City Hall News: Week of June 27, 2022

Meeting this week are the Elkins Water Board and council’s Personnel Committee. The fireworks display is Saturday, July 2.

Meeting in special session Tuesday at 3 p.m., the Personnel Committee will begin work on recruiting a new operations manager after the incumbent, Josh Sanson, announced that he would resign July 1.

The Water Board meets Tuesday at 4 p.m. New business items include a reimbursement request from the Randolph County Housing Authority and a proposal to use ARPA funds to purchase air compressors at the water treatment plant.

Business-license renewals are due by Thursday. All outstanding B&O taxes must be paid before the new license will be issued.

This year’s Independence Day weekend festivities are presented and managed by Mountain State Street Machines. The fireworks display will take place after dark on Saturday, July 2.

All meetings are open to the public and, unless otherwise stated, held at Elkins City Call (401 Davis Avenue). Find agendas and other meeting information here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/council-and-committee-meetings.

City Hall News: Week of June 20, 2022

Meeting this week are council’s ad hoc Organizational Audit Committee and Rules & Ordinances Committee. Also meeting is the Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission. City hall is closed Monday, but trash will be collected as usual.

Business-license renewals are due by Thursday. All outstanding B&O taxes must be paid before the new license will be issued. To avoid penalty, pay utility bills no later than Sunday. Pay online here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/government/treasurer/online-utility-bill-payment.

The Historic Landmarks Commission meets Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Darden House (next door to city hall). There are no new-business agenda items; old business items include an update on stained-glass window repair, consideration of renting space in the Darden House for meetings, and an update on Maplewood Cemetery.

The Organizational Audit Committee continues its work Wednesday at 1 p.m., when the city’s five administrative officers will present initial ideas for improving efficiency within and among their departments.

On Thursday at 8:30 a.m., the Rules & Ordinances Committee will meet in special session to discuss a proposed ordinance that would create a framework to enable restaurants to offer outside dining on public sidewalks. (It is already legal for restaurants to offer outside dining on their own property.)

This weekend, the Kump Education Center is hosting an open house on Saturday and Sunday, 2-5 p.m., at the historic Governor Kump House on Randolph Avenue. The event will feature vintage Kump family wedding dresses and memorabilia, new interpretive displays, a visit by a reenactor portraying Eleanor Roosevelt at 3 p.m., and tours. The event is free and open to the public, but donations are encouraged. Parking is available at the rear of the house. For more information, call 304-637-7820.

All meetings are open to the public and, unless otherwise stated, held at Elkins City Call (401 Davis Avenue). Find agendas and other meeting information here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/council-and-committee-meetings.

City Hall News: Week of June 13, 2022

Meeting next week are council’s Public Safety Committee and Finance Committee, as well as the Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission. Council’s regular Thursday meeting has been moved to Tuesday, and Blue Grass Park has reopened.

The Public Safety Committee meets Monday at 10 a.m. The only new business item concerns traffic controls at downtown intersections.

The Finance Committee also meets Monday, at 11 a.m. The committee will take up requested budget revisions and consider a proposal from Invoice Cloud.

Council meets in special session Tuesday at 7 p.m. The final agenda includes the following new business items: request to transfer portions of Industrial Park Road and Riverbend Park Road to the W. Va. Department of Highways; request from Woodlands Development and Lending to place a generator and transformer in the Seneca Mall parking lot as part of the Tygart Hotel renovation; a grant application to fund purchase of a generator at the Wastewater Treatment Plant; renewal of the contract with Mitchell Tree Care on behalf of the Elkins Tree Board; and budget revisions recommended by the Finance Committee.

Meeting at the Phil Gainer Community Center on Wednesday at 5 p.m., the Parks and Recreation Commission will discuss skate park art; a draft of a design for an Elkins Riverfront Trail; a floor protector for the Phil Gainer Community Center; and plans for improvements at City Park.

All meetings are open to the public and, unless otherwise stated, held at Elkins City Call (401 Davis Avenue). Find agendas and other meeting information here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/council-and-committee-meetings.

City Hall News: Week of June 6, 2022

Meeting this week are the Elkins Sanitary Board and the Elkins Tree Board. Also meeting are council’s Rules & Ordinances Committee and Personnel Committee. Free bulk trash pickups start Monday. The Addiction and Homelessness Task Force holds a public forum Tuesday. Overdue utility accounts must be brought up to date before Tuesday to avoid shutoff.

The new bulk pickup service for residential customers starts this week. The Sanitation Department’s grapple truck will visit a different part of the city throughout each month, starting with customers whose household trash is normally collected on Mondays. These customers may place one large bulk item (e.g., appliance, furniture, etc.) curbside by 6 a.m. Monday, although it may not be picked up until later in the week. Find the schedule for the rest of the month and other information here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/bulk-pickups.

The Sanitary Board meets Monday at 1 p.m. Agenda items include a discussion about the Teaberry Hills and Sylvester Drive sewer issue and the matter of extending sewer lines up North Randolph Avenue. Burgess & Niple will present the results of its wastewater system needs assessment.

On Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., in the Darden House (next door to city hall), the Tree Board meets to decide whether to continue its Adopt-A-Tree program this fall, plan a workday at the Kump Education Center nursery, and discuss an August gathering.

Also on Tuesday, at 6 p.m., the Addiction and Homelessness Task Force will hold a public forum at the Phil Gainer Center to provide an update on its work and take questions and suggestions.

The Rules & Ordinances Committee meets Wednesday at 9 a.m. In addition to continuing work on a framework enabling restaurants to legally provide sidewalk seating in the public right-of-way, the committee will discuss the possibility of creating a rule imposing confidentiality on participants in council executive sessions.

The Personnel Committee meets Thursday at 12 p.m. to consider the reappointment of the city treasurer.

All meetings are open to the public and, unless otherwise stated, held at Elkins City Call (401 Davis Avenue). Find agendas and other meeting information here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/council-and-committee-meetings.

City Hall News: Week of May 30, 2022

Meeting this week are the Elkins Water Board and Elkins Common Council. City hall is closed Monday, in observance of Memorial Day, and trash normally collected Mondays will be collected on Tuesday, starting at 6 a.m.

The Water Board is meeting in special session Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. to review a needs assessment concerning the city’s water and wastewater systems prepared by Burgess & Niple.

Council meets Thursday at 7 p.m. The agenda may be adjusted through Tuesday. Current new business items include various recommendations for use of ARPA funds from council’s ad hoc ARPA Advisory Committee and review of proposed designs for new Elkins welcome signs. Also at this meeting, the Elkins Planning Commission will officially submit its proposed new zoning ordinance to council, commencing the final adoption process. This process will not be complete until late summer at the earliest, after two public hearings (to be announced) and other steps required by state law.

First-due area (i.e., outside city limits) Fire & Rescue Service Fee payments are due June 1st. FY2023 business license applications have been mailed out and are due by June 30th. Any outstanding B&O taxes must be paid before an FY2023 business license will be issued.

All meetings are open to the public and, unless otherwise stated, held at Elkins City Call (401 Davis Avenue). Find agendas and other meeting information here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/council-and-committee-meetings.

City Hall News: Week of May 23, 2022

Meeting this week are the Elkins Planning Commission and the Elkins Board of Zoning Appeals. Also meeting are council’s Municipal Properties Committee, ad hoc ARPA Advisory Committee, ad hoc Organizational Audit Committee, and Rules & Ordinances Committee.

The Planning Commission meets virtually Monday at 1 p.m. The commission has been working since 2016 on updating the city’s zoning laws and is nearing the completion of its work. This meeting’s agenda includes review of needed amendments to the city’s comprehensive plan, review of the final proposed draft zoning ordinance, and various actions required by law to officially transmit the proposed draft zoning ordinance to council for commencement of that body’s final approval process. More: www.cityofelkinswv.com/zoning-update.

At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, the Municipal Properties Committee meets on an agenda that includes discussion of where a generator needed for the Tygart Hotel project might be located in the Seneca Mall parking lot, a memorandum of understanding with the Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission, lease agreements for Darden House office-space tenants, and next steps on the creation of updated “Welcome to Elkins” signs.

The ARPA Advisory Committee meets Tuesday at 12 p.m. Agenda items include requests for ARPA funds to pay for a study of a sewer-line expansion along North Randolph Avenue and the replacement of a service truck for the Wastewater Collection Department. The committee will also discuss procedures for ARPA funds returned as unspent by community organizations.

The Organizational Audit Committee meets Tuesday at 1 p.m. This ad hoc committee was formed to study and recommend changes to the city’s organizational structure. At this, its first, meeting, the committee will discuss procedures and scope of work.

The Rules & Ordinances Committee meets Wednesday at 9 a.m. On the agenda are open containers, outdoor dining, and deer population control.

The Board of Zoning Appeals meets Wednesday at 4 p.m. The board will review the current process for zoning appeals and discuss procedures for recording hearings.

The Treasurer’s Office will be closed on Thursday for a staff meeting from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. First-due area (i.e., outside city limits) Fire & Rescue Service Fee payments are due June 1st. FY2023 business license applications have been mailed out and are due by June 30th. Any outstanding B&O taxes must be paid before a FY2023 business license will be issued.

All meetings are open to the public and, unless otherwise stated, held at Elkins City Call (401 Davis Avenue). Find agendas and other meeting information here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/council-and-committee-meetings.

City Hall News: Week of May 16, 2022

Meeting this week are the Elkins Sanitary Board, the Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission, and the Elkins Parks & Recreation Commission. Council meets Thursday, and the Darden Garden cleanup is Saturday.

This month’s regular meetings of the Municipal Properties Committee and the Rules & Ordinances Committee have been postponed. Municipal Properties will meet May 24 at 9 a.m. and Rules & Ordinances will meet May 25 at 9 a.m.

The Sanitary Board meets Monday at 2 p.m. New business items include a discussion of the end-of-warranty walkthrough of last year’s sewer/stormwater separation project, a proposal for a study of extending wastewater lines up North Randolph Avenue, and review of invoices.

The Historic Landmarks Commission meets Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Darden House (next door to city hall). There are no new business items; old business items include updates on stained glass repair, historic plaques, rack cards and other promotional items, and the commission’s website.

The Parks & Recreation Commission meets Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Phil Gainer Community Center.

Council meets Thursday at 7 p.m. The agenda may be adjusted through Tuesday. Current items include acknowledgement of the end of the probationary periods for two EPD officers, consideration of applicants for appointment to vacancies on the Elkins Water Board and the Board of Trustees of the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library System, and discussion of an opportunity to apply for a grant to fund programs and activities addressing issues related to substance use disorder in this area.

Elkins Friends of Trees and the Elkins Tree Board are holding their annual Darden Gardens clean-up event on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Darden House. Attendees should bring gloves and gardening tools if possible, but some will be available at the event. Refreshments will also be provided.

To avoid penalty, utility bills and in-city Fire & Rescue Service Fee payments are due to the Treasurer’s Department by Thursday.

All meetings are open to the public and, unless otherwise stated, held at Elkins City Call (401 Davis Avenue). Find agendas and other meeting information here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/council-and-committee-meetings.

City Hall News: Week of May 9, 2022

Meeting next week are the Elkins Water Board and council’s Public Safety Committee and Personnel Committee. City hall is closed Tuesday for the West Virginia Primary Election, but trash will be collected on the usual schedule.

The Public Safety Committee meets Monday at 10 a.m. The committee will review two proposed grant applications, one to the U.S. DOJ’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program and one to the U.S. DOT’s Smart City Challenge.

The Personnel Committee meets Thursday at 12 p.m. There are two new business items, a reclassification request for an Operations Department employee and a review of services provided by AlignHR, the city’s human resources contractor.

The Elkins Water Board holds a special meeting Thursday at 3 p.m. Agenda items include the FY 2023 Water Fund budget, planning for maintenance and replacement of the water treatment plant’s membrane filters, a proposed contract for IT services at the water treatment plant with Dewaine Corley (C-Com), and a water/wastewater needs assessment.

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Help protect the Tygart River, the source of the city’s drinking water. If you see something, say something. Please call 911 to report oily sheens or other signs of contamination in the river, illegal dumping down storm drains or into waterways, or suspicious activity near city infrastructure facilities.

All meetings are open to the public and, unless otherwise stated, held at Elkins City Call (401 Davis Avenue). Find agendas and other meeting information here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/council-and-committee-meetings.

City Hall News: Week of May 2, 2022

Meeting next week are council’s Finance Committee and the Elkins Tree Board. Council meets Thursday. Overdue utility accounts must be brought up to date before Wednesday to avoid shutoff.

The Finance Committee meets Monday at 10 a.m. Agenda items include proposed FY 2023 budgets for the Elkins Fire Department (now being accounted for outside of the city’s General Fund), the Landfill Fund, and the Sanitation Fund. The committee will also review requested budget revisions; consider how best to fund needed repairs to the city-owned Seneca Mall Parking Lot and a project to build a pavilion at the Kump Education Center; and evaluate the proposed purchase of a new sanitation truck. Finally, the committee will also compare bids received for the city’s FY 2023 property and general liability insurance.

Meeting Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Darden House, the Tree Board will discuss summer maintenance and watering at the city’s tree nursery and make plans for the United Way Day of Action (June 21). Old business items include tree tags at Glendale Park and prioritization of funds remaining in the FY 2022 budget.

Council meets Thursday at 7 p.m. The agenda may be adjusted through Tuesday. Current agenda items include final reading of an ordinance regulating parking in alleys, the appointment of Sam Severino to the Elkins Parks & Recreation Commission, an RFQ for streetscape conceptual design, and the consideration of an opioid agreement proposed by W. Va. Attorney General Patrick Morrissey.

All meetings are open to the public and, unless otherwise stated, held at Elkins City Call (401 Davis Avenue). Find agendas and other meeting information here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/council-and-committee-meetings.

City Hall News: Week of April 25, 2022

The only meeting scheduled for this week is that of council’s ad hoc Committee on Boards and Commissions. There will be Arbor Day observances on Friday and an Earth Day Celebration on Saturday.

The Committee on Boards and Commissions meets Wednesday at 9 a.m. This committee was formed to review city and state statutes establishing and regulating all city boards and commissions, as well as external boards and commissions to which the Elkins council has appointment authority. After this week’s review of the Elkins Water Board and the Board of Trustees of the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library, the committee will have concluded its work and will be dissolved.

The Elkins Tree Board will commemorate Arbor Day at 2 p.m. on Friday at Glendale Park, near the Pollinator Alley area. At 5 p.m., a tree will be planted at Bluegrass Park by members of the Emma Scott Garden Club.

There will be an Earth Day Celebration at Elkins City Park on Saturday, 12-2 p.m. The event will feature crafting and other activities for children, informational displays, and interactive games. All events are free and will take place rain or shine.

First quarter business and occupation (B&O) tax returns are due by the end of the month.

All meetings are open to the public and, unless otherwise stated, held at Elkins City Call (401 Davis Avenue). Find agendas and other meeting information here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/council-and-committee-meetings.

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