No Alternate Sources for Water System Funds

Last modified on September 30th, 2022 at 11:36 am

Update: on September 15, 2022, council imposed the recommended water-rate increase, effective immediately.

Council is considering an emergency water-rate increase recommended by the Elkins Water Board.

Some customers have asked if there is any other way the water system can obtain the funds it needs to continue operations. For example, could sales-tax proceeds be used?

The short answer is no. West Virginia utilities are required to be run as self-supporting, standalone businesses, supported by rates paid by customers. Utilities are prohibited from accessing tax and other revenues from a city’s General Fund. See the below graphic for more information.

 

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.

9/1: S. Davis Closure

Starting at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday (9/1), South Davis Avenue will be closed between Ward Avenue and Blaine Avenue. The Wastewater Collection Department is performing an emergency sewer-tap repair. Please choose an alternate route.

8/31: Parking Restrictions on Lavalette

On Wednesday (8/31), Bear Contracting will begin patch paving on Lavalette Ave. Work will begin at 7:00 a.m. and is scheduled for completion by noon, weather dependent.

There will be no parking on Lavelette between 14th Street and 15th Street during this time.

Utility E-Bills Now Being Sent From Gmail Address

Those receiving electronic utility bills from City of Elkins may have noticed a change.

When you sign up for electronic utility bills, you receive your bill as a PDF attachment to an email.

Previously, these emails had a return address of “IncodeTOP@cityofelkinswv.com.” Now, these emails have a return address of “elkinsutilities@gmail.com.” These are legitimate emails from the City of Elkins Utility Billing department.

The change was made because of a security update at Google, which prevented messages from the IncodeTOP address from being delivered to some Gmail accounts.

You can sign up for electronic bills and/or auto-payments here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/government/treasurer/online-utility-bill-payment.

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.

EPD Investigating Death on Graceland Drive

Statement from Elkins Police Chief Travis Bennett:

Early on the morning of Sunday, August 21, Elkins Police Department officers responding to a call found a seriously injured person on Graceland Drive, which runs parallel to and on the east side of Randolph Avenue, adjacent to the Grandview Avenue neighborhood and the campus of Davis & Elkins College. (See outlined area on map, below.)

The injured person, Connor Nestor, age 22, was transported to Davis Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries and died.

This is an active investigation. Anyone with information should contact the Elkins Police Department.

Travis Bennett
tbennett@cityofelkinswv.com
Phone: 304-636-1414 ext. 1535

UPDATE: Boil Water Near Lavallette LIFTED

Last modified on August 24th, 2022 at 08:22 am

Update as of 8/24, 8:19 a.m.: Boil Water Notice near Livingston, Lavallette, Taylor, 13th has been LIFTED.
Lab testing found no contamination.

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Water system personnel are responding to a water leak in a service line in the 1400 block of Lavallette Avenue. Water had to be secured as quickly as possible to minimize flooding.

While repairs are underway, water will be off or low pressure for customers on Lavalette Avenue, Taylor Avenue, and their adjacent alleys, as well parts of 13th Street and Livingston Avenue. (The approximate area is shown in red on the below map.) South Davis Avenue customers are not served by the affected lines.

After repairs are complete and service has been restored, a Boil Water Notice will be in effect for these customers (not including South Davis Avenue customers). The earliest that laboratory testing can be completed and the notice lifted is Wednesday, August 24.

Boil Water Notices are issued out of an abundance of caution because positive pressure has been lost and the possibility of contamination exists, not because contamination has been detected. The presence or absence of contamination must be confirmed by an independent lab through a testing process that requires at least 24 hours after delivery of a sample. Samples cannot be taken until the leak has been repaired and service has been restored. Samples can only be submitted during business hours. For more information about what to do under a Boil Water Notice, click here.

Notification will be sent out when the Boil Water Notice is lifted. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused and appreciate your patience during this time.

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Traffic Disruptions Near Tygart Hotel

Traffic patterns around the Tygart Hotel will be temporarily disrupted this 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 (as shown in the photo); watch for flaggers. Neither operation will prevent use of the Seneca Mall Parking Lot.

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.

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