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Elkins City Hall News

ELKINS — Elkins, a certified Tree City for 11 years, is taking steps to improve its downtown urban forestry this week. The Street Department is removing trees and tree boxes on Davis Avenue between Second and Fourth. These trees will be replaced this spring with trees better suited to the urban environment. New trees and at-grade metal tree grates will be purchased using Demonstration City grant funding awarded to the Elkins Tree Board by the West Virginia Division of Forestry.

The city’s administrative officers are preparing for budget planning season. The administrative officers first draft their own departmental budgets, in accordance with council’s strategic plan. Then, they work as a team to balance expenditures and revenues before bringing proposals to council’s Finance Committee, which will meet several times during March before finalizing the city’s general fund budget for fiscal year 2021.

Work is also continuing in partnership with the Region VII Planning & Development Council on the city’s dilapidated properties dashboard. With a planned completion date in April, this project will result in an online platform where city staff and the public can view overall statistics and property-level details about dilapidated properties in Elkins.

On Monday at 4 p.m., Elkins City Council holds the second of four planned charter workshops with facilitator Tim Stranko. The subject of this session is examination of the allowed forms of city governments in West Virginia.

Council, committee, and commission meetings are open to the public. They are held at City Hall (401 Davis Avenue) unless otherwise stated. For more information: www.cityofelkinswv.com.

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