Elkins Resuming Utilities Shutoffs August 5

Shutoffs Had Been Suspended Since March

Elkins, W. Va., July 29, 2020: City of Elkins water and sewer utilities will recommence shutting off service for unpaid bills starting Wednesday, August 5, officials announced today. The city suspended shutoffs in March on the recommendation of the West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC).

As per PSC rules, City of Elkins water and sewer bills are issued monthly on the last business day of the month. Payments are due no later than 19 days after the bill date. Unpaid accounts are shut off 32 days after the bill date.

Now that the city is ending the suspension of shutoffs, any past due balance on a utility account will be subject to shutoff as of August 5. If you have not paid your June balance in full, including both new charges for June and any additional amounts listed as past due on your June bill, your account is subject to shutoff.

New charges listed on your July bill, which will be mailed July 31, are not due until later in August and will not subject you to the August 5 round of shutoffs.

Customers who cannot afford to pay their past-due balance in full can avoid having their service shut off by establishing a repayment plan. These plans are formal, binding agreements that require the account holder’s signature. To set up a repayment plan, inquire in person at the treasurer’s department, on the first floor of Elkins City Hall.

Utility bills may be paid online (www.bit.ly/ElkinsBills), by mail, by phone, via the dropbox behind city hall, or in person. More information is available by calling or emailing the utility billing department: (304) 636-1414, ext. 1720; cdolly@cityofelkinswv.com.

Business License Renewals Due June 30

Business license renewals are due to the Treasurer’s Department by June 30. If you have not yet received a license renewal form in the mail, or if you are applying for your first license, you must first submit a copy of your state business license to the Treasurer’s Department. If you have questions, please call (304) 636-1414, ext. 1318 or ext. 1721.
 
More information about business licenses and taxes is here.

Boil-Water Advisory Lifted

May 22, 2020
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Lab tests found no contamination from Tuesday’s water-main break. The boil-water advisory has been lifted, effective immediately.

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:

Elkins Event Organizers Urged to Be Realistic, Apply for Permits Early

Elkins, W. Va., May 7, 2020: With what is usually the summer events season fast approaching, Elkins officials are urging event organizers to carefully consider the viability of their planned events under social-distancing requirements and other CDC recommendations for reducing the risk of COVID-19 spread. Applications to the city for special WVABCA licenses or events on public property must include detailed plans for complying with these requirements and recommendations. Because these additional considerations will lengthen the review and approval process, organizers should submit event applications as early as possible. (more…)

Statement from Mayor and Council on Modified Forest Festival Plans

May 7, 2020
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The mayor and city council have released the following statement in response to the news concerning changes to plans for the 84th Mountain State Forest Festival:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Directors of the Mountain State Forest Festival (MSFF) has announced modifications to its plans for the 2020 festival. These modifications include the elimination of the festival’s royal court and all related events and activities, including the Coronation, Distinguished Guest Dinner, Queen’s Ball, opening and closing ceremonies, and school tours. (more…)

Looking Ahead to Governor’s Reopening Guidelines

April 24, 2020

Governor Justice announced Friday that his office would release guidelines for reopening certain businesses early next week.

City officials have already been receiving questions from business owners about what guidelines and restrictions they may be required to operate under. For example, some business owners have asked if the city plans to impose any special restrictions locally in addition to what the governor will announce. (more…)

Health Department: Fourth Randolph County COVID-19 Case Confirmed

The following was released by the Randolph-Elkins Health Department.

April 11, 2020
1:00 p.m.

The Randolph-Elkins Health Department (REHD) confirms a fourth case of COVID-19 in Randolph county.  “This Randolph County resident who was tested at Davis Medical Center works in Harrison County,” reports Bonnie Woodrum, Infectious Disease Nurse at REHD.  “The patient and all known at risk contacts have been notified and are self-quarantined in their homes.  The newly identified patient did report close contact with other confirmed cases. (more…)

Riverbend Park Closed to the Public Until Further Notice

Elkins W. Va., April 3, 2020: Riverbend Park in Elkins will be closed to the public until further notice, City of Elkins and Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission officials announced today. The reason is the park’s proximity to the city’s wastewater treatment plant amid concerns related to transmission of COVID-19. (more…)

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