City Hall News: Week of September 5, 2022

City hall will be closed Monday, in observance of Labor Day. Trash normally collected Mondays will be picked up Tuesday, starting at 6 a.m. The only meeting scheduled for this week is that of the Elkins Tree Board.

The Tree Board meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The board will plan for a workshop with a representative of the West Virginia Department of Forestry, consider projects for spring of 2023, and discuss potential changes to the board’s structure.

To avoid shut-off, overdue utility accounts must be brought up to date no later than Tuesday. Quarterly Fire & Rescue Service Fees for properties outside city limits must also be paid no later than Tuesday to avoid penalty.

Council is considering an emergency water-rate increase recommended by the Elkins Water Board. Learn more here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/2022-water-rate-increase.

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 August 29, 2022

Meeting this week are the Elkins Water Board and the Elkins Common Council.

The Water Board meets in special session Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. The agenda has not yet been posted and may be adjusted through Monday. One agenda item will be the water-rate increase that the board is recommending to council.

Council meets Thursday at 7 p.m. This agenda has also not yet been posted; it may be adjusted through Tuesday. Known agenda items are three ordinances implementing recently granted home-rule authorities: raising the maximum age for new civil-service firefighters from 35 to 40; implementing a Municipal Court Administrative Fee of $45; and implementing a Municipal Court Technology Fee of $10. This meeting will also see the first reading of an ordinance that would raise water rates for all customers. Read more about the proposed water-rate increase here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/2022-water-rate-increase.

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 August 22, 2022

Meeting this week are the Elkins Sanitary Board and council’s ad hoc Special Hiring Committee and Rules & Ordinances Committee. Expect temporary changes to traffic patterns in the vicinity of  the Tygart Hotel. Police, fire, and emergency medical personnel will participate in a kickball tournament Saturday in Glendale Park.

The Sanitary Board meets Monday at 10 a.m. On the agenda are various personnel actions, discussion of an engineer’s needs assessment for the water and sewer systems, and discussion of policies for check valve installation and stormwater downspout connections. The board will also discuss the foam-filled sewer line under Randolph Avenue.

Meeting Monday at 2:30 p.m., the Special Hiring Committee continues work to recruit a new operations manager. At this meeting, the committee will plan questions as it prepares for interviews of selected candidates.

The Rules & Ordinances Committee meets Tuesday at 9 a.m. Agenda items include consideration of ordinances implementing new home rule authorities and a review of the policy for use of the downtown sound system.

Traffic patterns around the Tygart Hotel will be temporarily disrupted next week as part of the ongoing construction work on that building. Monday-Friday, there will be a large vacuum truck stationed behind the Tygart Hotel, and large deliveries are scheduled to arrive on Tuesday and Wednesday. The delivery process may block the northbound lane of Davis Avenue; watch for flaggers. Neither operation will prevent use of the Seneca Mall Parking Lot.

Saturday will see the debut of the Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission’s new adult kickball league. Starting at 9 a.m., in Glendale Park, there will be a double elimination tournament between first responder agencies from Randolph, Barbour, and Upshur Counties.

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 August 15, 2022

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

The Organization Audit Committee meets Tuesday at 1 p.m. This committee was formed to study opportunities for further improving the city’s organizational structure. At Tuesday’s meeting, the committee will work on the job descriptions for operations assistant and operations administrative assistant.

The Special Hiring Committee meets Tuesday at 2 p.m. to plan interviews of applicants for the vacant operations manager position.

At its 4 p.m. Tuesday meeting in the Darden House (next door to city hall), the Historic Landmarks Commission will continue work on utility bills, historic plaques, and a presentation about stained glass windows for the Municipal Properties Committee.

On Tuesday, starting at 6:30 p.m., the Wastewater Collection Department will be working on underground lines on Randolph Avenue near Sycamore Street. Watch for flaggers.

On Wednesday at 9 a.m., the Municipal Properties Committee will hold a hearing in response to a petition for the city to abandon the section of Gorman Avenue between Reed Street and Martin Street. The committee will meet immediately following to take up this petition and to discuss Sycamore Street parking, a request for transfer of real estate from the Randolph County Development Authority, the city sanitation garage, and stained-glass windows at Darden House.

The Parks and Recreation Commission meets Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Phil Gainer Center. Agenda items include the Glendale/Riverbend trail, Canada Goose control, and an application to serve alcohol at a Phil Gainer Community Center event.

Council meets Thursday at 7 p.m. The agenda is not yet posted and may be adjusted through Tuesday. One business item will be the second and final reading of an ordinance updating the city’s zoning laws for the first time since the 1970s. (More: https://cityofelkinswv.com/zoning-update/.)

To avoid penalty, utility bills must be paid no later than Thursday. Non-city Fire & Rescue Service Fee bills will be mailed early next week. (Pay bills online here: https://bit.ly/ElkinsBills.)

The Kump House is hosting a Tree Nursery Workday on Saturday, August 20, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

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 August 8, 2022

Meeting this week are council’s Public Safety Committee, Finance Committee, and ad hoc Special Hiring Committee. The Elkins Water Board will also meet.

The Public Safety Committee meets Monday at 10 a.m. to discuss the Elkins Police Department’s proposal to install surveillance cameras throughout the city.

The Finance Committee holds a special-call meeting Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. to hear a request from the Randolph County Development Authority for funds toward its planned construction of an event center and multi-tenant commercial building in the Elkins Railyard.

The Special Hiring Committee meets Tuesday at 3 p.m. to review applications for the operations manager position, which was left vacant after the resignation of the incumbent July 1.

The Water Board holds a special-call meeting Thursday at 3 p.m. The agenda is not yet posted. This is a virtual meeting. Find login information here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/council-and-committee-meetings.

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 August 1, 2022

There are no council, committee, board, or commission meetings this week. Overdue utility accounts must be brought up to date by Thursday to avoid shutoff.

Multiple city officials and staff members will attend the annual conference of the West Virginia Municipal League (WVML) Wednesday-Friday in Morgantown. The municipal league is an advocacy organization for West Virginia cities, and its conferences feature educational presentations on new laws and issues affecting the state’s cities.

City Hall News: Week of July 18, 2022

Meeting this week are the Elkins Sanitary Board, the Elkins Planning Commission, and the Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission. Also meeting is council’s Finance Committee and ad hoc Organizational Audit Committee.

Utility bills and in-city Fire & Rescue Service fees are due Wednesday. Pay online here: www.bit.ly/ElkinsBills.

The Sanitary Board meets Monday at 10 a.m. Agenda items include a reimbursement request from a Davis Street resident, discussion of a check valve installation for a Davis Street resident, discussion of a policy for installation of check valves, and consideration of the board’s employee take-home vehicle policy.

Also on Monday, the Planning Commission holds a public hearing and meeting at 7 p.m. The purpose is to hear and consider action on public comments on proposed amendments to the city’s comprehensive plan necessitated by the proposed zoning law that council is now considering. More information: www.cityofelkinswv.com/zoning-update.

At its meeting Tuesday at 1 p.m., the Organizational Audit Committee will work on the structure of the building inspector/code enforcement position.

The Historic Landmarks Commission meets Tuesday at 4 p.m., in the Darden House (next to city hall). There are no new business items.

Meeting in special session Wednesday at 12 p.m., the Finance Committee considers the compensation level 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 July 11, 2022

Meeting this week are council’s Public Safety Committee, ad hoc ARPA Advisory Committee, Rules & Ordinances Committee, ad hoc Special Hiring Committee, and Personnel Committee.

The Public Safety Committee meets Monday at 10 a.m. to prioritize dilapidated properties for enforcement efforts during the 2023 fiscal year, which started July 1.

Meeting Tuesday at 12 p.m., the ARPA Advisory Committee will hear requests to use ARPA funds from the Elkins Sanitary Board, the Elkins Water Board, and the Elkins Police Department.

The Rules & Ordinances Committee meets Wednesday at 9 a.m. The committee will consider a proposed rule concerning confidentiality of matters discussed in executive sessions and review the city’s charter and code provisions concerning the appointment and terms of administrative officers.

There is a meeting of the ad hoc Special Hiring Committee, which was formed to recruit a new operations manager, at 11 a.m. on Thursday. The Personnel Committee, comprising the same members, meets at noon to consider a request to create a new position in the Street Department and 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 July 4, 2022

Meeting this week are council’s Finance Committee and the Elkins Tree Board. Council meets Thursday. City hall is closed Monday, and trash normally collected Mondays will be collected Tuesday starting at 6 a.m. Overdue utility accounts must be brought up to date before Wednesday to avoid shutoff.

The Finance Committee meets Tuesday at 1 p.m. Agenda items include funding for council’s next strategic planning exercise and a request for waiver of the downtown sound system fee.

Later on Tuesday, the Tree Board meets at the Darden House (next door to city hall) at 5:30 p.m. Agenda items include discussion of a vacancy arising from a resignation and planning for the FY 2023 fiscal year, which started July 1.

Council meets Thursday at 7 p.m. The agenda may be adjusted through Tuesday. Current new business items include first reading of an ordinance adopting an updated version of the International Building Code; first reading of an ordinance enabling restaurants to offer dining on the public sidewalk; appointments to the Mon Forest Towns Partnership Board of Directors and the Elkins Tree Board; and a request from Smoker Friendly for a letter supporting its application to the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration for a special event license. Council will also appoint a new member to fill the Second Ward seat left vacant by the resignation of Charles Friddle, III.

The Governor Kump House, located on Randolph Avenue across from Kroger, will be open to the public for tours this summer on Thursday and Sunday afternoons from 3-5:30 p.m., beginning Thursday, July 7. The last public tour will be Sunday, August 7. The tours include the recently opened Something Old, Something New exhibits.

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 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.

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