Mayor speaks to Rotary about fire

ELKINS – Elkins Mayor Van Broughton addressed the Elkins Rotary Club Monday, speaking about the tragic fire Oct. 28 that killed five family members

“It was a very bad week last week,” Broughton said. “We’ve tried to give the family our love and support in their time of tragedy. But I was comforted by the way the entire community has come together. It makes me proud to be from Randolph County.”

A candlelight vigil was held for the Chamberlain family Monday at the Elkins Town Square.

Broughton also spoke about on-going changes within the city in terms of personnel, services and scenery.

Broughton brought up the Elkins Police Chief vacancy- following the retirement of H.R. White in October – and talked about how he and his administration are working on rewriting the job description. Broughton also mentioned the city is currently short on police personnel but, due to recent hirings, he hopes to see their numbers improve by December.

Ideally, Broughton said, there should be two to three personnel on duty at all times. Broughton also lauded the inclusion of the new K-9 unit that will be helping the city detect drug activity.

Broughton said the city’s leaf pick-up service was making its way through the remaining districts in the city.

“It was also good to see children enjoying trick-or-treat this year,” Broughton said. “Since it had to be canceled last year due to weather, it’s big news and we love to see the kids enjoying themselves.”

Broughton also mentioned the city Planning Commission’ s mission to make the town more pedestrian friendly by fixing worn-out curbs, building new crosswalks and extending the Rail Trail downtown.

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