water Notice has been issued for water customers on Ward Avenue in First Ward. The earliest update concerning this notice will be on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 18.

During repairs, water customers in South Elkins south of Sixteenth Street will experience low or no water pressure, but the Boil Water Notice only affects Ward Avenue.

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.

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

Now Collecting Bagged Leaves Only

City of Elkins has ended collection of loose leaves and is now collecting bagged leaves only. Bagged leaves will generally be collected within two business days of notification.

Place the bagged leaves at the curb and contact the Operations Department at (304)-636-1414, ext. 1437 to report the location of the bagged leaves for pick up.

Bags must contain only leaves and no yard waste or trash.

Kump Education Center to Host Holiday Family Celebration

ELKINS-The Kump Education Center is sponsoring a Holiday Family Celebration, Friday, December 17 through Sunday, December 19 from 2-5 p.m. each day at the historic Kump House. The three-day open house event will feature nativities and traditions from around the world, tours of the home and crafts for children.

“We are excited to continue the tradition of opening the Kump House during the holiday season and celebrate international Christmas customs,” said Heather Biola, director of the Kump Education Center (KEC). “We are also focusing on the importance of family, especially during this time of covid. Family means more than our own family; it is the human family all over the world.”

The Emma Scott Garden Club will once again decorate the Kump House with creches, nativities, and other decorations from around the world. “The Garden Club did such a wonderful job in 2019 with our 1930s celebration, we were thrilled that they volunteered their talents and time for this year’s event,” Biola said.

The Kump House, located on Randolph Ave., is a 26-room brick Neo-Federal Revival style home designed in 1924 for Herman Guy Kump, the 19th governor of West Virginia. Gov. Kump served during the Great Depression from 1933-1937 and is known for his support of rural public education. Today the KEC is continuing that legacy by dedicating itself to the promotion and creation of innovative educational initiatives. The City of Elkins owns the property which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

The open house is scheduled over a three-day period to allow for proper CDC social distancing protocol. The use of masks is highly recommended. The children’s craft area will be in the recently upgraded Altice Learning Lab that includes improved air filtration systems. Visitors are also asked to use the back entrance of the Kump House located off Seneca Trail Road, located north of the main entrance to the facility.

Admission to the holiday celebration is free but donations are requested which will support KEC education and restoration efforts.

“We have made significant progress on restoring the home and have exciting plans for the future,” said Biola. “We want to share this with the community as well as celebrate this beautiful season of peace.”

For more information about the Holiday Family Celebration or the Kump Education Center, visit the Kump Education Center Facebook page.

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Contact: Nanci Bross-Fregonara, Communications Director, Kump Education Center, fregonarafamily@cebridge.net

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