Elkins Seeks Board of Zoning Appeals Members

Elkins, W. Va., December 16, 2020: In Elkins, when someone disagrees with a zoning decision, their first recourse is to request review by the Elkins Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). The BZA has the authority, within certain limitations, to reverse zoning decisions, authorize exceptions, and grant variances. There are currently two vacancies on the city’s five-seat BZA, and applications are now being accepted for these crucial volunteer positions.

The BZA meets infrequently, typically only when an appeal is received. In the last several years, the board has met only a handful of times. However, the Elkins Planning Commission has been working on an updated zoning code for the city that will be presented for council’s consideration in 2021. With expanded zoning rules, it can be expected that the workload of the BZA may expand as well.

BZA members serve three-year terms. To be eligible to serve on the BZA, applicants must have lived inside Elkins city limits for the three years preceding their appointment date. During their terms of office, BZA members are not allowed to serve on the city’s planning commission or hold any other city elected or appointed office.

No special or technical knowledge is required to serve on the BZA. The board is supported by the building inspector and zoning officer, the city attorney, and other city staff as needed.

For more information, please contact the city clerk. (Email: jsutton@cityofelkinswv.com; phone: 304.636.1414, ext. 1211) For more about city boards and commissions in general, click here.

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Elkins Testing for Police Officer Candidates

City of Elkins will test for entry-level police officer candidates on January 8, 2021. On that date, the physical fitness test will be at 9 a.m., and a written test will follow at 12:30 p.m. Candidates passing both the physical and written tests will sit for interviews on January 26, 2021, starting at 4 p.m.

After interviews are complete, successful applicants will be ranked by overall score on a list of candidates eligible for entry-level appointment to the department. There are currently two entry-level openings that could be filled from this list.

Applicants currently certified as West Virginia law enforcement officers are eligible for a $7,500 signing bonus, although they would join EPD as entry-level officers regardless of current rank. (more…)

Elkins Tree Board Presents Plaque to Elkins Parks Commission

Elkins, W. Va., September 24, 2020: The Elkins Tree Board recently presented the Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission a commemorative tree and plaque in gratitude for EPRC staff’s efforts in keeping Glendale Park open this past Spring.

“For many area residents, walking at Glendale Park was one of the few places available to enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment,” said Nanci Bross-Fregonara, Tree Board member. Dog-walkers, runners, and families on bikes were all able to be outside and have a chance to enjoy nature and exercise.”

The plaque, which will be installed by the planted bald cypress tree near the park’s entrance, expresses the Tree Board’s appreciation for the EPRC “providing a place of beauty and inspiration during the national pandemic.”

“I am sure there are many people in the community who are grateful for all the work the EPRC does to keep our city parks in great condition, especially during these challenging times,” said Bross-Fregonara. “This was just one small way we could honor them and commemorate what affected our area in 2020.”

For information on supporting the EPRC and its efforts, please contact the Elkins Parks and Recreation office, 304-636-3960 or email ttesar@cityofelkinswv.com.

Photo: Tom Tesar, Director of the Elkins Parks and Recreation Department accepts the cast plaque from Nanci Bross-Fregonara, Elkins Tree Board member, right and Marilynn Cuonzo, Chair of the Elkins Tree Board and Fourth Ward Council member.

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