City Hall News: Week of Jan. 18, 2021

Elkins, W. Va., January 16, 2021: In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, city hall will be closed on Monday, January 18. There is no change to the garbage pickup schedule.

To reduce the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus during the current surge in Randolph County infections, city hall will remain closed to the public for the rest of the week, but all city offices and departments will otherwise operate as usual. To reach city employees via phone or email, please consult the contact information available on this page: www.bit.ly/ElkinsDepts.

On Thursday morning, Elkins City Clerk Jessica Sutton will attend a webinar hosted by the W. Va. Secretary of State concerning municipal elections. Municipal clerks and recorders are required to attend these biannual trainings to review election laws, rules, and regulations.

Council meets Thursday at 7 p.m. to consider approval of the proposed board of election officials for the 2021 Elkins Municipal Election, hear the presentation of an annual report by the City of Elkins Office of External Affairs, and review progress on council’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan. The council agenda will not be finalized until Tuesday, so additional items may be added.

This week’s regularly scheduled meeting of council’s Municipal Properties Committee has been cancelled. The committee plans to meet in February, date to be announced.

Utility bills and in-city fire protection service fees are due Tuesday. Utility bills and municipal court fines and fees may be paid by phone, by mail, or via the drop box behind city hall. Payments may also be made online. Both the utility bill and municipal court payment portals may be accessed at this link: www.cityofelkinswv.com/online-payments.


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City Hall News: January 9, 2021

Elkins, W. Va., January 9, 2021: Meeting next week are council’s Public Safety Committee and Personnel Committee. The Elkins Sanitary Board and Elkins Tree Board will also meet. Christmas trees will be collected through Friday.

The Public Safety Committee meets virtually Monday at 10 a.m. Agenda items include demolition of a structure on First Street and continued discussion of enforcement options in response to public complaints about nuisance conditions on the Ambassador Church property at the former location of the Ink Spot, also on First Street. The committee also hears reports from public safety officials.

At its Monday 1 p.m. virtual meeting, the Personnel Committee discusses the code enforcement officer’s job description and considers changes to the city’s personnel manual. Later on Monday, at 3:15 p.m., the Sanitary Board, which oversees the city’s sewer system, meets virtually to review invoices and financial statements.

On Tuesday, at 5:30 p.m., the Elkins Tree Board takes up agenda items that include Arbor Day plans, early spring pruning, and an urban canopy project.

This week’s regular meeting of the Rules & Ordinances Committee has been cancelled. The committee’s next regularly scheduled meeting is February 11 at 12 p.m.

Christmas trees will be collected curbside on weekdays through Friday, January 15. Please remove all decorations, lights, and tinsel.

Meeting agendas and login information may be found here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/council-and-committee-meetings

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City Hall News: January 2, 2021

Elkins, W. Va., January 2, 2021: Council meets Thursday at 7 p.m. Next week’s regularly scheduled meetings of council’s Finance Committee and Economic Growth and Development (EGAD) Committee are canceled, as is the regularly scheduled meeting of the Elkins Tree Board.

Christmas trees will be collected Monday, January 4 through Friday, January 15. Please remove all tinsel, lights, and decorations. Trees are collected by the City of Elkins Street Department, not the Sanitation Department, so please place trees by the curb in front of your house, no matter where you normally place trash for collection. Artificial trees are not accepted.

The Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission will begin taking pavilion reservations for the 2021 season on Monday, January 4th. Reservations can be made by calling the parks office at 304-636-3960.

The agenda for council’s Thursday 7 p.m. meeting has not yet been finalized. One agenda item is review and approval of poll workers for the March 2 city elections.

Best wishes for a healthy, happy new year from City of Elkins!

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City Hall News: December 20, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., December 20, 2020: Elkins City Hall will close for the Christmas holiday on Thursday, December 24 at noon and reopen for normal business hours on Monday, December 28. Garbage normally picked up on Fridays will be picked up this Thursday instead, starting at 6 a.m.

There are no meetings scheduled for next week, and city officials are already looking ahead to the new year.

In January, the city’s five administrative officers will begin working with staff to plan departmental budgets for fiscal year 2022, which begins July 1, 2021. Departmental budget requests will be reviewed by the Finance Committee before being presented to council, which must submit its initial proposed budget—the “Levy Estimate”—to the state auditor in March. After approval by the state auditor, the city will finalize its budget and “lay the levy” on April 20, 2021.

Preparations continue for the March 2 city election. Just as for the statewide election in November, health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic are an acceptable reason for requesting an absentee ballot. The city clerk is already accepting absentee ballot applications. Mailing of absentee ballots to voters who have requested them will begin January 15, 2021.

The new year will also see forward movement on several important projects, including improvements to the city hall parking lot, the separation of sewer and stormwater lines in a section of the city between the industrial park and Wimer Field, and the replacement of remote-read water meters paid for with surplus funds from the water-plant construction project.

To avoid penalties, remember to remit utility bill and in-city fire fee payments by December 21.

From all of us at City of Elkins, we wish you a merry Christmas and hope your holiday is a source of comfort and joy at the end of this challenging year.

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Municipal Court Appearances, Payments Expected on Time Despite Pandemic

Remote payment options avoid in-person visits to city hall

Elkins, W. Va., December 18, 2020: Although Elkins Municipal Court is following modified procedures to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, defendants must still appear in court on or before the date indicated on their citations. Persons who have established payment plans for fines and fees must also make their payments as agreed.

“Unfortunately, we have had to suspend a few driver’s licenses recently because of failure to appear,” says Michelle Metheny, the municipal court clerk. “We hate to suspend anyone’s license, but that’s the penalty in state code for missing a court date.”

The court also cannot accept concerns about the COVID-19 virus as an excuse for late payments, according to Metheny.

“We understand people are trying to reduce their face-to-face interactions because of the pandemic, but we accept payments online, by mail, and in the drop-box behind city hall,” she says. “No one needs to come inside city hall to drop off payments if they don’t want to. In fact, I would encourage everybody to use one of these remote options if possible, just to be on the safe side.”

Remote options are also available for persons needing to reach the court to request a hearing or submit pleas.

“I’m available by phone, mail, and email to help with hearing requests and pleas or just to answer any questions people might have,” says Metheny. “If you get my voice mail, please leave a message and I will get back to you no later than the next business day.”

Online payment portal: www.municipalonlinepayments.com/elkinswv

Municipal court information, including pandemic precautions: www.cityofelkinswv.com/living/public-safety/municipal-court

Court Clerk Contact Information:

Michelle L. Metheny
mmetheny@cityofelkinswv.com
Phone: (304) 635-7142
401 Davis Avenue, Elkins WV 26241

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City Hall News: December 12, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., December 12, 2020: Elkins Common Council, its Public Safety Committee, and its Personnel Committee all meet next week.  In addition, the Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission meets Tuesday at 4 p.m., and the Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission meets Wednesday at 5 p.m. (more…)

City Hall News: December 5, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., December 5, 2020: The U.S. flag at Elkins City Hall will remain at half-mast until after the funeral service for Cassie Johnson, the Charleston Police Department officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty last Tuesday. Her funeral has not yet been scheduled. (more…)

City Hall News: November 28, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., November 28, 2020: At 9 a.m. on Thursday, the mayor’s ad hoc Committee on Boards and Commissions continues its consideration of proposed appointments and reappointments to the city’s various boards and commissions. Anyone interested in filling one of these crucial, volunteer positions should inquire as to vacancies with the city clerk at (304) 636-1414, ext. 1211. (more…)

City Hall News: November 21, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., November 21, 2020: No council, committee, board, or commission meetings are scheduled next week. City hall will be closed Thursday and Friday, in observance of the holiday.

Garbage will not be collected on Monday or Thursday. Garbage normally collected Mondays will be collected starting at 6 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22. Garbage normally collected Thursdays will be collected starting at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, November 25. (more…)

City Hall News: November 14, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., November 14, 2020: Council meets in regular session Thursday. Also meeting this week are council’s Municipal Properties Committee, the Elkins Sanitary Board, the Elkins Tree Board, the Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission, and the Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission. (more…)

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