City Hall News: Week of April 18, 2022

Meeting this week are council’s Municipal Properties Committee, the Elkins Sanitary Board, the Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission, and the Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission. Council’s regular third Thursday meeting has been moved to Tuesday at 7 p.m., and volunteers are needed to help with tree planting in City Park on Friday, in observance of Earth Day.

The Sanitary Board meets Monday at 2 p.m. Agenda items include replacement of the 2010 F550 service truck and approval to purchase a spare pump for the Steward Avenue lift station.

Council meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. Business items on the final agenda include personnel actions, a memorandum of understanding with area law enforcement agencies concerning mutual aid, the latest recommendations from council’s ad hoc ARPA Advisory Committee, and the first of two readings of an ordinance that would regulate parking in downtown alleys.

The Historic Landmarks Commission meets Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Darden House (next door to city hall). Agenda items include CLG report discussion, review of state and city laws establishing the commission, consideration of the possibility of establishing a new meeting place for the commission, and an update on a vacancy on the commission.

On Wednesday at 9 a.m., the Municipal Properties Committee meets to plan an RFP for streetscape design, discuss the disposition of a piece of city-owned floodplain adjacent to a section of the former International Order of Odd Fellows property, and consider a request from Davis Medical Center for possible changes to traffic patterns on Gorman Avenue.

The Parks and Recreation Commission meets Wednesday at 5 p.m. Agenda items include planning the use of a recent bequest for City Park, paving estimates, the pay rate for seasonal staff, and the Seneca Soccer U10 practice field.

Friday is Earth Day. The Elkins Tree Board, Elkins Friends of Trees, and Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission will offer a volunteer opportunity from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Elkins City Park. Volunteers are needed to assist with the planting of 30 trees, along with other park maintenance and beautification projects. Volunteers should bring their own gardening tools if possible, but some will be provided.

To avoid penalties, utility bills and in-city Fire & Rescue Service Fees must be paid by Tuesday. First quarter business and occupation (B&O) tax returns are due by the end of the month.

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.

City Hall News: Week of April 11, 2022

Meeting this week are council’s Public Safety Committee, Rules & Ordinances Committee, and ad hoc ARPA Advisory Committee.

Public Safety meets Monday at 10 a.m. In addition to hearing reports from the city’s public safety officials, the committee will consider a request from EFD to apply for a Leary Firefighters Foundation grant and hear about an LEA Mutual Aid Agreement.

The Rules & Ordinances Committee meets Wednesday at 9 a.m. to continue discussion of the need for regulation of parking in alleys.

Meeting Wednesday at 2 p.m., the ARPA Advisory Committee will consider community-submitted proposals for use of ARPA funds. More about City of Elkins ARPA funds, including expenditures to date: www.cityofelkinswv.com/arpa-funds.

This month’s regular meeting of the Personnel Committee, which usually meets on second Thursdays, has been cancelled.

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.

City Hall News: Week of April 4, 2022

Meeting this week are council’s Finance Committee and the Elkins Tree Board. Council meets Thursday.

The Finance Committee meets Monday at 10 a.m. to review requested FY 2022 budget revisions and grant opportunities for the Elkins Fire Department.

The Tree Board meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Agenda items include planning for a project at Bluegrass Park, discussion of budget priorities for the remainder of the current fiscal year, budget planning for the next fiscal year, and purchase of t-shirts for volunteer events.

Council meets Thursday at 7 p.m. The agenda may be adjusted through Tuesday. Current agenda items include changes to personnel policies and the compensation and classification plan, the reappointment of the city attorney to a one-year term, Davis Health System’s request for an endorsement letter in support of its application for a special ABCA permit, and consideration of spending recommendations from the ARPA Advisory Committee. There will also be a presentation from Chris Lee, the manager of the Phil Gainer Community Center.

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.

City Hall News: Week of March 28, 2022

Meeting this week are the Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission and council’s Municipal Properties Committee and ad hoc ARPA Advisory Committee.

Street Department personnel will be trimming trees overhanging the public right-of-way on multiple city streets starting Monday at 7 a.m., weather permitting. These streets are scheduled for paving work in April. The purpose of the tree trimming is to remove branches that might otherwise become caught on heavy paving equipment and be snapped or torn loose from the tree, causing damage.

The Historic Landmarks Commission meets Monday at 4 p.m. to elect officers. The commission will also discuss the memorandum of understanding with the City of Elkins and a Randolph County Development Authority project.

The ARPA Advisory Committee meets Tuesday at 10 a.m. On the agenda are funding requests from the Street Department and the Elkins Water Board. Also on the agenda is a request for funds for the design phase of the riverfront development project.

On Wednesday at 9 a.m., the Municipal Properties Committee meets to discuss Darden House issues, including rentals and repairs.

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.

City Hall News: Week of March 21, 2022

Meeting this week are the Elkins Sanitary Board, the Elkins Water Board, and the Elkins Common Council. Utility bills are due Monday.

The Sanitary Board meets Monday at 2 p.m., its new regular meeting time on third Mondays. On its agenda are an amendment to the engineering agreement, proposal for updating the long-term control plan for combined sewer overflows, a discussion of drainage and sewage issues on Sylvester Drive, and a proposal from Griffith and Associates for accounting and consulting services.

On Tuesday at 9 a.m., council meets in special session to consider the proposed FY 2023 budget.

On Tuesday at 4 p.m., the Water Board meets to discuss using ARPA funds for a new computerized control system for the water treatment plant, hear an update on adoption of the city personnel policy, review invoices, and consider a proposal from Griffith and Associates for accounting and consulting services.

To avoid penalties, utility bills and in-city Fire & Rescue Service Fee payments are due Monday.

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.

City Hall News: Week of March 14, 2022

Meeting this week are council’s Public Safety Committee, Finance Committee, and Personnel Committee, as well as the Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission and the Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission. Council meets Thursday.

The Public Safety Committee meets Monday at 10 a.m. On the agenda are a contract between the police department and GovTech, an application for a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant, and an application for an RCDI grant.

The Finance Committee meets Monday at 1 p.m. The committee will continue work on the FY 2023 budget and consider recommendations from the Public Safety Committee concerning the DHS and RCDI grant applications. Also on the agenda are an application for an ARC Power Planning grant and the proposed creation of a fund for the fire department.

The Historic Landmarks Commission meets Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Darden House (next to city hall). On the agenda are a letter of support for a Kump Education Center grant application, a Davis & Elkins College intern, and discussion of budget revision and other steps after the non-renewal of the commission’s lease on the Darden House.

The Personnel Committee meets in special session Wednesday at 9 a.m., after lack of a quorum forced postponement of last week’s regular meeting. On the agenda are holiday pay, longevity pay, and proposed changes to the compensation and classification plan. The committee will also consider reappointment of the city attorney to another one-year term and filling the position of supervisor of the sanitation department after the upcoming retirement of the current incumbent.

The Parks and Recreation Commission meets Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Phil Gainer Community Center. Agenda items include bleachers for the Elkins Babe Ruth League field, an upcoming vacancy on the commission, and the Phil Gainer Community Center kitchen rate.

Council meets Thursday at 7 p.m. This meeting’s agenda may be adjusted through Tuesday. Currently on the agenda are consideration of Finance Committee recommendations concerning the above grant applications and the final reading of an ordinance annexing the portion of the former International Order of Odd Fellows property recently purchased by the Randolph County Development Authority. Council will also consider the reappointment of Charles Preusch to the Elkins Water Board.

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.

City Hall News: Week of March 7, 2022

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Meeting next week are council’s Finance Committee, Personnel Committee, and Ad Hoc ARPA Advisory Committee. The Elkins Planning Commission also meets next week.

The Mayor’s Task Force on Addiction and Homelessness will convene two Addressing Stigma training sessions, one in-person and one virtual. The virtual session will be on Tuesday, March 8 at 12 p.m. The in-person training will be held at the Phil Gainer Community Center on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. More information, including how to register: www.cityofelkinswv.com/addressing-stigma.

At 10 a.m. on Monday, the Finance Committee will consider the proposed 2022 paving budget and work on the overall FY 2023 general fund budget, including review of contributions requested by outside organizations. More about budgeting at City of Elkins: www.cityofelkinswv.com/government/treasurer/budget.

On Thursday at 12 p.m., the Personnel Committee will discuss holiday pay, longevity pay, and proposed changes to the compensation and classification plan.

The ARPA Advisory Committee meets Thursday at 1 p.m. to consider proposed uses of ARPA funds by the Elkins Sanitary Board, the Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission, and Davis Health System. This is not the meeting where community proposals will be reviewed; that meeting is scheduled for March 22.

The Planning Commission meets virtually Thursday at 4 p.m. to continue work on the draft zoning ordinance and plan the enactment schedule. More about the zoning update: www.cityofelkinswv.com/zoning-update. Log-in information is here: www.cityofelkinswv.com/council-and-committee-meetings.

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.

City Hall News: Week of Feb. 28, 2022

Meeting this week are council’s Personnel Committee and the Elkins Tree Board. Council meets Thursday at 7 p.m.

The Personnel Committee meets Monday at 12 p.m. to consider implementing a system of longevity pay and how to apportion an increase in the cost of PEIA health insurance.

Meeting Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Darden House (next door to city hall), the Tree Board’s agenda includes planning for the annual Darden Garden Cleanup and tree-pruning in Glendale Park, Mon Power trees, and a request from a Brownie troop concerning outreach opportunities at a Gardening Expo on March 26.

City council meets Thursday at 7 p.m. The agenda may be adjusted through Tuesday. Current agenda items include the second reading of an ordinance amending city laws concerning outdoor burning; the first reading of an ordinance annexing land recently purchased by the Randolph County Development Authority, at the RCDA’s request; a request by the Kump Education Center to apply for two grants; and the transfer of surplus Elkins Police Department to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office. Tom Tesar, director of parks and recreation, will make a presentation to council about Elkins Parks & Recreation Commission activities and accomplishments during 2021.

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.

City Hall News: Week of Feb. 21, 2022

Meeting this week are council’s Municipal Properties Committee and Finance Committee. Also meeting are the Elkins Water Board and the Elkins Sanitary Board. City hall is closed Monday in observance of Presidents’ Day; trash will be collected on the normal schedule.

The Sanitary Board meets Tuesday at 2 p.m. Agenda items include consideration of several known issues related to existing manholes, wastewater lines, and other infrastructure components; the requested replacement of the treatment plant’s clarifier return pump; a proposal to relocate the city’s recycling drop-off site; and consideration of a proposal for a citywide assessment of infrastructure improvement needs.

Later Tuesday, at 4 p.m. the Water Board meets on an agenda that includes consideration of a proposal for citywide assessment of infrastructure improvement needs and discussions of utility payments, meter reading, and compliance with lead and copper regulations.

The Municipal Properties Committee meets Wednesday at 9 a.m. to discuss the sale of surplus EPD vehicles to another department. The committee will also review proposed grant applications by the Kump Education Center and the Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission. These items will then also be reviewed by the Finance Committee at its 1 p.m. Thursday meeting.

Utility bill and in-city Fire & Rescue Service Fee payments are due Tuesday.

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.

City Hall News: Week of Feb. 14, 2022

Meeting this week are Elkins Common Council’s Public Safety Committee, ad hoc ARPA Advisory Committee, and Municipal Properties Committee. The Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission meets Tuesday, the Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission meets Wednesday, and council meets Thursday.

The Public Safety Committee, meeting Monday at 10 a.m., will discuss issues related to parking on South Davis Avenue. The committee will also hear reports from the city’s public safety officials.

On Monday at 1:30 p.m., there will be a special meeting of the ARPA Advisory Committee to consider a proposed change in the previously approved plan for ARPA expenditures by the Water Distribution Department.

The Historic Landmarks Commission meets Tuesday at 4:00 pm at the Darden House (next door to city hall). The commission will hear a presentation from The Southern Kitchen and discuss several grant applications that are in progress.

On Wednesday at 9 a.m., the Municipal Properties Committee will consider a proposal for the installation of an HVAC system for the Treasurer’s Department. The committee will also hear reports about city properties generally and progress on accessibility and other projects recently commenced at city hall.

The Parks and Recreation Commission meets Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Phil Gainer Community Center to consider business items such as a proposed new logo for the commission, bleachers for the Elkins Elks Babe Ruth League field, and plans for utilization of an estate gift.

Council meets Thursday at 7 p.m. The agenda may be adjusted through Tuesday. Current items include final action to abandon an unopened section of Coke Lane; a grant application to fund a smoke detector program; discussion of a proposal to establish an official downtown streetscape master plan; the renewal of a contract with USDA APHIS for control of nuisance pigeons; various budget revisions; and the appointment of a new operations manager.

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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