Let’s Move Forward

The Inter-Mountain ran a series of articles recently asking former mayors of Elkins for their insight on a number of topics. One of those topics was annexation.

All six of the former mayors who took part in the series stated they were for annexation, and it is easy to understand why.

Elkins has long been considered the hub for our region of the state, and we have always had a lot of positive things going for us. Elkins has one of the prettiest college campuses in the state. Elkins hosts a federal building and is the home of the Monongahela National Forest Service. Train excursions bring thousands of tourists to our city each year.

Shopping in downtown Elkins has changed over the years, but if you have been paying attention a great deal of construction has taken place recently and a number of stores are currently being remodeled.

Davis Medical Center recently underwent major renovations to update and expand the emergency room. Mon General recently invested in Elkins by locating a new heart and vascular center.

This flurry of activity shows a town on the upswing, and annexation would only increase that momentum.

It should be pointed out that annexation into the city of Elkins would be mutually beneficial for businesses, the city and the residential community.

One benefit for people and businesses being annexed into the city would be increased police protection, as well as access to city services.

Another advantage would come through additional funding opportunities from the state government. The state has different opportunities for monies available to communities with a population of more than 10,000 residents. Elkins has fallen short on many opportunities over the years due to its population and it’s time to change that.

Annexation has been talked about for decades but nothing has happened. The time to change is now. Let’s move forward and unify Elkins as the community it should be.