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

Last modified on May 22nd, 2020 at 11:37 am

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.

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

Last modified on May 12th, 2020 at 04:08 pm

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

Last modified on May 12th, 2020 at 04:09 pm

May 7, 2020

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

Last modified on May 12th, 2020 at 04:10 pm

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

Last modified on May 12th, 2020 at 04:13 pm

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…)

City of Elkins Suspending Pickup of Bulky Solid Waste Items and Unbagged Trash

Last modified on April 6th, 2020 at 02:31 pm

Special Pickups Paused, Spring Cleanup Postponed Indefinitely

Elkins W. Va., April 4, 2020: To reduce infection risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Elkins Sanitation Department will no longer accept any items not contained in a tied trash bag. Also, the Elkins Street Department is suspending most special pickups of bulky solid waste items, and the City of Elkins Spring Cleanup event is postponed indefinitely. (more…)

Why is Elkins holding virtual meetings?

Last modified on June 29th, 2020 at 03:47 pm

Upon Mayor Broughton’s declaration of a citywide state of emergency on March 17, 2020, and based on recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control regarding minimizing infection risk during the coronavirus pandemic, Elkins Common Council temporarily suspended council and committee meetings.

This suspension was necessary because of the requirement, under the West Virginia Open Meetings Act, that the public must be able to attend any meeting of a city council or other governing body of a political subdivision in West Virginia. Because of the federal recommendation that people avoid gatherings of ten people or more, and because the City of Elkins did not yet have the capability to enable remote access to meetings, there was no way to proceed that was both legal and safe for the public and for city officials and staff.

After research and testing, city staff has selected the Zoom conferencing platform to enable remote attendance of meetings by city officials, staff, and members of the public. By using Zoom , anyone who wants to can join and listen to council and committee meetings by either dialing in (audio only) or by using the Zoom app or web platform.

Like many other West Virginia cities exploring remote meeting options, we have not found a satisfactory way to enable live public comment via this platform while still ensuring an orderly meeting. The best solution we can offer right now is that we will accept public comment submitted via email or telephone call/voice mail to the city clerk up to 30 minutes before the start of each meeting. Public comments received in this way will be read aloud at the meeting. (Please note that current council rules restrict each public comment to five minutes in length.)

Elkins City Clerk
Jessica R. Sutton
Phone: (304) 636-1414, ext. 1211
401 Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV, 26241

City of Elkins Coronavirus Recommendations

Last modified on March 21st, 2020 at 08:05 am

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
3:30 p.m.

Updated to reflect the president’s “15 Days to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus” recommendations. Visit coronavirus.gov to review the complete set of recommendations.

The nation, the state, and the City of Elkins are now under states of emergency. Barring additional orders, a state of emergency does not impose any mandatory restrictions on private businesses or on county or city governments.

However, last night, the White House issued new guidance for all Americans. (more…)

Mayor Broughton Proclaims City State of Emergency over Coronavirus Pandemic

March 17, 2020

Mayor Van Broughton today declared a citywide state of emergency in Elkins in response to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To further mitigate against this threat and to comply with federal recommendations concerning social distancing to protect the public and city staff and officials, the mayor has also cancelled all city meetings until further notice. A state of emergency does not impose any restrictions on the public, but it does enable the mayor to order restrictions if necessary. (The proclamation text appears at the bottom of this post.)

City hall remains closed to the public until further notice. All core city services and operations will continue to be provided, although steps are being taken to minimize non-essential contact between city staff and the public. The Treasurers’ Department will be operating and can receive phone calls, but all business must be transacted online, via the drop box behind city hall, or by mail. The Elkins Fire Department remains on duty but has closed its building to the public. The Elkins Police Department remains on duty, but officers may be wearing gloves or other protective gear when interacting with the public, out of an abundance of caution.

“I know that we are all deeply concerned about the threat COVID-19 poses to our city and nation,” said Broughton. “At this point, it is only a matter of time before confirmed cases are identified and the real threat of spread is upon us. We find ourselves as West Virginias in the unique and fortunate position of being able to take proactive measures against this worldwide pandemic, and that is why I have decided to take these actions.”

Mayors are granted authority for emergency declarations under West Virginia Code 15-5-1. The mayor’s emergency proclamation has been posted online and at city hall. It will also be transmitted to the governor’s office and to the office of the Randolph County Commission.

The text of the proclamation may be reviewed below. A scan of the signed proclamation may be viewed by clicking here.

The mayor has also issued emergency updates to the city’s personnel policy.

Emergency Proclamation

WHEREAS, as of March 17, 2020, the World Health Organization has confirmed 173,344 worldwide cases of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”), including 7,019 deaths; and,

WHEREAS, as of March 17, 2020, there are 1,714 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and thousands more pending or presumed, in the United States, including 68 deaths; and,

WHEREAS, as of March 17, 2020 West Virginia has no confirmed cases of COVID-19, however, every other state throughout the country does have confirmed cases of the virus; and,

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national emergency; and,

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, the Governor of West Virginia declared a state emergency; and,

WHEREAS, the State of West Virginia and the City of Elkins have the opportunity to take proactive and preventative measures to slow down or stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Van T. Broughton, Mayor of the City of Elkins, do hereby proclaim pursuant to the authority granted in West Virginia Code § 15-5-1, et seq., and Elkins City Charter Sec. 20, et seq., that the spread of COVID-19 in the United States creates an existing and threatened state of emergency endangering the lives, safety, health and welfare of the people within the City of Elkins; and,

I HEREBY DECLARE to all persons the existence of this state of emergency and, in order to more effectively protect the welfare of the people within the City, effective upon the signing of this proclamation, I will be exercising the authority granted to me in West Virginia Code § 15-5-1, et seq., and Elkins City Charter Sec. 20, et seq., through the issuance of executive orders, emergency policies, and use and direction of City personnel, services, and equipment to perform acts necessary to the management of this existing and threatened state of emergency; and,

I FURTHER DELEGATE to the City Clerk the same authority granted to me in West Virginia Code § 15-5-1, et seq., and Elkins City Code Sec. 20, et seq., to issue such policies and direct City personnel, services, and equipment, to perform acts necessary to the management of this existing and threatened state of emergency.

Pursuant to the authority granted to me in West Virginia Code § 15-5-1, et seq., and Elkins City Code Sec. 20, et seq., it shall be unlawful for any person to violate any provision of any restriction imposed by the executive orders or emergency policies issued under the authority of this proclamation.

Upon execution, this proclamation shall be filed with the City Clerk and a copy shall be sent to the Randolph county Commission and the Governor of West Virginia. This proclamation and any executive order or emergency policy issued under the authority of this proclamation shall be available for public view on the City of Elkins website.

This proclamation shall be in effect until I issue a subsequent proclamation rescinding the existing and threated state of emergency.

DATED this 17th day of March at 1:30 p.m.

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