City Hall News: October 17, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., October 17, 2020: Next week’s meetings include those of the Elkins Sanitary Board, which oversees the city’s sewer system, the Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission, and the Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission. The regularly scheduled meeting of council’s Municipal Properties Committee is postponed, with its new date to be announced.

The Sanitary Board meets Monday in city hall at 3:15 p.m. for agenda items including actions related to the bonds recently issued by council for the Phase II Sewer Project. (For more information about this project: www.bit.ly/Phase2Sewer).

The Historic Landmarks Commission meets on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Darden House (next door to city hall). The Parks and Recreation Commission meets Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Phil Gainer Community Center (142 Robert E. Lee Ave. Ext.).

As of Friday, the street sweeper has concluded its 2020 operating season. Street sweeper parking rules will not be enforced until the resumption of street sweeper operations in 2021.

Leaf pick up begins Monday, October 19, 2020 and continues for the rest of the fall, until either all leaves have been collected or snow has started falling. To make use of this service, rake leaves into piles in the grassy area between the curb and the sidewalk or bag up leaves for pick up.

There is no announced schedule for leaf collection by neighborhood or ward; crews will target areas that have the most leaves ready for collection. Contact the Operations Division at (304)-636-1414, ext. 1437 to report the location of bagged leaves for pick up. More information: www.cityofelkinswv.com.

Utility bill payments and in-city fire protection service fees (included on utility bills) are due Monday.

City Hall News: October 10, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., October 10, 2020: This week, there will be a council meeting and meetings of council’s Public Safety Committee and Personnel Committee and the Elkins Firefighters Civil Service Commission.

On Monday at 10 a.m., the Public Safety Committee meets to hear reports from city public safety officials, including one concerning the status of buildings slated for demolition. Also on Monday, at 1 p.m., the Personnel Committee continues its discussion of the code enforcement department and the reappointment of the city clerk.

On Tuesday at 4 p.m., the Elkins Firefighters Civil Service Commission meets to finalize its new list of candidates eligible for appointment to the Elkins Fire Department.

Council meets in regular session Thursday at 7 p.m. Although the agenda has not yet been finalized, one item will be the call of the March 2021 city election.

Council’s Rules & Ordinances Committee is in the process of considering allowing certain UTVs and ATVs to be operated on city streets. Committee members Linda Vest, Michael Hinchman, and Robert Chenoweth request interested parties submit comments directly to them. Contact information is available in the council section of the city website: www.cityofelkinswv.com.

As of today, council has released a revised draft city charter and commenced the steps required for that draft to be eligible for adoption via ordinance in November. Please visit www.bit.ly/ElkinsCharterUpdate to learn more.

City Hall News: October 3, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., October 3, 2020: This week, council’s Finance Committee and Rules & Ordinances Committee, as well as the Elkins Tree Board, will be meeting.

The Finance Committee convenes in person on Monday at 10 a.m. to take up new business items including funding for lighting improvements in City Park and the purchase of a new sanitation truck.

At 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the Elkins Tree Board meets in person to welcome Eric Schwartz, the new AmeriCorps member assigned to assist both the tree board and Elkins Main Street. Randolph County Development Authority Director Robbie Morris will also attend to discuss collaborative greenspace opportunities.

The 12 p.m. Thursday meeting of the Rules & Ordinances Committee, also in person, will see continued consideration of changes to the city’s laws concerning ATVs and UTVs. In new business, the committee will hear a request for revisions to the city’s restrictions on limited video lottery locations.

The Treasurer’s Department reminds city business owners that third-quarter business and occupation (B&O) tax forms have just been mailed, and returns are due by the end of the month.

City Hall News: September 26, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., September 26, 2020: In the only meeting currently scheduled for next week, council meets in person Thursday at 7 p.m. Agenda items include consideration of a contract for human-resources services from AlignHR and the ongoing discussion of possible changes to the city charter.

On Tuesday, the Elkins Firefighters Civil Service Commission meets in closed session to interview prospective firefighters. After interviews are completed, an updated list of candidates eligible to join the department will be posted.

City Hall News: September 19, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., September 19, 2020: The Sanitary Board, which is in charge of the city’s sewer system and wastewater treatment plant, meets in person on Monday at 3:15 p.m. Agenda items include a flow study on Sylvester Drive, approval of invoices, and review of financial statements.

Council’s Economic Growth and Development (EGAD) Committee meets in person Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Among other agenda items, the committee will continue to discuss next steps related to annexation.

Council meets in person Thursday at 7 p.m. The agenda is not yet complete, but one item will be the ongoing consideration of possible charter changes.

On Friday, at 11 a.m., the Elkins Planning Commission meets virtually to continue work on the new zoning ordinance. Login will be posted here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/council-and-committee-meetings

All council, committee, and commission meetings are open to the public and held at Elkins City Hall (401 Davis Avenue) unless otherwise stated.

City Hall News: September 5, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., September 5, 2020: Elkins City Hall is closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. Trash normally collected Mondays will be collected on Tuesday. Please have trash outside no later than 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

At a virtual meeting at 12 p.m. on Thursday, council’s Rules & Ordinances Committee continues its discussion of the city’s noise ordinance. The committee will also resume its examination of city laws concerning operation of off-road vehicles (e.g., ATVs, UTVs, etc.) on public roadways, to see if modifications are needed in response to recent changes in state code.

The Elkins Fire Department is testing for prospective civil service firefighters on Saturday. There are currently no openings but testing for placement on the department’s list of eligible candidates is the only way to become a paid firefighter in Elkins if a position does become available. Download an application and find more information, including test requirements, here: www.bit.ly/ElkinsCivilService. Applications are due to the city clerk’s office no later than 3 p.m. Friday.

All council and committee meetings are open to the public. For virtual meeting login info, agendas, and information about submitting public comments, please see: www.cityofelkinswv.com/login.

City Hall News for August 29, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., August 29, 2020: On Tuesday, at 5:30 p.m., council will host an in-person Charter Change Q&A event at the Phil Gainer Community Center. Council’s charter-change attorney will present a brief summary of his analysis of the current charter, which was last updated in 1901. Then council will take questions and comments from in-person attendees. To reduce chances of transmitting the COVID-19 virus, seats will be placed 6 feet apart, face coverings are required, and only 72 audience members will be admitted. See: www.bit.ly/ElkinsCharterUpdate.

Elkins Tree Board meets Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Darden Garden, between city hall and the Darden House. The board will consider agenda items including setting tree planting and maintenance workdays and the possibility of an Adopt-a-Tree program.

At its 5:30 p.m. Thursday virtual meeting, council’s EGAD Committee will discuss next steps for annexation and the placement of electric vehicle charging stations in Elkins.

Council meets virtually in regular session Thursday at 7 p.m. The meeting will begin with a public hearing concerning the issuance of bonds to fund Phase II of the sewer/stormwater separation project. (See: www.bit.ly/Phase2Sewer)

Council’s regular meeting commences immediately following this hearing. The agenda is not yet complete but includes the third and final reading of the ordinance issuing the sewer bonds. Council will also receive the results of the online charter-change survey and continue its discussion of possible charter changes.

There will be written and physical civil-service testing for prospective firefighters September 12. More information, including test requirements, here: www.bit.ly/ElkinsCivilService

All council and committee meetings are open to the public. For virtual meeting login info, agendas, and information about submitting public comments, please see: www.cityofelkinswv.com/login.

City Hall News for August 8, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., August 8, 2020: Meeting this week are council’s Public Safety Committee and Rules & Ordinances Committee, as well as the Elkins Tree Board.  Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Personnel Committee has been cancelled for lack of new business. (more…)

City Hall News: Aug. 1, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., August 1, 2020: Elkins Common Council meets virtually on Thursday at 7 p.m. The agenda is not yet finalized but includes an ordinance revising municipal court fees, the second of three readings of an ordinance issuing bonds to finance the sewer/stormwater separation project, and an ordinance adopting the first recodification of city laws since 1991. (more…)

City Hall News: July 13-17, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., July 11, 2020: Elkins City Hall closed Thursday because an employee tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Reopening could occur as soon as Monday, July 13, but we cannot announce a firm reopening date until test results are received by employees who were in contact with that original employee. (more…)

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