City Hall News: Week of Dec. 13, 2021

Meeting this week are the Elkins Water Board, the Elkins Planning Commission, and the Elkins Parks & Recreation Commission. Council meets Thursday. This month’s regular meeting of council’s Public Safety Committee is cancelled.

The Water Board meets in special session Monday at 4 p.m. to discuss the possibility of paying an end-of-year stipend to water system employees. The Water Board, like the Sanitary Board, operates independently of council and has authority concerning pay for its employees.

On Tuesday at 6 p.m., the mayor’s Task Force on Addiction and Homeless Resources will hold a public forum to report on its work, hear community input, and explain opportunities for getting involved, including opportunities for volunteer peer recovery support specialists.

In a virtual meeting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, the Planning Commission will review and consider changes to the draft zoning ordinance in response to public comments made at last Tuesday’s forum. The agenda also includes the items necessary to conclude the drafting process and begin the enactment process. Further public comments are due to the city clerk by Tuesday for consideration at this meeting. More information: www.cityofelkinswv.com/zoning-update. Login information: www.cityofelkinswv.com/council-and-committee-meetings.

The Parks & Recreation Commission holds its regular meeting on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Phil Gainer Community Center. The agenda includes discussion of procuring a lift for use at the center, staff reports, and comments by commissioners and the mayor.

Council meets Thursday at 7 p.m. The agenda is not yet posted and may be adjusted through Tuesday. Current items include various budget revisions recommended by the Finance Committee and the final reading of an ordinance abandoning an unopened alley near Terrace Avenue. Council will also consider the possibility of paying a year-end stipend to general fund employees. There will be a presentation by the Elkins Tree Board.

The Kump House’s Holiday Family Celebration runs Friday-Saturday, 2-5 p.m. The three-day free event, with décor by the Emma Scott Garden Club, features tours, children’s activities, and refreshments.

All meetings are held at Elkins City Hall (401 Davis Avenue) unless otherwise stated.

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