City Hall News: May 18-22, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., May 16, 2020: Elkins City Hall reopens to the public during normal business hours (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) starting Monday, May 18. However, the public is asked to continue to use low-contact methods for interacting with city staff, including asking questions by email or phone and paying bills by mail, online, or by using the drop box behind city hall. Other safety precautions will be posted on entrance doors. For more information: www.cityofelkinswv.com/coronavirus.

For at least the month of May, Elkins Common Council and its committees will continue to meet virtually. Login and other important meeting information will be posted on this page of the city website: www.cityofelkinswv.com/login.

The Elkins Sanitary Board, the body in charge of the Elkins sewer system, holds its regular meeting Monday, May 18, at 3:15 p.m. Council will hold its regular meeting Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. The agenda is not yet complete but will include consideration of the Fiscal Year 2021 Water Fund budget. (Virtual meetings; login information at above link.)

Please continue to help keep our sanitation workers safe by placing items out for collection only in tied trash bags. Don’t forget to fill out your Census form—it’s absolutely crucial for federal funding and representation in Congress. And remember: Tuesday, May 19 is the deadline for registering to vote in the upcoming primary election. Because of the pandemic, all West Virginians are eligible to vote via absentee ballot. See www.sos.wv.gov for information about voter registration and other election information.

Visiting City Hall During the Pandemic: What to Expect

Updated July 6, 2020 to reflect the governor’s mandate to wear face coverings inside public buildings.

Elkins City Hall is committed to the safety of its customers, its staff, and the community as a whole.

Everyone entering city hall is asked to follow certain safety precautions propagated by the West Virginia Governor’s Office.

  1. Please visit city hall only if there is no other option. Remember that utility bills and municipal court fines can be paid by mail, online, phone, or via the dropbox behind city hall. Questions can be answered by phone or email. See cityofelkinswv.com for more details, including departmental contact information.
  2. Wait your turn to enter. As ordered by the W. Va. DHHR, only two people may be admitted to the building’s lobby at a time.
  3. Maintain the 6-foot social distancing requirement. Use floor markings as reference points.
  4. Wear a mask and sanitize your hands upon entering. As of July 6, 2020, the governor has ordered that all people wear face coverings inside public buildings. Sanitizer will be available at the counter.
  5. Make an appointment to meet with non-Treasurer’s Department personnel. If you require a face-to-face meeting with a city hall employee located on the second floor, please contact that employee in advance, via phone or email, to arrange a time. This meeting will occur on the first floor, in the municipal courtroom, pending availability of that space.

For more information about coronavirus in Elkins, please click here.

Why is Our Flag at Half Mast Today?

May 15, 2020

The flag in front of Elkins City Hall is being flown at half mast today in honor of National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

According to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, “since the first known line-of-duty death in 1786, more than 21,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.” So far in 2020, the organization reports that more than 40 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty nationwide.

Please join us in expressing our appreciation for the law enforcement officers of the Elkins Police Department, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, the West Virginia State Police, and the multiple federal agencies who work so hard and make so many sacrifices for the protection of our community.

 

Additional Week 4 Reopenings: Gyms, Rafting, Rock Climbing

May 14, 2020

At his daily press conference today, Governor Jim Justice announced additional categories of businesses that will be allowed but not required to reopen during the week of May 18, or “Week 4” of his reopening plan.

The newly announced categories are:

  • Fitness centers, gyms, and recreation centers may open Monday, May 18 (guidelines available here)
  • Whitewater rafting and ziplining may open Thursday, May 21 (guidelines available here)
  • Guided rock climbing may open Friday, May 15 (guidelines available here)

Elkins Announces Next Reopening Steps

City hall opening to public May 18; Yard sales permitted May 15

Elkins, W. Va., May 13, 2020: Elkins officials today announced the scheduled dates of multiple reductions in coronavirus-related restrictions, including the reopening of city hall to the public, permission to resume yard sales and door-to-door solicitation, and the resumption of municipal court proceedings. To reduce COVID-19 infection risk, the public is encouraged to continue using no-contact methods for paying utility bills or contacting city staff. Multiple additional safety precautions will be required as well. (more…)

Week 4 of Governor’s Reopening Plan: Indoor Dining at Restaurants and Other Changes

May 12, 2020

This week–Week 3 of Governor Jim Justice’s reopening plan–the governor announced plans for Week 4 to commence Thursday, May 21. Please note that he has yet to issue an actual order to this effect, so this is currently only a tentative plan. (more…)

City Hall News, May 11-15, 2020

Elkins, W. Va., May 9, 2020: The reopening of Elkins City Hall, previously scheduled for Monday, May 11, has been postponed. Although the city has now procured the protective equipment needed for employees under the governor’s reopening guidelines, officials are monitoring the reopening decisions of the state and other municipalities, most of which are still closed to the public for now. (more…)

Elkins Event Organizers Urged to Be Realistic, Apply for Permits Early

Elkins, W. Va., May 7, 2020: With what is usually the summer events season fast approaching, Elkins officials are urging event organizers to carefully consider the viability of their planned events under social-distancing requirements and other CDC recommendations for reducing the risk of COVID-19 spread. Applications to the city for special WVABCA licenses or events on public property must include detailed plans for complying with these requirements and recommendations. Because these additional considerations will lengthen the review and approval process, organizers should submit event applications as early as possible. (more…)

DMC Reopening Toolkit Available

Davis Medical Center (DMC) has released a “toolkit” based on the best practices the hospital has developed for social distancing and safety of workers and patients.

DMC is now making its toolkit available to the community as a resource as restrictions on businesses are starting to be reduced.

The toolkit includes items such as signs showing proper handwashing techniques, log sheets for daily employee health screening and employee self-monitoring, and guidelines for preparing your workplace and the proper use of protective equipment.

You can download the toolkit here.

Statement from Mayor and Council on Modified Forest Festival Plans

May 7, 2020
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The mayor and city council have released the following statement in response to the news concerning changes to plans for the 84th Mountain State Forest Festival:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Directors of the Mountain State Forest Festival (MSFF) has announced modifications to its plans for the 2020 festival. These modifications include the elimination of the festival’s royal court and all related events and activities, including the Coronation, Distinguished Guest Dinner, Queen’s Ball, opening and closing ceremonies, and school tours. (more…)

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