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.
State-of-emergency declarations mainly affect the internal operations of government agencies, by enabling greater flexibility and agility in responding to emergency conditions. They don’t automatically impose restrictions on private citizens or businesses. However, Governor Justice has ordered certain additional restrictions, which may be reviewed here: www.governor.wv.gov/news.
Based on recommendations from the White House and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the City of Elkins has suspended in-person council and committee meetings. One of the current federal recommendations is to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people; because Elkins City Council has ten members, and meetings are also attended by five administrative officers and the city attorney, it would be impossible to hold meetings as usual while still complying with this important safety advice.
City staff is currently researching how to hold meetings using an online and telephone conferencing platform that would enable the public to both share comments and observe council’s discussion. Right now, special meetings of council’s Finance Committee and council itself are posted for next Wednesday, at 9 a.m., and Thursday, at 7 p.m., respectively. Look for an update on how you can join these meetings remotely early next week.
Meanwhile, all core city services remain in operation, but certain procedures have been modified to limit non-essential contact and keep the public and city workers as safe as possible. Please visit the city’s news blog (www.cityofelkinswv.com/city-blog) for information about alternate means of paying utility bills and municipal court fines, obtaining building permits, and engaging with other city services during the city hall closure.
City Hall News: Week of December 4, 2023
Elkins W. Va., December 1, 2023: The Rules and Ordinances Committee, the Tree Board, City Council, and the Sanitary Board meet the week of December 4. The Rules and Ordinances Committee meets Monday at 3:30 p.m. Items on the agenda include continuing […]Read More
City Hall News: Week of November 27, 2023
Leaf collection from the city of Elkins has been extended one more week. Normal operation will continue the rest of the week of November 27. Starting Monday, December 4, anyone who needs leaves picked up should place them in bags and contact […]Read More
City Hall News: Week of November 20, 2023
Elkins W. Va., November 17, 2023: City Hall will be closed Thursday and Friday (11/23-24) in observance of Thanksgiving. Garbage collection scheduled times will change the week of November 20. If your garbage is usually picked up on MONDAYS or THURSDAYS, this […]Read More
City Hall News: Week of November 13, 2023
Elkins W. Va., November 9, 2023: The Municipal Properties Committee, the Finance Committee, and City Council will meet the week of November 13. The Municipal Properties Committee meets Monday at 11:00 a.m. Items on the agenda include: architect’s update concerning sanitation garage; […]Read More
City Hall News: Week of November 6, 2023
Elkins W. Va., November 3, 2023: The Public Safety Committee, the Rules & Ordinances Committee, and the Planning Commission will meet the week of November 6. The Public Safety Committee meets Monday at 10:00 a.m. to hear reports and updates from public […]Read More
City Hall News: Week of October 30, 2023
The Sanitary Board and City Council will meet the week of October 30. The Sanitary Board meets Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in special session. The agenda may be adjusted through Monday. Items on the agenda include: creation of CSO Inspector/Pretreatment Coordinator Position […]Read More