Elkins Council continues armory talks

Elkins City Council held a special meeting Wednesday evening to discuss the future of the former Elkins National Guard Armory.

Immediately after Mayor Van Broughton opened the meeting, Councilman Bob Woolwine made a motion to enter into executive session “for a real estate matter.”

After approximately an hour, council members emerged from executive session. Councilman Mark Scott made a motion for council to “give the mayor authority to continue to pursue the possible sale of the Elkins National Guard Armory.” Woolwine seconded the motion and it was passed unanimously by council. The meeting was then adjourned.

Broughton and council members met in executive session for nearly 90 minutes on May 2 with Robbie Morris, the executive director of the Randolph County Development Authority, and Mark Tomblyn of the Mountain State Forest Festival board of directors to discuss the Armory issue.

The construction of the new $15.5 million Armed Forces Reserve Center, located just off Corridor H near Belington, has made the old Armory obsolete. In January, a feasibility study, initiated by the RCDA, was presented to local agencies to provide information on the costs of maintaining and upgrading the building.

At the time, officials were told they would have about six months to decide whether or not they could put together a plan to purchase the building.

Elkins City Council will hold a special meeting at noon Friday in City Hall to discuss the Elkins-Randolph County Landfill.