City Hall News: October 10, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., October 10, 2020: This week, there will be a council meeting and meetings of council’s Public Safety Committee and Personnel Committee and the Elkins Firefighters Civil Service Commission. (more…)

Council Releases Draft Charter Update

Timing Enables Adding Disputed Changes to the March 2021 Ballot

Elkins, W. Va., October 9, 2020: Elkins council has released a revised draft city charter and commenced the steps required for that draft to be eligible for adoption via ordinance in November, Elkins City Clerk Jessica Sutton announced today. Under the plan released by the city clerk’s office, councilors will be able to adopt uncontroversial charter changes on November 19 while still leaving time to place disputed changes on the ballot for the March 2021 city election. The plan states that the effective date of any charter amendments, whether adopted via ordinance or election, would be April 1, 2021. (more…)

Second Round of Elkins Paving Work Begins Wednesday

Elkins, W. Va., October 5, 2020:  Elkins officials have adjusted the city budget to fund additional street repaving this fall. The fall paving project, during which contractors plan to lay fresh asphalt on sections of city streets totaling more than one and a half miles in length, follows a spring paving project that repaved more than a mile’s worth of city streets. Work is scheduled to begin Wednesday. (more…)

City Hall News: October 3, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., October 3, 2020: This week, council’s Finance Committee and Rules & Ordinances Committee, as well as the Elkins Tree Board, will be meeting. (more…)

City Hall News: September 26, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., September 26, 2020: In the only meeting currently scheduled for next week, council meets in person Thursday at 7 p.m. Agenda items include consideration of a contract for human-resources services from AlignHR and the ongoing discussion of possible changes to the city charter.

On Tuesday, the Elkins Firefighters Civil Service Commission meets in closed session to interview prospective firefighters. After interviews are completed, an updated list of candidates eligible to join the department will be posted.

Council Urges Modified Trick-or-Treating this Halloween

At last night’s meeting, Elkins Common Council did not restrict or limit Halloween trick-or-treating, which–by order of a 2019 action of council–is always observed in Elkins on October 31st, from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. (more…)

Elkins Tree Board Presents Plaque to Elkins Parks Commission

Elkins, W. Va., September 24, 2020: The Elkins Tree Board recently presented the Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission a commemorative tree and plaque in gratitude for EPRC staff’s efforts in keeping Glendale Park open this past Spring.

“For many area residents, walking at Glendale Park was one of the few places available to enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment,” said Nanci Bross-Fregonara, Tree Board member. Dog-walkers, runners, and families on bikes were all able to be outside and have a chance to enjoy nature and exercise.”

The plaque, which will be installed by the planted bald cypress tree near the park’s entrance, expresses the Tree Board’s appreciation for the EPRC “providing a place of beauty and inspiration during the national pandemic.”

“I am sure there are many people in the community who are grateful for all the work the EPRC does to keep our city parks in great condition, especially during these challenging times,” said Bross-Fregonara. “This was just one small way we could honor them and commemorate what affected our area in 2020.”

For information on supporting the EPRC and its efforts, please contact the Elkins Parks and Recreation office, 304-636-3960 or email

Photo: Tom Tesar, Director of the Elkins Parks and Recreation Department accepts the cast plaque from Nanci Bross-Fregonara, Elkins Tree Board member, right and Marilynn Cuonzo, Chair of the Elkins Tree Board and Fourth Ward Council member.

City Hall News: September 19, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., September 19, 2020: The Sanitary Board, which is in charge of the city’s sewer system and wastewater treatment plant, meets in person on Monday at 3:15 p.m. Agenda items include a flow study on Sylvester Drive, approval of invoices, and review of financial statements. (more…)

Elkins Resuming In-person Meetings

Elkins, W. Va., September 10, 2020: Elkins Common Council and its committees will return to in-person meetings effective immediately, Elkins City Clerk Jessica Sutton announced today. A memo from Mayor Van Broughton explained that the first in-person committee meetings will be held next week, while the regular council meeting of September 17 will be postponed to September 24 to allow time for the installation of protective plexiglass barriers in council chambers. (more…)

City Hall News: September 5, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., September 5, 2020: Elkins City Hall is closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. Trash normally collected Mondays will be collected on Tuesday. Please have trash outside no later than 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

At a virtual meeting at 12 p.m. on Thursday, council’s Rules & Ordinances Committee continues its discussion of the city’s noise ordinance. The committee will also resume its examination of city laws concerning operation of off-road vehicles (e.g., ATVs, UTVs, etc.) on public roadways, to see if modifications are needed in response to recent changes in state code.

The Elkins Fire Department is testing for prospective civil service firefighters on Saturday. There are currently no openings but testing for placement on the department’s list of eligible candidates is the only way to become a paid firefighter in Elkins if a position does become available. Download an application and find more information, including test requirements, here: Applications are due to the city clerk’s office no later than 3 p.m. Friday.

All council and committee meetings are open to the public. For virtual meeting login info, agendas, and information about submitting public comments, please see:

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