Elkins Council to set city election today

ELKINS — Elkins City Council will gather in a special call meeting today at 5 p.m. at City Hall to set the municipal election for March 5.

City Code directs that on the first Tuesday in March every two years a city election will be held for the office of mayor and for one city council seat in each ward. In addition, the Third Ward seat held by Chris Lowther will also be included in the election, as Lowther was appointed after Mark Scott resigned from the position.

The proposed ordinance, which council will vote on this afternoon, states that the filing period for the election will begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 29 and end at midnight Nov. 16.

During today’s meeting, council also plans to swear in a new Elkins City Police officer and promote another of the department’s officers.

The resignation of Cpl. Alex Wysyvanuk on Aug. 10 created a vacancy that council plans to fill by promoting Patrolman T.H. Foster this afternoon.

Foster began serving with the department in December 2013, and has been determined to be eligible for the promotion.

Council also plans to swear in D. Coffman as an officer this afternoon.

Also on the agenda for today is a proposed letter of support for the Stuart Park Trail System proposal being submitted to the U.S. Forest Service for consideration.

Today’s meeting was called because last week’s scheduled meeting was canceled due to Mountain State Forest Festival activities.