Public gives input at open house

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Binns Dozens came out to the ‘Envisioning Downtown Elkins’ open house on Tuesday. Pictured from left are David Cutlip, Sid Gillispie and Bill Hartman.

ELKINS — Dozens of people came out to the “Envisioning Downtown Elkins” open house on Tuesday evening to give input on possible initiatives that could benefit the downtown community.

Elkins Mayor Van Broughton said he thought the turnout was great, adding more than 70 people attended.

“It was a great turn out – a lot of citizens and business people came out,” Broughton said. “With many people becoming involved, we are really getting some good input.”

The Elkins Main Street Design Committee, led by co-chairs Maryanne Durland and David Cutlip, prepared a vision document — designed to provide a framework to advance streetscape improvements in downtown Elkins — that was displayed at Tuesday’s event.

Elkins Main Street Executive Director Karen Carper said, “The big thing about tonight is that we can get input from people in the community and feedback about things they would like to see more of or less of.”

Those in attendance were invited to take part in a survey which asked people to rate the importance of downtown’s appearance and what types of entities would benefit from enhancing the “streetscape” of downtown — such as businesses, city government, schools, visitors and both city and county residents. This survey was designed to help prioritize long-term and short-term goals.

The Streetscape Vision was prepared in response to public input provided during previous Elkins Main Street and ON TRAC community events as well as extensive research.

“I want to thank Main Street for putting this on and seeking input from the community,” Broughton said.

He said the group has been working wonderfully with other groups and organizations in the community such as the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, Elkins Make it Shine, Generation Randolph, the Randolph County Development Authority, the Randolph County Commission and the Randolph County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“I want to make a commitment from the city of Elkins to work with these groups,” Broughton said.

The Elkins Streetscape Vision document can be viewed at