Elkins, W. Va., October 31, 2020: City officials are hoping for robust participation at a public hearing concerning Elkins Common Council’s proposed new city charter at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9. Council released its draft charter on Oct. 10, when it commenced the process laid out in W.Va. Code § 8-4-8 for amending a city charter via ordinance. (more…)
Elkins, W. Va., October 31, 2020: Trick-or-treating will be observed in Elkins tonight, 6:30-8:30 p.m. City hall will be closed Tuesday in observance of election day, but garbage will be collected on the usual schedule. This week there will be a council meeting as well as meetings of council’s Finance Committee and Economic Growth and Development (EGAD) Committee. (more…)
The next Elkins Municipal Election occurs March 2, 2021. On that date, Elkins voters will elect a mayor and five council members, one from each of the city’s five wards.
Candidates for council and mayor may file their candidacies at Elkins City Hall November 2-20. Anyone interested in filing should meet in person with the city clerk to ensure the correct paperwork is completed. Please call to make an appointment: (304) 636-1414, ext. 1211. (more…)
From EPD Chief Travis Bennett:
“This Halloween is going to be different from past ones in many ways, but we all still need to work together to keep the kids safe.
“Parents, make sure your trick-or-treaters are visible to drivers by not using dark-colored costumes at night or at least adding reflective tape. Check costume masks to see if they restrict your child’s field of vision.
“Drivers, if you’re out and about on Halloween night, please slow down and keep your eyes open. Children might be running across streets in the middle of the block and might not be paying attention to traffic because they’re so excited.
“Council has asked that everyone take steps to keep things as safe as possible during the pandemic. The most important things would be not attending indoor parties with people from multiple households, trying to keep good distance while walking from house to house, and using self-serve candy bowls or other similar ideas to reduce the need for close interactions.
“If we all work together, we can have a safe holiday. I wish a Happy Halloween to the kids and I hope everyone has a great night!”
Elkins Council Committee Seeks Public Input on Possible Rule Change
Elkins, W. Va., October 12, 2020: Lawmakers amended state code this year to allow ATVs and UTVs meeting certain safety requirements to be operated on public roadways, and an Elkins Common Council committee is considering similar changes here. Council’s Rules & Ordinances Committee, which will decide at its November 12 meeting whether to recommend council approval of an ordinance making such changes, is seeking public input on this matter before that meeting. (more…)
Elkins, W. Va., October 19, 2020: The 2020 Elkins Spring Cleanup event, postponed earlier this year, has now been cancelled, officials announced today. The event was postponed during the spring for safety reasons and now will not be rescheduled during 2020. (more…)
Elkins, W. Va., October 17, 2020: Next week’s meetings include those of the Elkins Sanitary Board, which oversees the city’s sewer system, the Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission, and the Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission. The regularly scheduled meeting of council’s Municipal Properties Committee is postponed, with its new date to be announced. (more…)
Training Will Focus on Solo Officer Emergency Response
Elkins, W. Va., October 16, 2020: Over the next several months, the Elkins Police Department will host a series of five Solo Officer Emergency Response training sessions for officers from area law enforcement agencies. The series of two-day training sessions, which presents the latest best practices for officers responding to active shooter and similar violent incidents, will be delivered by Omega Tactical Concepts, a West Virginia-based firm specializing in scenario-based training for individuals, private companies, and law enforcement.
The term “active shooter” describes incidents in which one or more perpetrators are actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill other people. The tactics for responding to these attacks have evolved over the years.
“The original tactic for these situations was that responding officers would establish a perimeter and wait for SWAT,” says EPD Chief Travis Bennett. “The problem with that approach is that it takes time to deploy a tactical team. An active shooter is trying to kill as many people as possible, and the thinking now is that even waiting a few minutes for a second or third patrol officer, much less waiting for SWAT, is probably going to increase fatalities.” (more…)
Leaf pick up begins Monday, October 19, 2020 and continues for the rest of the fall, until either all leaves have been collected or snow has started falling. (more…)
From EPD Chief Bennett:
EPD has received several reports of vehicles passing stopped school busses. I want to remind motorists that passing a school bus that is displaying its flashing warning signal is illegal and punishable by a minimum fine of $500 and/or up to 6 months in jail—even for a first offense.
I urge motorists to pay attention to their surroundings and keep their eyes open for school buses and children along the roadways on their way to and from school. If you approach a school bus with its warning signals flashing, regardless of the direction you are traveling, state code requires you to stop until the lights go off and the bus resumes motion. I would also ask that motorists pay attention to their speed in school zones.
The safety of children is of paramount importance to the Elkins Police Department. To protect children traveling to and from school, our officers will be conducting targeted enforcement of these violations. Here is a link to the relevant state code section if you would like to review the law yourself.
Thank you for helping us keep Elkins safe!
Chief T.C. Bennett