Three years ago, the 110-year-old YMCA in downtown Elkins was cited by the state fire marshal with a long list of safety violations. While many residents feared the facility would close, board members rallied together to make some of the repairs and raise money to cover the costs of additional corrections.
Now, just one final item is left to be completed to bring the building up to code. Last week, the Randolph County Commission voted to contribute $20,000 toward the $140,000 needed for the installation of a sprinkler system. That money will come from the county's hotel/motel tax fund.
The YMCA is a landmark in downtown Elkins. Through its long history, it has not only served as a recreation center, but also as a meeting place, the county library and a local station for the USO.
The County Commission is to be commended for making the financial contribution. The YMCA board is to be saluted for its perseverance in correcting the 29 fire code violations.