Commission approves Elkins’ annexation request

The Randolph County Commission approved a City of Elkins request to annex a parcel of land near North Elementary School Wednesday during its regular meeting.

Elkins City Clerk Sutton Stokes said the affected area is located along the old Leadsville Road and encompasses the Highland Park Apartments, which are owned by the Randolph County Housing Authority, as well as the YouthBuild campus.

The commission unanimously approved the request, which County Commissioner Mike Taylor said would only impact property owners who had petitioned for the annexation – not other individuals.

“I think it’s important to note that this (annexation) is being done at the request of the property owners and will not affect anyone else,” Taylor said.

In other business, the commission:

– Approved a motion to give $10,000 from its coal severance tax fund to the West Virginia University Extension Office in Randolph County for the completion of an 120-foot-by-250-foot covered arena at Camp Pioneer near Beverly.

WVU extension agent Ronnie Helmondollar thanked the commission for its initial donation of $25,000 toward the project, but said additional money was needed to cover final construction costs.

“Is it not true that the private donor has also come up with additional funds?” Taylor asked

Helmondollar said the primary donor bankrolling the project had also contributed additional funds.

Taylor made a motion to donate the needed money, saying, “I think it’s nice to know that we have people in the county who make such generous donations, and I think the county commission should help out with that, too.”

– Approved an Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce request for $5,000 to help finance the annual Mountain State Street Machines Cruise-in and Fourth of July Celebration, which is scheduled for 5 to 10 p.m. July 5. The money will come out of the commission’s hotel/motel tax fund.

– Passed a motion to donate $3,000 to Davis Health System Foundation in support of the first-ever Martin Street Fair, which will take place from 11 a.m. to dusk on July 5 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 6 along Martin Street in the Elkins Railyard.

Dan Bucher of DHS said the street fair was intended to “complement and not compete” with the ERCCC’s annual cruise-in and Fourth of July celebration.

“This is our first year, and we’re taking a gamble,” Bucher told the commission, “but we’re excited.”

– Approved the appointment of Randolph County Development Authority Executive Director Robbie Morris and Del. Bill Hartman, D-Randolph, to the Corridor H Authority board of directors. Morris and Hartman will serve four-year terms beginning July 1 and expiring June 30, 2017.

– Approved the reappointment of Nils Heinke to the Elkins-Randolph County Airport Authority board of directors for a two-year term expiring June 30, 2015.

– Approved the hire of Andrea Haymond as a temporary employee in the Randolph County Clerk’s office at a rate of $10 per hour without benefits. Haymond will fill in for the remainder of June, as well as July and August, while another employee is on maternity leave.

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