Statement from the Mayor: Governor’s “stay at home” order

From Mayor Broughton:

What is the governor asking us to do?

Everyone, tonight the governor’s “stay at home” order goes into effect. Now, everyone should read the order. There is a lot in it.

But I want to talk about what we are really being asked to do. (more…)

Governor Issues “Stay at Home” Order

March 23, 2020
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Today, Governor Justice issued a “stay at home” order commencing at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24.

Here is the text of the order, including which businesses are considered essential and which are not.

Here is a fact sheet from WV DHHR about the order.

At the right is a brief summary of the order, tweeted by the governor’s office.

City Hall News: March 23-27, 2020

In response to the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Mayor Van Broughton declared a citywide state of emergency last Tuesday, following similar declarations by the president and the governor of West Virginia. The Randolph County Commission declared a countywide state of emergency Thursday. (more…)

White House COVID-19 Update: March 20, 2020

Today City of Elkins received the below summary of measures taken against COVID-19 from the White House’s Intergovernmental Affairs Office: (more…)

Why is Elkins holding virtual meetings?

Upon Mayor Broughton’s declaration of a citywide state of emergency on March 17, 2020, and based on recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control regarding minimizing infection risk during the coronavirus pandemic, Elkins Common Council temporarily suspended council and committee meetings.

This suspension was necessary because of the requirement, under the West Virginia Open Meetings Act, that the public must be able to attend any meeting of a city council or other governing body of a political subdivision in West Virginia. Because of the federal recommendation that people avoid gatherings of ten people or more, and because the City of Elkins did not yet have the capability to enable remote access to meetings, there was no way to proceed that was both legal and safe for the public and for city officials and staff.

After research and testing, city staff has selected the Zoom conferencing platform to enable remote attendance of meetings by city officials, staff, and members of the public. By using Zoom , anyone who wants to can join and listen to council and committee meetings by either dialing in (audio only) or by using the Zoom app or web platform.

Like many other West Virginia cities exploring remote meeting options, we have not found a satisfactory way to enable live public comment via this platform while still ensuring an orderly meeting. The best solution we can offer right now is that we will accept public comment submitted via email or telephone call/voice mail to the city clerk up to 30 minutes before the start of each meeting. Public comments received in this way will be read aloud at the meeting. (Please note that current council rules restrict each public comment to five minutes in length.)

Elkins City Clerk
Jessica R. Sutton
jsutton@cityofelkinswv.com
Phone: (304) 636-1414, ext. 1211
401 Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV, 26241

Community Update from the Mayor

Mayor Broughton released this statement on Facebook today:

Wanted to check in with everyone since the State of Emergency got declared.

I can’t blame you if you’re feeling anxious. To be honest, I am too. We’ve had State of Emergencies before, for storms and floods. This is different, like nothing we’ve experienced before. There is a lot we don’t know about how this whole thing is going to turn out.

Here are some things I do know for sure. (more…)

COE COVID-19 Update: March 19, 2020

Since the mayor’s declaration Tuesday, the City of Elkins has been and remains under a citywide state of emergency. (There are also national and statewide declared emergencies.) By themselves, declared states of emergency mainly enable streamlining of government operations and do not automatically impose restrictions on businesses or private citizens.

However, the governor of West Virginia has issued the following additional orders: (more…)

How to Pay Utility Bills and Municipal Court Fines During City Hall Closure

Elkins City Hall remains closed to the public in accordance with federal recommendations to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

However, all city departments are operating under modified procedures.

To pay utility bills, there are two options: (more…)

Building Permits Are Being Issued Despite City Hall Closure

The City of Elkins Building Inspector is accepting and reviewing applications for building permits during the state of emergency and city hall closure.

Building permit applications may be downloaded here. Completed forms may be emailed or faxed to the building inspector. (Although applications can also be mailed, processing may be delayed.) If you don’t have access to email or fax, please call the building inspector and leave a message requesting other arrangements.

Phil Isner, Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector
pisner@cityofelkinswv.com
Phone: (304) 636-1414, Ext. 1431
Fax: (304) 635-7132
401 Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV, 26241

Elkins Officials Join White House COVID-19 Briefing

March 18, 2020
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At 1 p.m. today, Elkins officials joined a White House COVID-19 Briefing Call, which included presentations by Vice President Mike Pence and representatives of the CDC, FEMA, DHHS, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare, Homeland Security, USDA, the Department of Education, and other key agencies involved in the nation’s coronavirus (COVID-19) response.

Speakers made certain key points worth calling out here. (more…)

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