City Hall News: Week of Nov. 21, 2022

During Thanksgiving week, no meetings are scheduled. City hall will be closed Thursday and Friday.

Customers whose trash is usually picked up on Mondays or Thursdays will have a different schedule this week. Trash normally picked up Mondays will be picked up Sunday (11/20), starting at 6 a.m. Trash normally picked up Thursdays will be picked up Wednesday (11/23), starting at 6 a.m. There are no changes for customers whose trash is picked up Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays.

Utility bills are due Monday.

City Hall News: Week of November 11, 2022

Meeting this week are council’s Public Safety Committee, ad hoc Organizational Audit Committee, and Municipal Properties Committee. Also meeting are the Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission and the Elkins Parks & Recreation Commission. Council meets Thursday.

The Public Safety Committee meets Monday at 10 a.m. to prioritize properties for demolition using the recently awarded $300,000 in West Virginia DEP RADPP funding and to discuss a housing study recently completed by Woodlands Development & Lending.

On Tuesday at 1 p.m., the Organizational Audit Committee continues its consideration of the building inspector, operations assistant, and operations administrative assistant positions.

Meeting later Tuesday, at 4 p.m., the Historic Landmarks Commission continues work on historic plaques, SHIPO grants for Davis & Elkins College and Maplewood Cemetery, and its lease with the city.

On Tuesday, at 5:30 p.m., there will be a public forum to provide input for the development of a master streetscape plan for downtown. The public is welcome to attend the event, which will be held at the Randolph County Community Arts Center.

On Wednesday at  9 a.m., the Municipal Properties Committee will continue work on next steps regarding leases for Darden House office-space tenants.

Meeting Wednesday at 4:15 p.m., the Elkins Water Board will work on fees for taps for new water service and review job descriptions for new water plant positions.

Also on Wednesday, at 5 p.m., the Parks & Recreation Commission meets at the Phil Gainer Community Center to discuss Canada-goose control and memorial benches.

Council meets Thursday at 7 p.m. The agenda, which may be adjusted through Tuesday, currently includes the contract for next year’s downtown flowers program, the contract for next year’s maintenance of landscaping in the city hall parking lot, promotions and changes to rank structure in the Elkins Fire Department, appointments to the Elkins Tree Board and Elkins Planning Commission, and approval to proceed with development of an application for tax increment financing in downtown Elkins.

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 Nov. 7, 2022

Meeting next week are council’s Finance Committee, Rules & Ordinances Committee, and Personnel Committee. City hall will be closed Tuesday (for Election Day) and Friday (for Veterans Day). Trash will be picked up as usual.

On Monday, at 10 a.m., the Finance Committee will hold a public hearing concerning renewal of the Optimum (formerly Suddenlink) cable franchise agreement. Immediately following, the committee will meet to discuss said renewal, devise a compensation level for a new human resources position, consider a compensation level for the city clerk on reappointment, discuss renewal of the contract with Terra Flora for maintaining landscaping in the city hall parking lot, take up a request for funds to purchase a new Street Department vehicle, and consider next steps for the property at 5 River Street.

To avoid shutoff, overdue utility accounts must be brought up to date no later than Tuesday. Payments may be submitted online here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/online-payments.

Meeting Wednesday at 9 a.m., the Rules & Ordinances Committee will continue reviewing regulation of animals in Elkins.

The Personnel Committee meets Thursday at 12 p.m. to continue discussion of projected FY 2024 health insurance premiums and to consider reappointment of the city clerk.

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, there will be a Veterans Day parade up Davis Avenue and down Railroad Avenue, starting at First and Davis.

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 Oct. 31, 2022

Meeting this week are the Elkins council, council’s ad hoc Special Hiring Committee, and the Elkins Tree Board. Street-sweeper season is over, and leaf collection has begun.

By longstanding council resolution, Halloween trick-or-treating in Elkins will be observed on Halloween (Monday), 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Third quarter business and occupation (B&O) tax returns are due to the Treasurer’s Department no later than Monday.

The Tree Board meets at the Darden House (next door to city hall) on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. In addition to planning its December meeting, the board will continue work on the Adopt-a-Tree program, planning of seasonal activities, and its grant from the West Virginia Division of Forestry.

On Wednesday at 3 p.m., the Special Hiring Committee continues work on identifying and recruiting a new operations manager. Learn more about this position and apply: www.cityofelkinswv.com/employment-opportunities.

Council meets Thursday at 7 p.m. The agenda, which may be adjusted through Tuesday, includes three presentations (Kump Education Center; an orientation to a tax increment financing proposal for the downtown; and recognition of the Mountain Region Special Response Team from the Parsons police chief); another memorandum of understanding concerning settlement of a state-led lawsuit related to opioids; and contracts for design of a replacement Davis Avenue bridge and installation of an HVAC system at city hall.

The street-sweeper season is over, and no tickets will be issued until after the start of the next season, to be announced in spring 2023. Leaf collection is underway and will continue until either all leaves have been collected or the arrival of winter weather. More information: www.cityofelkinswv.com/2022-leaf-pickups-begin-oct-17.

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 Oct. 24, 2022

The only governing body meeting this week is the Elkins Water Board. An interactive economic-development workshop will be offered Monday evening.

Today (Sunday) is the last day of the Forest Festival Mountain Memories exhibit at the Governor Kump House, 3-5 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

On Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Phil Gainer Community Center, the public is invited to a free workshop hosted by Smart Growth America to envision strategies for effective economic development in Elkins. Attendees will learn about promising data-based directions for this city, hear examples from similar communities, and share ideas. More information: www.cityofelkinswv.com/public-invited-to-smart-growth-workshop-monday.

The Water Board meets Tuesday at 4 p.m. Agenda items include an engineer’s presentation of a needs assessment for the city’s water system and a discussion of the employee uniform contract.

Third quarter business and occupation (B&O) tax returns are due to the Treasurer’s Department by October 31.

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 Oct. 17, 2022

Meeting this week are the Elkins Sanitary Board, the Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission, and the Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission. Also meeting is council’s Municipal Properties Committee. Council meets Thursday at 7 p.m.

The Sanitary Board meets Monday at 10 a.m. There are two new business items on the agenda: sewer system invoices and purchase of a utility bed/crane. The board is also still working on the Teaberry Hills and Sylvester Drive sewer issue, North Randolph Avenue sewer extension, the water/wastewater needs assessment, a contract with Dewaine Corley/C-Com, and the foam-filled sewer line under Randolph Avenue.

The Historic Landmarks Commission meets Tuesday at 4 p.m. to continue discussion of leases and a new location for meetings.

The Municipal Properties Committee meets Wednesday at 9 a.m. to discuss tree grates and ash bins.

The Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission meets at the Phil Gainer Community Center Wednesday at 5 p.m. The agenda is not yet posted.

Council meets Thursday at 7 p.m. The agenda is not yet final and may be adjusted through Tuesday. Known items include memoranda of understanding with the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office to participate in several opioid-related cases and their eventual settlements as a non-litigating local government, consideration of a request for an easement to allow Gambill Entertainment to install a permanent utility pole on city property, consideration of a request to waive bidding requirements for a truck for the Street Department, and first readings of one ordinance to amend the new zoning code and one to regulate nuisance animal noise.

At Thursday’s council meeting, there will also be presentation from Woodlands Development & Lending and Envision Elkins.

The schedule for the free monthly bulk pickups program is changing this week. Learn more: www.cityofelkinswv.com/bulk-pickups.

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 October 10, 2022

Meeting this week are council’s Public Safety Committee, ad hoc Special Hiring Committee, Rules & Ordinances Committee, ad hoc Organizational Audit Committee, and Personnel Committee. The Elkins Tree Board also meets.

The Public Safety Committee meets Monday at 10 a.m. The agenda includes one new business item: Discussion of DEP RADPP award (for demolitions of condemned properties).

On Monday at 3 p.m., the Special Hiring Committee continues its search for a new operations manager.

The Tree Board meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Agenda items include discussion of the Darden House, winter activities, the Adopt-a-Tree program, and the expiration of a member’s term.

The Rules & Ordinances Committee meets Wednesday at 9 a.m. On the agenda are consideration of the need for changes to the regulation of animals inside city limits and the new zoning code.

The Organizational Audit Committee meets Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. to continue analysis of positions in the Operations Department.

The Personnel Committee meets Thursday at 12 p.m. to continue work on the creation of a human resources position, an employee benefits proposal, and FY 2024 health insurance premiums.

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 October 3, 2022

There are no meetings scheduled for next week. The 84th Mountain State Forest Festival is underway and lasts through next Saturday.

During the week of the Mountain State Forest Festival (Monday-Friday, Oct. 3-7), all trash will be picked up on the usual days. However, Thursday and Friday trash collection will start at 5 a.m. Trash must be outside no later than 5 a.m. on Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7.

Sections of Fourth Street, Railroad Avenue, and Third Street will be closed all week for the carnival.

City hall will be closed to the public  on Friday.

On Saturday, there will be a series of parades. The Antique and Classic Street Rod Car Parade starts at 1 p.m., followed by the Special Units and Log Truck Parade at 1:15 p.m. The Grand Feature Parade, featuring the newly crowned Queen Silvia, starts at 1:30 p.m. The parades will proceed up South Davis Avenue from around Eleventh Street, turn east on Fifth Street, turn south on Randolph Avenue, and finish near the Randolph County Courthouse.

Find more festival information here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/2022-forest-festival-information

City Hall News: Week of September 26, 2022

Meeting next week are council’s Municipal Properties Committee, the Elkins Water Board, and the Elkins Planning Commission.

The Municipal Properties Committee meets in special session Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. to consider a request for a utilities easement from the directors of the Mountain State Forest Festival. This easement would allow installation of an electric service pole next to the city-owned parking lot near Railroad Avenue and Third Street for use by a private company during the festival.

On Tuesday at 4 p.m., the Water Board meets on an agenda that includes contracts with Dewaine Corley/C-Com and Steve’s Electrical Service, discussion of the Worth Avenue water-line break, invoices, and tap fees.

Also meeting on Tuesday, at 7 p.m., the Planning Commission will review definitions of various types of events in the new zoning code. Commission members will also discuss items for an FAQ concerning the new law and review the processes that will be used to administer and enforce its provisions. Learn more: www.cityofelkinswv.com/zoning.

Third quarter business and occupation (B&O) tax returns will be mailed Friday. Returns must be filed by October 31.

Vintage 1930s-era Mountain State Forest Festival costumes are on temporary display at the Governor Kump House this fall. Tours of the home and other exhibits are available Sundays, 3-5 p.m., through October 23. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

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 September 19, 2022

Meeting this week are council’s Personnel Committee, ad hoc Organizational Audit Committee, and Municipal Properties Committee. Also meeting are the Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission and the Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission. Utility bills are due Monday. Council has raised water rates. The Governor Kump House announces a new fall schedule.

The Personnel Committee meets Monday at 1:30 p.m. with the following agenda items: creation of a human resources position, changes to how employee travel expenses are covered, an employee benefits proposal, and health insurance premiums for fiscal year 2024.

Meeting Tuesday at 1 p.m., the Organizational Audit Committee, which was created to identify opportunities for further strengthening the city’s organizational structure, will continue its analysis of the building, code, and zoning officer position. It will begin discussion of the operations assistant and operations administrative assistant positions.

Later Tuesday, at 4 p.m. in the Darden House, the Historic Landmarks Commission will discuss its lease with the city, a new location for meetings, and updating the commission’s website.

The Municipal Properties Committee meets Wednesday at 9 a.m. Three agenda items pertain to the Darden House (stained glass, leasing, and use by outside parties). The committee will also discuss the contract for the downtown flowers program.

The Parks and Recreation Commission meets Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the Phil Gainer Community Center. The agenda includes Grand Families program and video gaming system.

At Thursday’s meeting, in response to unprecedented inflationary pressure and the implementation of statutory reserve-fund requirements, council approved a recommendation from the Elkins Water Board for an emergency increase in water rates of 32 percent for all customers. An additional 3 percent increase will go into effect next summer. The increase will start applying to usage immediately and will be reflected on bills mailed October 31 and due in mid- November. Learn more: www.cityofelkinswv.com/2022-water-rate-increase.

To avoid penalty, utility bills and in-city Fire & Rescue Service Fees are due no later than Monday.

Starting this weekend and lasting through October 23, free public tours of the Governor Kump House will be offered on Sunday afternoons between the hours of 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. There will be a temporary exhibit of 1930s-era Mountain State Forest Festival costumes and memorabilia. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Parking is available in the rear of the house, which is best accessed from Seneca Pike.

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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